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