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Encinitas: Natural Dyes Saturday, October 27, 10:00 am

Dig-in at this hands-on workshop in Encinitas

Encinitas: Natural Dyes
Michelle Montgomery Photography
Event Type



2 hours


All ages


Donation based


441 Quail Gardens Dr
Encinitas, CA
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Feel free to wear comfortable clothing and closed-toed shoes (recommended but not required). This workshop will handkerchief outdoors, sunscreen, a hat, and a reusable water bottle are highly recommended.

Photo/video from this workshop might be used on The Ecology Center’s website, social media or other educational media. By registering for this workshop you agree to our photo/video release policy.

Backyard Skills Workshop

Did you know the conventional textile industry has become one of the biggest polluters of our watershed? Do you want to reduce your impact? Look no further than your garden. Plants and flowers growing in your backyard offer an abundance of usages, but one of our favorite ways to take advantage of their bounty is natural dyeing. This healthier alternative offers a wonderful solution for protecting our oceans, waterways, ecosystems and offers a fun hands-on experience for the whole family. Are you ready to dig in?

  • This hands-on course will cover the use of bioregional plant dyes for natural dye techniques
  • Learn the art of natural dyeing and why this ancient and sustainable practice is gentle to our environment and health
  • A review of the history and future of natural dyes from our eco-experts
  • Learn how to identify and harvest commonly found dye plants native to our area
  • Complete a naturally dyed handkerchief using a range of dyes and methods
  • Learn how to ‘upcycling’ old worn-out clothing with new vibrant color*
  • Light refreshments and bites will be provided

*Participants should bring one item of used white or light-colored clothing (preferably tee or tank, pre-washed and made of natural fabric) that you would like to ‘upcycle’ with natural dye.