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Rug Hooking Week Retreats, taught by outstanding teachers from across the country & around the globe, are held in the beautiful Sauder Heritage Inn, the ideal setting for these multi-day classes. During Rug Hooking Week, you will be inspired by the extensive exhibit, expand your knowledge & skills in diverse classes, shop for supplies & merchandise from creative vendors, meet up with new & old friends, and simply relax & have fun here in rural northwest Ohio. The Sauder Village campus makes it a short walk from retreats to historic Sauder Village & Craftsmen, Founder’s Hall Exhibit and Vendors, Barn Restaurant & Doughbox Bakery, and the many other Sauder Village shops and activities. These are just a few reasons why so many rug hookers and fiber artists come back year after year, from all over the country and internationally too, to participate in Rug Hooking Week!

This year’s Retreats and Teachers are listed 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.
Tuesday, Aug. 16 - Friday, Aug. 19 :
4 0r 3 Day Retreats

Retreats & Instructors for this year include...

Retreat Package:

4 Days: $400.00 per student ($380.00 for Sauder Village members), payable with your registration.
Tuesday – Friday, August 15 – 18, 2023

3 Days: $325.00 per student – U.S. Teacher ($305.00 for Sauder Village members), payable with your registration.   Tuesday – Thursday, August 15 – 17, 2023

3 Days: $355.00 per student – International/Canadian Teacher ($335.00 for Sauder Village members), payable with your registration.  Tuesday – Thursday, August 15 – 17, 2023

 Retreat Package includes:
  • Multiple Days of Study with a selected teacher. Click here for Retreat Teachers & Descriptions.
  • Retreat Reception & Meal on Monday evening gives students an opportunity to meet teachers while enjoying a reception & meal.
  • Private Preview Night is a chance to view the exhibit & shop the vendors on Tuesday night before we open to the public on Wednesday.
  • Door Prizes are awarded daily. All registered retreat students are automatically entered.
  • Show & Tell on Thursday afternoon is a time to share your retreat project with the public.
  • Pop-Up Events on Friday night.
  • Complimentary Admission into the exhibit, vendors, and historic Sauder Village. As a retreat student you'll receive a full access pass for the week - Wednesday – Saturday. The pass must be shown at the Admissions Desk for entry.
  • Questions? Call  800.590.9755 or email
Additional Options:
  • rug-hooking-buttons-upcloseCompanion Package may be purchased for a spouse or friend who is not participating in the retreat. They will enjoy admission to the exhibit, vendors, and historic Sauder Village (Wed-Sat), the Monday opening reception meal, and Tuesday Private Preview Night. Follow this link to register for the Companion Package. This link has been disengaged becaussuonline registration is closed.
  • Exhibit Your Work Pre-register and submit your work in the Main Exhibit to receive one complimentary admissions pass valid Wednesday – Saturday. The pass allows you admission to the exhibit, vendors and historic Sauder Village. Pick-up your admission pass when you check-in your rugs or at Founder’s Hall Admission Desk.
  • Sauder Village Membership provides unlimited admission during Rug Hooking Week and throughout the season, offers discounts on Rug Hooking Week classes, and helps to support the Sauder Village mission and programs. Consider becoming a Sauder Village Member.
  • Stay on-site You are responsible for making your own lodging reservations at the Sauder Heritage Inn or Campground. You must provide a Booking ID # and Confirmation #, included in your retreat confirmation email. These numbers give you priority to make a reservation from a block of rooms and campsites held for confirmed students, available on a first-come basis. Click here for amenities and features about our... 
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  • Lunch Buffet Pre-purchase and join other students and instructors under the "great oak tree" in the Heritage Inn – Atrium. Follow these links to purchase daily Buffet Lunches This link has been disengaged because online registration is closed.

Note to Students:

  • Skill Level - A “minimum” of basic rug hooking (or relevant) skills and knowledge is required 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 or any of the Workshops which don’t require prior experience. Note the “Level” in each class description.

  • Registration Confirmation… An auto-generated email will be sent from to you after receipt of your class registration and payment. A confirmation email will then be sent from Deb Ridgway within 2 business days. It will include your  Booking ID and Confirmation numbers to secure a room at the Sauder Heritage Inn or Campground space. You will need the IDs to be placed on the wait list for the Inn. Please save both emails for future reference.
  • Contact from Teachers - Retreat teachers “will” contact registered students by March 1st (and any students who register after that date) regarding retreat projects, planning, and details.
  • Supplies & Supply Fees In our Workshops, we list the workshop supply or kit fee and an itemized list of what it includes. Retreats are different. Since the retreat lasts 3 or 4 days, the projects tend to be widely varied in both size and supplies, so there is no “standard” retreat supply/kit fee. When the teacher contacts you, you will be able to select and discuss your project, as well as the supply fees. 
  • Advanced Preparation – In some cases, a teacher may require you to do something in advance, prior to the start of the retreat. If advanced preparation is required, it with be listed in that retreat’s description, along with the action required. (For example, this could be hooking, taking photos, or other actions.) If you have questions, you may discuss it with the teacher when she contacts you. It is important to complete this advanced preparation, as it will directly affect your retreat experience.
  • Schedule – for a full schedule of retreats and all Rug Hooking Week activities follow this link: 2023 RHW SCHEDULE
  • Cancellation Policy
    • Student retreat, workshop, gallery talk and lunch reservations are NOT TRANSFERABLE. 
    • All registrations must be processed by Sauder Village.
    You must contact Deb Ridgway, Special Events Coordinator, Sauder Village, of any cancellations.
    • Cancellations prior to June 30, 2023 will receive a refund of fees paid minus a 10% administrative fee.
    • No refunds are given after June 30, 2023.
    • If classes do not meet a minimum number of students by July 31, 2023, Sauder Village may be forced to cancel the class and all fees will be refunded. 
  • Questions/Cancellations:  Call 800-590-9755 or email
Rug Hooking Artists at Retreat
Rug Hooking Upclose
Rug hooking artist working on rug


Gallery Talks and remaining class opening registration may be completed in person at Founder’s Hall Information Table, Wednesday – Saturday, August 16 - 19, 2023, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Cash, Check or Credit Card payment will be accepted.

Thank you for making this a SOLD OUT year for so many of our classes.