We are so excited to open registration for Pacific Coast Handmade Craft Camp! This is the first retreat of what we hope will be many craft opportunities on the central coast of California. The first retreat is limited to 40 people, so that everyone has a chance to interact with all of the teachers and get to know one another.
I’ve been dreaming of a retreat like this for years. One that is for people like me who like to do ALL the things and explore new ways of using my knowledge as well as picking up new skills. A multicraftual retreat time!
There will be a balance of structured class time and opportunities for using your new information during open craft times. Need a break? There are 4 miles of hiking trails, a soaking pool, and all kinds of quiet places to get your downtime and relax. Or, if you need some retail therapy, Santa Cruz is just a few miles away (and I have a curated list of my favorite shops and restaurants, of course). Plus the beach! What could be better? (hint: not much)
The retreat is located at 1440 Multiversity, which is a breathtaking facility in the Santa Cruz mountains that is within 15 minutes of downtown Santa Cruz and 35 minutes from the San Jose airport for easy access. I would encourage you to take a look at their website and see the incredible experience they offer. I toured several locations in the area, and this one blew me away with its service level, beautiful facilities, and food. Oh my stars, the food. It’s unbelievably good, responsibly sourced, and thoughtfully prepared. They accommodate all food sensitivities and preferences while serving delicious fare to everyone. It’s a little more expensive than some other facilities, but is a wonderful experience that also provides the ability for us to grow the retreat in place. I know I want a new experience there every year!
Our teachers this year are amazing, and I am so grateful that they agreed to take this leap with me. I’m lucky to call them my friends and co-conspirators in this adventure. I want to take a minute to tell you about each of them.
Sonya is a truly inspiring teacher who will not only assist you in sewing, but will open your eyes to the beauty of a truly handmade wardrobe. I know that every time I hang out with her, I go home feeling more confident in what I can do to live a more sustainable handmade life. I have a whole wardrobe of Dress No. 2 tunics, but I know I’m still going to pick up more ideas on how to customize this lovely blank slate pattern.
Simone is a delightful and really knowledgeable knitting designer and teacher. Even if you’re a more experienced knitter, she has all sorts of tricks to teach you in her classes. I love the breadth of her design work and its accessibility to all levels of knitters. Plus she’s so fun to talk with about knitting or just about anything else.
Michelle is a sorceress when it comes to natural dyeing. Her depth of knowledge is remarkable and also accessible to everyone - I have been lucky enough to play with indigo with her and I loved every minute of it. I can be a perfectionist about my crafting. Michelle helps me tamp that down and find the things I love about my work that I can carve out and use. We will be doing that with the Indigo Resist Playdate - taking the best parts of our work and turning it into bunting or using it as part of a larger sewing project.
While these are the primary teachers, we will also be adding a weaving teacher (for lap loom weaving), and will have some expert Craft Counselors to help you with all of your projects. Don’t know how to knit? We will offer Knitting 101 and get you on your way. Need to know just what those embroidery stitches are? We have you covered.
I’ll be keeping this space updated with more information about the retreat as it is finalized - it’ll be filled with fun and friendship and learning. I hope you join us on this craft glamping adventure. You can see information about costs here and register here.