June 2-9, 2018
Evergreen Lodge at Woman Lake
Please join us for a week-long summer camp to refresh your body, your mind and your spirit.
The FIBER UP NORTH Knitting Summer Camp is designed to allow us to withdraw for 8 days to nurture ourselves, do the quiet things we haven’t had time to do, and to enjoy nature and the fellowship of other knitters and fiber artists. We retreat to refuel ourselves which enables us to continue, at home, the hectic lives we all lead.
At this retreat there is NO AGENDA, NO GUILT! Classes? Nope. Vendor fair? Nope. Shopping? Nope. Instead, you could go on a nature walk, do some bird watching or photography, and sit by the lovely lake and knit to your heart’s content.
This summer camp is rustic cabin camping. There is electricity, running water, and heat, but no TV/cable, no air conditioning (but you probably don’t need it the first week in June anyway), no internet, and spotty cell phone service. We stay in fishing cabins built in the 1950’s that still have the same vintage furniture. If you are looking to really get away from it all, you will love this retreat.
We encourage you to bring to the retreat items which allow you to relax, be it reading materials, knitting, beading, quilting, journaling or whatever restores you. For some this will be walking in the woods, going on a pontoon boat ride, making stitch markers, eating lunch at a picnic table next to the lake, or just hanging out with fiber friends.
There are no requirements, no schedule. The retreat is yours to design to meet your own needs. Sleep, eat, nap, eat, walk, eat, laugh, knit, play, and eat. All of our cabins are located on the lakeside. In front of the cabins is a beautiful sand beach. There are picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, and portable fireplaces scattered throughout the camp, so there are plenty of places to relax outside and enjoy the beautiful lake.
Evergreen Lodge is located on the south shore of Woman Lake near Longville, Minnesota, which is about 4 hours north of Minneapolis. The closest commercial airports are located in Brainerd (one hour south) and Bemidji (one hour north).
The summer camp begins Saturday, June 2. You may arrive anytime after 11:00am (Central time). You’ll need a car, as the camp is located in a very rural area and there is no public transportation.
CABINS AND WHAT TO BRING
The cabins are “housekeeping cabins,” which means that you will need to bring your own supplies for the week, including bath towels, kitchen towels, groceries, and dry goods. Bedding is provided. All cabins have full kitchens. Each kitchen is equipped with a refrigerator, gas stove & oven, microwave, and sink. You’re responsible for your own meals, except for dinner Friday. We will be having a fish fry (most likely walleye and northern pike) for everyone our last night in camp.
Each cabin has 2 or 3 bedrooms and one bathroom. Campers will each have their own bedroom and will share a bathroom with their cabin mates. Beds are queen or full size. Bathrooms have a sink, toilet, and shower.
You may want to bring your own lawn chair and cooler.
COST AND REGISTRATION
- $650 per person includes 7 nights lodging in private bedroom in shared cabin (2-3 people/cabin). Campers must be age 18 and older.
- $100 deposit due at time of registration (non-refundable)
- Final payment due May 1, 2018
- Method of Payment: Paypal
- Click here for the FUN Registration Form with payment instructions.
Q: How far is the closest town?
A: The closest town is Longville, population 156, which is about 6 miles away. Longville does have a grocery store, gas station, internet cafe, and a nice restaurant.
Q: Do I have to knit on the retreat?
A: No! You’re welcome to bring other handwork, like crochet, spinning, weaving, cross stitch, needlepoint, sewing, etc. This is about connecting and relaxing!
Q: How do I find out who my roommate is?
A: You can either request a particular person to share your cabin with, or if you don’t specify anyone, we will assign roommates. Either way, you’ll get an email letting you know who your roommate(s) is/are.
Q: Can I stop by and visit during the day?
A: Due to limited physical space and the lack of public rest rooms, we cannot host daytime visitors.
Q: I must eat gluten-free. Do I need to bring my own food?
A: Everyone brings their own food and cooks their own meals, so you can bring whatever food you normally eat.
Q: What if I cannot get there until Sunday? Can I attend the rest of the week?
A: Yes! Unfortunately, there is no reduction in cost, but we’ll hold your room. Just let us know in the comments section on the registration form.
Q: Will there be classes? Do I need to bring something specific for a project?
A: Your time is your own and you are not required to bring or do anything other than relax!
Q: How many people will be at the summer camp?
A: There are a limited number of cabins, and we can accommodate about 15 individuals. So it’s a very small gathering. Registration is first-come first-served, and once the slots fill up, anyone wanting to register will be placed on a waiting list.