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The quest for net zero in Sonoma

OWA 2022 annual Retreat

16-18 September 2022
Westerbeke Ranch, Sonoma, California,


The Program

Ann Edminster, Design AVEnues, will be our inspirational speaker on zero carbon building and the reason it is now the focus of the energy community in California and beyond.

Art project

Ann Wright and Betty Woo will organize a fabric collage and quilt art project.


Penny Opry, a local San Francisco band, will play music inspired by Tin Pan Alley, zydeco, blues, and rock and roll.


Delia Sayavedra, Sonoma Zumba, will lead our dance lesson. At the end of the weekend, on Sunday morning, Lisa Murray, Yoga Community, will lead us in a relaxing session of Yin yoga which targets connective tissue.

Photos From the Retreat

Quilting Project

Ann Wright led the art project for our annual OWA+DP Westerbeke retreat in September. An avid quilter, Ann has amassed an impressive collection of beautiful and unique quilting fabrics from which she and her committee produced small, ready- to-hang quilt pieces. Attendees selected from a variety of styles ranging from traditional American or Asian styles to holiday themes and wildly abstract or celestial designs. Theses prepared quilts served as a jumping off point or base for each artist’s creativity.

Alerted to the possibilities of the project, some attendees brought all sorts of bricabrac, buttons, beads and lace, etc. to add to the trove of fabric scraps, bedazzle, paint, embroidery thread, tools and materials supplied by the art project committee.
As usual, attendees used their unbounded imaginations to produce ingenious and unexpected creations. The atmosphere was of controlled mayhem as attendees, happily plucked through the piles using glue, scissors, paint, needles and thread to decorate their quilts. Some participants even used their quilt squares as raw materials for creating other items such as a pouch or purse.

The art project was another one of those that gave us a chance to let our imaginations run free, with no rules, except to have fun and simply enjoy!

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