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Autumn Bead Retreat


 “Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” 
― Lauren DeStefano, Wither

Join us for an unforgettable Autumn Bead Retreat from October 17th to 20th, 2024, at the prestigious Avon Old Farms Hotel in beautiful Avon, CT. Immerse yourself in a world of creativity and inspiration as we bring together renowned instructors Kim Stathis, Katalin Budaine' Nagy, Alexandra Sydorenko, and Melissa Shippee.

Indulge your passion for beadwork and expand your skills with a diverse lineup of workshops led by these talented instructors. Whether you're a seasoned beader or just starting out, there's something for everyone at this retreat. From intricate beading techniques to innovative designs, each instructor will share their expertise and guide you on a journey of artistic exploration.

In addition to the workshops, you'll have ample opportunities to connect with fellow bead enthusiasts, share ideas, and forge new friendships. The retreat also includes exciting evening events and social activities, ensuring a well-rounded and immersive experience for all participants.

Don't miss out on this exceptional bead retreat! Secure your spot today and join us for a memorable journey into the world of beadwork. Register now to reserve your place at this highly anticipated event in Avon, CT.

General Information

SocialBeadia's first annual Autumn Memories Bead Retreat is October 17-20, 2024 at the Avon Old Farms Hotel in Avon, CT

All of the workshops are inside the hotel!


The retreat costs $715 and includes:

  • Full-day workshops Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

  • Complimentary Continental Breakfast daily (hotel guests only)

  • Meet the Teachers' dessert reception on Thursday night

  • Catered lunch Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

  • Shopping at the retreat bead store and exclusive instructor trunk shows

  • Optional add-on evening workshops with Melissa Shippee   Additional fees required

  • Gather in the evenings to visit with old and new friends during the open beading time

  • Sponsor gifts and a chance to win door prizes

  • The fee for the retreat does not include transportation or hotel costs.

  • The retreat fee does not include workshop kits or supply items.

Seats are limited, so reserve your place in this exclusive retreat today! Please visit the registration page to make your retreat reservation. 

Event Schedule


1:30-5 pm Arrive and check in at Avon Old Farms Hotel Talcott Foyer

1:30-5 pm Shopping at your private Bead Marketplace

2-5 pm Optional afternoon workshop with Melissa Shippee

7-9 pm Meet the Teachers' dessert and beverage reception & pendant swap


6:30 - 9 am Continental Breakfast in the hotel lobby (hotel guests only)

9 am-4 pm Day 1 Workshops
12-1 pm Catered Lunch
4 pm on -  Free Time or gather with friends old & new for beading & fun.

7-10 pm Optional evening workshop with Melissa Shippee



6:30 - 9 am Continental Breakfast in the hotel lobby (hotel guests only)

9 am-4 pm Day 2 Workshops
12-1 pm Catered Lunch & charity raffle drawings
4 pm on - Free Time or gather with friends old & new for beading & fun.


6:30 - 9 am Continental Breakfast in the hotel lobby (hotel guests only)

9 am-4 pm Day 3 Workshops
12 pm-1 pm Catered Lunch

4 pm on - Free Time, say goodbye!

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