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Retreats 2021


Teaching at a Rug Hooking Week Retreat

The Annual Rug Hooking Week Retreats are held in the beautiful Sauder Heritage Inn, the ideal setting for these special classes where you will be inspired, expand your knowledge and enrich your skills. An easy walk from the retreat site allows you to enjoy Historic Sauder Village, the Rug Exhibit and Vendors in Founder's Hall, the Barn Restaurant, the Doughbox Bakery and the Sauder Store & Outlet during your stay.

All Retreat students (Session I & II) are invited to enjoy a meal at the Barn Restaurant with Retreat teachers on Monday evening, and prepare to spend multiple days of concentrated study with accomplished and highly respected teachers. You will work with your teacher in advance to prepare for class and plan your project.

Now is your chance for a full week of rug hooking and more with back to back Retreats with 1st session being Tuesday – Friday and the 2nd session being Saturday – Monday. The Rug Hooking Week Exhibit wraps up on Saturday but the creativity continues with the 2nd session retreats. Plan now because these retreats fill up fast.

The list of this year’s Retreats and Teachers is below, click on the links for more details. Retreats fill quickly, so register early!

Follow the following links for detailed information ​on each retreat and instructor.
Session I - Tues, Aug. 17 - Fri, Aug. 20 :
4 0r 3 Day Retreats

Please Note: With the cancellation of Rug Hooking Week 2020, many of the 2020 Retreat teachers will be returning in either 2021 or 2022. We have also added new Retreat teachers in 2021. Therefore, we are offering two Retreat Sessions in 2021, as part of our 25th anniversary celebration. Retreat Session I - starts on Tuesday & Retreat Session II - starts on Saturday.

Retreats & Instructors for this year’s Annual Rug Hooking Week Retreat include...

Retreat Package --- Session I & II includes......

  • rug-hooker-smilingMultiple days  of study with a selected teacher. 
  • Opening reception, including meeting the teachers, reception & meal on Monday evening. (If you are here for the full week )
  • Daily door prizes. (if you arrive on Tuesday)
  • "Show & Tell" to share your project with others in the Retreat with other students on Thursday afternoon (or Sunday Afternoon for Session II)
  • "Hook In" on Friday night is a great opportunity to meet & network with others, see their projects, and hook into the night.
  • Complimentary admission into the Exhibit, Vendors, and the Historic Village, for a select timeframe. (Note:  Exhibit runs Wednesday – Saturday)
  • You may also want to consider becoming a Sauder Village Member, which provides unlimited admission during Rug Hooking Week and all season, while helping to support the mission and programming of Sauder Village.
  • Questions? Call  800.590.9755 or email

Note to Students:

  • Skill Level - A minimum of basic rug hooking skills and knowledge is required in order to register for all retreats, some require additional skills. If you have never hooked or don’t have basic skills, we suggest our Basic Rug Hooking for Beginners Workshop (Thursday) or any of the workshops which don’t require prior experience. Note the “Level” in each class description.
  • Contact from Teachers - Retreat teachers will contact registered students by February 1st (and any students who register after that date) regarding class projects and details.
  • Invitation – All retreat students are invited to attend the Monday night Meet Your Teacher “Reception & Meal”  This event is complimentary with retreat registration.
  • Private Preview + Reception – Private Preview of the exhibit & vendors + Reception for both the 30th + 31st Anniversary of Rug Hooking Magazine’s Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs & the 25th Anniversary of Rug Hooking Week. (Tue 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.) Founder’s Hall & Sauder Village. This event is ONLY for the Retreat and Workshop students & teachers, as well as the Feature & Special exhibitors, Celebrations 30 + 31 finalists & honorable mentions and Judges. 
  • Cancellation Policy - Student retreat and workshop registrations are NOT TRANSFERABLE, all cancellations and registrations must be administered by Sauder Village. Cancellation prior to July 10, 2021 will receive a refund of your fees paid minus a 10% administrative fee. No refunds provided after July 10, 2021. Canceling students are responsible for project costs they have incurred with their instructor.  If classes do not meet a minimum number of students by July 31, 2021, we may be forced to cancel the class and all fees will be refunded.
  • COVID-19 Cancellation Policy --- Sauder Village keeps current watch on the State of Ohio and CDC COVID-19 safety guidelines. The Village will make a decision regarding event cancellation in early June 2021. If it is determined that Rug Hooking Week 2021 will be cancelled, all pre-registered students will be notified and refunds will be issued in a timely manner.

Creating at Rug Hooking Week retreat

Retreat  Registration...

The Retreat Instruction fee is:

4 Days: $350.00 per student ($330.00 for Sauder Village members), payable with your registration. Please Note: For our international & long-distance teachers, the retreat fee will be $400 per student ($380 for Sauder Village members). 

3 Days: $300.00 per student ($280.00 for Sauder Village members), payable with your registration. Please Note: For our international & long-distance teachers, the retreat fee will be $350 per student ($330 for Sauder Village members). 

2 Days:  $225.00 per student ($205.00 for Sauder Village members), payable with your registration.

Registration online for retreat classes or workshops is no longer available.

Rug Hooking Week has begun! There are a few openings in limited classes - retreats or workshops or gallery talks. Go to the Information Desk at Founder’s Hall at Sauder Village to register with check or credit card payment.

Additional Options...


Buffet under the "Great Oak Tree"
  • Stay on-site... You are responsible for making your own lodging reservations at the Sauder Heritage Inn or Campground, using a Booking ID # and Confirmation # that will be given to you with your retreat confirmation. These numbers will give you priority to make a reservation from a block of rooms and campsites being held for confirmed students, available on a first-come basis.

    Click here for amenities and features about our... 
               Sauder Heritage Inn...
               Sauder Village Campground... 

  • For your convenience, Register for special luncheon buffets and join other students and instructors under the "great oak tree" in the Heritage Inn - Atrium. A link to the luncheon form will be available January 22, 2021. Follow this link to the Luncheon Buffet Registration Form
  • Pre-register to exhibit your work in the Main Exhibit... and receive complimentary admission Wednesday through Saturday into the exhibit, vendors and entire Historic Village.
    Admission tickets can be picked up in Founder's Hall.
  • Purchase a Companion Package for a spouse or friend, who is not participating in the retreat, and they can enjoy: admission to the Exhibit, Vendors and historic Sauder Village (Wed-Fri), Monday opening reception meal, Tuesday Private Preview Night, and luncheon buffet (on a day of your choice). Link to the Companion Package purchasing form will appear on Wednesday, November 18 at 10 am.

Questions? Call or email 800.590.9755 or

Rug Hooking Artists at Retreat
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Rug hooking artist working on rug