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Elemental Claycation

An immersive pottery retreat

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Connection through Creativity

Elemental Claycation is an immersive pottery retreat for groups of people to connect through creating while in the pottery studio.  The groups are minimum three to maximum six people who are willing to stay in a shared accommodation space in the newly renovated attic space of a 104 year old heritage house.  You will spend the weekend learning the ins and outs of creating functional pottery items. What does that really mean?  Marea will teach four different pottery techniques throughout the weekend in the basement studio.  There are pottery wheels where you will learn how to throw your own cups and bowls.  You will also learn how to handbuild items only using your hands and techniques shown.  Participants will learn how to glaze their creations and load and unload a pottery kiln through the retreat.  No experience in pottery is needed.  Marea has 25 years teaching experience in teaching Visual Art in the public system to grades Kindergarten to grade 12.  She has 20 years of pottery creating in her own studio, and spent many years teaching workshops in and out of the studio to small groups.

The theme of this retreat is based around the four elements; Earth, Water, Air, and Fire.  You will sleep and gather in the third floor attic that was renovated specifically for this experience.  The three directional view of the Saskatchewan prairie sky will provide opportunities to see a sunrise and a sunset high up in the air.  Your group will create in the basement studio working with clay (earth).  Water is a key element to throwing on the pottery wheel as well as creating each handbuilt piece.  All the pottery gets fired in a kiln.

Elemental Claycation

Friday evening (Day One)

7:00pm  Arrive with your group to a charcuterie board curated by a local chef

8:00pm Tour of the pottery studio and a small clay project

9:00pm Relax with your group

Saturday (Day Two)

7:00am - 9:00am Breakfast at your own pace

9:30am - 12:30pm Pottery instruction in the studio with Marea

12:30pm- 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30pm - 4:30 pm Pottery instruction in the studio with Marea 

5:30pm -6:30pm Make your own pizza to be fired in a wood fired pizza oven

Evening is for your group to enjoy the attic space, wander around the farm yard, free time in the studio without instructor.

Sunday (Day Three)

7:00am - 8:30am Breakfast at your own pace

9:00am - 12:00pm Pottery instruction in the studio with Marea

12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch

1:00pm - 4:00pm Pottery instruction in the studio with Marea

4:00pm - 5:00pm Wrap up activity and snack before leaving

Fee for the weekend includes charcuterie board, two breakfasts, two lunches, supper, and snacks.  All pottery instruction by Marea. Onsite accommodation for the two nights. All materials and firing of your functional pottery pieces.  Shipping of pottery to your home a week after retreat.  

Accommodation

The third floor attic space has four double beds, and two single beds.  The space is open concept, but privacy screens will be provided.  There is a two piece bathroom in the attic and a four piece bathroom on the second level for retreat guests to use for the weekend exclusively.   The attic is heated with a natural gas fireplace.  There is a lounge area with a couch and comfy chairs to relax with your group members.  There is a small beverage fridge, coffee on demand, and a tea station for your group to access. 

Food

A local chef, Adrienne Jackson, has curated a menu that will highlight Saskatchewan food producers and in season food options.  All food is designed to compliment the four elements of earth, air, water, and fire while ensuring all food allergies/sensitives are addressed.   The food will be served either in the attic or the dining room on the main floor of the heritage house.  

Fees

Elemental Claycation is for groups of minimum three people and maximum six people.  

Cost for each person for a group of 3-5 is $1222.00.

 

If your group is 6 people the cost for each person is $1122.00 (discount if group is at maximum). 

Please email marea@frebapottery.com to receive a discount code for each member in your group of 6.

Cancellation Policy: Life happens, weather happens and people get sick.  So if for some reason your group has to cancel on the date you have booked, I will work with you to book another date for Claycation,  If rebooking within 6 months of the initial date booked can't happen between both parties then refund will happen for the group minus $50/participant for administrative purposes. 

Location

Freba Pottery is located on a farm just off highway 16 between Wynyard, SK and Dafoe, SK an hour and a half drive from Saskatoon, Yorkton, Melfort, and Regina.  Nicely located in Central Saskatchewan.

Booking and Dates for 2023/2024

October 20, 21, 22, 2023

November 24, 25, 26, 2023

December 8, 9, 10, 2023 (Sold Out)

January 19, 20, 21, 2024

February 9, 10, 11, 2024

March 22, 23,24, 2024

April 19, 20,21, 2024

May 24, 25, 26, 2024

June 7, 8 9, 2024

If you have any questions please email marea@frebapottery.com

Upcoming Dates

  • Elemental Claycation NOV
    Elemental Claycation NOV
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, Nov 24
    Freba Pottery Studio
    Nov 24, 7:00 p.m. – Nov 26, 5:00 p.m.
    Nov 24, 7:00 p.m. – Nov 26, 5:00 p.m.
    Elemental Claycation is an immersive pottery retreat for groups of people to connect through creating while in the pottery studio.
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