Nurture your creativity 


Join our Making Zen
Online Retreat  

 25-29 September 2023


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Craft a Life You Love


An online retreat for stitchers with a wholistic approach to creativity 


Discover new processes, improve your technique and get inspired with a wholistic approach that nurtures your well being.

Empowering you to CRAFT a life you love.

Get the VIP Pass for $59 USD

Online retreat starts in...









Say yes to your creativity

You've got the materials, and you can't wait to use them!   


We will show you how to...

  • Make dedicated time for yourself to create and overcome procrastination
  • Learn new techniques to improve your stitching
  • Develop practices that stimulate new ideas and creativity
  • Achieve Zen through the creative process which brings clarity and peace of mind

You can have all these things without feeling overwhelmed. The best part: it can be simple.

Get inspired! 

20 ARTISTS over 5 days will teach you methods you can use to get creative and find that exquisite feeling of Zen.


Get out of that Creative Rut

Too often as creatives we get stuck in a creative rut....

The Making Zen Online Retreat offers many different workshops and solutions to allow you to try new ideas and open you up for inspiration.


Make some 'Me Time'

Why is it that creating gets put at the bottom of our 'to do' list? 

We all know and feel the benefits of when we sit down and create, and this Online Retreat provides the incentive to make some well deserved 'Me Time.'


Learn New Techniques

How often have you seen something on Instagram that looks easy, but when you tried it yourself you realised it was harder than you thought? 

Don't worry, we've all been there! The workshops show you step by step how to create gorgeous things.


The details



The Making Zen Online Retreat will run from 
25-29 September, 2023 from 12 noon (Atlantic Daylight Time) with a variety of presentations to choose from each day.


I don't know about you, but I prefer to leave my house as little as possible. With that being said, you can tune into the retreat from anywhere with Internet access.

Summit Sessions: 

Four presentations will run daily, each running for about half an hour.

Presentations will be about 30 minutes in length and each will be available for 24 hours for free. Different presentations will be available daily to encourage you to stop waiting for the right time and take action along with hundreds of other hand stitchers.


You'll also have access to a private Facebook group for the retreat where we can gather and mingle before the retreat starts and share ideas and inspiration once MAKING ZEN begins and beyond.

Making Zen is proud to partner with...

 The Workshops

Dye, Stitch and Sew

Arounna Khounnoraj

Making Ink from Acorns

Rebecca Desnos

Small Felt Boxes

Deborah Fisher

Make a Multi-Purpose Pouch

Kate Ward

Playing with Embroidered Hair Textures!

Bianca Springer

Jogakbo: Korean "Stained-Glass" Patchwork

Lucinda Walker

Create a Practice Project Wall using Plant Fibre 

Ruth Woods

Three Saucy Mends to Enhance Anything

Kate Sekules

Make a Slow Stitched Coaster from Scrap Fabrics

Rebekah Johnston

Fun & Functional Fabric Books

Kiala Givehand

Parabolic Paper Stitching

Clarissa Grandi

Mini Crystal/Jewelry Pouch

Heidi Iverson

Folk Embroidery for Your Home

Kasia Jacquot

Contemporary Bee Embroidery Project

Kirsty Freeman

Meditative Mums and Marigolds - Adding Embroidery to a Stretched Canvas

Mollie Johanson

Rethinking Embroidery

Elnaz Yazdani

Upcycle Your Clothing with Embroidered Flower Pockets

Melissa Galbraith

Create a Healing Meditation Cloth

Emma Freeman

Tambour Embroidery: an Introduction to Couture Beadwork

Kat Waters

Making Your Art Permission Slip

Amy Maricle

Meet your summit host

Hi, I'm Kate!

I'm a textile artist with a love of travelling and the esoteric. Everything has the potential to become a new creative project, and because of this my house is literally scattered with these ideas.  

My goal is to empower you and give you permission to get creative, helping you to CRAFT a life you love.

Want to learn about my mission for the Making Zen retreat? Check it out here.


Love letters from past attendees

Comments in response to Making Zen Online Retreat in May 2023

Lori Coulston

"A carefully curated range of artists sharing new techniques in a friendly and approachable manner. I’ve learned a tremendous amount from the artists profiled in a very short amount of time and I’ve made some fantastic mini-projects that I hope to expand into larger ones.

It was a great opportunity to be exposed to such a diverse group of artists and to learn from all of them at such a bargain price. I will definitely join again."

Jane Ebone

"Thank goodness I purchased the [VIP] Pass. I've taken 3 classes so far and already have many ideas to try out. I plan to try a new class each week to be able to absorb it into my work. I can see that even classes that I didn't think applied to me will have valuable tips to teach me."

Mary Elizabeth O'Toole

"I have participated in every Making Zen Retreat and at each one I have learned about new artists, new techniques, and new ways to develop my own style to tell my stories.  I am grateful for the inspiration and for the invitation to slow down and enjoy the power of slow, intentional stitching.

Thanks to Kate, the Zen Stitching Team, and all the talented instructors who shared their skill and resources."

More love letters from past attendees

Comments in response to Making Zen Online Retreat in October 2022

Kim Saxe

"Making Zen is not to be missed! Whatever your level of expertise  - from beginner to expert, you will learn a lot & be inspired to try all sorts of new techniques & projects. Kate Ward is exceptional at pulling together a terrific group of teachers to spur us onwards! Thank you Kate!"

Rachel Irving

"Thank you so much for the amazing Zen Online Retreat. The timing was perfect for me and helped me deal with a stressful week. It provided me with so many ideas and encouraged me to make everyday. Thank you, I can’t wait to watch everything available on the [VIP] Pass and find pockets of creativity everyday."

Sharon Walker

"My second Zen retreat and I can't wait for the next one - I'm in awe of the quality of presenters.

Thank you Kate for making this retreat so enjoyable."

It's time to...


  • Start making time for yourself so that you can develop your creative ideas and satisfy those creative itches
  • Get out of that creative rut and start making beautiful things you are proud of
  • Conquer the fear of making a mistake and getting it wrong and learn the easy way to do things 
  • Get over that negative self talk that you are not creative and realize that it's all about having fun
  • Stop doing things the hard way by trying to figure it out all by yourself - let us show you how!

Join us for the Making Zen Online Retreat today!


Online retreat ends in...









Get Your VIP PASS Now!

You've already been convinced what a great deal the Making Zen Online Retreat is - and you just want to buy your ticket that gives you life time access to the artist presentations and bonuses.

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Craft a Life You Love

Grab your ticket to the Making Zen online retreat and you be well on your way to creating a life you love.