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Long Thread Media

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

Regular price $2,799.99 USD
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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 


Louët products are known worldwide for their excellence in quality, design, and workmanship. With their focus on ease of use, durability, and ergonomics, their products have been used for decades by spinners and weavers.


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!

    Author/Designer: Spin Off Editors