Nurture your creativity 


Our next Making Zen Online Retreat will be 25-29 September!


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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.

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Making Zen is proud to partner with...

September 2023 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

Tambour Embroidery: an Introduction to Couture Beadwork

Kat Waters

Embroider a Floral Pillow Case with Reverse Appliqué

Vania Soucy

Making Your Art Permission Slip

Amy Maricle

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

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 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 All Access 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."

More love letters from past attendees

Comments in response to Making Zen Online Retreat in May 2022

Susan Pepper

"I spend a lot of time sewing alone and it was a fantastic experience to be part of a focused week in a community of people from around the world. We watched the same videos, played with techniques and shared the results. Thank you Kate."

Ilse Schnider

"Thanks a lot for keeping creativity flowing! I must say that joining has changed a world for me. As an experienced knitter with a big inner Monk I enjoyed discovering so many new techniques and seeing that exactitude and thriving for perfection can hem my creative flow."

Kelly Johnson

"I loved this experience so much! I’ve joined several artistic groups since COVID hit because I’ve been secluded at home (lung issues), and these groups have literally been life savers for me. The group of artists you put together, including yourself, have been top notch!

Buying the All Access Pass certainly has been worth it. I’ve been enjoying taking my time creating the various projects. "

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!
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