REC Retreats offers special (and in some cases, seasonal) classes that take advantage of Lummi Island's natural resources, allowing you to celebrate her riches, and providing you with an opportunity to explore Lummi Island in-depth. Take home memories and a Lummi treasure, too.
Enhance your visit to the Island and schedule a class for yourself, or share some special time with your family and friends and register together for a unique experience. Explore hidden spots on the island, create Lummi Island keepsakes, cultivate a new hobby, play with the kids... No matter which class you choose, you will go home with fresh experiences and new skills!
It is best to make arrangements a day or two in advance. In some cases, same-day scheduling may be possible. All classes are dependent upon instructor and venue availability (some are weather dependent), which is why we ask you to arrange the class time before registering. Email Kjerstin anytime!
The people and the places here are what make the island extraordinarily special. Work with some of the artists, and visit the farms & gardens which are not always open to the public. A few of these classes can only be offered while resources are "in season" - be sure to call ahead!
Three Pheasant Farm on Tuttle Lane has a spectacular lavender field, and when the lavender is in season, it presents an amazing sensory experience. The “photo op” is worth the trip alone: the huge lavender field is in the foreground, with Orcas Island and the Strait of Juan de Fuca in the background. Pick your own lavender bundles, bring them to REC Retreats and create a wreath with your harvest.
$105/person + $40/each additional person
Learn to can jam
Have you ever been curious about canning? Making fruit or berry jam is the perfect place to start. Come to REC Retreats and participate in a hands-on "jam session". If the season is right, we will share blackberry-picking tips, then you can go pick your own island blackberries to make jam at home! (Additional canning supplies available for sale during the class.)
Each participant will take home a fresh jar of jam.
$70/person + $30/each additional person
Explore the flower gardens at Little Field Farm. Farmer-florist Anne Treat will show
you how to harvest flowers for longest vase life, and you’ll have a chance to select
your own flowers from the garden to make into a beautiful bouquet. Anne will go over basic
flower arranging techniques, and help you arrange your own large table bouquet or bridal bouquet to take home.
$90/person + $35 for each additional person
beach rock mandalas
This easy, meditative art form starts with a rock you find on Sunset Beach. The rest of the materials and equipment are provided for you at REC Retreats. Sit in the sun, gaze at Mt. Baker and the Canadian Cascade Mountain range, enjoy the breeze, relax with lemonade or ice tea, listen to the birds, paint and zen out. (This can be addictive, and you may want to make more when you go home - paint available for sale after the class.)
75 - 90 minutes
$60/person + $25/each additional person
tea cup raku
Raku is a firing technique that originated in 16th Century Japan. The pottery is taken hot from the kiln after a brief firing, then smoked, which creates crackled glazes and metallic effects.
Experience a raku firing at Lynn Dee Studios here on the island! You will learn a few simple glazing techniques and apply the glazes to your bisque fired teacups (provided). Once the glazing is completed, Lynn will place the pieces in the special outdoor raku kiln and the firing can begin. After the firing and smoking are completed, you will be able to take your one-of-a-kind teacup home with you. No previous clay experience necessary.
Lynn Dee, noted Washington potter, will be presenting this workshop at her studio. Click here to learn more about Lynn Dee.
$140/session 1-4 people + $30/each additional person
beach treasure art journal
A beachcomber's dream come true! Pick up pebbles, driftwood, dried kelp, and shells and bring them to REC Retreats. Here you will construct a small blank book, affixing your treasures to the binding to create a one-of-a-kind journal - perfect for a trip diary, or to display photos of your adventure to Lummi Island. The product is a beautiful, professional-looking book that makes a great gift.
75 - 90 minutes
$65/person + $30/each additional person
Felted soap beach rocks
This simple, but slightly messy, project produces a wool-wrapped bar of soap that resembles one of the many beautiful Lummi Island beach rocks. The wool serves as an exfoliator and keeps the bar from getting slippery (or slimy). REC Retreats supplies all of the materials for 3 bars of soap. Feel free to explore the island beaches for inspiration!
75 - 90 minutes
$65/person + $30/each additional person
Get out, get active...
Summer is a gorgeous time on the island, with clear skies, a warm sun, long days and gentle ocean breezes. As you explore the island, you might spot orca whales swimming off Village Point, or bald eagles patrolling the skies, or deer making themselves right at home (anywhere - truly!) If you prefer to spend your time outside or on the move, one of the activities below might be perfect for you.
Digital Scavenger Hunt
Embark on a scavenger hunt that gives you an opportunity to explore Lummi Island like you might not otherwise. Use your own iPhone or iPad to discover Lummi Island while following maps, taking pictures, solving word puzzles, playing brain games, challenging your spatial awareness, and lots more! Each stop teaches participants about the Island, though little-known facts and local lore. This activity is perfect for ALL ages. Rain or shine. Android devices are not yet compatible with this digital scavenger hunt (hopefully soon!) Available after May 1.
$100/group any size (recommended: 2-6 people)
Experience a one-on-one or small group Vinyasa Flow yoga class on Lummi Island. By coordinating movement with purposeful breathing in an athletic sequence of poses, Anne’s classes help students gain greater strength, mobility, focus, and confidence.
Vinyasa flow classes are customizable based on the practice level of the student. Some yoga experience is recommended.
$95 / 1 or 2 people + $30/each additional person
Explore by bike
REC Retreats is pleased to partner with Lummi Island Concierge - they have 24-speed cruisers and Diamond frame bicycles for rent right here on the island. Please contact Lummi Island Concierge directly for rental information. Email for advance reservations: email@example.com
Please text for same-day rental: 360.201.9351.
Just bring yourselves - the campfire will be crackling when you arrive. Settle into the REC Retreats Adirondack chairs for an old-fashioned fun evening. S’mores ingredients are provided (feel free to bring your own hot dogs and use our roasting sticks.) Play yard games or sing around the fire. You can borrow a guitar (if you play) or karaoke box (if you don’t.)
Request a complimentary “kid kit” - it includes glow sticks, sidewalk chalk & campfire stories (both scary and safe - there are stories for all ages!)
7 - 10 pm (enforced quiet hours from 9-10 pm)
$140/group up to 8
At REC Retreats, you will frequently hear us say, "It is all about the process, not the product." Our mantra is a spin-off from Ralph Waldo Emerson's famous quote, "Life is a journey, not a destination." Translation: the outcome of whatever you are doing is less important than the experiences you gain along the way. REC Retreats provides opportunities for you to gain "experiences along the way." We let you explore the equipment and materials; we encourage you to experiment and play. We don't want you to worry about how your project turns out, we want you to take joy from the process of creating. Come play with us...
Paper making for beginners
This introductory class is for those who have little to no experience making paper. Experiment with embedding flower and foliage found in one of the gardens at REC Retreats.
We will be using simple tools and equipment that will be easy and inexpensive for you to duplicate at home if you want to keep practicing your paper making skills.
$75/ person + $30/each additional person
Metal stamping is popular and easy to learn (it takes a little practice to perfect, but that's part of the fun!) Are you curious to find out if you would love this trendy art form? Before investing in equipment, experiment with the supplies at REC Retreats to create plant labels, necklace pendants, key chain “fobs”, charms and more! Jewelry chains and other findings (wire, clasps, hoops, and connectors) are supplied so you can wear your artwork home.
$55/person + $25/each additional person
mad science for families...
Make your concoction (and your mess) at REC Retreats. Take the bubbles/slime/sand/playdough with you so the kids can stay busy and happy while you relax - it's a vacation for everyone that way. We will share the recipes, instructions and ingredient sources so you can make more when you get home!
- Sessions are 75 minutes long.
- Customize your experience: select two of the activities below.
- Children must be supervised by an adult.
- These classes are available during "summer break" only. (June 1 - August 31)
- $45/child (additional $15 materials fee applies if supervising adult participates - payable at time of class)
5+ Create a giant bubble wand - some of the bubbles will be larger than the bubble makers themselves! Mix up the best bubble solution ever. Run through the field at REC Retreats and send your bubble flying towards Mt. Baker. Take home a bottle of the secret recipe bubble solution, the giant bubble wand and some great photos.
6+ Most people are familiar with the malleable marvel called “slime”. Few people know how to make it magnetic. Mix up the mess at REC Retreats and make it magically move using magnets. Take home your own jar of slime and a set of magnets. This class is suitable only for children who are old enough to keep the magnets out of their mouths and away from electronics like cell phones.
(There is an additional $5 materials charge for this class - payable at time of class.)
2+ This class is all about the process, not the product. (However, the product is usually worthy of framing.) Watching the paint react with the salt is entertaining for even the youngest of artists.
Heat Sensitive flubber
4+ This slime gets its color-changing super powers from thermochromic pigment. What is thermochronic pigment, you ask? Come to the class and find out! Similar to mood rings, this slime will change colors with temperature changes. Take home your slime and amaze your friends!
4+ This mixture has a fascinating texture: it feels dry and moist at the same time, if such a thing is possible! You have to "see it to believe it", so view this crazy concoction here: kinetic sand in motion (If you'd prefer to order it ready-made from w.a.b.a. watch their video.) We will put your kinetic sand in a dishpan, and you will have a colorful, take-home sand box.
This is made with real sand, so this class is not for children who will try to eat it. (Keep reading for the edible option!)
Little Folk Dough
2+ While this dough is meant for molding and manipulating, the ingredients in this play dough are completely safe and edible for young children who can’t resist sampling their wares. There are two formulas to choose from (including a gluten-free dough.)
HOW TO REGISTER
1) Browse and select from the class selections above.
2) Contact Kjerstin to set up a session that works with your vacation schedule.
3) REC Retreats will email you a link so you can pay online for your class.
4) REC Retreats will confirm your registration information via email.
5) Come play!
- Some classes may have a maximum number of participants - please clarify if you have a large group (you may also qualify for a group discount!)
- There are no refunds, but if necessary, we may have the flexibility to change or postpone your appointment time. (Please note that we will offer a 100% refund if REC Retreats cancels the class, or if we experience unexpected inclement weather - this refund is offered for campfires & raku firing only.)
- Your class registratiopn is not considered confirmed until paid in full.
- Registered participants only.