Iceland, off the beaten path
March 18 - 29, 2022
Our adventure starts at the tip-top of Iceland, with whale watching and a visit to spectacular volcanic lake, Myvatn. Next we travel around the east coast of the country. Authentic food, rugged landscape and coastal views will be ours. The trip southward then breaks for a mini-retreat inside Vatnajökull National Park. And once in the south, we'll visit Iceland's famous black beach at Vik and get to know the fiber community on the Woolen Circle. Might we catch a view of the Northern Lights??? We'll certainly be on the lookout! Our trip concludes in Reykjavik. Easy to add on a day or two for exploring the city.
Squidney Knits Vintage England
April 2 - 10, 2022
Join Sydney Crabaugh with Rowan Tree Travel in England for a Vintage Knitting Experience like no other! We will start in London to get our 1950’s and 60’s mojo going with a focus on fashion history from the V&A Museum’s collection to a Vintage shopping crawl through Covent Garden, Soho and Brick Lane. Then, as we head up into the North of England, we will continue back in time into the 1940’s and on to the 20's, with knitting workshops and talks punctuated by immersive vintage experiences as we go. This tour will be filled with insight, laughter, and opportunities to get your vintage on through the ages!
April 22 - May 1, 2022
Wales is a gem of a destination, especially for fiber enthusiasts. We’ll be there during the region’s preeminent fiber festival, Wonderwool Wales, which showcases a variety of fiber materials, methods and makers. Join us as we explore this wool event plus travel through sheep-dotted hills, wild moorland, rugged coastline, glimpse hidden waterfalls and enjoy stellar hospitality.
A Fiber Adventure in Copenhagen & the Faroe Islands
April 23 - May 1, 2022
This tour is a study in contrasts - the windswept and rugged beauty of the Faroe Islands and the cosmopolitan buzz of the streets and canals of Copenhagen. Before our time in the Faroes (including a Faroese knitting festival!), we will enjoy a weekend in Copenhagen - cruising the canals, visiting royal palaces and modern design museums. Regardless of where we are, we will delight in the hygge (cozy) experiences as we gather together to knit and as we catch glimpses of the arrival of Spring!
A Knitter's Tour of British Breeds
May 3 - 13, 2022
There’s no place like England for getting to know wool. Long and lustrous, downy and soft, springy, coarse, fine and feltable ⏤ we’ll explore all its potential by getting to know the sheep that bring us such a diverse range of fiber. Our tour of The West Country (Devon, Cornwall & the Cotswolds) will introduce you to the people, places and sheep that keep British wool among the world's very best.
A Wild Wales Holiday
May 16 - 24, 2022
Join us in Wales for a Wild and Woolly Holiday with Heather and Audrey! This will be a less formal retreat than our traditional tours. Together we hatched a plan and decided to take a well-earned holiday and to invite our Merry Band of Travelers to join us on holiday. Accommodations will be rustic-yet-gorgeous as we experience "Glamping" - a comfortable and rather luxurious type of camping! We WILL have roofs over our heads, whether in a farmhouse, a garden cabin ... or maybe a geo-dome! We look forward to some typical sightseeing: castles, gardens, cathedrals and museums, dolphin spotting; as well exploring the quieter side of Wales with visits to remote chapels, seaside villages, and walks along the wild coastal paths to remote beaches. And of course a jaunt to at least one farm to check out some amazing organic wool! Come walk on the woolly wild side of Wales with us!
Rustic Accommodations include a mix of private, allocated bathrooms in the bathhouse and shared cabin bathrooms
Trip Activity Level: Retreating
Make - Walk - Explore
A Creative Journey through
the Greek Isles
May 27 - June 3, 2022
Join us for a walking and creativity-filled trip overseas. We've chartered the Aegeotissa, a 100+ foot motorsailer, and will be sailing from island to island while including hiking (4-6 miles), swimming, visiting villages, markets, artisans, archeological sites, and sampling local food. Each morning will offer a facilitated, creative work session.
Trip Activity Level: Walking
Ireland through the maker's lens
June 10 - 19, 2022 and June 17 - 26, 2022
Join Rowan Tree Travel & Fibercraft in June for one of our fiber-infused journeys to The Emerald Isle. Our trips begin or end in Dublin, the lively capitol city. But much of our time is beyond there, in country-wide exploring. We’ll be in lovely villages, lush countryside and along the craggy Atlantic shores. We’ll meet some of Ireland’s most influential fiber folks – teachers, designers, dyers and doers – and hear about the current struggle to keep Irish wool production alive. We’ll also spend time at historic sites, farm-to-table venues, famous distilleries, lavish country houses, cozy inns and get to know good Irish craic in the pubs. What an adventure. We can’t wait to share it with you!
Knitting in the Canadian Maritimes
Cancelled due to Hurricane Fiona
September 26 - October 5, 2022
Come with us to Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia as we explore two of the three Canadian Maritime provinces. On Prince Edward Island, known as The Gentle Island, we will visit alpacas and mills, walk on it's famous red sand beaches, visit local artisan shops, learn the traditional craft of rug hooking and dance at an island ceilidh. In Nova Scotia the fibre reverence continues with a linen mill tour, woolen blankets, sheep and yarn and unabashedly more yarn! On the rather small island of Big Tancook, we will spend a day with Lucy Neatby in a private workshop on double knitting. Accommodation will be in grand old inns and characterful cottages, all within view of the ever present ocean.
Wool & Whisky II:
Highlands & Islands Edition
September 10 - 23, 2022
Our much anticipated "Highlands and Islands" edition will explore the most northerly regions of Scotland, from Inverness to Dunnet Head and around the spectacular coast to Ullapool. Along the way, we will venture to The Orkney Islands and then head by ferry to The Outer Hebrides before flying to Glasgow. This tour will cover a lot of ground, a lot of history, and a lot of textile traditions! (And just a wee bit of whisky.) Small yarn producers, indie dyers, tapestry artists and that iconic Harris Tweed will all be featured, along with some visits to farms keeping rare breed sheep.
A Wool Lover's Visit to the North of England
September 26 - October 6, 2022
September 26 - October 6, 2022