November 7-10, 2024 | San Diego, CA

Learn. Connect. Get Inspired. Make.

The Crafter’s Retreat is a unique event inviting makers of all levels to immerse themselves in slow crafting. It offers the chance to complete handcrafted projects while embracing a mindful, creative process.

Over 250-350 crafters will connect and gain inspiration from skilled artists across various crafts. Our workshops range from fiber art and wood carving to wax resist and jewelry-making, offering fresh opportunities for all.

Enhance your retreat experience with special events like sunrise yoga, a hosted happy hour, community dinners, a sponsored raffle, and a bonus event in collaboration with San Diego Food + Wine Festival.



The Crafter's Retreat 2023


The Crafter's Retreat 2023

In-Person Retreat Attendee

Early Bird $1395

Prices go up to $1595 on September 1, 2024.

Join us for a long weekend of making in sunny San Diego, California at Liberty Station, Bldg 177. We'll be focused on group making in our communal space as well as hosted studio workshops right in the workspace of the incredibly talented artists in the Liberty Station Arts District.

Tickets include your choice of four premium workshop sessions, make & take bundle, and a bonus crafting event in collaboration with San Diego Food + Wine Festival to offer a cross-border experience of artisan crafting, professionally prepared bites, and award-wining wine tasting.

We will be rolling out our lineup of partnerships and revealing our professionally instructed workshop choices throughout the summer. Secure an early ticket to gain first access to enrolling in your workshops of choice on August 1st.

Enjoy our full retreat experience with community activities such as yoga, a hosted happy hour, and group dinners while making new friends in person.

What's included in your ticket?

Six instructed workshop sessions including a make & take craft bundle session and a San Diego Food + Wine Festival event.

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

 Join us for an evening hosted happy hour with drinks & hors d'oeuvres, and a Sunday special food, wine & craft event.

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

We'll welcome you with an apron, an enamel retreat pin and a swag bag full of goodies from our sponsors.


Drum Carding & Drop Spindle

Learn the skills and techniques of preparing fibers for hand spinning. Using hand and drum carders, you'll align and separate fibers to create uniform batts ready for spinning into beautiful yarn on a drop spindle.


Tiffany Method Stained Glass

Learn how to cut and grind glass to make a bouquet of beautiful flower stems. This workshop uses the Tiffany stained glass method of covering glass pieces with copper foil and soldering them together.

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Power Carving

Create a beautiful and functional work of art from the gorgeous wood species our world has provided. This is the perfect introduction to using power tools like angle grinders, power drills, high-power dremels, and more.


Ceramic Tile Mosaics

This hands-on workshop will guide you through the techniques of cutting, nipping, and breaking tiles into specific shapes. Once your pieces are cut, you'll arrange, secure, and grout for a lovely finished piece.


Peg Doll Loom Weaving

Learn to warp and weave fun designs on a hand-crafted peg doll loom to create a unique woven drawstring bag. This fascinating loom adds an element of wonder but also results in a seamless, functional bag that stands out in both style and utility.


Leather Bag Making

Discover the art of crafting timeless accessories from fine leather. Learn essential techniques in cutting, stitching, and assembling leather pieces to create your own stylish and durable bag.


Handspun Yarn Making

Transform colorful wool batts into yarn using a spinning wheel. You'll learn the basics of spinning, guided by expert instructors and each participant will leave with a skein of freshly spun yarn, perfect for your next crafting project.


Multi-Layered Printmaking

Create intricate prints using multiple layers, each adding depth and complexity to your artwork. Learn techniques such as color registration, layering, and composition under the guidance of an experienced printmaker.

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Fused Glass

Learn the ins and outs of creating colorful fused glass. Cut, grind, layer, and design to craft beautiful glass pieces that are fired in a high-temperature kiln. Discover the art and science behind each step to bring your unique creations to life.


Kantha Stitching

Kantha stitching is a traditional form of embroidery characterized by its simple, running stitch. Historically used to repurpose old saris and cloth, this technique creates beautiful, textured quilts and garments.


Clay Bells

Explore the versatility of clay to create modern strands of hanging bells. Learn hand-building techniques—coil, slab, and pinch—to craft gorgeous strands of bells and clappers.

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Wooden Bench Brooms

Join this workshop to explore the timeless craft of turning wood into functional and useful objects. You'll learn essential carving techniques, safety tips, and how to secure bristles that result in beautiful bench brooms.

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About Crafter

What started as a monthly subscription box has evolved into premium workshop offerings, a marketplace full of artisan-quality tools & materials, a wonderful digital community for makers at all skill levels, and a craft subscription just for kids.

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Shop our marketplace where you can purchase curated workshops, digital classes, high-quality tools & materials, patterns, and so much more.

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A curated monthly subscription box delivered right to your door where you can explore a world of artistic possibilities. Each workshop features high-quality tools & materials plus a digital video led by our monthly featured maker.

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A digital subscription offering a host of community-oriented benefits for makers including digital patterns, live make-along classes, exclusive discounts, freebies, community crafting hours, and more.

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Designed with kids ages 12+ in mind, each workshop is carefully curated with fantastic tools and materials to bring artistic dreams to life. Boxes are shipped once per month and paired with a digital video.

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