2023 Fall Retreat

The Northeast Basketmakers Guild is holding
its Fall Retreat on
Saturday, October 14, 2023

9 am to 3:30 pm
(Check-in begins at 8:30 am)

Trinity Church Fellowship Hall
23 Main Street, Northborough, Massachusetts

Join us as we come together once again for the NBG Fall Retreat! Weavers of all levels can choose from a varied selection of classes to learn new techniques and designs while spending a day weaving together.

Our new location for this year is conveniently located in central Massachusetts, close to Routes 290 and 495, making it easy to access from all directions in New England.

Plan to register early to get your choice of basket. Deadline for registration is September 18, 2023. Confirmation emails are sent when you register.

Registration is free for NBG members and only $10 per class for non-members.  Children 16 and under who attend with an NBG member will not pay a registration fee (sign up for both classes under the NBG member’s account). Basket fees will be returned if notice is given before September 18. If a cancellation is received within 3 weeks of the retreat, the weaver may arrange postage fees with the teacher to receive the basket kit by mail.  We encourage everyone to use the online registration and payment.


You can pay for your classes with a credit card through PayPal (you do not need to have a PayPal account) or you can make out a check to “NBG” and mail it to:

Stephanie Gage
93 Lakewood Drive
Belmont NH 03220


We have four great teachers joining us for this event:

Ruth Boland
Lynn Goldberg
Kimberley Harding
Debra Rolfe

Things to Bring

  • The tools that are required for each class are listed with each class.
  • Brown Bag Lunch (limited refrigeration)

Northborough has a Cumberland Farms, Northborough House of Pizza, Main Street Pastries and More, Richdale Convenience Store, and CVS all within walking distance of the church if you need to pick up a drink, snack, or food during the Retreat. NBG will provide coffee, tea, and water, and we would encourage a few of you to bring some individually packaged snack items to share. Please contact Joanne if you would like to volunteer to bring snacks/drinks or if you would be willing to help with set up and clean up.

We will have some great door prizes, too! Feel free to contribute a door prize of your own.

Any questions, please email Joanne Miller (FallRetreat@northeastbasketmakers.org)


8:30 – 9:00Registration
9:00- 3:30Classes
12:00 – 12:30Lunch Break


NBG members and Fall Retreat teachers are welcome to set up a table to exhibit or sell baskets, basket related items or basket supplies. Please let Joanne know if you plan to set up a table.

Class Skill Levels

When signing up for your classes, please be very careful about the skill levels and prerequisites listed for each class. We want you and your classmates to all have a good experience. If you are not sure if you are ready for a particular class, send us an email and we’ll help you to figure out if it will be a good fit for you.

As a general rule, follow this guide

First Basket Weaver has never woven a basket before.
Beginner Weaver has little or no experience with the materials being used for that project. For instance, if you are an intermediate reed weaver but have never worked with pine needles before, then consider yourself a beginner for a pine needle class.
Intermediate Weaver is skilled at basic techniques with the materials being used.
Advanced Weaver has mastered all of the basic skills and is ready to try new techniques, fibers, shaping, and creative methods.


NBG Members – please log into the website before adding your registration. You must have purchased a 2023 membership to sign up for the Fall Retreat. 2023 memberships begin on July 1, 2023, but can be purchased now. If you are purchasing a membership at the same time as you sign up for the Fall Retreat, please put the membership in the same cart as your Fall Retreat registration. Sign up for 2023 NBG Membership here.

2023 Fall Retreat Classes

Accommodations Nearby

Hampton Inn Boston/Marlborough
277 Boston Post Rd W, Marlborough, MA 01752 • (508) 787-9888
3 miles from Retreat

Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Marlborough
60 River Road West, Berlin, MA 01503 • (978) 838-9940
3 miles from Retreat

Holiday Inn & Suites Marlborough, an IHG Hotel
265 Lakeside Ave, Marlborough, MA 01752 • (508) 481-3000
4 miles from Retreat