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Olympia Bead Retreat


September 1-15, 2023

Betty Stephan

Beki Haley


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  • Accommodations

  • Meals: breakfast

  • Transport by grand touring bus

  • Classes (only for beaders)

  • Your Class Kits (only for beaders)

  • Trips to the Preciosa bead factory


  • travel to and from the bead retreat

  • transfer airport/hotel and hotel/airport

  • visa and insurance charges

  • optional trips

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

  • security deposit if is required by hotels (refundable)

There are 2 places left
in double occupancy rooms

The bead retreat will start 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

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Annecy, named also 'The Venice of the Alps" is located between the mountain and the lake and is one of the most picturesque towns in France. The city is crossed by navigable canals, which is why it earned the nickname 'Venice of the Alps'.  Annecy doesn't have any great significant historic monument, but the big attraction is the old city with its picturesque streets  and  the lake. Colourfully painted houses, arcades, boutiques, cafés and restaurants, the streets and the riverside quays are an enchanting area which are waiting for you to discover them.

Click HERE to watch a video about Annecy

Bregenz, also know as "The City by the Lake", is located at the foot of Pfander Mountain, on the shores of lovely Lake Constance, Austria. Since 1946, the Bregenz Festival has been an integral part of the city. Each summer, the finest opera al fresco is being presented on the world-largest lakeside stage on the shores of Lake Constance.

The city is also home to one of the most important ports on Lake Constance and offers trips on the lake by boat or catamaran.


Click HERE to watch a video about Bregenz.


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Prague is one of the most charming and beautiful cities and has become a very popular travel destination in Central Europe. Almost undamaged by the 3rd world war, Prague's medieval center remains a wonderful mixture of cobbled lanes, walled courtyards, cathedrals and countless church spires. Prague is also a modern and vibrant city full of energy, music and art.

Visit to Preciosa Factory.

Click HERE to watch a video about Prague.

Salzburg, famous for the old town with its medieval and baroque buildings which are part of the UNESCO World Heritage, is the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most famous musicians in the world! Today, Salzburg is considered a city of art and music, hosting about 4000 cultural events annually. As a curiosity, here we find St. Peter Stiftskeller restaurant who was founded in 803 CE - they have been serving Austrian cuisine for over 1,200 years.

Click HERE to watch a video about Salzburg.

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Verona is one of the richest cities in northern Italy in Roman remains. The most remarkable of these, the amphitheater (or Arena), is the 3rd  largest surviving Roman amphitheater and is now used for opera. The core of the city consists of the Roman town nestled in the loop of the river containing one of the richest collections of Roman remains in northern Italy. Verona was also a renowned medieval centre of painting. The work of Antonio Pisanello (Pisano) climaxes the courtly fresco work of the 14th and 15th centuries.

Optional trip to Venice.

Click HERE to watch a video about Verona.

From Verona we will return to Menton (French Riviera) where the bead retreat will end.

IMPORTANT: To get to Menton, you will need to buy plane tickets for Nice-France (airport code NCE)



Cost: 4490 EURO for BEADER

          3920 EURO for NON-BEADER (traveling companion) This price applies only to only one companion non-beader  accompanied by a registered beader.

Deposit:  1000 EURO deposit is required to hold your seat (250 EURO not refundable if you cancel)

Second payment of 2000 EURO is due by January 15th, 2023

Payment in full is due by April 2nd, 2023.

The price is based for a hotel double-occupancy room. Supplement for a single room is +870 EURO  (based on availability)

We encourage you to bring a traveling companion.

Payment can be made by PayPal (email address:

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, 2022 you will be refunded with the deposit paid (except 250 EURO not refundable & Paypal fees)

If you cancel after December 2nd, 2022 you will be refunded with the amount paid, less 500 EUR & Paypal fees

If you cancel after March 1st, 2023, 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.


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Betty Stephan - Celeste Necklace

This beaded necklace is beautiful as well as easy to make. It combines bead weaving and bead embroidery. You will be able to choose a cabochon from Mikaela’s wonderful collection, and surround it with a unique bezel. Metal filigrees to the top and bottom of it add a vintage appearance, and the tiny flowers and crystals add to the romance. The collar of this necklace is embroidered onto cork fabric and finished off with a beadwoven chain, embellished with crystals and backlit beads. This class will cover lots of interesting techniques and many options for modifying it to make it your own.
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Beki Haley - Rhapsody Necklace

Surround a stunning and dramatic custom made cabochon by Mikaela Ionescu with a Peyote bezel dripping with opal crystal cupchain, a bezeled chaton, and other assorted accent beads. Your beautiful pendant will then be hung from a filled netted necklace fully adjustable to your needs.
Kit includes::
• Custom cabochon

• Crystal Chaton
• Cup chain• Size 11° & 15° Seed Beads
• Glass Leaf
• Glass Drop
• Tiny Flowers
• 3mm & 6mm Glass Rounds
• TierraCast Buttons (embellishment & clasp)
• TierraCast Drops
• Bead Backing
• Ultra Suede
• Step-by-step illustrated instructions
Students should bring:
• Assorted sizes of beading needles.
• Strong Beading Thread (I used both Nanofil & Fireline)
• E6000 or E7000 Glue
• Work surface
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