2019 Fibershed Wool & Fine Fiber Symposium

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Dance Palace

503 B Street

Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

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Partnerships that Elevate

The 8th annual Fibershed Symposium will explore the role of partnership in elevating and activating right relationship with bioregional material culture.

From soil to skin, partnerships elevate our experience with fiber and dye systems, our opportunity to implement meaningful and vital work, our hope and resilience in a changing climate, and our potential to find common ground. At present, there are many points of disconnection between humans, plants, and animals, and from this separation stems confusion, ignorance, and even division in our human communities. Through partnering with one another we engage, we participate, we carry responsibility, and we are nurtured.

Hear from scientists, community leaders, landscape managers, and artists: together we will come to understand how partnerships support whole ecosystem health and connections between communities. We will hear elements and insights of effective partnerships, and we will listen to cultural context of critical truths and imbalances that must be restored to cultivate pathways to collaboration.

Partnerships span from rich and diverse microbial communities under our feet, to the carbon-sequestering grazing and planting practices made possible through human collaboration, research, and guidance, to creative fiber and dye projects that provide a sense of place through land-based education.

In this year’s Symposium, we will look into how we support one another in generating a vision, a practice, and in turn, an in-perpetuity culture invested in managing whole systems with heart, wisdom, and intellect. We will converse and ask questions about modern ideas of sustainability and deconstruct popular narratives whose time has come to be re-evaluated and elevated.

We recognize this event will take place on the traditional territory of the Southern Pomo and Coast Miwok peoples.

Presentations & Panels:
Check back soon for a complete schedule and list of speakers

  • Connectivity from Macro to Microbiome: Living Partnerships and Pathways for Soil Carbon Sequestration - Dr. David Johnson and Hui-Chun Su Johnson

  • Cultural challenges and ecological opportunities toward restoring traditional ecological management of plant species used for basketry and regalia making within the ancestral territory of the Sierra Miwuk Nation - Irene Vasquez, M.S.

  • Climate-benefitting collaborations: cultivating land-based strategies from urban agriculture to integrated vineyards, to California cotton fields - panel discussion

  • Handcrafted: how partnerships between artists and farmers elevate creative practices - panel discussion

  • Creating conditions for partnership: elucidating experiences within traditional North American fiber and dye systems, sharing the history of indigenous communities, African Americans, and poor people - Dominique Drakeford

  • Regionalizing the means of production: unplugging from opaque systems while providing localized livelihood opportunities

Symposium Marketplace: Free & Open to the Public All Day!

Join us in lofting a regional fiber economy: meet farmers, ranchers and designers from within our 150-mile region who will be offering place-based goods and raw materials for textile creation in the Symposium Marketplace. Shop yarn, roving, clothes, soaps, bedding, sheepskins, home goods, and more, all made with 100% locally grown fiber and natural dyes.

The Symposium Marketplace is spread across the Dance Palace’s Main Hall and Church Hall: the Church Hall is free to access and open all day, and the Main Hall hosts the presentations and will be open to the public during the mid-day break from 12:30-2:30 pm.

Demonstrations: Free & Open to the Public from 12:30-2:30

Experience elements of the soil-to-skin process including sheep shearing, wool grading, heritage sheep, angora rabbits, felting, flax production, natural dyeing, spinning, weaving, mending, and primitive skills. The demonstrations take place outside on the Dance Palace front and back lawn, weather permitting.

Share Your Symposium Experience: #2019WoolSymposium

We invite you to join in on social media as we share sneak peeks and updates leading up to the Symposium. Throughout the day, we invite you to share your reflections and connections using #2019WoolSymposium on social media.

Member Discount
Fibershed members with a current membership receive an access code to discounted tickets. To become a member as a Fibershed Supporter, visit our website and join or renew today. To become a member as a Fibershed Producer, join or renew here. If you are a current member and have not received a discount access code, please email office@fibershed.com to request the code.


Original illustration by Nina and Sonya Montenegro of The Far Woods

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Dance Palace

503 B Street

Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

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Refunds up to 7 days before event

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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