Retreats

Join us in the heart of the Hertfordshire countryside for our very special retreats. Our 2022 Deco-Delicious retreat is all set to take place in

September (23rd – 25th).
Heather and Melanie have cooked up some fabulous and sparkly Art Deco-inspired elements for you. Their exclusive new designs can be worked individually as completed jewellery, or combine both artists’ elements together.

The Deco-Delicious designs
This time you can choose between two gorgeous pieces of jewellery from each designer, inspired by the intricate and desirable designs of the Art Deco era. Heather and Melanie have a wealth of decadently Deco history to share with you as you bead these unique and innovative elements. Attendees will be provided with a list of requirements for each project, but Heather and Melanie have also created Deco-Delicious kits for the projects which are available for pre-order for attendees.

The Dancer

With an exquisite, mother of pearl inspired cabochon at its centre, the Dancer would look perfect nestled on a bias cut gown, peeking out from a fur-lined balloon coat from an Erté or Poirot fashion plate, yet equally at home with a little black dress, or T-shirt and jeans. 

The Charleston Sautoir

The Charleston Sautoir is a blend of exquisitely detailed beaded elements, with Delica beads, tiny pearls and crystals encasing unusual acrylic stones created for this delicious design. The necklace has five different elements which link together, and a slinky rope worked in a little known technique. 

La Vedette

Suspended from slinky, crystal beaded ribbons, a sparkling square frames the largest of three bezeled chatons, finished off with a delicately beaded, divinely swishy tassel, giving La Vedette more than a hint of Chinoiserie. Thoroughly elemental, there is plenty of scope for playing with the design and techniques to construct gorgeous new creations.

Renée

The Renée necklace is elegant and comfortable to wear, comprised of 6 different elements. The colour and materials emulate the ubiquitous use of jet, silver and marcasite in the Art Deco era, along with the exciting use of straight lines and angles in conjunction with circles and curves. 

Our sample Itinerary

Friday 10:00
Meet and greet with coffee,

First beading session with either Heather or Melanie
12:30 Lunch
13:30–15:30 Beading session
15:30 Tea
16:00–17:30 Beading session
18:30 Meet in bar
19:00 Dinner
Optional: Informal beading

Saturday 08:00 Breakfast
09:00–11:00 Beading session
11:00 Coffee
11:30–13:00 Beading session
End of 1st workshop. If you have been with Heather you will now move to Melanie – and vice versa!
13:00 Lunch
14:00–15:30 Beading session
15:30: Tea
16:00–17:00: Beading session
18:30 Meet in bar
19:00 Dinner
Optional: Informal beading

Sunday 08:00 Breakfast
09:00–11:00 Beading session
11:00 Coffee
11:30–13:00 Beading session
13:00 Lunch
14:00–15:30 Beading session
15:30 Tea and home

Additional Information

Elemental Retreat costs
Included in the fee
Three days of classes with Heather and Melanie, plus the following:
Friday
Coffee or tea on arrival
Lunch
Coffee or tea in afternoon break
Dinner
Bed
Saturday
Breakfast
Morning coffee or tea
Lunch
Coffee or tea in afternoon break
Dinner
Bed
Sunday
Breakfast
Morning coffee or tea
Lunch
Coffee or tea before departure
Drinking water will be provided in the teaching rooms.

Not included in the fee
Transport to and from the venue
Drinks in the bar or with lunch/dinner
Any beading supplies or kits

Extra nights at the hotel:

Please contact us directly if you require a room for Thursday and/or Sunday night. We will make a booking on your behalf and invoice you separately.
Please book your retreat first, to be sure you are listed.

Fee per person
Single or shared rooms are a per person rate of £560

Terms

A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the fee will secure your place (£280 per person), with the full balance payable 8 weeks prior to the first day of the event you are booking

Refunds

We are unable to offer refunds under any circumstances so we do ask you to make sure that your travel insurance covers you for any unforeseen problems that may prevent you attending. If you are able to find someone to take your place we will be happy to transfer your fee to them with your written permission.

Should the event be cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions we will notify you about refunds and re-booking arrangements.