Rocky Mountain Creative Retreat 2022

After lots of planning, research and number-crunching, we are officially ready to announce all the details for the Rocky Mountain Creative Retreat 2022! 


Saturday, January 15 at 10:00 a.m. Mountain Standard Time

We will have an official sign-up website posted on registration day, and will provide the link to that site on our blogs, social media, and everywhere else we can. Check back that day. We are accepting 60 crafters on a first-come, first-serve basis.

DETAILS Join us in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado for an extended weekend of crafting fun, featuring instructors Els van de Burgt with Elizabeth Craft Designs and designer Annette Green. 


A creative get-away with four professional classes taught by Els and Annette. Projects will feature products from Elizabeth Craft Designs and Graphic 45 among a few others. This extended weekend will be filled with creative fun, fantastic food, free-time for relaxing or catching up on projects all in the beautiful setting of the Rocky Mountains. We will have a bonus “paint and sip” acrylic class one evening with our guest mixed-media artist, Terri Ayers, some Gelli-Plate fun with Terri and Els, and a card making station for charity. There will also be prizes throughout the weekend and one super Grand Prize at the end of the event. It’s sure to be a great time for everyone!


Friday, May 27, 2022 6 pm through Tuesday, May 31 2022, 10 am (MST)


Estes Park, Colorado

YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park Retreat Center

COST - Covers your accommodations, four classes, and all meals and class kits. (Guests are responsible for their own transportation to the event.)  We suggest Estes Park shuttle service with a round trip cost of $115.

Shared room with one other guest $ 925 (per guest)

Single room (very limited number of these) $1225 per guest

Room choice will be assigned to you, and availability will be on a first-come first-serve basis, and limited to 60 crafters. During registration, you can specify the name of your requested roommate (if you have one). If you don’t, we will assign roommates later.

All reservations are subject to a $250 cancellation fee. In the event you have to cancel, and we can fill your vacated spot, you will be reimbursed the total minus the $250 cancellation fee. If we can’t fill your spot, you will receive your class kits and receive no refund. (No worries, it’s likely we CAN fill your spot, unless you cancel very close to the event date.)

If you are registered for a Shared Room and your roommate cancels, we will do our best to help you fill that spot. You may have another friend register with us to replace them, or if we have a waiting list, we will work from that to help you.

SCHEDULE (More detailed schedule to come) 

Friday evening, Meet & Greet , delicious buffet, jam-packed goody bag, and some “get to know you” fun

Saturday: Morning class with Els, afternoon free time, and evening Paint and Sip with Terri

Sunday: Morning class with Annette and afternoon class with Els

Monday: Morning class with Annette and bonus Gelli-Plate fun with Terri and Els in the evening

Tuesday: breakfast then check out

Throughout the weekend, we will have a card making station to make cards for charity.

NOTE: At this time, all guests will be required to wear a face mask while inside the buildings at the retreat center. We strongly urge that our guests be vaccinated as well.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below and I'll be sure to answer right away. Thanks!


  1. so excited, already checking flights!!

  2. If we want to go early or stay longer, how should we check for availability?

    1. Once you are officially registered with us, we will recommend you book any additional days directly with the YMCA, and tell them you are with our group. FYI: You won't be able to have the same room as you will during our event since another group is already booked beforehand. Any additional days AFTER, however, I'm not sure about yet.

  3. I am soo excited. I hope I can get a spot. So much talent and fun in one spot!

    1. We're excited that YOU are excited! Be ready on the 15th and you should have no trouble.

  4. Replies
    1. Yes! It's very exciting. I hope you can join us!

  5. Wow, that sounds fun! I think I see Colorado in my future!

  6. Sounds like a blast!! Do you offer just the classes & meals but no room? I’m just down the mountain from Estes so staying overnight isn’t a necessity. Looking forward to it!!

    1. I’m sorry but we won’t be offering this option at this time.

  7. Is there a registration option/rate for local Colorado residents that would like to commute daily to the event?

    1. I’m sorry Andrea, but we aren’t offering this option at this time.

  8. woohoo, my sister and I just registered and we are so excited to be joining in the fun

  9. Yay!! Please come back and tell me your name. I’m looking forward to meeting you both.

  10. Sounds amazing! Is there an additional charge for parking if we drive to the event?


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