Retreats with Joe and Patricia :: Okan Arts

delve into new territory with your quilt making

The Joe Retreat with Joe Cunningham

Sunday, February 3 – Friday, February 8, 2019
Harmony Hill Retreat Center, Union WA
$1,495 per participant, double occupancy
12 spaces available / SOLD OUT

The Patricia Retreat with Patricia Belyea

Sunday, February 3 – Friday, February 8, 2019
Harmony Hill Retreat Center, Union WA
$1,495 per participant, double occupancy
10 places available / SOLD OUT

Welcome to The Joe & Patricia Retreats where you can expect learning, laughter, good food, and great friends. All with the gorgeous backdrop of the Hood Canal.

Each experience encourages growth in your personal quilt making approach and artistic vision.

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

To take a peek at earlier retreats:
-the February 2018 session of The Joe Retreat +click here

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retreat themes

The Joe Retreat: The Two-Color System

Limit your colors to clarify and explore your design  By using two solid colors for both studies and full quilt projects, you have the opportunity to focus on design in a more pure way than when you wrestle with which fabrics go together. The Joe Retreat introduces three new techniques for design starting points, with plenty of time to make a completed project. Open to quilters of all skill levels.

The Patricia Retreat: Inserted Curves

Add curved elements to any background Expand your repertoire of construction techniques as well as explore new design directions with Patricia as she shares the limitless possibilities of inserting curves in your quilt tops. Open to quilters of all skill levels.
Here’s a blog post about the Inserted Curves technique:

retreat leaders

joe cunningham

Joe 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 belyea

Patricia, co-owner of Okan Arts, is a Seattle-based quilt maker, teacher, and importer of vintage Japanese textiles. She has spoken and taught throughout the US and Canada, and in the UK and New Zealand.

Patricia’s love affair with quilting began in 2007 when she met machine quilting pioneer Maurine Noble. Her book, East-Meets-West Quilts, released in October 2017. (Abrams NYC)

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retreat stats

Who Comes?

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

Number of Participants: We plan the capacity to match the space so everyone has a full table and easy access to an ironing board. At Harmony Hill, we cap at 12 for Joe, and 10 for Patricia.

Additional Folks: Many times spouses have attended the Retreat with a reduced Companion Fee. (Ask Patricia for details.)

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.

2016 The Joe Retreat with Joe Cunningham

retreat venue

Harmony Hill Retreat Center

Harmony Hill offers an idyllic farm-like setting with garden paths and labyrinths sooth the soul. The pristine Workroom boasts one wall of windows looking out over the Hood Canal. Two newly built sleeping halls provide cosy lounges for end-of-the-day gatherings.

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 are hiking trails throughout the old growth forest behind Harmony Hill. Or drive down the road to Alderbrook Resort and walk the network of trails there.

If you head down to the water, you can walk along the beach where oyster shells litter the shoreline. Look for birds, fish and marine mammals!

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 the Retreat?
The easiest way to get to the Retreat is to drive a rental car. In good traffic, the drive is just over one hour.

I’m driving to the Retreat. What’s the exact address of the venue?
When you are driving along the Hood Canal from Bellfair, the venue is on your left:
Harmony Hill Retreat Center, 7362 E. Highway 106, Union WA 98592

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I am coming by plane. Will there be sewing machine rentals at the Retreat?
There are twelve Bernina 1230s available to rent for $50 each. The Sewing Machine Rental includes a sewing machine, two bobbins, and a small cutting mat.

Please mark on your registration form that you need a Machine Rental. You can pay for your rental 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 that the venue while the Okan Arts Retreat is there?
Okan Arts has reserved the whole retreat center 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 chefs prepare 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?
Sorry, no. There are no single rooms available onsite. Nearby Alderbrook Resort, where we usually house singles, is sold out during the February retreats.

2016 The Joe Retreat with Joe Cunningham