Nurture your creativity.

Join our spring
Making Zen Online Retreat  

27-31 May 2024


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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, helping you overcome procrastination

🖤 Learn new techniques to improve your stitching and other art

🖤 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! 

With 20 artists over five days, you'll learn new methods you can use to get creative and find that exquisite feeling of Zen.


Get Out of That Creative Rut

The Making Zen Online Retreat offers a wide variety of workshops, allowing you to try new ideas and techniques. Open yourself up to be inspired!


Make Some 'Me Time'

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

We've all felt intimidated by new methods of working or even new mediums. These workshops show you step by step how to create beautiful, meaningful art without fear.


The Details

 27-31 May, 2024 | 11am EDT/12pm ADT

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  • Four presentations will run each day.
  • Presentations will be about 30 minutes in length.
  • Each will be available for 24 hours for free.
  • Different presentations will be available each day.
  • The presentations will be right here on my website; tune in from anywhere with an Internet connection


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

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 The Workshops

No Rules Hand-Stitching

Jayne Emerson

Mixed Media Textile Moth

Lisa Goddard

Macrame Statement Necklace

Isabella Strambio

Hand-Embroidered Sewing Pouch

Nicki Franklin

Chicken Scratch Embroidery

Blair Stocker

Traditional Chinese Cloud Motif Appliqué

Selina Ben

Kawandi Style Quilting

Jen Strauser

Sew Yourself a Hat

Liz Haywood

Embroidery on Knits 

Betz White

Stitch Goddesses

Mirjam Gielen

Meditative Needle Lace

Ozden Dora Clow

Sew Your Own Zenki Softie!

Trixi Symonds

Mixed Media Watercolour & Embroidery

Embroidery Art by Nat

Bird on Zipper Pouch

Ann Smith

Stitching in 3D

Pippa Haynes

3D Jogakbo Coaster

Youngmin Lee

Small Gifts of Hope

Rakefet Hadar

Hidden Zipper Pillow Cover

Ellie Beck

Metal Leaf and Foils on Fabric and Paper

Liz Kettle

Sashiko Pincushion

Kate Ward
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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.

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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!


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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.