Olympia Bead Retreat


September 3-13, 2022

Betty Stephan

Beki Haley



Giuliana Verdelli

French Riviera


  • Accommodations

  • Meals: 10 breakfast and 9 lunch (or dinner)

  • 2 full days classes & 1/2 class (only for beaders)

  • Kits (only for beaders)

  • trip to Monaco

  • city tours in Nice

  • sightseeing coastal cruise


  • travel to and from the bead retreat

  • transfer airport/hotel and hotel/airport

  • visa and insurance charges

  • optional trip and Casino party

  • any item of personal nature like tips, laundry, telephone calls, taxi , tickets etc

  • security deposit if is required by hotels (refundable)

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Please ask availability of the spots before registering!

The bead retreat will take place in Menton. Often referred as The Pearl of France, the picturesque little coastal town is definitely one of the most beautiful towns in France. It’s a great place to just wander. There are small winding streets on which you’ll find an array of cafes, restaurants and little gift shops. Many of these sell products based on the local lemons: Menton is famous for these, a result of the warm micro-climate here. Explore Menton’s Old City, with its colorful houses, fabulous staircases, beach stone mosaics, and ceramic murals. You can also visit the seaport, the beach resort, and some pretty gardens.

Click HERE to watch a short video about Menton


We will visit Monaco, an independent state ruled by his Highness Prince Albert. It's also home to many worlds’ fortunes, and you can get an idea of the city’s wealth by strolling around the port, dotted with luxurious yachts. There are many interesting sights to visit like the Palace where the guard’s changing at 11.55 am, the world-famous Casino, the Cathedral, or the Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium

Click HERE to watch a short video about Monaco

Nice is known for its fantastic climate, fabulous beaches and beautiful coastline with mesmerizing views. Also for its fantastic architecture with Belle Epoque and Baroque influenced buildings. The city combine history, art, and culture with the Mediterranean climate and give a perfect destination for everyone.

Click HERE to watch a short video about Nice


In order to offer you an unforgettable bead retreat, we have chosen for you a beach hotel.  All rooms for beaders are located on higher floors and are equipped with air conditioning, wifi, TV, minibar and comfortable beds.  Also, all rooms have a balcony, all facing the sea to offer you a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean.

On the top floor, on the roof of the hotel, is a Spa, a 300m2 space dedicated to well-being and relaxation. Here you’ll find a solarium, an open-air heated jacuzzi, a sauna and massage treatments.  For beaders and non-beaders, access to the spa (jacuzzi and solarium) is free, only massage treatments and the hammam are at an additional cost, with a discount of 20-25% for our group.

The beaders will have 1 free 30-minute massage session, offered by OlympiArt Studio.


Classes will be held in the hotel's meeting room, which has air conditioning, wifi, TV and a private terrace.


Because breakfast and lunch are included in the bead retreat, every morning you can enjoy a continental or buffet breakfast at the hotel’s bar lounge, on the hotel terrace or in the rooms.  The restaurant is a 10 minute walk from the hotel, also located on the seafront.  For your lunches the restaurant offers a simple and refined cuisine, the menu being prepared with fresh products.  For vegetarians, among the starters and dishes offered, you will always have vegan recipes. It’s also possible to request your dishes without salt and gluten.



Cost: 2980 EURO for BEADER

          2570 EURO for NON-BEADER (traveling companion) This price applies only to only one companion non-beader  accompanied by a registered beader.

Deposit:  800 EURO deposit is required to hold your seat.

Second payment of 1000 EURO is due by February15th, 2022

Payment in full is due by April 15th, 2022.

The price is based for a hotel double-occupancy room. Supplement for a single room is +580 EURO. 

We encourage you to bring a traveling companion.

Payment can be made by PayPal (email address: olympia35mk@gmail.com)

Registration will be processed in the order they were received. There are a limited number of seats available. When your deposit is  processed you will receive a confirmation by email. If you don't receive your deposit confirmation within 48 hours, please contact us.

To register please fill the FORM and PAY the required deposit.  Registration without deposit is not valid and doesn't guarantee the seat.

The event schedule will be sent to you by email.

Periodically you will receive information about the bead retreat so please make sure you provide a valid email address and keep us updated if it changes.


We are not responsible for your cancellation for any reason.

If you cancel before December 1st, 2021 you will be refunded with the deposit paid (except Paypal fees)

If you cancel after December 2nd, 2021 you will be refunded with the amount paid, less 250 EUR &  Paypal fees)

If you cancel after Mars 16th, 2022, the paid amount will no longer be refunded.

If the organizer needs to cancel the event, all the money received from you will be refunded in full.

The price doesn't include Paypal fees.

The organizer reserves the right to make changes regarding the trip, if necessary, but of course you will be notified in advance of these changes.

The organizer reserves the right to refuse services.

We strongly recommend you purchase a travel Insurance.


In France, a health pass has been in effect since June 9, 2021. It allows you to prove either your vaccination, or that you are not a carrier of COVID-19 with negative results of a PCR or antigen test, or that you have recently recovered from the disease.

You must present a health pass at all restaurants, bars and terraces, hospitals, malls, museums, social medical institutions and in long-distance transport.

For more information please visit the links below:

How to Get a French Health Pass?

How to get the Certificate of international travel (health declaration form)? 


BETTY STEPHAN - Carnivale necklace

Combining bead weaving and bead embroidery, this lacy necklace has something for everyone.  The layered bezel adds a wonderful dimension to this piece that compliments the lacy neck chain.

Each colorway features a different masked woman cabochon, but if you wish, you can choose for free to substitute the cabochon from a wide variety of designs from OlympiArt Studio.

Instructions will be given for modifying this piece so any level of beader can enjoy  finishing it without stress!

Cabs size for this project: 40x30 mm

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BEKI HALEY - Alouette necklace

Alouette is created using several easy to learn beadweaving stitches. You’ll do simple Bead Embroidery back stitch adding a Peyote bezel with fun picots to secure the custom made cabochon and then back that with suede. Then create beautiful elements and the necklace using Cubic Right Angle Weave, Chenille Stitch and Herringbone Stitch. The necklace can be adjusted in length and style easily. It is finished off with a hidden magnetic clasp. Class will be more enjoyable for you if you know at least the basics of these stitches. If you’d like information on any of them, please reach out to Beki at BekiHaley@gmail.com and she’d be happy to provide you with information prior to class. If you would prefer to use a different cabochon, you can choose for free to substitute the cabochon from a wide variety of designs from OlympiArt Studio.

Cabs size for this project: 60x20 mm


GIULIANA VERDELLI - Beausoleil bracelet

The focal point of this bracelet is the beautiful floral cabochon, surrounded by matching round beads. The creation is completed by a series of large beads. Paisley beads, with their characteristic comma shape, are arranged in a fan shape and enriched with precious metal inserts: the Cymbal metal elements. Created with the bead weaving technique, it's simple to do and suitable for any level, even if you are just starting to familiarize yourself with beads! So you can quickly have a beautiful jewel to wear in many different color choices: a gritty black red with gold; a romantic lilac and violet with silver; a delicate beige peach pink with rose gold and finally a strong blue green with gold. There is something for everyone! But if you want to change the cabochon you can do it by substituting one from the many in the OlympiaArt shop at no extra charge.

Cabs size for this project: 30 mm


Black - Red


Lilac - Violet


Peach - Beige


Blue - Green