After settling in to the comfortable Loonsong Cottage with coffee and snacks we got an introduction to baskets and the materials from Sian Turner. All of us were beginners so Sian showed us each step then worked with us. We were making the same style basket – but each could make selections of type of the widths to use, accent colours and web handles. As a result each basket was unique.
It was a fun day with lots of chat and laughter and a delicious lunch. Four of us stayed overnight and enjoyed an evening of wonderful food and talk.
The cottage is situated in the lovely Country Harbour and there are walks through the fern and mossy forest, along the brook, or down to the nearby Salsman Provincial Park. A spectacular sunrise over perfectly calm water made for a great photo opportunity.
The drive from Antigonish is just 1 hour and through beautiful countryside with the tamarak providing the golden accent colour at this time of year.
Look for more workshops in the spring – sign up at www.loongsongcottageretreat.com This is a beautiful location for a retreat or workshop. This year featured Aromatherapy, Yoga, Be You Fully, and a Discovery Circle. Spring workshops are in the planning stage.
The food and hospitality are wonderful and accommodations are very comfortable and homey. Kathi is a masseuse so there is an opportunity for a massage as part of the weekend if you book it.