Thursday, December 27, 2012

Happy New Year!

Willow Christmas tree by Marian Medlyn, photo from Poppy Hatinger
With the daylight hours starting to lengthen, now is a great time for making plans. Here are a couple of things you might want to consider.
Jo Campbell-Amsler and Lee Zieke Lee will host their second Willow Gathering in Decorah, Iowa June 27-July 2, 2013. The 2012 event was amazing, and this year's line-up of instructors is all you need to start feeling inspired: Allison Fitzgerald from Ireland, Margaret Matthewson from Oregon, and Joanna Schanz from the Amana Colonies in Iowa. The conference brochure is here. Don't wait to register!
There's also an opportunity to study with Jo Campbell-Amsler and Joanna Schanz in the Amana Colonies March 9-10, 2013. This is a new date for Willow Weekend, a long-running event where each instructor takes no more than five students and tailors the event to each student's needs and desires. Details are here
Thank you to Poppy Hatinger for the holiday photo at the top of this post. She writes: "I have had Marion help me several times with Willow in the Garden presentations and willow garden towers workshops but she didn't need a tower in her garden. I kept saying it could be a christmas tree. So after harvest this year she gave herself a big project and attached are the results. I had to laugh since she intended for something somewhat smaller  but the willow just seemed to grow!  To finish it she was up on a ladder."
Wishing you all a wonderful 2013 with thriving ideas and willow that grows the the way you need it!

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