Sponsored by Vintaj and the Art Bead Scene

 Retreat Dates:  July 18th - 21st

 General Registration Opens April 6th at 12 p.m. EST

The creative forces behind Vintaj, the Art Bead Scene and Now That's a Jig are bringing you an event not to miss!

Join us for four days of mixed media jewelry explorations with Heather Powers, Jess Lincoln, Erin Prais-Hintz and Brenda Schweder. Play with wire, metal, clay and more during three full days of classes. 

Our adventure starts at the picturesque Chestnut Mountain Resort nestled in the hills in Galena, IL. overlooking the Mississippi River.  On our first day we will gather for a Meet & Greet with our students and instructors. Join in our retreat pendant swap and design contest. Explore the beautiful grounds before dinner at the resort and we'll gather in the evening for a creative Open Beading Session and shopping with your instructors. 

The next day get ready for our first day of classes in the morning and an afternoon bonus class with either Heather or Jess. After digging into your mixed media jewelry projects and a delicious dinner at the resort, we'll gather again in the evening for  a presentation on design with Heather Powers, shopping and more beading!

On Friday, you'll take your second session of the 3 hour classes in the morning and in the afternoon open beading session play at our make & take sessions with your instructors.  After dinner, we'll have a ton of fun at our Pajama Bead Party - bring snacks to share, win fun door-prizes and make jewelry during this late-night open beading session. 

On Saturday it's time for your full day class with one of our amazing instructors. Picking out which classes you are going to take will be tough! Our instructors have worked hard to bring you classes that will inspire you and encourage your muse to play. 

We will wrap up our event with a farewell party. You may choose to stay another night to shop and explore historic downtown Galena. Rustic River Finds is hosting an event for retreat participants at the bead shop on Saturday night. 


Save the date and plan to join us!

The cost for the retreat is $375 for the four day event and includes four classes, gift bag with goodies from our sponsors, evening events, breakfast and lunch.

Not included: lodging, dinners and class kits.

Chestnut Mountain Lodge is offering us their premium rooms at $109 + tax for Wednesday & Thursday night and $159 + tax for Friday & Saturday. Premium rooms include 2 queen beds, sofa, tables & chairs, microwave, refrigerator and a large bathroom with an extra vanity and sink in the room.  The lodge has two restaurants so you can enjoy a relaxing dinner on site. 

Class kits will be a nominal fee to cover materials used in the class and will be posted with the class descriptions.