Basketmaking with Local Natural Materials

July 15 - July 16


Basketmaking with Local Natural Materials

Basketmaking with Local Natural Materials

This is a 2-day workshop. Classes run from 9-4pm with lunch included (available 12-1pm).

Throughout millennia, the tradition of basket making has always been closely tied to the natural world around us. Nature offers an abundance of beautiful materials as well as inspiration for the basket maker.

On day one of this course, we will begin with a hands-on discussion and exploration of how to respectfully harvest and prepare a wide variety of plants including tree barks, rushes, vines, and plant leaves. Participants will have the chance to learn the process of preparing western red cedar and willow bark for their own basket.

On day two, we will cover the principles of how to design a basket in terms of shape, size, and pattern possibilities. A variety of weaving patterns will be presented for students to incorporate in their basket including plaiting, twill and twining variations.

Sample baskets will be on hand for inspiration.

Material fee includes all weaving materials needed for this workshop.  See student supply list for details.



  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Materials Fee: $60
  • Course Level: All Skill Levels
  • Course Prerequisites: Everyone welcome

Price: $422

This price includes daily lunch, material fees, applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars


Joan Carrigan is a full-time basketmaker and basketry teacher living on Salt Spring Island, BC. Over the past 30 years, her passion for baskets has led her to study, travel, and explore many different techniques and materials.

Joan has a love of both traditional techniques as well as for the sculptural and creative potential that the medium offers. Her inspiration comes from the plant materials she respectfully harvests from nature.


Click here to read more about JOAN CARRIGAN


If you need to make a cancellation, please complete MISSA's on-line cancellation form. Phone or email correspondence will not be accepted.

Click HERE for the form.

BEFORE May 1: For each course withdrawal, a refund for tuition and any applicable supply fee will be issued, minus a $50 administrative fee.

May 2 – June 29: For each course withdrawal, a tuition credit for MISSA 2024 will be issued, minus a $50 administrative fee. Any applicable supply fee will be fully refunded.

AFTER June 30: Course withdrawals made after this date are not eligible for credits or refunds.

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, students will be offered an alternative workshop. If the 2023 program is completely canceled (due to COVID restrictions for for any other force majeure), a full refund will be given (tuition, material fee and accommodation) or a MISSA credit will be offered.

On-campus accommodations may be cancelled at any time prior to arrival and will be refunded, less a $50 deposit fee, via Paypal within 30 days after receipt of the cancellation request form.

Refunds will be issued within 30 days of confirmed receipt of MISSA's online cancellation form and will be processed through PayPal.

No refunds will be processed during the MISSA Summer Program.


This price includes daily lunch, material fees, applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.

Course Registration will open for Friends of MISSA on February 7th at 12:00pm (PST), and Registration will open for all on February 14th at 12:00pm (PST)