The Crafter's Retreat 2023

The Crafter's Retreat 2023

November 3 – 5 | San Diego, California

Crafter's Retreat 2023

Learn. Connect. Get Inspired. Make.

The Crafter’s Retreat is an in-person event that gives makers of all levels the opportunity to disconnect from daily life,
dive into the art of slow crafting, and handcraft beautiful projects from start to finish.

Over 300 crafters will meet, mingle with, and learn from 14 talented artists in various mediums. Workshops range from fiber art to glass working to hat making—there is something new for everyone.

Outside of our creative time together, we're hosting special events to enjoy, including: food truck gatherings, speaker series, cocktail hours, live demos and interactive art displays.

The Crafter's Retreat 2023
The Crafter's Retreat 2023 | The Lane


RATE: $1800

Come visit! Let's get creative while making friends and learning from expert artists during our (very full) three day weekend together. We are so excited to welcome you to Crafter's home base of San Diego, California.

Workshops will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once you register for The Crafter’s Retreat, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to choose your workshops.

Included in your ticket:

  • Four premium workshops of your choice, six unique make & take crafts, welcome activities, and special events.
  • Access to our private, attendee-only Facebook group where you can share resources and make early connections.
  • Entrance to our secret opening keynote address, happy hour, and welcome party.
  • One-on-one guidance from our artists in manageable class sizes.
  • Swag bag full of amazing goodies from our sponsors.

Join our mailing list for more details!

Premium Workshop Sessions

Join us for a weekend full of slow crafting, reconnecting with your creative spirit, and making memories. Expert makers and instructors will lead attendees in artisan-level craft workshops, and you'll take home four beautiful, premium, and fully complete projects. These workshops are subject to change. More details to follow.

Punch Needle Slippers Premium Workshop | The Crafter's Retreat 2023

Punch Needle Slippers

Led by Sallie Dale, treat your feet this winter with a pair of cozy handmade slippers featuring a fluffy punch needle design of your choice and high-quality leather sole.


Hat Tattooing & Embellishing

Led by Yaya Kieu, design and tattoo your own heirloom brimmed hat with leather burning, carving, and embellishing techniques.

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Stained Glass Suncatchers

Led by Lauren Wzorek Earl design and build your own brilliant stained glass suncatcher in a unique pattern custom to this retreat experience.

Wild Basket Weaving Premium Workshop | The Crafter's Retreat 2023

Wild Basket Weaving

Led by Lindsey Campbell, using foraged and organic materials, learn to intricately weave a functional basket to hold fruit, trinkets, plants, or use as decoration.

Kumiko Premium Workshop | The Crafter's Retreat 2023

Kumiko Wooden Tea Box

Led by Michael Olin, learn the ancient art of Japanese woodworking as you create a decorative and geometrical design atop a handcrafted wooden tea box.

Tufted Pillows Premium Workshop | The Crafter's Retreat 2023

Tufted Pillows

Led by Eric Wold, take tufting to the next level by completing two stylish pillows to adorn your couch, lounge chair, or bed. You’ll learn the ins and outs of using a rug tufting gun.

Jesmonite Premium Workshop | The Crafter's Retreat 2023


Led by Christie Lothrop, mix and mold this versatile composite material into beautiful functional objects and vessels. Jesmonite can mimic the appearance and texture of stone, concrete, or metal by adding pigments, terrazzo chips, and more.

in-person retreat jewelry workshop

Jewelry Making: Stone Setting

Led by Kirat Sundrani, choose from a wide variety of semi-precious stones and learn how to set them in ring bases. Then polish to a shiny finish and wear proudly or give as a thoughtful gift.

Make & Take Sessions

During your down time, break away for even more craft projects. These projects should take less than one hour to complete and are included in your retreat ticket price. All the tools and materials you need to complete the projects from start to finish will be provided. These sessions are subject to change. More details to follow.

Block Printed Furoshiki Premium Workshop | The Crafter's Retreat 2023

Block Printed Furoshiki



Kintsugi Premium Workshop | The Crafter's Retreat 2023



Woven Bookmarks


Candle Making

leather working make & take - the crafter's retreat 2023

Leather Craft


The following schedule is subject to change. Click on the image below to make larger.


Crafter Retreat 2023 Sponsors
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The Crafter's Retreat 2023 | Downtown San Diego

Where To Stay

The Crafter’s Retreat 2023 will take place in downtown San Diego, California overlooking the water. Workshops will be split between The Lane and SpringHill Suites by Marriott. These two buildings are connected, making it simple and easy to get from one workshop to the next.

Room Reservations: We have a room block at SpringHill Suites by Marriott San Diego Downtown/Bayfront at a discounted room rate.

  • King Suite (Single) @ $249.00 per night + tax
  • Double Queen Suite (Single) @ $269.00 per night + tax

Please book directly with Marriott reservations at 1-888-287-9400 or 619-831-0224 before the cut-off date of Friday, October 13th. When booking, mention that you're part of "The Crafter's Box" room block for the room rate.

Fabric Dyeing with Market Finds | The Crafter's Community Make-Along with Amanda Whited | Crafter
Tablet Weaving | Lindsey Campbell | The Crafter's Box
Rug Tufting with Meg Brunston

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