The Joe Retreat with Joe and Patricia :: Okan Arts

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with Joe Cunningham & Patricia Belyea

To be on the Pre-Sale List for Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 sessions of the Joe Retreat, please contact patricia

The Joe Retreat welcomes you to delve into new territory in your quilt making. The experience encourages growth in your personal approach and artistic vision.

Enjoy the guidance of Joe Cunningham, the support of a vibrant creative community, and the backdrop of the gorgeous Hood Canal.

The Retreat includes morning directions, lessons throughout the day, evening programs, 24-hour access to the workroom, chef-prepared meals, and accommodations—all in a remarkable setting.

Saint Andrew’s Retreat House
On the Hood Canal in Union WA
Just over 1 hour from the Seattle airport

To learn more about The Joe Retreat:
Take a peek at the Fall 2016 session +click here
Take a peek at the Fall 2017 session +click here

Retreat Cost
$1,495 per participant, double occupancy

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2017-2018 theme: tuning in

Learning to quilt to your strengths

At the 2017 Fall and 2018 Winter Retreat sessions, we focus on the ways you can find your own quilting voice. With plenty of practical assignments and exercises, you will leave feeling more confident in your approach.

2016 The Joe Retreat with Joe Cunningham

retreat leaders

joe the quilter :: retreat leader

Joe Cunningham began making quilts professionally in 1979, after a ten-year career as a musician in Michigan. His early mentors were steeped Joe Cunningham aks Joe The Quilterin the history and traditions of quilts, leading Joe to a life of study in quilt history and a love of traditional technique.

Over the years Joe’s quilts have evolved into a unique, personal style. His quilts are in the permanent collections of museums, as well as in numerous private collections.

Joe has written 11 books, and been featured in the PBS Craft in America series and the American Craft Magazine. 

patricia :: retreat organizer

Patricia Belyea, owner of Okan Arts, is a Seattle-based quilt maker, teacher and importer of vintage Japanese textiles. Her love affair with quilting began in 2007 when she met machine quilting pioneer Maurine Noble—who became her mentor and good friend.

Patricia cares passionately about building connections within the quilting community. She recently served as president of Contemporary QuiltArt Association, the premier art quilt association of Washington state. She also served as co-chair of Quilt Art Symposium, a regional event in April 2016.

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retreat stats

Who Comes?

Return Rate: The typical return rate for alums is 80%

Number of Participants: The Joe Retreat registration caps at 18 participants per session.

Additional Folks: Many times husbands have joined the Retreat and stayed for a reduced Companion Fee.

Guys/Gals: Both men and women sign up for the quilt retreat

Furthest Travel: One participant flew in from Australia to attend The Joe Retreat

International Alums: We have a cadre of alums who come down from British Columbia, Canada

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Saint Andrew’s Retreat House

Retreat Center on the Hood Canal

Saint Andrew’s offers more than a rustic, picture-perfect setting for a quilting get-away. The warmth, care and hospitality of our hosts shines through in every interaction. Chef-prepared meals delight, and special plates are prepared for those with dietary restrictions.

Saint Andrew’s Retreat House

Evenings in the Great Hall promise lively gatherings. Or head down to the Workroom and join the die-hards who just can’t stop playing with their newest projects. Then curl up each night under a cosy quilt.

The surroundings beckon for afternoon walks. Two easy choices: straight up the hill behind Saint Andrew’s for a short hike or down the road to see the salmon returning to spawn (in the Fall).

The Joe Retreat fills the whole facility—a family home transformed into a magnificent retreat center.

Saint Andrew’s Retreat Center

questions + answers


What’s so special about Hood Canal?

A saltwater fjord of Puget Sound, Hood Canal’s clear deep waters and pristine shoreline are a delight to see and experience. To the west, the craggy peaks of the Olympic Mountains majestically frame the view. Hood Canal, just southwest of Seattle, attracts anyone who enjoys the simple pleasures of nature.

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What if I want to take a break from quilting? What is there to do?

There is a hiking trail through old growth forest on the seven-acre property. The trailhead is 100 yards from the main lodge. It takes about 20 minutes to reach the upper meadows where you can see great views of Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains.

You can curl up in the Great Hall with a cup of tea and a book. Or you can just relax on the front porch to enjoy the sunset and expansive views.

If you head down to the water, you can walk along the beach. Or you can walk along the two-lane highway a short distance to Alderbrook Resort and seek out the creek teeming with returning salmon (in the Fall).

Also, you can be pampered at Alderbrook Resort with spa services such as massages, body treatments and healing baths.

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When I arrive at the Seattle Airport (SeaTac), how can I get to Saint Andrew’s House?

The easiest way to get to the Retreat is to drive a rental car.

I’m driving to the Retreat. What’s the exact address of Saint Andrew’s House?

7550 E. Hwy 106  Union WA 98592 When you are driving along the Hood Canal from Bellfair, Saint Andrew’s House is on your left.

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I am coming by plane. Will there be machine rentals at the Okan Arts Retreat?

There are seven Bernina 1230s available to rent for $50 each for the Retreat. The Machine Rental includes a sewing machine, two bobbins, task light and small cutting mat.

You can also rent a Sewing Tool Kit with a 60mm rotary cutter, gridded ruler, Kai pro scissors, thread clips, paper scissors, pins and pin cushion, and seam ripper for $35.

Please mark on your registration form what you want to rent. You can pay for your rentals at the end of the Retreat.

What do I need to bring? Is there a Supply List?

You need to bring your sewing machine and quilting fabric. Plus sewing tools needed for making a quilt top—scissors, pins, thread, guides and cutter, etc. The Supply List will be sent two months before your Retreat.

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at the retreat

Who else will be at the Retreat Center while the Okan Artists Retreat is there?

Okan Arts has reserved the whole facility so we have exclusive use of all the spaces.

What if I want to quilt non-stop?

There are no requirements that you participate in any of the activities if you don’t want to. You have access to your sewing area 24 hours a day.

I have food restrictions. What about that?

If needed, there will be vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options at every meal. For those with food intolerances, our chef Traecy has in-depth experience preparing foods for persons with special dietary needs and Celiac disease.

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The rate is for double occupancy. Do you have single rooms? If you want a guaranteed single room, we recommend you stay at Alderbrook Resort—a four-star resort, a half-mile down the road. Please let Patricia know ( that you want to stay off-site and she’ll send you the group rate for Alderbrook and will make an adjustment to your final Okan Arts payment.

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