Upcoming events

    • 07 Jun 2018
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • 10 Jun 2018
    • 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Decorah, Iowa
    Weave a Real Peace 2018 Annual Meeting
    Sustaining Culture: Environment, Economy, Community

    These happy people were glad to be in Oaxaca, Mexico in 2017!

    WARP’s Annual Meeting brings members together for education, fellowship, food, an international marketplace and networking. This year’s meeting is set for June 7th – 10th in Decorah, Iowa and features talks each morning, tours each afternoon and evening programs.  We welcome new members to join us for the annual meeting – join here.

    There's even information about a self-guided textile and fiber tour of Western Wisconsin that you will want to allow time for on Sunday afternoon, before you head home!  (More information will be provided shortly, watch your email for more!)

    If you have any problems or questions about registration, contact Rita Chapman at info@weavearealpeace.org. 


    WARP’s mission is to foster a global network of enthusiasts who value the importance of textiles to grassroots economies. Our purpose is to exchange information, raise awareness of the importance textile traditions to grassroots economies, mobilize textile enthusiasts and create conversations that result in action.  Learn more at Weave a Real Peace.


Registration Details

WARP’s 2018 Annual Meeting is set for June 7th – 10th in Decorah, Iowa and features talks each morning, tours each afternoon and evening programs.  We welcome new members to join us for the annual meeting – join here .

Meeting Registration Costs:  The Early-Bird registration fee is $190 for WARP Members, but goes up to $225 after April 11, so register early!  Non-members Early-Bird Registration is $240 (and goes to $275 after April 11), and includes a one-year WARP membership. 

Lodging and Meals: 
You will need to register separately for your own lodging and meals at Luther College, the site of our conference.  Luther's registration will be available on Tuesday March 6 at 5:00PM.  Meeting Planners will provide a link to you by email as soon as it is available.  Costs are below - but note you will not need to pay for lodging and meals until you arrive at Luther College!

  • Double Room costs:   $40.50 per person per night
  • Single Room costs:  $47.25 per person per night
  • Meals costs:  You will purchase a Swipe-Card for your meals.  The cost for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for one day is a very reasonable $24.10 per day.  (You will purchase Dinner Thursday June 7 through Sunday June 10 Lunch.)
  • Approximate Total:  With a double room and meals for 3 days, you should expect to pay an approximate total of $195.00 to $210.00.
Getting to Decorah: 
Decorah, IA is located in the northeast corner of Iowa, near the border with Minnesota and Wisconsin.  It is located on IA State Route 9, near the junction with ISR-52. 
Flying:  Three airports serve the area:  Waterloo, IA (77 miles from Decorah); LaCrosse, WI (56 miles from Decorah), and Rochester, MN (71 miles from Decorah).
By Car:  Decorah is a three-hour drive (145 miles) from Madison, WI and (158 miles) from Minneapolis.  It is a 5-hour drive (287 miles) from Chicago - and each of these cities also have airports served by more than one airline.  View driving directions on the web at http://www.visitdecorah.com/travel-directions.

Tentative Progam Details

Thursday evening June 7th We open with a Welcome Circle at 7 pm. (Be sure to get dinner beforehand!)

Presentations and Discussions on Friday and Saturday Mornings:

  • Mary Anne Wise, Co-founder of Cultural Cloth, a social enterprise supporting textile practitioners from around the world
  • Diane Nesselhuf, founder of Friends of Sharing the Dream in Guatemala which promotes fair trade
  • Elisha Renne,co-founder of the non-profit women’s embroidery group, Queen Amina Embroidery
  • Mary Hark, Associate Professor of Design Studies at University of Wisconsin- Madison and founder of the Ghana Paper Project, using invasive plant materials to create paper products and sustainable employment to the community of Kumasi.
  • A representative of Seed Savers International
  • Tales from the recent Tinkuy in Peru from Dorinda Dutcher and Teena Jennings.

Afternoon Tours:  We'll visit Seed Savers on Friday, and receive a behind the scenes tour and reception at Vesterheim on Saturday.

Friday Evening Program:  Following a Book Signing Reception hosted by Thrums Books, and after dinner, WARP Members will give short presentations about recent projects.

Saturday evening:  WARP will Celebrate our 25th Anniversary after a brief auction of some very special textiles.  There will be cake! 

Our International Marketplace is open on Friday and Saturday, as is the Silent Auction.
  Don't forget your lovely donatable items! 

Our Annual Business meeting is on Sunday morning, June 10th with a breakfast /  brunch buffet.

Weave a Real Peace, Inc.

c/o 6182 Pollard Avenue

East Lansing, MI  48823 

(517) 333-8145

Email: info@weavearealpeace.org

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