Thursday 31st March – Sunday 3rd April 2022

Thursday 12th – Sunday 15th May 2022

Thursday 4th – Sunday 7th August 2022

Close up detail of SAORI weaving on loom.

SAORI weaving workshop

Further 2022 dates to be announced

Shizuka Ryokan will be rife with creativity and sustainability in March when Prue Simmons returns to teach a three-day SAORI workshop. SAORI is a type of Japanese weaving.

Prue Simmons is the founder of the Dyeing to Weave Studio, and is one of just three SAORI teachers in Australia. She was taught traditional Japanese weaving and natural dye techniques by Toyomi Harada in the mountains on Honshu, Japan.

Prue is interested in sustainability, natural dyes, up-cycling and environmentally friendly textiles. Prue and her partner run White Stone Farm in Central Victoria. On the farm they raise llamas and use their fleece to weave beautiful pieces.

To learn more about SAORI you can read the blog post on Shizuka Ryokan’s Japanese culture blog.