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This retreat will be held in the gracious surrounds of “Umina”, a beautiful house in Toorak, Melbourne.

24/25th AUGUST  2019. 9.00 am – 4.00pm

This will be a weekend where you can come and learn Shibori, the ancient Japanese art of resist dyeing, using the plant based indigo as your dyeing agent.

Class size: Maximum 12 participants

First learn the basic binding and stitching techniques, then design your own pattern, stitch/bind your pattern and then dye your pieces in the indigo vat.

Your weekend course will teach you stitching and binding skills, using elastic bands, rocks, timber as resists. Lots more ideas, tips and techniques will be shared with you.

Your tutor Karen Jackson has held many such workshops in Western Victoria. Now it is Melbourne’s turn. Karen has been using the Shibori technique in her dyed works for many years.

Please note that some of your finished pieces may still be wet when you leave the workshop and will need to be washed separately at home to remove any remaining indigo.  Once washed indigo dyed fabric is completely colour fast and can be washed safely in the washing machine.

You will need to bring your own protective wear – an apron or a shirt, plastic bags for wet samples.


Retreat cost:    $495.00

This cost includes:

1 night’s accommodation at Umina B/B, single room. There are twin shares available too.

2 lunches, 1 dinner, morning and afternoon teas catered for by renowned CWA cooks.

A kit providing everything you need to complete your projects. However, please bring some sharp scissors.

Please advise if you have any food allergies.

Deposit of $200 to secure your place and the balance by August 14th.


  • Deposits are refunded less 20%, if cancellation is made by Wednesday 14th
  • Up to 16th August, refunds, less 20% will only be given if we can fill your place from a waiting list.
  • No refund if cancellation is during the week of the retreat.

Bookings: Please contact Reception at CWA Victoria Office Phone 0398278971

3 Lansell Rd, Toorak 3124

Click here to download the information flyer