Our workshops are held on Shaw Island, the smallest of the Washington State ferry-served islands in the San Juans. Catch a dinner-time ferry at the Anacortes terminal, about 85 miles north of Seattle. For a map, click here. From Seattle or Bellingham, take exit 230 (Burlington) off Interstate 5 and follow the ferry signs. They will lead you west on Highway 20 to Anacortes, about 15 miles. In town, follow the signs to the terminal.

With a few exceptions, our business permit requires participants to be walk-on passengers. This would be the right thing to do anyway, because on Fridays during peak season, most ferries leaving Anacortes are on overload, meaning dozens of cars have to wait for a later ferry. The ferry makes fewer stops at Shaw than other island, so it is essential to make your connection: it may be three hours until the next boat. The trip takes about an hour. We'll meet you at the Shaw Island landing.

Go to Washington State Ferries for information on buying walk-on tickets, the airport shuttle from Sea-Tac International Airport, ferry terminal parking costs, directions, and when food service is available on the ferry and at the terminal. Some of the parking areas are a bit of a hike from the ferry, so allow plenty of time to park and walk.

IMPORTANT! There is no way to describe how mind-numbingly bad rush-hour traffic is between Seattle and Everett. Add a typical amount of time for rush-hour traffic, then add at least another half-hour for this bottleneck, which in 2006, will also include freeway construction in Everett.


P.O. Box 860
Shaw Island WA 98286



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