- Registration open to paid memberships only
- Space is not reserved until full payment is complete
- All registrations will be made on the AKS website
- ONE Retreat fee per email address
$750 Retreat Fee* includes:
- Four days of kumihimo immersion, 2 six-hour sessions with each instructor
- Breakfast and lunch provided on class days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
- Farewell Dinner Thursday evening
* Retreat Fee does not include lodging or transportation to the resort. The Mt. Hood Oregon Resort is about 45 miles east of Portland, Oregon (PDX airport).
Mt. Hood Oregon Resort AKS Group Rates
The AKS group rate will not be available until January 19th at noon PST.
Please call the Mt. Hood Oregon resort for reservations @ 503-622-2250, ask for the American Kumihimo Society group rate. (Booking sites will not honor the AKS group rate)
The AKS group rate will apply to Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday nights (August 18 – 22). The group rate is also available for 3 days prior and after the AKS Retreat.
King & Queen Rooms $149.00* per night.
Fireside Rooms $179.00* per night.
*A Resort Fee, currently $20.00 per room per night, plus 7.8% tax will be added to room charges.
Resort fee provides Internet service; pool, hot tub, parking, wifi, putt-putt course, Direct TV, and other seasonal recreation.
Rollway beds are available for a $10 charge per night (not available in all room types).
Cancellations must be made before 4pm 24 hrs in advance of arrival date.
Immerse yourself in 4 days of kumihimo exploring fiber, beads, and non-traditional materials. Students work 2 days with Makiko Tada and 2 days with Adrienne Gaskell. Both of the 2-day sessions will be tailored to each student’s level of experience and, as much as possible, students will guide their own course of study. Students will primarily use the marudai although marudai experience is not required. Some of Makiko Tada’s lessons may also include the disk and/or plate. Advanced students may choose more complex techniques and projects. Projects may be started in class for completion at home or after-class free time. All levels of experience are welcome.
Makiko Tada’s 2-day class will focus on processes, patterns, and techniques. Students may choose from many of Makiko’s braids based on their individual skill level. Makiko will guide students to explore possibilities using a variety of braid structures. Students will learn techniques for creating their own patterns.
Adrienne Gaskell’s 2-day class will focus on basic through advanced techniques specific to designing jewelry with beaded and/or fiber braids. Adrienne will share her innovations for faster, more efficient braiding, problem-solving, and how to take ideas from concept to reality. Students will learn how to choose the right cords for unusual materials, how to braid around a core, and when and how to use an armature.
Classes will be from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm with a 1-hour lunch break. Early class times allow for leisure time in the afternoon and evening to take advantage of the extended daylight hours or explore the Mt. Hood area. The classroom will be open after hours for those wishing to gather on their own to work on class projects.
Students will provide their own marudai equipment. If a student does not have a marudai, one can be rented with advance notice. A complete supply list will be provided well in advance of the retreat. Some Japanese silk and metallic fibers will be available for purchase as well as Hamanaka disk and plates. Makiko Tada will provide yarn for sample braids. Adrienne Gaskell will have kits and some project supplies available for purchase. Students may bring their own materials.