Annual Retreat

Great Basin Basketmakers Annual Retreat

 May 5th - 8th, 2019



May 5-8, 2019

Come join us for our annual GBB Retreat at Zephyr Point Conference Center located on beautiful Lake Tahoe. This year we are honored to have Lucy Parker and her family teaching a small Miwok-Paiute twined basket using natural materials such as tule and willow. Participants will be guided along on a bas-ket weaving journey by Lucy Parker, her daughter Ursula Jones, and granddaughter Naomi Jones. Lucy is a descendant of the Yosemite Miwok, Mono Lake Kutzadika (Mono Basin Paiute) and Kashaya Pomo peoples. This will be an amazing experience having three generations of weavers sharing their knowl-edge and cultural stories as we weave together. They continue the family heritage having learned their traditional handiwork from their mother and grandmother, master basket weaver Julia Parker, one of the most famous basket weavers in California. This is a retreat you wonít want to miss!!!!

In addition to the Miwok-Paiute basket, we will have materials available to make an antler basket or a scrap basket (basket made with left over materials.) Bonnie Kennedy has a bag of antlers which you can purchase for $15 each. They will be available at the April and May meetings, we will have power tools at that time to drill them. The cost for the Miwok-Paiute Basket class will be $30 + $30 for materials fee.

Other activities at the retreat will include some fun with polymer clay, making felted beads and buttons and anything a member might want to share with the group. We do love those embellishments. Morning activities include stretching exercises led by Kaylee Mayne. Thereís always some activity happening.

The fee this year is $290 for double occupancy rooms and all meals. Check in time will be 3:30 PM on Sunday, May 5 and check out will be after breakfast, Wed, May 8th. This year we are offering a one-day package for those folks who canít attend the entire event. The oneĖday fee is $150 for the Miwok-Paiute basket class, which includes class fee, materials, and three meals (arrive prior to breakfast at 8 am and leave after dinner at 6 pm.) When you sign-up for the one-day class please indicate which day you would prefer, as we will need to send you a parking pass and provide you with a meal bracelet.

Sign-ups have already began for this years retreat. If you are interested in attending and canít make it to the monthly meetings, please contact Karen Olson at or mail your check made out to GBB: to Karen Olson, 4201 Fairview Road, Reno, NV 89511.

All fees will be due by the April 4 GBB meeting..

Donít get left behind, sign up for this memorable retreat!!!!


Remember, GBB offers grants to members to help offset cost of attending classes, workshops, conferences or the retreat. The application form is available on our website. You may contact any of the grant committee members: Betty Hulse, Susan Lester, and Karen Olson for further information.