2023 Summer Retreat

The Northeast Basketmakers Guild is holding
its Summer Retreat on
Sunday, July 30, 2023

at Sunrise Park, Suffield CT

Our 32nd Summer Retreat will be a day packed with basket weaving and fun in a wooded lakeside setting. We look forward to seeing you and hope you will enjoy getting together with new and old friends in person and weave a fabulous basket.

Please register by July 3, 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 July 3. If a cancellation is received within 3 weeks of the retreat, the weaver can 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:
Joyce Flower
Robin Ingram
Dona Nazarenko
Mary Jo Rushlow

Things to Bring

  • The tools that are required for each class are listed with each class.
  • Brown Bag Lunch (NO REFRIGERATION)

Coffee, Tea, and water will be provided by NBG, and we would encourage a few of you to bring some individually packaged snack items for the day. Please contact Kate and Carol if you would like to volunteer to help set up either of these drink/food items or 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 Kate Carroll and Carol Welch (SummerRetreat@northeastbasketmakers.org)


8:30 – 9:00Registration – Please pick up your free parking permit at the gate to the park
9:00- 3:30Classes
12:30 – 1:00Lunch Break


NBG members and Summer Retreat teachers are welcome to set up a table to exhibit or sell baskets, basket related items or basket supplies. Please let Kate and Carol 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.


Registration is closed for the Summer Retreat

NBG Members – please log into the website before adding your registration. You must have purchased a 2023 membership to sign up for the Summer 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 Summer Retreat, please put the membership in the same cart as your Summer Retreat registration. Sign up for 2023 NBG Membership here.

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