Upcoming Workshops


For enquires & bookings please email ( or message via Hidden Heritage Retreats & Workshops Facebook account


Narangba – October 14th, 2018  -RANDOM WEAVING with Palm Inflorescence WORKSHOPS ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Updates via Facebook


Morayfield, QLD –  March, 10th, 2017



Noosa – May 20, 2017




Up to 7 participants

SE Qld  locality

For details & bookings, email or message via Facebook site


Facilitating connection through fibre crafts. Suitable for community, environmental, recycling and ethically-focused organisations


Eumundi – November 25th, 2016

Yandina – December 17th, 2016

Narangba –  March, 25th & 26th, 2017

Auchenflower – TBA, 2017


Morayfield, QLD –  March, 10th, 2017



Noosa – May 20, 2017





Up to 7 participants.

SE Qld locality

For details & bookings, email or message via Facebook site


Facilitating connection through fibre crafts. Suitable for community, environmental, recycling and ethically-focused organisations

Workshop Focuses

Basket Weaving:

  • Twined vessel
  • Weaving with indigenous plants
  • Coiled basket with plant fibres or recycled materials
  • Random weave

Cordage and Blanket-stitch vessel

Handcrafted gift-bag with twining handle

Cordage artwork

Exploring plant characteristics for weaving

Weaving with weeds


An International Women’s Day Network Event, Caboolture Sports Club, Station Rd, Morayfield, Qld.

Date: 10th March, 10.0am – 12.00pm

Weaving display and demonstration by Cara Sutcliffe. Registration for event via

Local Artisan, Cara Sutcliffe will bring out the creative in your soul and hands as you discover the ancient and modern forms of basketry.

Saturday 25th March: Random Weave Vessel- palm inflorescence  1.00pm – 4.00pm

A modern basketry weave utilising sustainable, local fibres. Learn how to source, prepare and weave a stunning, sculptured vessel.

Bookings & deposit direct through Hidden Heritage Retreats & Workshops email or Facebook.

Sunday 26th March: Twined Vessel- banana fibre 9.30am – 12.30pm

Banana fibre is an ethical and versatile fibre that is a pleasure to weave with. This workshop connects us with the ancient weaving technique of twining, utilised by communities within the northern & southern hemispheres. Cara will guide you to begin and form a traditional or modern vessel and encourage you to explore the variations of this basket weave.

Details & bookings email Cara on

Two workshops are available while you relax by the shoreline of the Urangeline Creek at Urana Caravan Park, Urana, NSW. Cara inspires participants to release their creative skills through hands and attitude. A nurturing and rewarding experience.

The morning session explores the ancient art of twined basketry. You will have the opportunity to work with various plant fibres and experiment with the variations of pattern and connect with our ancient indigenous and individual ancestors. You will be guided to transform this weave into a modern and unique vessel. Details & bookings through Eventbrite.

The afternoon session discovers the joy of Random Weaving. There are many variations of random weave. This who are familiar with weaving will notice the difference in style.Each participant is able to complete a striking woven vessel. Resources provided to prepare the artwork for drying overnight.

Both workshops are suitable for beginner or current weavers.

Details & bookings through Eventbrite.

Palm inflorescence and all the resources required to complete your creation, are provided. Tea and coffee will be available.

Hidden Heritage Retreats & Workshops specialises in inspiring creativity and care, through facilitating small fibre art group workshops.

Saturday 17th December

Time: TBA

Come over to the Blue House within the Yandina Permaculture Gardens and learn how to creatively convert recycled papers and packaging into beautiful gift bags. Complete your design with the ancient skill of transforming plant fibre into twined handles. Watch common household resources metamorphosize within your hands;  into a purposeful and attractive object. Be inspired to create unique gift bags which reflect the passions and characteristics of the intended recipient. Your facilitator, Cara Sutcliffe of Hidden Heritage Retreats & Workshops encourages thoughtful, ethical and sustainable creativity through connecting with the environment, ourselves and each other. Be nurtured and nurture as you revive the skills of your grandparents and ancestors!


Contact Cara via email or Facebook: Hidden Heritage Retreats & Workshops or  Yandina Community Gardens  for further enquires.

9.00am- 12.00pm

A morning to pleasure the senses through sight, touch and taste! Cara will guide you to loosely weave palm inflorescence into a sculptured vessel. We will be creating with an indigenous plant-fibre during this relaxed and nurturing workshop. Make the most of this delightful environment and sip on a cuppa while creating your vessel. A perfect opportunity to stock up on the organic liquorice & chocolate delights at the Junee Licorice & Chocolate Factory.

Details & bookings via Eventbrite

Drinks & snacks at own cost.

Contact Cara via email or Facebook for further enquires.

N4C’s CREEC Centre, 66 Baron St, Greenslopes, Qld

Date: 30th July 2016

Mini Workshops 11.00am-2.00pm

Cost: $5-$10



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Fibre House-Queensland Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists, 12 Payne St, Auchenflower, Qld

Date: TBA 2017

Twined Vessel 9.00am-12.00pm, -facilitated by Cara Sutcliffe

Become familiar with an ancient basket weave practices by communities around the world. Discover the variations of weave within our indigenous communities. You will be guided to develop a unique vessel while manipulating locally sourced and readily available fibres.

Books through Eventbrite


Sculptured Random Weave with Palm Inflorescence,1.00pm-4.00pm – facilitated by Cara Sutcliffe

A stunning loose weave created with indigenous Alexander Palm inflorescence

This is a relaxed, nurtured atmosphere with Tea and coffee provided

Sculptured Random Weave with Palm Inflorescence 1.00pm-4.00pm


All bookings via Eventbrite



Our vision for Hidden Heritage Retreats & Workshops is:

  • to bring the art of fibrecrafts to those who wish to connect with craft and the community,
  • to provide opportunities for people living in country areas to create
  • to accept and nurture self through creativity
  • to encourage individuals to explore this country, the rich cultures within this country, and consider the story of the fibre or material being worked with their hands
  • to honour the heritage of Indigenous Australians, Refugees, Immigrants and each Individual, through crafting and caring
  • to experience a retreat which nurtures creativity, rejuvenation and relationship with self, community and this abundant earth

Hidden Heritage Retreats & Workshops is a social enterprise . We view weaving of fibres as strands of connection between an individual, all Australians, humanity and the environment. We support innovative social and environmentally conscious projects and dedicate 20% of our profits to selected not-for-profit (NFP) organisations.

Our current commitment is to support SevGen, a vibrant Indigenous NFP organisation whose many projects enhance relationship and regeneration through, education, enterprise and entrepreneurship.

For details about their visionary activities, visit

Hidden Heritage looks forward to expanding their support to include more inspiring and innovative projects.

Experience the joy of creating. Are you looking for a space to learn, play and work with fibres within your environment? Release your gifted, artistic self through the ancient craft of weaving and related activities.

Our environments are festivals of natural resources! Everyone can access living, natural plant fibres! Apartment, residential, suburban or country living- the resources are amongst us all. Hidden Heritage Retreats & Workshops will assist you to become aware and learn how to transform what is available to you, into your creative art.

Many products which have completed their initial use, can be incorporated into an item of beauty, practicality and inspiration. Basketry and fibrecrafts opens the door to new beginnings and regeneration within ourselves and our environment. These activities link the practices of the past with our present and inevitably impact on our future. Fill your world with joy through handcrafting individual and unique gifts which warm the hearts of both the maker and recipient!

This is a wonderful setting to recommit to personal nurturing and creative flow. Be refreshed, connect with the heritage within you and embrace the wisdom and beauty of cultural crafts within our community. Through Hidden Heritage Retreats & Workshops you contribute to inspirational not-for-profit organisations within our communities.

This business believes that ethical choices facilitate inspired living and connection. Our service accesses local products, sustainable principles, materials & practices. Plant fibres and existing materials are repurposed and reborn into basketry and other crafts.

We promote thoughtful creativity by:

exploring alternative uses for existing products within our environment and utilizing natural regeneration of plant life.

Our intention is to; recycle, reduce, reuse, recreate , relax, reconnect and regenerate.



Cara Sutcliffe


Cara Sutcliffe is the founder and owner of Hidden Heritage Retreats & Workshops. She combines her life experiences with her passion of crafts, nature, health and humanity.

Cara’s early years were surrounded by weavers from Kiribati and New Guinea. She accompanied tribal women and children in search of berries and plant materials for grass skirts, bilums and jewellery.

As a child, she designed and made dolls clothes using her mother’s treadle sewing machine. Her creativity includes crochet, knitting, spinning, weaving, basket-making, woven garden structures and nurturing plants.

While residing in the eastern states of Australia and the Northern Territory, she has relished the beauty and differences within urban, country and remote area living. She appreciates and values the diversity of cultures within this country. With a background spanning nursing, midwifery, and education within TAFE and university environs, Cara enjoys inspiring and empowering others. She is an active member of the Basket Cases, a group within the Queensland Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artist’s (QSWFA) organisation based in Brisbane.





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