AKS Gathering 2018 ● Tampa Florida

When: October 26, 27 & 28, 2018
Where: Tampa, Florida
Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore – AKS Gathering rate $134 per night + tax.
AKS has reserved a block of rooms with a special rate of $134 per night (plus applicable taxes). Ask for the AKS Gathering Rate. Rooms must be canceled at least 48 hours prior to arrival date for a refund. Rooms will be available until the AKS Gathering room block is sold out.

About the AKS Gathering

The AKS Gathering is a rare event geared specifically to kumihimo enthusiasts. It is a place to learn new techniques, to reinforce the basics, and to meet and enjoy the camaraderie of others with the same interests.

AKS is an education based 501(c)(3) organization and very proud that students rated our inaugural AKS Gathering teachers at a  4.77 out of a possible 5. We were also overwhelmed by the excitement for next year, 72% of our 2017 attendees have preregistered for the 2018 AKS Gathering!

The AKS Gathering team is taking student suggestions to heart and learning from 2017.  We are certain that 2018 will be even more successful with new instructors, a vendor marketplace, a pre-conference field trip and more surprises, so don’t miss out!

  • Three full days of classes with acclaimed instructors such as Makiko Tada, Jacqui Carey, Giovanna Imperia, Adrienne Gaskell, and more!
  • Informative and educational presentations each morning before class.
  • Small teacher to student ratio.
  • A delicious, complimentary lunch buffet offered each of the class days.
  • The Gathering Place, where attendees get together during the non-class time to braid and socialize.
  • Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore offers hotel guests:
    $2.00 off discount voucher for the breakfast buffet in Café Breeze
    Complimentary Tampa International Airport shuttle – and – anywhere within 3 miles of the hotel
    Complimentary internet in guest rooms and meeting space
    Complimentary parking (for hotel guests and conference attendees)

The AKS Gathering distributes a Conference Publication to all attendees with braiding articles by instructors and experts in the field of braiding. Link to purchase AKS Gathering publication.

The American Kumihimo Society is looking for experienced kumihimo instructors to teach at next year’s AKS Gathering. Our objective is to offer a variety of exceptional braiding classes at all levels of experience.
Link to class application and teacher compensation package
Proposals for classes that have not been previously taught and projects that are unpublished will have a higher probability of acceptance. Teachers may submit multiple applications for review. Please complete a new application for each class proposal.

Questions and other information: Margaret Jeppesen moc.o1529458277ohay@1529458277tink21529458277jeam1529458277