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Rug Hooking Week (RHW) 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 RHW, 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 & artisans, 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 RHW is the largest annual rug hooking event in North America! Fiber artists come back year after year, from all over the country, Canada and internationally too. Come to RHW to network, create & be inspired!

This year’s Retreats and Teachers are listed below, click on the links for more details.
Registration began online on: November 15, 2023 at 10 a.m. (Eastern)
Follow this link to RETREAT REGISTRATION

Retreats fill quickly, so register early! 

Follow the links for detailed information on each retreat and instructor.
Tuesday, Aug. 13 - Friday, Aug. 17 :
4 0r 3 Day Retreats

Retreats & Instructors for this year include...

KATE LAMAL RETREAT has been canceled.

Retreat Package:

4 Days: $400.00 per student – U.S. Teacher ($380.00 for Sauder Village members), payable with your registration. Tuesday – Friday, August 13 – 16, 2024

4 Days: $450.00 per student – International/Canadian/Long Distance U.S. Teacher ($430.00 for Sauder Village members), payable with your registration. Tuesday – Friday, August 13 – 16, 2024

3 Days: $325.00 per student – U.S. Teacher ($305.00 for Sauder Village members), payable with your registration. Tuesday – Thursday, August 13 – 15, 2024

3 Days: $375.00 per student – International/Canadian/Long Distance U.S. Teacher ($355.00 for Sauder Village members), payable with your registration.  Tuesday – Thursday, August 13 – 15, 2024

 Retreat Package includes:
  • Multiple Days of Study with a selected teacher. 
  • Retreat Reception & Meal meet teachers, Welcome reception & meal at Barn Restaurant, on Monday evening.
  • 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
  • Show & Tell share your retreat project with the public, on Thursday afternoon.
  • Hook-In & Pop-Up Events on Friday night from 6 - 10 pm in the Heritage Inn - Atrium
  • Complimentary Admission into the Exhibit, Vendors, and historic Sauder Village. One Day complimentary admission is for each pre-registered (full) class day, which can be used on the day(s) of your choice. Note: If you have a registered piece in the exhibit, additional admission passes will not be issued. 
Additional Options:
  • rug-hooking-buttons-upcloseStay on-site... you are responsible for making your own lodging reservations at the Sauder Heritage Inn or Campground, using a Group Reservation ID # (formerly Booking ID #) and Confirmation #, included in your retreat confirmation email, giving 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... 
               Sauder Heritage Inn...
               Sauder Village Campground...

  • Lunch Buffet pre-register and join other students and instructors under the "great oak tree" in the Heritage Inn – Atrium.
    Follow this link to register for the Luncheon Buffet.

  • 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. Please note: If you are registered as a Retreat Student, and registered a piece in the exhibit, only one complimentary pass will be issued. 

  • Sauder Village Membership consider becoming a Sauder Village MemberMembership provides unlimited admission during RHW as well as the full season for the historic Village, offers discounts on classes, including those offered during Rug Hooking Week, and helps to support the Sauder Village mission and programs.

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. If you receive this payment receipt email, you are enrolled in the class. A second email will be sent from Deb Ridgway within 2 business days and includes your Group Reservation ID # (formerly called Booking ID) and Confirmation numbers to secure a reservation at the Sauder Heritage Inn or Campground space. You will need both the ID's 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. All supply fees are payable directly to the teacher. 
  • 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 the retreat 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 they contact 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 - link coming soon.
  • Cancellation Policy
    • Student retreat, workshop, gallery talk, lunch reservations and hotel reservations are NOT TRANSFERABLE. 
    • All registration cancellations must be processed by Sauder Village.
    You must contact Deb Ridgway, Adult Education & Special Events Manager, Sauder Village, of any cancellations.
    • Cancellations prior to June 28, 2024 will receive a refund of fees paid minus a 10% administrative fee.
    • No refunds are given after June 28, 2024.
    • If classes do not meet a minimum number of students by July 23, 2024, 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
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Rug hooking artist working on rug