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Learn New Crafts at an Idyllic Retreat

All-inclusive craft making retreats for ages 50+!

Enjoy hands-on learning of a new craft in some of the most tranquil places in America.  Make your own instrument, try glassblowing, indulge in painting, sew your own quilt, sculpt pottery, make jewelry, basketry, woodworking & many more! Learn from the experts in such remote locations as New York Finger Lakes, Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, Appalachian Foothills & more.  Enjoy the natural beauty while gaining a new skill with knowledgeable instructors teaching you the secrets of crafting.

Crafts at Retreat Centers

Each Road Scholar Retreat program includes:

  • All lodgings (amenity levels vary, but all guarantee a welcoming, no-frills atmosphere)
  • Most — if not all — meals
  • Hands-on, expert-led activities
  • Field trips to explore the surrounding area
  • Transportation throughout the program
  • All gratuities
  • The Road Scholar Assurance Plan & taxes
Crafts at Retreat Centers

Favorite Experiences at Crafting Retreats

  • Learn hands-on techniques from a professional artist, and spend hours in the studio perfecting your craft.
  • Immerse yourself in glassworking as you delight in the natural beauty of New York’s Finger Lakes region.
  • Celebrate the holidays by creating Christmas bells and miniature basket ornaments using round reed and decorative colors.
  • In the pristine landscapes of the Ozarks, enjoy daily watercolor lessons and learn the art of sketching.
  • Immerse yourself in a week-long quilting workshop in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains


A university of the world, Not-for-Profit Road Scholar has been leading global educational adventures for adults for nearly 50 years.

Our programs are all-inclusive educational adventures, not superficial tours. When you explore with us, you’ll have a deep, thought-provoking experience delivered by faculty experts on site.

Road Scholar educational adventures are created by Elderhostel, the not-for-profit world leader in educational travel since 1975.