Crafter's Retreat, San Diego | 2023
Crafter's Retreat, San Diego | 2023
Crafter's Retreat, San Diego | 2023
The Crafter's Retreat 2024

The Crafter's Retreat 2024

in collaboration with Making Co

Virtual & In-Person | May 10 - 12 | San Diego, California

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 250 crafters will meet, mingle with, and learn from talented artists in various mediums. Workshops range from fiber art to wood carving to wax resist—there is something new for everyone.

Outside of our creative time together, we're hosting special events to enjoy, including: sunrise yoga, a Saturday evening happy hour, community dinner meet-ups and special sponsored surprises.

Registration Options


Crafter's Retreat, San Diego | 2023

Retreat Attendee


Early Bird $1295 | Regular $1495

Join us for three days of making in sunny San Diego, California. Tickets include your choice of three premium workshops, a selection of 'make & take' crafts and a beautiful Sunday morning progressive or 'built in stages' project. Enjoy our full retreat experience with community activities such as yoga, a hosted happy hour, and group dinners while making new friends in person.


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Digital Pass


Early Bird $325 | Regular $345

Can't join us in person?
Sign up for digital access to a half day (or multiple half days) to some of our most popular workshops. We'll ship you a kit of the tools & materials needed (a kit to keep forever) and provide digital access to our instructors on Saturday, 5/11. Each half day ticket also includes an asynchronous make & take to enjoy at home.


Premium Dried Wreath Making | Natalie Gill | Native Poppy | The Crafter's Box

Sunday Morning
Mimosas & Making


Early Bird $210 | Regular $225

Bring friends along for an in-person Sunday morning session and choose from four progressive projects—this unique experience includes three individual workshops that together create one beautiful final project.
Prefer to join us from home? Create a custom progressive Spring Wreath project with our kit + pre-recorded videos.

What's included in a full in-person ticket?

Three premium workshops, choice of twelve make & take crafts, and one progressive project (three consecutive workshops).

Enjoy access to our private, attendee-only Facebook group where you can share resources, travel plans, and make early connections.

Join us for a Saturday happy hour & hors d'oeuvres, a Sunday mimosa morning, and automatically entered tickets for our sponsor-led raffle.

Rejuvenate and relax with a Saturday morning yoga, sound bowl & meditation hour at sunrise with a local instructor. Blankets provided.

We'll welcome you with a linen apron + swag bag full of goodies from our sponsors (early birds receive an upgraded gift).

Individual workshop registration opens February 26th! Workshops will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Early bird registrants get first access to register. 

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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 three beautiful, premium, and fully complete projects. These workshops are subject to change. More details to follow.


Natural Dye Batik

Learn the art of traditional Indonesian batik that involves wax-resist dyeing on fabric. Use hot wax to create intricate patterns on the cloth, then dye the fabric resulting in vibrant and detailed designs.

ashley lohr enamel art

Enamel Art

This gorgeous technique is used to decorate objects with vibrant enamels. The process involves using powdered enamel pigments and torch firing for a beautiful and glossy finish.

darning loom weaving

Darning Loom Weaving

Learn the intricacies of warping and weaving on a darning loom. You'll create intricate woven designs using high quality yarns and fibers that can be used for functional items.

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Plein Air Fine Art

Create vibrant drawings or paintings while outdoors, capturing the essence of a scene in natural light, translating the beauty of landscapes or urban settings onto paper.


Knotted Rug Weaving

Embrace the artistry of knotted rug making as you weave together the perfect combination of colors and textures, transforming raw materials and a custom loom into a masterpiece that adds warmth and character to any environment.


Ceramic Tile Mosaic

Master the art of mosaic by breaking and arranging ceramic tile pieces to form beautiful designs. Tiles are skillfully placed and grouted to create visually appealing artwork.


Beading & Metalwork

Solder wire to create beautiful shapes and fill them in using delicate miyuki beads and precious metal craft wire. The finished project will result in an exquisite and wearable broach.

The Crafter's Retreat 2024

Chip Carving

Use small chisels and knives to create intricate geometric patterns by removing chips of wood from the surface, resulting in finely carved and embellished wooden objects.


Soap Making

Combining ingredients and add scents and colors to create a personalized and aromatic soap bars suitable for cleansing and nourishing the skin.

Make & Take Sessions

We're offering two Make & Take bundles to choose from for an even larger selection of crafting to explore. Our sessions this year will be offered in a pre-assigned three hour chunk, most makers will be able to successfully complete 3-4 of their favorite crafts in that session. These sessions are subject to change. Psst we know this is a bit of a different structure than last year but we're confident it will offer a better overall crafter experience! We can't wait for you to make with us.

Make & Take Bundle #1

Crafts include: bargello stitching, water marbling, fine paper card making, circular weaving, sashiko quilting, and image transfer printing.

Crafter's Retreat, San Diego | 2023

Make & Take Bundle #2

Crafts include: textured painting, fine weaving, oversized knitting,
paper quilling, rice paper botanicals, and poured soy candles.

Crafter's Retreat, San Diego | 2023

Progressive Project Session

Sunday morning mimosas & making includes a delicious selection of bakery breakfast bites and custom drinks! Let's sip and craft and make some more.

Crafter's Retreat, San Diego | Progressive Project Spring Wreath 2024

New to our Crafter's Retreat: we're hosting a unique 'progressive project' series to explore three individual workshops to create one final project. Each participant can choose their track when registration for classes is officially open. Here's a peek at what's in store:

Elegant Spring Wreath

Handmade Apothecary Set

Joyful Celebration Set

Custom Leather Art Journal

*Note: we are thrilled to work with a talented line up of artists for our upcoming retreat, but please note that all workshops are subject to change*


The following schedule is subject to change. For those arriving early on Thursday, May 9, we will have Early Check-in & Registration on Thursday at 5PM.

Friday, May 10 Saturday, May 11 Sunday, May 12
7:00 AM
Check-In / Registration
Yoga / Meditation
8:00 AM Breakfast (mimosas, tea, coffee, breakfast bites, fruit, etc.)
9:00 AM Welcome Message & Keynote
Premium Workshop Session #3
Closing Remarks / Raffle
10:00 AM
Premium Workshop Session #1
Progressive Workshops
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
LUNCH BREAK 12-2PM (on your own) & Crafter Shop Open
1:00 PM
LUNCH BREAK 1-3PM (on your own) & Crafter Shop Open
Crafter Shop Open
2:00 PM
Premium Workshop Session #4
3:00 PM
Premium Workshop Session #2
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
Happy Hour & Crafter Shop Open
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7:00 PM END
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Crafter Retreat 2023 Sponsors
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Marriott SpringHill Suites San Diego Downtown/Bayfront

Where To Stay

The Crafter’s Retreat 2024 will take place in downtown San Diego, California overlooking the water. Workshops will be located at The Lane within the 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 secured a room block at the Marriott SpringHill Suites San Diego Downtown/Bayfront for Friday, 5/10 - Sunday 5/12 for $269 - $299 per night.

Options for Booking: Online via the reservations link or via phone through Marriott Reservations at 1-888-287-9400.

Some Booking Notes

  • Hotel Address: 900 Bayfront Court San Diego, California 92101
  • Last Day to Book: Friday, April 26
  • $20.00 added per additional person over 18 for triple and quad occupancy.
  • For any pre- or post-dates, please book the dates available and then email Adrienne Duplesis at [email protected] for your additional date request.
  • For audit and confirmation purposes all Changes and Cancels must be emailed to Group Housing ([email protected]) to be processed. No phone changes will be accepted.
  • Complimentary Breakfast | Mon—Fri 6:30am-9am | Sat—Sun 7am-9:30am
The Crafter's Retreat 2023 | Downtown San Diego
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