Enjoy a Craft Retreat for Some Great "Me Time"

Spending a weekend at a craft retreat is a great way to indulge in a favorite hobby, and just relax.

Do you have a hobby that you really love - but no time to actually enjoy it?

You can sharpen your skills enjoy the camaraderie of others with similar interests at one of many craft workshops. Whether you choose a weekend retreat or a full week of instruction and creative activity, this is the ultimate "me time".

Williamsburg, Massachusetts

Snow Farm - Snow Farm offers weekend and week-long classes in many crafts, from glass-blowing and pottery to fiber arts and jewelry. Located among fields and woodlands in western Massachusetts, the farm has a mix of historic and modern studios where the retreats are held, and professional instructors.

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Door Penninsula, Wisconsin

The Clearing

- The Clearing is a "Folk School", offering summer classes and craft retreats in quilting, carving, writing, knitting, music, and much more. They offer a women's writing retreat in the fall and yoga classes, too!

The Clearing is located on a bluff above the waters of Green Bay, a setting often compared to New England in it's rural charm.

Paris

If you love Paris, and love silk painting, Silk Painting France Adventure is exactly what you're looking for. You'll get an in-depth experience in silk painting, and a great Paris vacation, too! You'll start with a Champagne cruise on the Seine, do a little sightseeing, eat at fabulous cafes - and spend at least part of each day learning new silk painting techniques! This is a week-long adventure scheduled every year in June or July. (See our Calendar of Events for dates).

Japan

Carol Lane-Saber Designs

- Carol Lane-Saber offers a yearly 2-week trip to Japan to study the history,architecture, and gardens of Japan, as well at the textiles and clothing. This is a shopping tour, focusing on textiles to bring home for your next project. The tour is generally conducted in Spring (See our Calendar of Events for dates).

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Bead and Button Show - One of the largest bead shows in the country, the Bead and Button show is a week-long beading extravaganza, with daily classes and workshops, and a weekend marketplace to purchase beads, beading supplies, and bead-making supplies. Some of the beads themselves are a work of art, and the finished projects are stunning. Classes are for all levels of experience.

This is in my hometown, and I go to the marketplace every year. I'm not much of a beader myself, but it's fun and fascinating - and I find myself getting into a new project each year! (See our Calendar of Events for dates).

East Tawas, Michigan

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Harbor Star Quilting and Craft House

- Harbor Star offers weekend quilt retreats plus classes in applique, or just about any craft you have an interest in. They have scheduled classes, but if you have a special interest and a small group of friends that would like to join you, they will arrange a craft retreat just for you. What a great getaway!

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