Arts & Crafts Retreats & Workshops

All the arts & crafts retreats & workshops listed here are multi-day events in the USA. I’ve tried to find a variety of crafts spread across the USA (and virtual) and also tried to find events that welcome beginners. Be aware that some of these retreats & workshops have registration deadlines far in advance of the event, others have required payment schedules. Whenever possible, an image and a quote from the host’s website are included to describe the event. Please do your own research before registering for any event! Inclusion of any workshop or retreat here does not equal endorsement. I offer this list for the fun and convenience of other crafters; I am not affiliated with any of these events and receive no compensation for this listing. If you are an organizer of a multi-day craft event and would like your event to be added, please contact me. This list will be updated frequently, so check back often!

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July 22-24 & July 29-31, 2022
Venue: Zoom
Offered by: Beki Haley 

“Your Virtual Beaders Dream Retreat Includes: 3 Full Day classes through Zoom 8am-2pm PDT with a 1-hour lunch break (time determined by each instructor); An Exclusive Commemorative Beading Board; Gifts which may include mini-kits, beads, notions or whatever else strikes my fancy! An optional exclusive class that will be offered at a later date.” 

August 5-7, 2022
Venue: Retreat Center
Offered by: Tricia Petito 

“Join the Scrappin Buddies at the BEACH!!! A brand new location for 2022, this is an exclusive 3-Day no-frills crop weekend. Grab your spot because there is only room for 23 ladies to attend! Let your worries sail away at this unique, beach side, retreat-syle crop room!” 

Short Rows
August 14-17, 2022

All About Short Rows, Knoxville, MD 

Venue: Blue Mountain Retreat Center
Offered by: Sawmill Creek Fiber Events 

Short rows are used in so many projects, from shawls and socks to sweaters and hats!  Learn how to make wrap & turn, yarn over, Japanese and German short rows and then explore how to use them. Our project will be the Aeria Shawl, using a main background color and one gradient or mini skeins of contrasting colors.

Needlepoint Junction
September 15-18, 2022

Needlepoint Retreat, Hilton Head, SC

Venue: TBA
Offered by: Needlepoint Junction 

Details TBA; watch their facebook page for updates. “You have asked for it and we are doing it. Our first ever retreat. We have asked The Nimble Needle in Atlanta to partner with us and we are so excited to host it here on the island.”

September 23-25, 2022
Offered by: La-La Land Crafts 

“What’s included: Swag Bag (valued at over $100); Event T-shirt; Project kits for 15 projects; 6 Classes – two each day via Facebook Live; 9 Make-and-Take Projects – three each day via pre-recorded videos; rubber stamps for 3 Color-Along Classes – one class each day using different coloring mediums via Facebook Live; 25% off Discount and free shipping on store purchases during the event; games, prize drawings and tons of fun!”

Sawmill Creek Cruise
September 23-27, 2022

Sail and Knit with Casapinka 2022, Rockland, ME 

Venue: Schooner J&E Riggin
Offered by: Sawmill Creek Fiber Events 

“Join Casapinka for 4 days and 4 nights sailing Penobscot Bay aboard the Schooner J&E Riggin. We will board the Riggin in Rockland then set sail to explore the natural beauty of coastal Maine. INCLUDED in the package: Four nights and four days aboard the Riggin, all meals, shore excursions, yarn and pattern for selected knitting project.” “Non-knitters are welcome – there’s plenty to do and see, even if you don’t knit!  We’ll explore the small islands, have a lobster bake on the beach and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery around Penobscot Bay.“

September 25-30, 2022

Fall Craft Week, Montreat, NC

Venue: Montreat Conference Center
Offered by: Montreat Conference Center 

 “The Fall Craft Week is our quest here at Montreat Conference Center to celebrate the profound idea of “craft” in a world where technology dominates and where people mainly use their hands to operate smartphones and computers. Our goal is to bring people together as a community of artists working with our hands with natural materials, led by skilled leaders, offering time for creating, worship, singing, and quiet contemplation of these beautiful mountains, and building relationships through the arts, as we learn about ourselves and each other through the power of craft. Join us as we explore our creative, artistic spirits through writing, pottery, jewelry, fabric arts, Appalachian basketry, dulcimers, photography and stained glass!”

September 29-October 2, 2022
Venue: TBA
Offered by: Beki Haley 

“Your Beaders Dream Retreat Includes: 4-Day spectacular Bead Retreat; Bonus Class Option on Thursday; Optional Add-On Evening Classes; Dessert Social & Meet the Teachers Event; 3 Full Days of classes with Kimberly Stathis, Katalin Budainé Nagy and Beki Haley; Gourmet Lunches – Fri. Sat. & Sun.; Evening gatherings with games, time to visit and plenty of space to bead; Pendant Swap with fellow attendees.” 

October 5-9, 2022
Venue: Camp Alexander Mack
Offered by: Midwest Collage Society  

“During the Midwest Collage Society Fall 2022 CREATIVE ARTISTS RETREAT all participants will have the opportunity to create their own leather journal for writing, painting, or collaging.” 

October 6-8, 2022
Venue: Ogden City Garden Hilton
Offered by: Country Craft Creations 

“Ogden, Utah will come to life with the Creative Carnival of 2022! Historic 25th Street is one of Ogden’s most popular destinations, known for its art galleries, restaurants, boutiques, farmers market and family-friendly festivals. It’s trendy and welcoming. We’ve filled this retreat with activities that are fun and remind us that happiness is a choice. Every day there are simple things we can do to increase our happiness and crafting with friends is the best! This is a fabulous retreat complete with your kits and instructors on hand.”

October 7-9, 2022

Fall Craft Retreat, North Shipshewana, IN

Venue: Brethren Retreat at Shiphewana Lake
Offered by: Brethren Retreat

“Don’t miss this great weekend getaway at Shipshewana Lake! It has been designed just for you…  Preserving Memories: Scrapbooking; Sewing: Quilting and Knitting; Making: Stamping and Weaving. Or simply relax and fellowship with friends. This weekend includes: Two comfortable nights in the Retreat Haus (private rooms with common bath) Bed linens are provided. Bring your own bath linens, toiletries and towels. Four hearty meals prepared by the Brethren Retreat staff.”

Art & Soul
October 19-26, 2022

Art & Soul Mixed Media Retreat, Portland, OR

Venue: Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
Offered by: Art & Soul Inspirational Mixed Media Retreats 

Summary: Over 100 classes in a variety of media are offered throughout the week, priced individually. 

October 20-23, 2022

Camp Quilt S’More, Quitman, TX

Venue: Stitchin’ Heaven Retreat Center
Offered by: Stitchin’ Heaven 

“What is Camp Quilt S’More? Quilting is an alone hobby, yet it’s certainly not a lonely one. Many quilters crave sewing time, often finding life has a way of interfering with those plans. Though many of us sew by ourselves we also find comfort in being in a social sewing circle, something Camp Quilt S-More provides quite nicely. Women need good women friends. We need the kind of friends that remind us we are all valuable. Women who encourage and teach each other, who offer smiles, who aren’t asking anything of each other than to show and share what we might be sewing. This is a quilt retreat sponsored by Stitchin’ Heaven, and if you haven’t experienced it yet you are missing out on making lasting friends.”

November 3-6, 2022

Scrapbook and Craft Retreat, Westby, WI

Venue: Living Waters Bible Camp
Offered by: Living Waters Bible Camp 

“Calling all stampers, scrappers, quilters or whatever your craft! Get away for a weekend dedicated to working on your craft. We’ll give you the long 1/2 of an 8ft table, plenty of good food and a place to lay your head. You just need to bring yourself and all your supplies. We’ll have morning and evening devotions and a worship service on Sunday.” 

November 3-6, 2022

Saami-Inspired Mittens Cardigan, Dummerston, VT

Venue: Dutton Farmhouse
Offered by: Beth Brown Reinsel—Knitting Traditions 

“The Saami peoples live in the northern reaches of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia.  They are known for their bright colors, their nomadic way of life in the past, and for herding the reindeer. There are many motifs used by the different groups of Saami as well as braids, while the construction of the thumbs and tips are consistent across the Saami lands. The mittens to be knitted in class feature stranding, sometimes up to three colors in a round.”

Scrap & Sew
November 4-6, 2022
Venue: Menucha Retreat & Conference Center
Offered by: Menucha 

“Join fellow scrapbookers, quilters, knitters, crocheters, finger weavers, etc., for a great weekend away creating. You may opt to come for either one or two nights. Relax in this beautiful setting and let Menucha’s staff take care of the cooking and cleaning. Focus on doing something you love: sewing, creating albums, making cards or other crafts that remind everyone who sees them of life’s little blessings. Newcomers are always welcome! Come by yourself or bring a friend. Bring other members of your family and start a relationship-building retreat tradition you will never forget.”

November 11-13, 2022

Women’s Craft Retreat, Biglerville, PA

Venue: Nawakwa
Offered by: The Lutheran Camping Corporation of Central Pennsylvania 

“Try new techniques, share your latest creations, work on UFO‘s (unfinished objects), and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of camp in the fall. Worship led by Rev. Cindy Brommer. All meals provided.”

November 11-14, 2022

Croptoberfest Weekend Retreat, Fort Myers, FL

Venue: Drury Inn & Suites
Offered by: Tricia Petito 

“Your Scrappin Buddies Retreat Includes: Seat gifts & door prizes; 6 ft table per crafter; May keep your table set up all weekend long; Tables are set up in pods to make crafting more fun. Dinner on Friday night, Breakfast and Dinner on Saturday, and Breakfast and Dinner on Sunday. You will also receive (3) drink coupons for alcoholic beverages EACH NIGHT! Hotel stay for 2 nights (Friday and Saturday night); Crop Room open from 1pm Friday till 8pm Sunday night. Crop Room is open 24 hrs…Craft as little or as much as you want during the weekend!”