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OLYMPIA

Retreats

Baner Polymer Clay Art Retreat

Polymer Clay Art Retreat

France

The excursions/day trips included in the retreat are suitable

for people who are unable to walk long distances.

OVERVIEW
Bead Retreat
June 15th-26th, 2025

THE RETREAT INCLUDES

Airport transfer

Accommodations

Meals: breakfast

Classes + kits (only for crafters)

Group excursions/activities

Tickets for all scheduled activities

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)

Join us on a relaxing retreat with renowned artists

Lisa Pavelka and Delia Gerendi

in the picturesque French Riviera.

Discover new polymer clay techniques, forge lasting friendships,

and experience unforgettable moments of fun and relaxation

in breathtaking surroundings that will inspire your creativity.

ACCOMMODATION

DAY TRIPS

Hotel room

Facing the Mediterranean Sea, the hotel where you will be staying will offer you great comfort, an unforgettable view of the sea, a restaurant where you can have a hearty breakfast and a wellness center.

Monaco Monte Carlo

MONACO - The second-smallest country in the world, Monaco is a captivating blend of grandeur and intimacy. It's a pocket-sized paradise that's densely populated and ruled by Prince Albert II, the son of Prince Rainier II and Princess Grace.

We will take a tour to visit the most important tourist attractions. One of the most iconic landmarks is the Casino, a historical treasure built in 1893 by Charles Garnier, the mastermind behind the legendary Paris Opera House.

You will also visit the Cathedral of Monaco, built in 1878, another significant landmark in Monaco. It was mostly made famous by Prince Rainer's wedding to the American actress Grace Kelly in 1956. You can also see their burial places here.

Eze Village

EZE VILLAGE - You will discover the famous small medieval village full of charm, generously blooming and offering superb panoramas of the sea and the coast. Stone streets, arched passages, beautifully restored stone houses, shaded squares, and refreshing old fountains will make you feel like you are in a fairy tale.
There are also many shops, art galleries, restaurants, hotels, a beautiful chapel, and an amazing exotic garden with a 360° spectacular view of French Riviera.

French Riviera

FRENCH RIVIERA - Embark on an unforgettable trip along the magnificent French Riviera aboard a coach. You will be seduced by the timeless splendor of the Mediterranean landscape, the beautiful French towns, and the panoramic views of some iconic locations. Get ready to experience an exciting journey full of breathtaking scenery and unforgettable memories.

Nice France

NICE - Get ready to explore the captivating city of Nice, where you will discover a rich tapestry of traditions, gastronomy, and activities. The extraordinary climate that has attracted visitors for centuries makes Nice a year-round destination. From the stunning views of the azure Mediterranean to the bustling streets of the old town, there is plenty to see and do in Nice. You'll also be delighted by the city's thriving arts and culture scene, with museums, galleries, and exhibitions showcasing everything from ancient artifacts to contemporary masterpieces.

CLASSES & PROJECTS

LISA PAVELKA

Lisa Pavelka is a well-known artist, designer, and author who is internationally recognized for her exceptional creative work. With over 30 years of professional experience, Lisa is a pioneer in the field of polymer clay, creating stunning projects from jewelry and home decor to scrapbooking and mixed media. Her expertise is reflected in her authored works, including "Polymer Clay Extravaganza", which is a must-read for anyone interested in polymer clay.

Lisa's work has also caught the attention of celebrities such as Julia Roberts, Bernie Mac, Ben Stein, Siegfried & Roy, among others.

During her classes, Lisa will share her expertise and provide great tips about polymer clay jewelry concepts that will help you unlock new artistic possibilities. You will create stunning finished pieces under her guidance.

Lisa Pavelka

Discover Lisa's method to create the look of Roku potter. You will create a mixed-media jewelry piece with a choice of elements, including specialty wire, pearls, or other findings.

Lisa Pavelka

Get ready to unlock your creativity with this exciting class! You'll be learning the art of micro inlay and miniature gradient effects in a stunning filigree design.

REGISTRATION

Cost:

- 3250 EURO for CRAFTER

- 2960 EURO for traveling companion (this price applies only to 1 companion)

Deposit:  a 500 EURO deposit is required to hold your seat

Payment schedule:

- The second payment of 2000 EURO is due by July 1st, 2024

- The full payment is due by November 1st, 2024

Accommodation: the price is based on a double-occupancy room in a hotel. Supplement of +930 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, 2024 (included) you will be refunded with the amount received from you.

If you cancel after November 1st, 2024 you will be refunded the amount paid, less 500 EURO

If you cancel your reservation after January 15th, 2025, 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.

DELIA GERENDI

Always looking for adventures and new experiences, Delia's great passion is to experiment and push the limits of the possibilities that can be attempted using polymer clay. With over 12 years of experience in the field, her artworks are characterized by strong, playful colors and carefully planned assembly methods.

Delia's projects, often born from a spark of inspiration or a simple sketch, evolve organically during her creative process. They undergo a series of captivating transformations, each one bringing them closer to their final, breathtaking form. 

Delia is also one of the writers of the Polymer Week publication, always looking for new talents and actively involved in numerous projects aimed at strengthening the community of artists working with polymer clay.

Delia Gerendi

The project is a dialog between a vibrant interplay of colors, geometric shapes and refined patterns and textures. The result is a harmonious and visually captivating composition that is rich in variety but conveys a sense of unity.

The beauty of this project lies in its versatility – the final jewelry pieces can be assembled as either brooches or pendants, offering flexibility to suit individual preferences

Throughout this workshop, you will have the opportunity to explore various surface treatments and techniques, with a special emphasis on crafting lightweight sculptural jewelry pieces

During the workshops, we will be providing  pasta machines for polymer clay and work surfaces.

What should you bring with you?

A kit containing all the tools you usually use when working, such as blades, cutters, rollers, textures, modeling tools, dotting tools, brushes, needles, etc.

A battery-powered work light and magnifying glasses can be helpful, but they are not necessary.

Our retreat is scheduled to take place in Menton, which is located on the French Riviera. Often referred to as the Pearl of France, this small picturesque coastal town is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in France. It's a great place to wander around, with its small winding streets that lead to several cafes, restaurants, and small gift shops. Many of the products sold in these shops are based on the local lemons, which are a symbol of the city. During the retreat, we will explore the town and its colorful houses, fabulous staircases, stone mosaics, and ceramic murals. You will also get a chance to relax on the beach and swim in the turquoise sea or visit the town and its beautiful gardens.

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