Length: Three days (two nights) Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate Dates: June 21 - 23, 2013
2013 Project & Itinerary
Wild Craft - Hanging Twig Bird-feeder
This year we will be crafting a hanging twig bird-feeder out of materials we respectfully harvest from the grounds around the wilderness centre. The roof will be smooth to allow us the freedom to paint it if participants so wish and have the time (participants need to bring their own paint and brushes - contact us for input here if interested). After settling in to the wilderness centre and cabin accommodations upon arrival, there will be time to relax and visit with other participants in our remote surroundings. The remainder of our time will be used up learning ways to bend and mold our birch twigs and branches into a beautiful hanging bird-feeder. Your own creativity will be key, and is encouraged, although our resident wild craft expert and respected folk art painter, Marilyn, will be on hand to facilitate, nudge, and help where needed. As always, these retreats promise a perfect balance between inspiring feats of creativity, amazing camaraderie and fun, delicious food, and beautiful remote surroundings in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.
Day 1: Arrive at CrossRiver Wilderness Centre by After preliminary introductions with staff and facilitators, we will discuss more about the coming painting and retreat experiences, some participants may even choose to begin their craft/painting projects now. Otherwise, the evening is yours to settle in and relax at the Wilderness Centre.
Day 2: After breakfast at the main lodge, we spend today together working on our craft/painting projects. We take it easy and the day is also just as much about community as it is painting. You will have received detailed instructions about the piece and what crafting supplies to bring ahead of time, so you will be ready when the time comes to work/paint without any extra hassle. In any case, the facilitators will also be working on a project, so they are always close by to answer any questions. After dinner, and a little more painting, the evening is yours to relax at the Wilderness Centre, whether alone with a book, around the campfire, or in the outdoor wood-fired hot tub.
Day 3: Today, is your checkout day, but we make the most of it with one final morning to work on projects, if need, or to take in some of the surrounding landscape and scenery on a nature walk with friends before departing. Nearby trail or sightseeing options will be discussed when the time arises. After one final lunch together, we part ways until next time.
Price includes: experienced instructor and facilitators; all painting project materials, details, and coordination; all meals; and two nights country, heritage, cabin accommodation, based on double occupancy. Group and family discounts are available.