This is the first time I’ve held this 4 day weaving retreat in Sydney! Don’t miss it.

Join me at the beautiful Eramboo Artist Environment, Northern Beaches of Sydney. Set on 6 acres of bushland adjacent to Ku-ring-gai National Park.

Thursday 17 February – Sunday 20 February 2021 10am – 4pm daily. This is a non residential retreat.

Limited to only 12 spots –  BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL.


“I was lucky enough to attend Catriona’s 4 day workshop at the Pilot Station in Camden Head.  It was truly a blessing to have four full days of creativity being guided and taught by someone who is so talented and inspiring.  I learnt a lot, laughed a lot and it felt so good to be part of such a like minded and creative group. It was a special four days that I will not forget in a hurry.” Allison


“Thank You Catriona for the 4 day Random Weave and Sculptural Workshop. This workshop had boosted my confidence and creativity and had taught me practical techniques that I can apply in a myriad of ways. My basketry skills have escalated since doing your workshop! I loved the way you scaffolded each skill we learnt with your teaching style this made the progress smooth and achievable!  Thank you also for your encouragement, reassurance and support.”  Lea

Taping into your creativity, we will be exploring traditional basketry with a sculptural perspective. This workshop is so much more than just learning techniques, it’s an opportunity to connect with nature, your stories and tap into powerful creativity that is ready to surface.

You will be learning and exploring my favourite basketry techniques including:

  • random weaving with vines or long leafy plants
  • twining
  • looping
  • using materials including seagrass, twine and foraged natural fibres.

By the end of this course you will be confident in multiple basketry techniques.

You will complete a series of sculptural forms culminating in your very own sculpture using the techniques we’ve explored and materials that you’ve foraged as well as class materials.

Learning at your own pace, in this hands on, practical workshop is all about exploration and experimentation not perfection. While learning basketry techniques, you will be reconnecting with your imagination and creativity.

It’s a small class so you get hands-on tuition from expert weaver, Catriona Pollard.

Suitable for beginners, or intermediate weavers. If you’ve never done weaving before – perfect! You’ll love it and leave with finished basketry sculptures and the confidence to do more.

This course is for you if:

  • You want to learn multiple basketry techniques.
  • You don’t have any experience or want to further develop your weaving.
  • You’re looking for a fun, relaxing creative outlet, and an enjoyable way to spend your downtime.
  • You deserve the gift of four days of dedicated weaving with a group of lovely people.

Catriona Pollard – Basketry artist and teacher

Currently the Northern Beaches Artist in Residence, Catriona is a practicing basketry artist and teacher, her unique sculptural work offers glimpses of shapeshifting natural forms, from unnoticed branches, leaves and seedpods into stunning works that celebrate the abundance of nature.

She uses foraged and discarded plant material with traditional basketry and assemblage techniques to reimagine nature.

Her art is about truly seeing the extraordinary in everyday moments. Simply, it’s about being still, and letting the beauty surface.

She has had several solo exhibitions and exhibited extensively in selected and group exhibitions. She’s been finalist in many art awards including Emerging Artist of the Year Craft NSW, Ravenswood Women’s Art Prize, Northern Beaches Art Prize, North Sydney Art Prize, Warringah Art Prize, and Mosman Art Gallery.

She teaches sold out workshops in her studio in Sydney, week long residentials at art schools and also internationally.

Her artwork is profiled across major art and design media and is featured nationally in galleries, high end design spaces and private collections. Read more about at


Cancellations: 100% refund if you cancel before 17 November 2021. 50% refund if you cancel by 17 January 2022. No refunds after 17 January 2022. If there is a person that can fill your spot from the waiting list then happy to refund you in full. All refunds are less the 0.026% processing fee. 100% refund if I have to cancel for an unforeseen circumstance.

Materials: On booking I’ll send you a list of suggested materials to bring.

This is a non residential retreat.

Thursday 17 February – Sunday 20 February 2021 10am – 4pm daily. 

Venue: Eramboo Artist Environment, McCarrs Creek Road, Terrey Hills, Northern Beaches Sydney. 15 minutes from Narrabeen, 40 minutes from Sydney CBD

Cost: $625 + $80 for materials

Images are of works completed by students. Image in product image is work by Natalie K.