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Olympia Bead Retreat

Adriatic  BeadArt  TOUR

September 1-13, 2024

Betty Stephan

Beki Haley




  • Accommodations

  • Meals: breakfast

  • Transport by grand touring bus

  • Classes (only for beaders)

  • Your Class Kits (only for beaders)

  • Trips/ Excursions


  • travel to and from the bead retreat

  • transfer airport/hotel and hotel/airport

  • visa and insurance charges

  • optional trips

  • any item of personal nature like tips, beverages, laundry, telephone calls, taxi , tickets etc

  • security deposit if is required by hotels (refundable)

Milan Our bead retreat starts in Milan, the main industrial, commercial and financial centre of Italy and a leading global city. Its business district hosts the headquarters of the largest national banks and companies. The city is also a major world fashion and design capital, many supermodels, designers and international fashionistas descend upon Milan twice a year for the spring and autumn fairs.

The city has important museums, theatres and many landmarks as the Milan Cathedral (the 4th largest cathedral in the world), and Santa Maria delle Grazie, decorated with Leonardo da Vinci paintings (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Click HERE to watch a short video about Milan

We will stay in Milan for 3 days on September 1-4, 2024.

September 2, 2024 - Beading class with Betty Stephan

On September 4, we will leave for Ljubljana (Slovenia).

(first night to the hotel is on September 1/2)


Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is one of the smallest capital cities in Europe, but it is known to be a very charming and friendly city. It's a city of culture., being the home to numerous theaters, museums and galleries. Over 10,000 cultural events take place in the city every year, including 10 international festivals. These events allow both the inhabitants of Ljubljana and visitors to enjoy artists from the different fields of music, theater and fine arts.

Click HERE to watch a video about Ljubljana.

We will stay in Ljubljana for 3 days on September 4-7, 2024

September 5, 2024 - Beading class with Beki Haley

On September 7, we will leave for Istria (Croatia).

Istria is the largest peninsula within the Adriatic Sea. It's shared by three countries: Italy, Croatia and Slovenia, with 90% of the surface area being part of Croatia. Treasured for its delicious cuisine and fresh local foods, world renowned wines, compelling culture, inspiring landscapes and outstanding charming villages, Istria is an absolute gem of a place to settle-in with us for this retreat

Click HERE to watch a video about Istria.

We will stay in Istria for 5 days on September 7-12, 2024.

On September 12, we will return to Milan, where the bead retreat ends on September 13th.

(last night to the hotel is Milan, on September 12/13)


The Adriatic Sea is an extension of the Mediterranean Sea, stretching from the Gulf of Venice in the northwest to the western coast of the Balkan peninsula. An estimated 7000 species of plants and animals can be found here, being considered one of the most beautiful and crystal clear seas on the globe. There are six countries with coasts on the Adriatic, including Italy, Slovenia and Croatia.

Istria is known for its picturesque old coastal towns with a historical influence of 500 years of Venetian rule. The beaches of Istria are covered with clear water and many of them have been awarded the “blue flag”, the international environmental symbol representing the excellent quality of water and beaches.


Adriatic Sea

Italy, Slovenia and Croatia are part of the European community and also of the Schengen area (free-visa).

A Schengen Visa allows you to travel to any of the Schengen countries, with a short-stay visa valid for up to 90 days.

We also strongly recommend that you have at least six months passport validity before traveling.

Trips included in the bead retreat

Istrian Coast tour

From charming fishing towns, beautiful beaches and ancient ruins to gorgeous seascapes, medieval villages, olive groves and wineries, you will have the opportunity to discover the beauties of the Istrian peninsula on this panoramic tour.

Click HERE to watch a video about Istria.


Istria coast

Pula tour

Located beneath seven hills and with views of the Adriatic, Pula's unspoiled natural surroundings are magical. Known for its mild climate and tame, beautiful sea, Pula also has a long tradition of winemaking, fishing and shipbuilding. It's also home to many ancient Roman buildings, including the well-preserved, magnificent amphitheater.

Click HERE to watch a video about Pula.


Rovinj tour

Rovinj is well known as one of the most picturesque and romantic towns . The city at the foot of the Church of St. Euphemia is the favorite gathering place of artists from around the world. Walking down its streets, you'll bump into many art galleries, studios and shops.

Click HERE to watch a video about Istria.



Rijeka Tour

Rijeka is the most important Croatian seaport due to its strategic geographical position and was selected as European Capital of Culture for 2020. Historic, live-music loving and with a scattering of lovely beaches on its doorstep, Rijeka gives a taste of everything that makes Croatia brilliant.

Click HERE to watch a video about Rijeka.



From Istria we will return to Milan (Italy) where the bead retreat will end in September 13, 2024

Last night to the hotel is September 12/13, 2024



Cost: 4370 EURO for BEADER

          3960 EURO for NON-BEADER (traveling companion) This price applies only to only one companion non-beader  accompanied by a registered beader.

Deposit:  1000 EURO deposit is required to hold your seat (250 EURO not refundable if you cancel)

Second payment of 2000 EURO is due by January 15th, 2024

Payment in full is due by Mars 2nd, 2024.

The price is based for a hotel double-occupancy room. Supplement for a single room is +870 EURO  (based on availability)

We encourage you to bring a traveling companion.

Payment can be made by PayPal or by card.




Payments via Paypal can be made to the email address:

Registration will be processed in the order they were received. There are a limited number of seats available. When your deposit is  processed you will receive a confirmation by email. If you don't receive your deposit confirmation within 48 hours, please contact us.

To register please fill the FORM and pay the required deposit.  Registration without deposit is not valid and doesn't guarantee the seat.

The event schedule will be sent to you by email.

Periodically you will receive information about the bead retreat so please make sure you provide a valid email address and keep us updated if it changes.


We are not responsible for your cancellation for any reason.

If you cancel before December 1st, 2023 you will be refunded with the deposit paid (except 250 EURO not refundable & Paypal fees)

If you cancel after December 2nd, 2023 you will be refunded with the amount paid, less 500 EUR & Paypal fees

If you cancel after March 1st, 2024, the paid amount will no longer be refunded.

If the organizer needs to cancel the event, all the money received from you will be refunded in full.

The price doesn't include Paypal/Stripe (card) fees.

Registrations made without paying the deposit are considered null.

Single rooms are limited. Please contact us before registering to check availability.

The organizer reserves the right to make changes regarding the trip, if necessary, but of course you will be notified in advance of these changes.

The organizer reserves the right to refuse services.

We strongly recommend you purchase a travel Insurance.



Medici Collar Necklace

A cork fabric base, a bullion wire bezel, glass picture cabochons, resin flowers, wire/ rhinestone edging, metal filigree - this stunning collar has it all! You will be learning some new bead embroidery techniques in this class as well as being able to embellish and modify the collar to your liking. The necklace is both elegant and a very wearable size.


olympia necklace
olympia necklace


Waterfall Necklace

Beki Haley necklace
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