As spring starts to feel more official, it's time to start making fair-weather plans. On my list: A trip out to the WildCraft Studio School out in White Salmon, WA (about an hour's drive from Portland). It was opened last year by artist Chelsea Heffner as a creative retreat, offering craft and textile-related classes in an idyllic pastoral setting. Their second season of courses is about to launch next month, and has expanded significantly, with classes in sandal-making, indigo dyeing, Ayurveda, and knife making, with instructors largely drawn from the Portland community, like Portland Apothecary's Kristen Dilley and Elie Barausky and Emily Katz. They'll be hosting mostly one-day courses on the weekends through November 1st, but get in now for the broadest selection of learning and escaping opportunities.

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