2023 Bead Retreat with JULIA PRETL

  • 13 Oct 2023
  • 2:00 PM
  • 15 Oct 2023
  • 3:00 PM
  • Malvern House, 315 S Warren Ave, Malvern, PA 19355
  • 2


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

Registration is closed

Announcing the SJBS 2023 Annual Bead Retreat with Julia Pretl at the Malvern Retreat House!

SJBS is delighted to announce Julia Pretl as our 2023 Bead Retreat instructor.

 Julia is a renowned bead artist, best      known for her innovative, intricately  patterned, multi-dimensional beaded  boxes and vessels designs. Creative  since early childhood, she studied  graphic design and illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Soon after, she discovered a passion for bread weaving, and even-tually combined these talents as a way to teach others through workshops, patterns, and her ever-popular books: Little Bead Boxes and Julia Pretl’s Big Book of Beadwork. Julia resides in Baltimore MD with her family. See more of her work at: https://juliapretl.com

New Venue: We’re also excited to announce a new venue Malvern Retreat House in the placid hills of Malvern PA. The well-kept grounds, facility cleanli-ness, spacious accommodations, very good food, and bucolic setting offer a memorable experience.

New Project: Little Castle Tower box is a new Master Class project for the SJBS Bead Retreat! It uses several new techniques, including the irregular hem of the parapet, and a double-sided (reversible) open-centered lid, which can also be worn as a pendant. It can also hold a flameless votive candle, which flickers through the 'windows' and lid!

New colorway!


Proficiency with Peyote stitch is all you need. Familiarity with beading boxes a plus, but not required.

Special Promo: Julia will offer a special discount for her e-shop to SJBS Bead Retreat students!

No Kits: Supply List will be emailed in advance to all confirmed registrants.

Beading Boxes Primer: Want to register but feel a need for pre-retreat coaching? Mark your calendar for Beading Boxes Primer Day Sept. 9 (more info TBA).

Registration includes project instructions, weekend overnight accommodations, and five meals:

Early bird Registration Special by April 15th May 31st:*

Earlybird Single room $475

Earlybird Double room $440 (you must have a roommate confirmed before registering.)

* $100 deposit per person per room due by April15th

May 31st; balance of full payment due by June 15th.

Regular Registration after April 15th May 31st:**

Single room $525

Double room $490 (you must have a roommate confirmed before registering.)

** payment in full due by September 15th.

Cancellation Policy.

Last date to cancel with a refund is July 15th.

Please Note:

  • Space is limited to twenty (25) registrants.
  • SJBS Bead Retreat is a members-only event. To join, click here: Membership Information Benefits and How to Join
  • SJBS appreciates that designers/instructors put a great deal of work into their creations, patterns, and illustrations. Unethical use, sharing and/or distribution breaches the SJBS Code of Conduct: Code of Conduct and Cancellation Noncompliance may result in membership termination.

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