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
  • 3


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:


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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