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2021 Dancing Bear Bead Retreat Social Beading & Camping

Details about our Bead Retreat

This will be our 4th year of hosting a bead retreat. The Dancing Bear Bead retreat is a very unique event. We found a quiet nice campground, close to Julian. Town is just 15 minutes away. The Paso Picacho campground is near Lake Cuyamaca. There is cell phone service & bathrooms near by. We love this campground, we have stayed there a few times and have had a great time. We will have a small pop shop at the campground.

What does my fees include?

The rate for the Bead retreat covers the camping fee per person and open beading sessions.
There are many trails around. Near by, Stonewall Peak, Green Valley falls, and Lake Cuyamaca. 

Bead Retreat social beading and is $100

This rate includes: 3 days of beading, class fees and pre-planned kit, lots of fun bead socializing and camping fees. 

Parking will be at an additional cost per day.
The parking fee will be payable to campground kiosk upon arriving at the campground.

We will have social beading on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 
Saturday & Sunday we will have classes at the same time as social beading.

Since our retreat is in October, we will also have a Halloween decoration contest for the campsites! Since our event is in October the campground won't be really hot and we can enjoy wonderful autumn nights.

We will have tables for classes & beading sessions. We do suggest bringing LED battery operated lamps for beading at night. The campground has rules for no generators past 8pm.

We will have beading sessions every day, all day.
Friday: 3pm-8pm
Saturday: 9am-8pm
Sunday: 9am-6pm

Classes offered at the Retreat

Class fees & kit costs are waived for attendees who register for the retreat. Individually purchased classes require purchase of material kits for all classes.

Friday 3pm-8pm Open Beading 


10am-1pm Morning Class-Yule Garland Earrings

1-2pm Open Beading/Lunch

2-6pm Afternoon Class-Kalogeros Bracelet

6-8pm Open Beading


10am-1pm Morning Class, Centerline Beaded Cuff

1pm-2pm Open Beading/Lunch break

2-6pm Afternoon Class, Honey Bee Crossing

If you want to attend any of the classes and you are not attending the retreat, sign up for individual classes on our website. Parking fees will apply.

Camping equipment is required.

Limited RV/Trailer spaces!
There are multiple fire pits for cooking and fire pits around the reserved sites.

For those who do not want to camp in tents, there are campsite cabins available(Very limited quantity) or car camping an option. The closest hotel is at the Viejas Resort. Airbnb is also a possibility. Those who wish to stay in the hotel will still pay the Bead Retreat fee per person in addition to the separate cabin/hotel fees. 

Please call or email us any questions you have.
760-747-2323 or

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Beginner to Advanced skills
Materials Included: Material kits are included in the retreat fees.
Requirements: Camping equipment is required. Also bringing any additional beading supplies, we will have a pop-up shop if anyone needs to buy anything for their project besides what is provided in the kits.
Instructor: Store Staff
Retreat Price includes, camp site, per person, and social beading sessions

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.
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