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 Just a few more weeks till our THIRD BEAD RETREAT on Mt. Hood, Oregon - for the class itself we are using the same beautiful studio in the "Raven Cabin" of the Cascadia Center of the Arts, but for the summer session we "moved" the lodging to a gorgeus lodge nearby, with 6 bedrooms and an equal amount of bathrooms. Much nicer than the rustic (no kidding) cabins we used for lodging before.

The "theme" of this bead retreat is RAINFOREST BEADS - my current favorite beads to make and to teach (for more info please check my "class descriptions")

The cost for the 3 day (unlimted evening torchtime!) class INCLUDING lodging and breakfast is $ 700. 

Class times are flexible, usually from 9-6, with "open torch" after dinner (OR more instructions, if everybody agrees on that....)

Most of the students of the past two bead retreat came from the surrounding areas and brought their own cars, but if you come from further away, you would  fly into Portland and I will pick you up at the airport. 

We will end class on Sunday a little earlier so people can get back home on Sunday, without having to take an extra day off.


Please email ME if you have any questions (yes, if you want to bring a partner, that is no problem) ...hope to see you in a couple of days...



The Mt.Hood Bead-Retreat is a brainchild of Betsy Valian and me - born out of a simple email-conversation (kind of like Florida "Beadcamp", which was the result of a casual conversation on the backporch of a beadmaking studio in North Carolina - and most of us know how fabulous that turned out to become....)


Betsy is an incredible woman who is the Glass Studio Director and board member of the "Cascadia Center for Arts & Crafts", a non-profit organization located in Government Camp, Oregon. 

She also owns one of the local Ski Shops with her husband Bud. Just lovely people:



Government Camp is a small town (population 193) located on Mt. Hood - about 55 miles east of Portland, Oregon. It has a little bit the feel of a European Ski-town (speaking of Skiing, Mt. Hood is the only ski resort in North America that is open all year long. Maybe you can bring a husband/wife or boyfriend/girlfriend to the Bead-Retreat, there is so much to do: skiing, hiking, horseback riding....)


The weather can be slightly bizarre (sorry Betsy) - when I went there to visit last week, it just had snowed.. and people were on the way to hit the ski June!


By the way, the building in this picture (The Timberline Lodge) will play some part in our Bead Retreat (at least for dinner) - as it also played an important part in one of my favorite creepy movies: it was used for the outside shots of THE SHINING. (you will look in vain for the bar of the hallways....the inside shots were filmed elsewhere....)  The Timberline Lodge is 5 miles from the studio, so it's definitely worth a visit (they have excellent Cheese Fondue!)


Speaking of studio, I'm sure you're curious where the Bead-Retreat will be housed. In a house!



There are a few houses scattered through the woods, this one is called the RAVEN STUDIO, and we rule the entire house. 


As you can see, there is an excellent ventilation system, very good light - and super-comfortable chairs (I was assured there is no fine for burning holes in these...)

Betsy is now working on turning another room into a larger studio with 6 additional torches, but for now I think it's a good idea to start this new venture out with only 4 students (some people consider this a "semi-private class, but for me, it's a small group).

What is also exciting about this studio is that there is all the equipment and material do try out other glass arts, like fusing, slumping and pate de verre. Something to play with "after hours). 


The glass studio is in the basement of the house, the other two levels are for "lounging, cooking, sleeping and hanging outing (!)" (the interior of the living room will be definitely improved by October!)