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9 Excellent Educational Retreats

Learn a new creative skill and feed your spirit on your next vacation

Jess Chamberlain
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Learn to Om (Big Sky, MT)

In Big Sky, Montana, the mountain air alone is enough to calm your mind and center your soul. This 3-day retreat offers yoga, hiking, and guided reflection for the ultimate calm. Aug 2-5, 2018.

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Learn Natural Textile Printing (White Salmon, WA)

In this 2-day workshop, learn to transform natural dyes into pastes suitable for textile printing (and leave with your own patterns on fabric!). Don't miss the full schedule of one- and two-day natural craft workshops at Wildcraft Studio School here. Mar 24-25, 2018.

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Learn to Brew Beer (San Francisco, CA)

Yes, learn to brew beer! In this two-part class at San Francisco's Workshop creative space you'll learn the basics of brewing and the variations necessary to yield the flavor you love so you can start making it at home. If the February class is sold out, keep checking back. The brewers are always adding iterations of this popular series.

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Learn to Forage for Shellfish (Hood Canal, WA)

Through Human Nature Hunting School, learn about the bounty of seafood in the waters of Puget Sound. In this half-day course (which includes lunch) you'll learn about nutrient-rich mollusks, their importance in the ecosystem, and how to find, care for, and cook clams and oysters. Feb 24; Apr 1; or Jun 16, 2018.

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Learn to Macramé (Los Angeles, CA)

It's true, macramé is back in style. Learn this form of knotted textile-making with cotton rope to create your own wall hanging. Be sure to check out the full list of creative courses offered through Poketo. Afternoon workshop, Feb 17, 2018.

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Learn to Write a Food Memoir (Seattle, WA)

Have a secret dream to turn your flopped (or fabulous) family suppers into a memoir? This two-day workshop by author Molly Wizenberg explores the craft of memoir writing "with a particular eye toward food as a framing device." Mar 31-Apr 1, 2018.

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Learn Bromeliad Mounting (Portland, OR)

Learn the art of bromeliad mounting to create a living table centerpiece that will thrive for years. (Bromeliads grow on tree branches and thus live without soil.) Psst: There's complimentary wine! Don't miss all the botanical course offerings by Pistil's Nursery here. Evening workshop, Mar 20, 2018.

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Learn to Craft (Boulder, CO)

At Colorado’s the Makerie, learn crafts like weaving, quilting, and embroidery in a 3-day creative retreat that includes workshops of your choice. Set at Boulder, Colorado's Chautauqua National Historic Landmark at the base of the Flat Iron mountains, savor the quiet and fresh mountain air while remembering the joy of creating with your hands. Apr 13-15, 2018; check the Makerie Website for future dates.

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Learn Woodworking (Joseph, OR)

Single and multi-day workshops are offered in rural eastern Oregon (where tribal heritage and the power of craft run deep). Choose from single-afternoon classes on spoon carving to full-week courses in cabin building. Check the Prairie Mountain Folk School’s schedule for 2018 dates.

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