I got lots of questions about this retreat so I did a whole bunch of research and came up with some answers.  See below…


Friday – Sunday, August 26 – 28, 2016


A beadwork retreat in Allenspark, in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado
Wendy Ellsworth (who I’ve been in awe of for a long time)
Anne Hesse (who you need to know if you don’t already – she’s wonderful)
Vicki Dyas (a fantastic gourd artist)


Bead Retreat Registration includes:

  • Three days of class instruction with nationally renowned bead instructors, each from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with lunch break
  • Original bead designs by each instructor
  • Gourmet lunches
  • Goodie bags
    • Whoo-hoo!  I’ve started making lampwork for this already!
  • Refreshments and beverages served throughout event
  • Meet the Teachers Reception 5-7PM Thursday, August 25

Bead Retreat Registration DOES NOT include:

  • Kit prices for the classes.
    • Since we (the instructors) are taking care of kits, you’ll be paying us directly for the materials day-of class.  You can read about the kit prices in the class descriptions.
  • Airfare from your home to Denver
  • Travel from Denver International Airport to the Retreat
    • I suggest renting a car, although there is a shuttle available.  A car will allow you to stay in Estes Park which is a little south of the retreat.  Fortunately car rentals through Enterprise at the Denver airport are ridiculously cheap.
    • It occurs to me that if folks are sharing a house (see below), you could also ride-share together and make the car rental even less expensive.
  • Lodging
    • There’s an adorable B&B walking distance to the retreat or…
    • I found some really cute little cabins for rent when I did a Tripavisor search for Estes Park.  The best one I found was for about $200/night and has 5 bedrooms and 4 baths.  Vicki has promised to help retreat-goers contact one another to share lodging and something like this would make it only $40/night per person.  Am I doing the math right there?
    • The only challenge here is that the retreat is in peak season in CO.  This means super pretty, but you’ll want to make reservations really soon.
    • AirBnB is a wonderful way to travel, I’ve found.  Ask me about this.
  • Dinners
  • Add-ons.  Vicki is teaching a gourd class on Thursday and there’s also a park tour on Thursday.  Friday night there is a concert at the Gallery.