Estonia, A Medieval Jewel

A Fairy Tale Land of Castles, Forested Islands, Wooden Windmills, Lighthouses and a Legendary Textile Culture

June 14 - 23, 2016

Postponed.  Stay tuned for new dates!

Folk and Lace Knitting with Nancy Bush,

Expert and Author of Five Books

Knitting and rich textiles are the cornerstone of Estonian folk culture and the idyllic setting for a knitting and handicraft adventure!  Bordering Russia and Latvia, and located just across the Baltic Sea from Finland, Estonia has a rich culture and colorful handicraft history.  Its legendary medieval market towns were the haunt of the Tsars of Russia, knights, merchants, monks, and royalty.  Join us for an epic journey focusing on the knitting and textile history of this charming destination.


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10 Days

Now open for registration


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Plus a Native Estonian Handicraft Retreat

July 8 - 15, 2016

Hosted by the University of Tartu’s Viljandi Cultural Academy, whose focus is on culture, creativity, innovation and heritage, you can spend a glorious week-long, hands-on retreat immersed in a variety of Estonian handicrafts. In the quaint town of Olustvere, located 138 km from Tallin in southern Estonia, the objective of this retreat is to introduce Estonian handicraft with an overview of techniques of your choosing in four one-day workshops.  You will learn the modern usage of these ancient techniques.  Located in beautiful forest and field scenery, all activities will take place at different locations of the manor site such as the distillery, the stables, the craft house, etc.  One day will be devoted to a field trip of your choice into the rich countryside.


Trip Dates:  July 8 - 15, 2016

Now open for registration