BRK Retreat

coming Fall of 2020

Some of you are aware that I have been working on an idea for a retreat over the last year. This will be an annual gathering of dyers, designers, and makers in the fibre world to not only discuss the issue of accessibility in our craft, but give people tools to create programming that can be implemented in their own communities. The one thing I’ve heard repeatedly when discussing issues in the fibre world is there is a struggle to CREATE change. People know that they want it, but they struggle with how to do it.

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? 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?

My goal is to create a place where people can discuss these issues and gain the tools to enact change from industry leaders and makers alike. This is where the retreat comes in! This event will be a pay-what-you-can kind of deal in the spirit of accessibility. We have a growing list of industry leaders who want to share their insight, concerns, and ideas, and who are ready to foster an inclusive community. In order to do this, we are going to need funds. We have already filed for a NonProfit501(3)(c) classification and have opened up a bank account for the Retreat

Transparency is important to us, and I wanted to write this all out so that you understand my goal and dream with this retreat. Interested in participating in the event? Want to be in the know and up to date on all things BRK Retreat? Fill out the form below to be added to our mailing list!