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Long Thread Media

Spin Off Autumn Retreat (York, Pennsylvania — October 6–11, 2024)

Regular price $50.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $50.00 USD
Sale Sold out

SOLD OUT. Purchase a fully refundable 'waitlist ticket' to hold your spot if one becomes available. If none become available, we will refund your $50 upon your request or 30 days prior to the event.

If a ticket becomes available and you are no longer able to attend, we are happy to issue the $50 refund — there is no commitment to purchase the full ticket.

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There are fewer than 80 spaces total for this incredible handspinning experience! Spend five days expanding your skills and deepening your passion for spinning alongside a warm, spirited community of fellow spinners. Learn from some of the most outstanding spinning teachers and fiber artists in the world, including:

  • Amy Ross Manko, instructor and owner of Ross Farm Mercantile, focusing on heritage- and rare-breed sheep
  • Heavenly Bresser, spinner, fiber artist, spinning wheel restorer, and instructor of the Fractal Spinning video course
  • Irene Waggener, researcher and author of Keepers of the Sheep: Knitting in Morocco's High Atlas and Beyond and a forthcoming book on traditional fiber arts in Armenia, where she currently resides
  • Kate Larson (she/her), editor of Spin Off magazine, author of Practical Spinner’s Guide: Wool, and instructor of the How to Spin on a Charkha video course
  • Lily Hope, one of the few living designers of ceremonial dancing blankets—flowing garments created and worn by Northern Northwest Coast Alaska Native peoples—and instructor of finger-twined styles and the spiritual commitments of being a weaver
  • Maggie Casey, instructor of The Spinning Teacher along with many other beloved videos, and author of Start Spinning
  • Robin Goatey, toolmaker and instructor focused on historic fiber arts tools for modern spindle spinning and small-loom weaving
  • Sara C. Bixler, owner of Red Stone Glen Fiber Arts Center and resident instructor teaching spinning and weaving, and instructor of the popular Color-and-Weave on the Rigid-Heddle Loom video
  • Tom Knisely, frequent Handwoven magazine contributor and instructor of many videos, including his plant-to-cloth video course, Weaving with Linen

We like to think of the Spin Off Autumn Retreat (SOAR) as a spinner’s paradise. Imagine being in a room filled with people with the same interests while you learn from some of the top spinners and educators. You are all together for five glorious days in a beautiful location, making new memories, building skills, and, of course, spinning! 

Join us to study with accomplished fiber arts teachers, connect with fellow spinners from around the world, and relax at Heritage Hills Resort in York, Pennsylvania.


Tickets are on sale for everyone! For those considering joining us, classes are selected based on the order in which tickets are purchased. That means the earlier you are on the list, the more class choices you’ll have, so don’t delay!

You may cancel your registration for any reason up to 90 days before the event (July 8, 2024) for a refund minus a 10% processing fee.


Room Types (All Private Rooms Single Occupancy):

  • Private Room: You will have your own room for 5 nights with a private bathroom. 
  • Shared Room (2 Queen Beds): You will be in a room with another attendee for 5 nights and sharing a bathroom.

Questions? Contact us at


NOTE: If you choose a shared room, please email to indicate your roommate request or if you would like us to introduce you to other guests seeking roommates.


Thank you, Sponsors 


We are thrilled to return to SOAR as we celebrate our 50th anniversary this year. Our legacy of making high-quality, innovative spinning and weaving equipment continues as owner Paul Vervoorn and the entire Louet team create new products to fuel your passion. You can expect to find our newest wheels and spinning tools at SOAR.  We will have many fantastic special offers throughout 2024. Check out our new website at – you will find our latest 50th anniversary sales and plans here. Remember that our support line is always available with hundreds of support articles so you can find answers to your questions when you need them, or open a ticket by sending an email to support.


TheDancingGoats makes historic and prehistoric reproductions and re-imaginings of fiber arts tools. Focusing on the prehistoric textile traditions of the Northern Roman Provinces, the Northern Isles, and Western Europe. Shuttles, heddles, looms, spindles, and whorls. Tools are made in wood, stone, pewter, copper alloys, ceramics, and glass. The advanced CNC Laser at TheDancingGoats is dedicated to making fiber arts tools and folklore inspired creations.



Treenway Silks

You’ll find the largest variety of Silk Spinning Fibers, Silk Yarn and Silk Threads & Ribbons at Choose from a rainbow of hand-dyed colors. Love natural?  Our array of wild silk and silk-blends provide choices beyond white.



G'day SOAR attendees! We are Woolloomooloo, makers of premium merino wool sneakers. At Woolloomooloo, we take the merino wool from Australian Wool growers and spin it into a superfine merino thread that is knit to build a soft, durable, breathable upper. Our method ensures minimal waste and creates the most comfortable Australian Merino Wool sneakers on the market. Sustainable materials drive our design, building shoes that are better for your feet and the planet. We'll be at SOAR with our mobile shoe store - join us and take a pair of sneakers for a spin. See you there!


The Ross Farm

What a thrill to sponsor this year's SOAR and introduce our heritage and rare breed fibers to this wonderful community of spinners. The Ross Farm is located in Washington County, PA, and is a sixth generation working farm known for our Heritage Breed sheep. We are members of Shave 'Em to Save 'Em and proud to bring American-grown breeds like Gulf Coast Native, Florida Cracker, Black Welsh Mountain, Leicester Longwool, Shetland, Clun Forest, and Hog Island as well as some UK-grown Rare Breeds Survival Trust listed breeds like Castlemilk Moorit, Norfolk Horn, Boreray, Soay and more to this year's Marketplace. Find out more by visiting The Ross Farm. We'll see you in October!

    Author/Designer: Spin Off Editors