Federation 2017 Overview

Fiber Friends

October 13-16, 2017, the Federation Annual Retreat will again be held at:

Mount Carmel Camp
800 Mount Carmel Drive Northeast
Alexandria, Minnesota

The phones at the camp are 1-800-793-4381 or 1-320-846-2744


Catherine Friend
author, farmer, speaker, fiber artist
“Friends Don’t Let Friends Raise Sheep”



The cost of the retreat will be $195. That includes lodging for Friday and Saturday nights w/linens, all meals and your choice of TWO classes (additional class material fees may apply).  Your registration is not complete and your place and classes are not reserved until payment has been received.


Friday and Saturday night accommodations are included in your registration fee. Mount Carmel can comfortably accommodate about 80 overnight guests in the Lodge and cabins. All linens are provided. There is room on the Registration Form to request the type of accommodation that you’d like and to list your “roommates”. It is very unlikely that requests for single rooms can be fulfilled, we just don’t have the space.

Lodge Rooms: Located in the main lodge, each of nine hotel-style rooms has a private bathroom with a variety of sleeping arrangements. A combination of queen and twin beds, along with bunk beds will sleep up to 4 guests. Some lodge rooms are handicap-accessible.  Lodge rooms are in the same building as the dining room, most classrooms, and vendor area, with no stairs in between.

Please Note: All of the cabins are separate from the main lodge. Most cabins are on small hills above the parking lot and walking paths and have several steps up to the front door.

New Cabins: Built within the last few years, these two-bedroom cabins have a bathroom and combined living/kitchen area. The kitchen is equipped with cooking facilities, utensils, and dishes. The cabins have double or twin hide-a-beds in the living room and sleep 4-6 people.

Remodeled Cabins: There are a number of very comfortable remodeled cabins, many with a lakeside view. Available with a variety of different bed arrangements, each has a bathroom with shower. Some of the remodeled cabins are west of the chapel and have kitchens.  Remodeled cabins sleep up to 4 people.

Traditional Cabins: These smaller, comfortable cabins have a variety of beds and an older decor. All of the traditional cabins are located along the ridge. Most of the bathrooms are shared between two small bedrooms. Traditional cabins sleep up to 4 people. None of these cabins have kitchens.


Massages and yoga with Julie Hiemenz will be available again this year. Yoga sessions will be held on both Saturday and Sunday mornings at a cost of $9 for each session.  Messages will be available.  The message rates are, $15 for 15 minutes, $30 for half an hour and $55 for a full hour.