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We will have the following activities planned during the retreat:

Jewelry Swap: You are welcome to bring a piece of handmade jewelry  valued at a minimum of $40 to participate in our jewelry swap with fellow attendees.  Bring your piece unwrapped with your name.  We will place each piece in a plain brown bag for the swap.

Jewelry Contest:  Students are invited to bring up to 2 handmade bead and/or jewelry creations to enter into our contest.  

There will be 4 categories this year.  Please include your category choice with your piece when submitting.

Metal/Mixed Media - This includes all metal work, metal clay, chainmaille, and mixed media items

Bead Weaving/Embroidery - This includes bead weaving, bead embroidery and kumihimo.

Wire Wrap/Wire Weaving/Viking Knit

Bead Stringing

There will be a prize awarded in each category and one grand prize winner.  

Please turn your item(s) in to us during check in.  Make sure your item and any displays are in a bag with your name.  You must provide your own displays, we will have none available.

Design Challenge: The theme of the 2024 jewelry design contest is "Under the Sea".  The idea behind the contest is for you to create a piece of wearable art that falls within the theme.  We would like for you to write a small description of your piece that can be displayed along with it during the contest.  


Charity Fundraiser - You are welcome to bring a handmade item valued at a minimum of $75 to be included in our fundraiser for K-9 for Warriors.  Every dollar donated is given directly to this worthy charity.  Please go to their website to see how your dollars benefit a veteran suffering from PTSD by pairing them with service dog that has been rescued and trained.  Their website is  We raised $3255 for them in 2023. 

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