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Europe Tour Bead Retreat

Denmark - Germany - Czech Republic

The excursions/day trips included in the retreat are suitable

for people who are unable to walk long distances.

OVERVIEW
Bead Retreat
June 15-26, 2024

THE RETREAT INCLUDES

Accommodations

Meals: breakfast

Transport by touring bus

Classes + kits (only for beaders)

Group excursions / activities

Trips to bead factories and bead shops

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE RETREAT

Airfare

Visa and insurance charges

Any item of personal nature like tips,   beverages,

laundry, telephone calls, taxi , tickets etc

Security deposit if is required by hotels (refundable)

15th-18th, 2024
COPENHAGEN- DENMARK

Visiting Copenhagen will reveal a fantastic city different from the rest of Europe. Why is it so different? Because Copenhagen is considered the safest city in the world, and Denmark is the second happiest country in the world!

The atmosphere in Copenhagen is a heaven of tranquility and security. The locals are so relaxed, and nothing seems to faze them. This is the essence of Danish culture, centered around the concept of hygge. Hygge embodies coziness, equality, simplicity, and social harmony, and it's a way of life here. The Danes truly know how to live in the moment.

Copenhagen has something for everyone: stunning architecture, exciting history, great shopping, and great food. Here, you will find some incredible restaurants awarded by Michelin, including a rare three-star rating.
The city has many beautiful gardens and impressive castles, where a world of fairy tales comes to life. Each palace has its unique charm, and there's plenty to see and do inside and out.

EXPLORING COPENHAGEN

Copenhagen

CANAL CRUISE - You can see the sights of Copenhagen from the water on a great canal cruise! Relax inside the lower saloon or out on deck, and admire the city’s key waterfront attractions like the Little Mermaid statue, Amalienborg Castle, Copenhagen Opera House etc.

Rosenborg Castle

ROSENBORG CASTLE - Rosenborg Castle wich was built in the period 1606-1607, being the place where for 400 years the most precious treasures of the Danish kings and queens were gathered

Glipoteket Copenhagen

GLYPTOTEKET - a stop at the Art Museum to see sculptures from Ancient Greece and Rome, Egyptian mummies, treasures found in tombs, French art of the 19th century as Auguste Rodin or Paul Gauguin.

18th-20th, 2024
BERLIN - GERMANY

Berlin, the capital of Germany, is a testament to resilience and rebirth. Its rich history, museums, street art, clubs, bars, and the diversity of its population are all part of its unique charm. The city's architecture, like its population, is a mix of influences resulting from World War II and the Cold War. Despite the devastation, Berlin rebuilt itself with remarkable speed, especially after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Today, this wonderful city showcases precious artifacts from all over the world and from different historical eras at more than 170 museums, some of which can be found on the internationally renowned Museum Island.
Berlin has an exceptional range of landmarks, a vibrant cultural scene, and a way of life that's somehow all yet relaxed.

The city of art, artists, and museums is recognized for its festivals, contemporary architecture, nightlife, and avant-garde arts.
It's a city full of magic, positive energy, and excitement.
Berlin also has much to offer on the culinary side. In addition to star-rated restaurants, there are food stalls on every corner, so you can enjoy what is reportedly the best curry-wurst in Germany.
Of course, the city is a shopping paradise. There are shops for all tastes, from traditional to modern shopping malls and luxury designers to vintage shops, flea and antique markets, and bargain stores.

EXPLORING BERLIN

Amber Museum Copenhagen

AMBER MUSEUM - a great museum that has an amazing collection of amber antiques and artifacts, including a wide array of entombed insects from prehistoric times. The collection comprises one of the largest piece of amber in the world. Apart from the museum, you can find here a shop with wonderful jewelry made with amber.

Berlin Cathedral

BERLIN CATHEDRAL - A church was first built on this site in the fifteenth century. This was the court church to the Hohenzollern dynasty, the Prussian rulers, and then the German Emperors. Due to fires and restorations that destroyed earlier churches, the baroque-style Berlin Cathedral dates from 1905. Kaiser Wilhelm II decided to build a cathedral to rival St..Peter’s in Rome and St. Paul’s in London. And he did. We can find here the Baptismal and Wedding Church, the Imperial Staircase, the Hohenzollern Crypt, the Cathedral Museum and the impressive Dome.

Berlin Cruise

RIVER CRUISE - Learn about the history of Berlin and see all the major attractions from the comfort of a river cruise. Some of the sights you are going to see: Berliner Dom, Television tower, Nikolai quarter, Weidendamm bridge, Reichstag, Moltke bridge, Chancellery, Congress hall, Victory column and many more interesting places and sights ...

20th - 24th, 2024
JABLONEC - CZECH REPUBLIC

Jablonec, a town that flourished at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, bears unmistakable traces of Art Nouveau and Neo-Renaissance. Its rich history is a treasure trove for history enthusiasts.
Renowned as the town of glass and jewelry, Jablonec earned its place as an international hub for glass and costume jewelry production in the late 19th  century. The delicate beauty of these products is a result of a meticulous process that involves shaping, coloring, and decorating glass or assembling various materials to create unique jewelry pieces. You can delve into the tradition of local glassmakers, honed over centuries, and take a piece of this history home by purchasing contemporary products from the numerous boutiques scattered throughout Jablonec. These boutiques offer finished costume jewelry and beads for you to create your own unique pieces.
The stories of internationally renowned brands like Swarovski trace their roots back to Jablonec. The Museum of Glass and Costume Jewelry, with its modern exhibits, is a testament to the global impact and enduring quality of these crafts.

EXPLORING JABLONEC

Jablonec Bead Factory

BEADS FACTORY - Starting from raw materials, technological processes and up to cutting and polishing, you will have the opportunity to learn how beads are made.

Restaurant Berlin

DINNER WITH A MEMORABLE VIEW - Enjoy a unique dinner experience with panoramic views at the highest restaurant in Berlin who rotates twice an hour. (207 meters above the city with a 360-degree view).

Bead Museum Jablonec

MUSEUM OF GLASS & JEWELLERY - Visitors are introduced to costume jewellery stones, glass and seed beads, glass buttons, metal jewellery, glass bangles and jewellery made of plastic and wood, as well as the contemporary jewellery.

24th - 26th, 2024
PRAGUE - CZECH REPUBLIC

Prague is a vibrant city located in the heart of Central Europe. It is the capital of the Czech Republic and the most prominent city in the Bohemia region. Known for its stunning architecture, rich history, and cultural heritage, Prague has become one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe.

What makes Prague so unique is its well-preserved medieval center, which is a beautiful blend of cobbled streets, walled courtyards, Gothic cathedrals, and numerous church spires. Visitors can stroll through the city center's narrow alleys and discover stunning landmarks such as the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, and Prague Castle.

Prague's charm is not only limited to its architecture and history. The city also boasts a rich culinary scene that offers a wide range of options for food lovers. From traditional Czech cuisine to international flavors, visitors can sample a variety of dishes at different restaurants, pubs, cafes, and food markets

EXPLORING PRAGUE

Prague

CITY TOUR - Enjoy a city tour to experience the rich history and culture of Prague. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to see some of the most famous landmarks, including the iconic Charles Bridge, the charming Old Town, the bustling New Town, the historic Jewish Quarter, the stunning Spanish Synagogue, the fascinating Jewish Museum, the intricate Astronomical Clock, and the magnificent Prague Castle.

Bead Shop Jablonec

BEAD SHOPS - As a bead lover, you might be excited to explore unique and interesting bead shops. So, be prepared to add more beads to your collection and get inspired by the variety of options available.

Remember to pack smart to make space for your new treasures on the way back!

CLASSES & PROJECTS

BETTY STEPHAN

Isabella Bracelet

This stunning cuff has a raised center component, giving it a lot of blingy dimension.

The center flower is formed with crystal drops and backlit Baroque cabs surround it – giving this cuff a lot of sparkle! The strap of the cuff is a ribbon that has a vine and leaves woven in. This will be the basis for the embellishments you will add.  Although the cuff looks quite complicated, it's not hard at all - it's a fun, enjoyable project.

Betty will even show you how you can turn this into a pendant - if cuffs aren’t “your thing”.

Betty Stephan bracelet
Betty Stephan bracelet
Betty Stephan bracelet
Betty Stephan bracelet

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Museum Prague

MUCHA MUSEUM - A impressive museum dedicated to the life and work of the artist Alphonse Mucha.

REGISTRATION

Cost:

- 4390 EURO for BEADER

- 3980 EURO for traveling companion (this price applies only to 1 companion)

Deposit:  a 1000 EURO deposit is required to hold your seat (250 euro non-refundable if you cancel)

Payment schedule:

- The second payment of 2000 EURO is due by December 2nd, 2023

- The full payment is due by April 20th, 2024

Accommodation: the price is based on a double-occupancy room in a hotel. Supplement of +890 EURO is applicable for a single room (based on availability)

We encourage you to bring a traveling companion along.

Registration: to register for the retreat, please fill out the registration form and pay the required deposit.  Kindly note that registration without a deposit is not valid and doesn't guarantee a seat.

We will send you the event schedule via email.

Please keep us informed of any changes to your email address, as we will periodically send you information about the retreat.

Payment options: payment can be made through PayPal or by card.

Payments via PayPal can be made to the email address : olympiaretreats@gmail.com

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

Cancellation Policy:

We would like to inform you that we are not responsible for any cancellations you make for any reason.

However, if you decide to cancel your reservation before November 1st, 2023 you will be refunded with the amount received from you (except 250 EURO non-refundable). If you cancel after November 1st, 2023 you will be refunded the amount paid, less 500 EURO

If you cancel your reservation after February 1st, 2024, we cannot issue any refunds.

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

Other information:

The price doesn't include Paypal/Card fees.

Registrations made without paying the deposit will be considered null and void.

Availability of single rooms is limited. Please get in touch with us before registering to check availability.

The organizer reserves the right to make changes to the retreat if deemed necessary. However, you will be notified in advance of any such changes.

The organizer reserves the right to refuse services.

We strongly recommend that you purchase travel Insurance.

HELENA TANG-LIM

La Chaîne d'Ancre Necklace

LA CHAÎNE D'ANCRE - or “ANCHOR CHAIN” refers to the component that attaches the anchor to the boat. Anchor chains are one of the most crucial components of boats. They play a very important role in keeping the vessel in position, especially in choppy waters. The chain acts as a robust link between the anchor and the vessel, ensuring the stability and safety of the boat.

It's in line with this that anchor jewelry often stand for hope, steadfastness, salvation, stability, tranquility, security and good luck.

Inspired by the components of the anchor chain, La Chaîne d'Ancre epitomizes its value. It's big and bold, just like the anchor chain. It's made from flexible links of cubic right angle weave. Suspended from the “anchor chain” is not an anchor, but a large and equally bold rhinestone which swings freely from a “shackle”. The toggle clasp is formed with a chain link with a double closure perfectly centering the clasp at the back of the neck. It's a very comfortable necklace.

Helena Tang Lim necklace
Helena Tang Lim necklace
Helena Tang Lim necklace
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