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An extraordinary beadwork retreat in California’s Central Coast wine country July 27-30, 2017




Intrigue and elegance interwoven in off-loom techniques. You can learn more about Kim at



Contemporary beadwork designs with timeless elegance. You can learn more about Cynthia at



Beadwork from another dimension. You can learn more about Laura at



Beadwork inspired from organic structures in nature. You can learn more about Melanie at



Intrigue and elegance interwoven in off-loom techniques. You can learn more about Kim at



Contemporary beadwork designs with timeless elegance. You can learn more about Cynthia at



Beadwork from another dimension. You can learn more about Laura at



Beadwork inspired from organic structures in nature. You can learn more about Melanie at




Quality Suites in San Luis Obispo is our partnered hotel. This hotel offers spacious two-room suites, complimentary “cooked to order” breakfast, complimentary airport/train shuttle, and an evening manager’s cocktail reception that includes complimentary beverages and snacks. If you want to share a room with another student these rooms are very comfortable with the “suite” setup. Let us know if you want to be connected with a possible roommate.

Each student can book her/his reservation directly with the hotel. Our negotiated rate for our group is $165.00 per night for each suite (excluding taxes). Please call 805.541.5001 with the group name Beads on the Vine.

Quality Suites
1631 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Group Name: Beads On The Vine

You can learn more about Quality Suites on their website at


Travel into San Luis Obispo is convenient and easy via airlines or train. For information on train schedules see For air travel US Airways (American) and United (Skywest) service the San Luis Obispo airport. Once you arrive via airplane or train our partner hotel provides complimentary pick-up/drop-off.

To help you plan your travel please be aware that workshops run 9:30am thru 4:30pm every day (Friday – Sunday). We encourage all students to attend the entire retreat for maximal benefit. If you are arriving from out of town we recommend you arrive for the event no later than Thursday evening. The Meet the Teachers & Welcome Reception begins on Thursday evening and The Marketplace will open on Thursday in the courtyard at Quality Suites. The Bonus Workshop is on Wednesday.

Host City

The Jewel of California by Sam Chapin

Surrounded by some of California’s most fertile and cherished landscapes, San Luis Obispo County rests like a jewel in the midst of the splendid bounty of California’s wandering central coast. Located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the San Luis Obispo region is nestled peacefully into an enchanted coastline that is marked by rolling green hills, quaint seaside towns, windswept beaches, gentle inland valleys and tumbled mountains that are surrounded by vineyards, farmland and native California Oaks. The County includes more than 80 miles of pristine Pacific Ocean coastline – stretching from the warm, sprawling sandy beaches of the south to the windswept bluffs and tumbled promontories of the northern county.

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Program Inclusions

  • 3-days of class instruction with distinguished teachers
  • Bonus Workshop (limited spaces)
  • Original bead design by each instructor
  • Enjoy workshops at Niner Wine Estates
  • Gourmet lunches by noted Chef Maegan Loring
  • Meet the Teachers & Welcome Reception
  • Round-trip bus service to Niner Wine Estates

Tuition: $895.00

How to Register

To reserve your space in this event, simply complete the registration form and submit your tuition deposit. The registration form is in Adobe Acrobat format and you will need the free Acrobat reader in order to launch the link and print the form. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader you can download it free, just click the Acrobat Reader icon on the left sidebar.

Fax, email or mail your registration form to:

Fax: 866-562-0452 (private office)

School of Beadwork
P.O. Box 4625
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403

Phone: 805-440-2613

Once your registration form and deposit are received you will receive a confirmation letter by email verifying your reserved space in the event. You will also receive a Pre-Event Info Packet by email before the event that provides all the details you need about the event and the charming town of San Luis Obispo. Please make sure we have an updated email address. We look forward to seeing you there!

Payment Methods

You can pay by check, money order, VISA, Mastercard, or Discover. Please make checks payable to School of Beadwork.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

To reserve a space in this retreat a $200 deposit is required of which $100 is nonrefundable if you decide to cancel. Please see the registration form for complete details. Registered spaces are fully transferable. School of Beadwork encourages students to obtain Cancellation and Travel Insurance.



2. What does the program include and cost?

The tuition includes:

  • 3 full days of classes with distinguished teachers
  • Optional bonus workshop*
  • Original bead designs by each teacher
  • Meet the Teacher & Welcome Reception
  • Bead Marketplace event
  • Exclusive Trunk Shows displayed by each teacher
  • On-site boutique with beads and supplies
  • Classes in the resort-style Niner Wine Estates hospitality center
  • Catered lunches each day by noted chef Maegen Loring
  • Transportation from the hotel and Niner Wine Estates (round-trip)

*Spaces are limited.

Tuition for the Beads On The Vine retreat is $895.

3. What is the daily schedule?

The retreat workshops are Friday thru Sunday. There is a Meet the Teachers & Welcome Reception that begins Thursday evening and officially kicks off the event. There is a Bead MarketPlace on Thursday; times will be noted in your Pre-Event Packet on the agenda to all enrolled students. The Bonus Workshop is on Wednesday, July 26th and students should reserve a space on the registration form or email us.

Friday-Sunday the group will be picked up at the hotel by bus at 8:45am each morning and dropped off at Niner Wine Estates around 9:00am. The classes start at 9:30am and we depart the vineyard around 4:30pm each day. Students driving directly to the vineyard should arrive by 9:15am to allow time to setup their workspace. If you are coming from out of town you should arrive no later than Thursday evening. Please let us know if you have any travel problems.

The Bonus Workshop is on Wednesday, July 26th.

4. Should I bring my own beads?

Bringing your own beads is optional. Each project has a supply list. A comprehensive Pre-Event Packet with a supply list will be emailed to all confirmed students before the retreat. Bead kits for each project will also be available for students to purchase in order to help simplify bead selections.

A MarketPlace will be open on Thursday and at the vineyard to provide time for kit selection. Kits usually come in 4-8 colorways.

5. I am coming from out of town, what are the accommodations?

We recommend that you make your reservations in San Luis Obispo at Quality Suites. There is a group room block in the name of Beads on the Vine with special rates for attendees. Each day a bus will transport all students to the vineyard from Quality Suites.

All rooms at Quality Suites are large suite size, making it comfortable to share a room with one or more roommate(s) if desired. This hotel is also conveniently located within walking distance of restaurants and the center of downtown.

Click here to view comprehensive information on accommodations we have organized for this retreat.

6. Which airlines serve the San Luis Obispo airport?

  • United (Skywest)
  • American Airlines/US Airways

7. Do you recommend we rent a car if we are traveling by airplane or train?

Quality Suites, our partner hotel, provides complimentary airport/train pickup and drop-off service so it is not necessary to rent a car. Cabs and Uber service are also available at the airport for a reasonable fee. Beads on the Vine retreat staff is providing transportation to the vineyard each day from the hotel (round trip). Once at the hotel, downtown is within walking distance of the hotel. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes. Rental cars from car rental companies are available at the San Luis Obispo airport.

The city’s free open trolley stops are also within walking distance from the hotel. The trolley travels a loop of the downtown area every 15 minutes daily during regular business hours.

8. Will there be electrical accessibility for our beading lights?

Yes, we will take care of setting up the work space for the students’ comfort and needs, including electrical access for lighting. We encourage all students to bring their beading lights.

If you need a loaner light while attending please reserve one with us and we will bring one for you.

9. Will the featured teachers be selling other original designs/kits?

Yes. The Bead MarketPlace will be open on Thursday for a private Trunk Show, and kits and other supplies will also be available at the vineyard each day.

10. What beading projects are the instructors teaching?

Bead designs for this retreat are unique to this event and can be viewed on our “Workshops” page.

Click here to view the designs by each teacher.

11. What is the weather like in July in San Luis Obispo?

Warm during the day, chilly at night. We recommend you bring a jacket/sweater. You can obtain comprehensive weather information about San Luis Obispo at the below link. Historically, the mean temperature in July has been 65-70 degrees.


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