SOAR Registration Sneak-Peek!

When we returned from Spin-Off Autumn Retreat (SOAR) last year, I explained to folks here at Interweave that SOAR is all about transformation. Because it’s an autumn retreat, we watch leaves transform into crimson and gold and other colors there likely aren’t names for yet. Unwieldy tufts of wool—and alpaca and silk and bamboo—transform into yarn, which transforms into socks and scarves and shawls and felted vessels. Empty conference rooms transform into fiber workshops and a bustling marketplace. First-time participants arrive from all over the world and transform into lifelong friends by the end of the week. Preferences about technique, fiber, or a well-loved tool transform through lively class discussions and late-night gatherings around wheels and favorite drinks!

This year we’re experiencing another transformation with our registration as it becomes an entirely online, first-come, first-served process. I’ve heard from many of you who are concerned about how registration will work this year, so I’m offering a bit of a sneak peek.

On May 7th (1 p.m. EDT), go to the SOAR website and click on the pumpkin-colored button in the upper right-hand corner that says "Register." This will transport you to our online registration form. You’ll fill in your name and e-mail address, and from a drop-down menu, you’ll be given three registration choices: Retreat Only, Workshop and Retreat, Workshop Only. It looks like this:

Choose the registration type you’d like and click “Next.” Then you’ll answer several questions, such as whether we have permission to take your photo at SOAR, print your e-mail address in our program guide, if you’re willing to lend equipment to other participants, or if it's your first SOAR. On the next screen, you'll choose your classes from a drop-down menu. Here’s a peek from the Friday a.m. retreat:

If [waitlist] appears after a class name, this means the class is full. You may EITHER choose the full class to be put on the waitlist OR choose another class which still has room. Choosing to be added to the waitlist means you are not registered for a class during that session—we will notify you if space becomes available.

After making all of your class selections, you can order souvenirs by typing in the quantity you’d like to order in the boxes at the right. Click next and then pay—either by entering your credit card number (our site is secure) or by entering a check number and mailing in your check. We’ve done our best to make registration user-friendly and are confident that you’re going to soar (couldn’t resist) through it with ease!

Soon after you’ve completed your registration, you’ll receive a confirmation e-mail with your class details, confirmation number, and a link to follow where you can make your lodging reservation (Yes, online!) at Sunriver Resort.

As you’re clicking through registration for SOAR 2009, please remember that amidst our twenty-first-century technological advancements, we are still transformed most by our devotion to the centuries-old traditions of carding, spinning, dyeing, weaving, and especially to the laughter of old friends.

See you in Sunriver,

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