Basic Course

This Basic 1 day course is designed for anyone interested in learning more about natural fiber production.  Both current producers and non producers will benefit from the knowledge gained in this informative course.

The goal for this course is to have natural fiber producers gain the knowledge to return to their farm and organize their fiber for production. Management, harvesting and sorting are the building blocks for the workshop with hands-on time to gain experience.  Included also is information on yarn production to familiarize the students with processing at artisan mills. Students will leave this one-day event with the tools they need to get their fiber out of storage and separated so that they can maximize yield and minimize cost at their mill.

This Basic Course is a Prerequisite to taking the Advanced Course and subsequent Apprenticeship Training which will lead to the designation Master Sorter/Grader.  Those who have completed the Basic Course successfully will have 18 months to take the Advanced Course if they desire to continue in the program.  After the time, you will be required to repeat the Basic Course before taking further portions of the program.

The next Basic Course will be held at Heart & Soul Ranch in Penn Valley, CA  on Friday February 1, 2019.  The fee for this program is $150.00.  Registration for this class is  open.   See below for class information.  Registration is thru the link on our home page or by call SUNY/Cobleskill, Deb Pernat at (518) 255-5537.


A Basic Course has been scheduled for February 1, 2019 in Penn Valley, CA.  See below for details.    If you are interested in hosting one in your area, please contact Wini Labrecque at or by phone at 724-272-4285


Friday February 1, 2019  8:30 – 5:00 PM  Meet & Greet following class

Hosted By: Russell Ratti and Karen Ball – Heart & Soul Alpacas and Spinnery

14514 Oak Meadow Rd, Penn Valley, CA  95946       530-559-7223

Closest Airport – Sacramento Int’l Airport (approx. 60 miles to ranch)

Hotels:  The Courtyard Suites

The Gold Miner Inn

This BASIC Class will be immediately followed by the 3 day ADVANCED Class


An additional Basic and Advanced Class is being held in Owensville, MO the first weekend in June.  Details to follow soon.