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Rug Hooking Week Retreats, taught by outstanding teachers from across the United States, are held in the ideal setting – Sauder Heritage Inn. During Rug Hooking Week, you will:

  • be inspired by the extensive exhibits,
  • expand your knowledge & skills in diverse classes,
  • shop for supplies & merchandise from unique vendors,
  • meet up with old friends and make new ones, and
  • simply relax & have fun in scenic northwest Ohio.

With all venues being located on the Sauder Village campus; it is a short walk from retreats to the historic village and its traditional craft shops, the rug exhibit and vendors in Founder’s Hall, the Barn Restaurant and the Doughbox Bakery. These are just a few reasons why so many rug hookers and fiber artists come back year after year, from around the globe, 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!

Registration began online on:  November 17, 2022 at 10 a.m. EST 
Follow this link to register:

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 16 – 19, 2022

3 Days: $325.00 per student ($305.00 for Sauder Village members), payable with your registration.
Tuesday – Thursday, August 16 – 18, 2022

 Retreat Package includes:
  • Multiple Days of Study with a selected teacher. 
  • Retreat Reception & Meal on Monday evening gives students an opportunity to meet teachers while enjoying a reception & meal at the Barn Restaurant.
  • 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 is new this year!
  • Complimentary Admission into the exhibit, vendors, and historic Sauder Village. As a retreat student your name badge provides you full access for the week - Wednesday – Saturday.
  • 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.
  • 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 Consider becoming a Sauder Village Member, which 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.
  • 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-register and join other students and instructors under the "great oak tree" in the Heritage Inn – Atrium. Follow these links to register for the daily Buffet Lunches.

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… A confirmation email will be sent to you after receipt of your registration and class fees. Included in the email will be your the Booking ID and confirmation numbers that gives you priority in securing a room at the Sauder Heritage Inn. Please save this email for further reference.
  • Contact from Teachers - Retreat teachers “will” contact registered students by February 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. Will be available soon.
  • Cancellation Policy - Student retreat and workshop registrations are NOT TRANSFERABLE; ALL   cancellations and registrations must be administered by Sauder Village. Cancellations prior to June 30, 2022 will receive a refund of fees paid minus a 10% administrative fee. No refunds will be given after June 30, 2022. Canceling students are responsible for any/all project costs they incurred with their instructor. If classes do not meet a minimum number of students by July 31, 2022, Sauder Village may be forced to cancel the class and registration fees will be refunded. 
  • Questions/Cancellations:  Call 800-590-9755 or email
Rug Hooking Artists at Retreat
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Rug hooking artist working on rug