Felting & Eco Printing in Ireland

Ten day luxurious residential retreat with Nicola Brown

Invitation from Nicola!

"Come and discover my Ireland. This simple but luxurious retreat will allow you glimpse a side of Ireland and way of life that not many visitors are lucky enough to experience. From collection at Dublin Airport to the comfort of your accommodation at beautiful Kilgraney Country House, the land of a thousand welcomes is waiting for you!"

Friday, July 15th, 9am to Monday, July 25th, 9am

Kilgraney Country House, Muine Bheag, Ireland


This exclusive residential workshop includes........

  • Collection from Dublin Airport or a city hotel on the morning of Friday 15th July
  • Welcome drinks and light evening meal on the first night
  • 10 nights shared en-suite accommodation in a courtyard suite (non smoking) at Kilgraney Country House
  • Delicious full Irish or light and healthy breakfast each morning
  • 7 days intensive felting and eco printing workshop on site with Nicola Brown, maximum class size 10 people to ensure everyone gets plenty of individual attention.
  • Each workshop day will be tailored to give participants the most out of their class. We'll cover different wet felting techniques at the beginning of the retreat then move forward to concentrate on eco printing for the rest of the time. Kilgraney House has marvellous gardens with a wealth of beautiful plant materials for our printing! The direction of the class will be determined to a large extent by the participants, Nicola will make sure that everyone learns new skills in a fun and supportive environment!
  • All the necessary materials and equipment for the classes are included in the cost of the retreat (merino fibre, embellishing fibres, silk fabric etc.). Participants will be given a list of optional extras which they are free to bring with them or these may be purchased from Nicola's studio at Clasheen if desired
  • Light lunch each workshop day
  • Certificate of completion at the end of the retreat
  • Two wonderful day trips to see a little more of Nicola's Ireland! The first excursion will be through Enniscorthy (where Brooklyn was filmed and Nicola originally hails from) to visit the beach and nature reserve at Curracloe (lunch at a typical local Irish pub/hotel included) followed by a visit to her home and studio at Clasheen. The second will be to visit Cushendale Woollen Mill and Duiske Abbey in Graiguenamanagh then enjoy morning tea/coffee and cake (included) whilst visiting Suzanna Crampton's wonderful working farm to meet her Zwartbles sheep. This will be followed by a visit to nearby medieval Kilkenny city where a walk around the castle grounds is definitely a must.
  • Gala dinner at Kilgraney House on Saturday 23rd
  • Delivery back to Dublin Airport or a city hotel early on the morning of Monday 25th

NB This retreat is suitable for both experienced textile artists and total beginners. A small number of non participating partners are also welcome, the price for this includes all excursions and meals as per the programme for workshop participants. Nicola is happy to advise about local wood turning workshops with Glenn Lucas, golf at a selection of championship courses, eco trails with Mary White, walking up Mount Leinster, a visit to Shankill Castle or maybe you'd like to learn how to make traditional Irish soda bread at a nearby cookery school.

A welcome supper on the first night and gala dinner on Saturday are included in the retreat price but no other evening meals are accounted for. Each of the courtyard suites includes a small shared kitchen and very comfortable living area but for those wanting a change of scenery award winning Step House Hotel, a couple of supermarkets, several take aways and a selection of super Irish pubs are only a five minute taxi ride away from Kilgraney!

Cost of the retreat

€1950 per person sharing en-suite accommodation

€1500 non participating partner (sharing accommodation, meals and excursions as above)

€450 single supplement

Retreat fees are strictly non-refundable so Nicola highly recommends holiday insurance, in the unlikely event of you being unable to take up your place they are transferrable by agreement.

Please email Nicola to reserve your place or if you have any questions. Payment will be processed through PayPal or be electronic bank transfer.

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