BRK Retreat is an inclusive, accessible fibre retreat for all that works to address issues that exist within the fibre industry. BRK Retreat hosts educators, dyers, designers, LYS owners, and consumers from around the world and gives makers a chance to connect, congress and create programming to enact change that can be implemented in their local communities. Our Retreat is committed to establishing a safe space to uplift and empower the voices, minds and bodies in all sizes of BIPOC, LGBTQIAP+, Neurodiverse and disabled peoples.
The idea for the BRK Retreat was formed almost two years ago while Rachel (founder of Born & Raised Knits) was discussing a lack of access to fibre retreats with her fellow fibre friends. Why are retreats so expensive and exclusive? How do we make expensive indie dyed yarn more accessible to people of all socioeconomic backgrounds? How do we host knitting events and retreats that are friendly and accessible to neurodiverse individuals and people with disabilities? How can yarn shop owners create safer spaces for BIPOC to feel welcome and accepted? How do we raise and celebrate the voices of marginalized folks in our community?
BRK Retreat exists to answer these questions. So what have we done so far to make this happen? Firstly, we filed for nonprofit 501(c)(3) status within the state of California under “A25” (arts education) classification. We did an initial round of fundraising through a raffle which raised $3k to help us cover the costs of filing. We believe it’s important to not only separate the retreat out from BRK, but to form it as a nonprofit because we don’t want to profit from this! We will pay our contractors accordingly because EVERYONE should be compensated for their time, knowledge and effort and we will cover expenses relating directly to the production of the event. We will not profit from said event—from ticket sales or workshop attendance. Status of our nonprofit will be updated on this page as we get more information!
The idea for the BRK Retreat has been formed but we needed a diverse breadth of voices and knowledge to make this Retreat happen. In comes the Planning Committee. This talented group of industry leaders will meet in the Fall of 2019 to finalize programming for the first 2020 BRK Retreat. We need your help to support these makers and get them all in the same room to decide on the general structure of our event, sliding scale payments, sponsorships (or lack there of), workshops and instructors, vendors, marketplace and locations.
Check back here for more information on how you can help — financing campaign coming soon!
brk retreat planning committee
brk retreat board of directors
PRESIDENT: RACHEL BARISH
SECRETARY: TINA TSE
TREASURER: TESSA ELINE