Great Basin Basketmakers Annual Retreat

                                            2021 Retreat is canceled


Come join us for our annual GBB Retreat at Zephyr Point Conference Center located on beautiful Lake Tahoe. This year we welcome Jo Campbell-Amsler, willow aficionado from eastern Iowa. Come meet Jo, and share her love of all things willow. She refers to herself as a gatherer; her baskets are her way of sharing what she has gathered. Working from her home studio, Willow Ridge, she grows and harvests the willow used for her basket work. So please come and share this willow experience with one of our most favorite willow instructors.
On Wednesday, Jo will be teaching a Willow Ridge Herb Basket - (class level intermediate) Construct a garden herb basket using 3 willow hoops, willow weavers, and traditional rib-style techniques. This basket is constructed very differently from most rib baskets, so will add a new dimension to your weaving skills. Dimensions: 12.5” L x 8.5” W x 8.5” H  Material Fee: $55

On Thursday, Jo will be teaching a Bird Weave—Random Willow Weave - (all levels) Create a willow fabric structure using random weave tech-niques. Willow sticks are interlaced creating a flat surface, that is then shaped into a variety of 3-dimensional forms. Basket shapes are purely sculptural, the possibilities are endless!  Material Fee: $45

Spaces for Jo Campbell-Amsler’s classes are limited so sign-up early, we are only allowing participants to sign-up for one day class with her, so everyone gets an opportunity to experience Jo’s willow know-edge and weaving tips.
Other activities at the retreat will include some fun with a variety of natural materials, and any woven craft project a member might want to share with the group. Morning activities include stretching exercises led by Kaylee Mayne. There’s always some activity happening.
The fee this year is $295 for double occupancy rooms and all meals, a deposit of $45 will hold a space for you.
Cancellation and a refund of the deposit will be honored if made before March 1, 2020. Check in time will be 3:30 PM on Tuesday, May 12 and check out will be after breakfast, Friday, May 15. Please let us know if you have any special dietary needs when you register; also if you have a prospective roommate that you wish to bunk with. The balance of the retreat fees are due at the April 2, 2020 guild meeting.
Sign-ups begin January 2, 2020 for this year’s retreat. If you are interested in attending and can’t 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.
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.