2023 Kansas City RETREAT!

Step away from the day-to-day and join us for
Hibernate & Create RETREAT in Kansas City, MO!
It’s going to be a spectacular meet-up!
Creativity – Food – Fun – Friendship
Gather and explore in this one-of-a-kind meet-up of creative spirits.

When:              August 3-6, 2023

What’s included:
Registration includes 3 nights accommodation at a beautifully updated historic home in Kansas City. Fresh meals prepared for our guests including 3 dinners, 3 breakfasts and 1 lunch along with plenty of snacks!  All creative project supplies & instruction. A fun day of shopping and exploring Kansas City including a visit to Bella Patina and Scraps KC. You may want to bring an extra tote or leave some room in your suitcase for all of the wonderful projects you will create and small goodies you will receive throughout your stay! (We LOVE to spoil our attendees!)

Cost:                 $775 per person

A deposit of $200 is due at time of registration to reserve your spot. Final payment is due by June 15, 2023. Payment schedules can be customized to your payment needs.

**Registration does not include transportation to / from the retreat (i.e. your flight, rental car or Uber/Lyft, etc.).
**Registration fees are non-refundable but may be transferred to another participant from our waiting list.
** In the event that we need to cancel the retreat due to Covid-19, all registration fees will be refunded. We will follow all local CDC or other guidelines at the the time of the retreat.

How to Register:
Registration opens on Saturday, October 15th at 10:00 am Central.

Make your reservation by emailing Kelli at hibernatecreate@gmail.com.  

Our KC Meet-up Retreat is currently sold out and we are taking names for our waiting list should a space open. If you are interested in being on our waiting list, please email us at hibernatecreate@gmail.com

If you are registering with a friend or family member (or friends/family members), one email can be sent for all persons in your party. Please provide the name of each guest and their email addresses.

Upon receiving your registration email, a return email will be sent confirming availability and verifying your payment options.

Please note, that while this overnight venue accommodates our group size, it is not set up for everyone to have a twin bed. Some guests will be sharing beds. If you are traveling solo, we will communicate this with you prior to your deposit payment to ensure that you are comfortable.

In advance of the RETREAT, a private Facebook group will be created so that we can get to know each other, sneak peak of projects, ask questions and stay connected post event!

Attendees are encouraged to participate in our optional small gift swap!  Gifts will be exchanged on the first night following our welcome dinner. For our gift swap you can make or purchase something small for everyone. It’s a great way to have a little treasure from everyone you meet on our weekend away.

Kanas City, MO:
Kansas City has a thriving arts scene, robust craft brewing culture and die-hard sports fans and oh, so much more! We’ve picked this city for it’s BBQ, fun shopping and central location. Not to mention, it makes the perfect back drop to create and explore!

We have rented a gorgeous mansion in the South Hyde Park area of Kansas City. We’ve included a few photos of this beautiful house!

With Kansas City’s central location, you might find it driveable from where you are, or many will fly in to the Kansas City International Airport which is located on the north side of town.

Flying: Learn more at at ifly.com by clicking here

Retreat Schedule:

Guests can arrive between 12:00-2:00 pm to settle in.   Note, lunch will not be provided on day 1, but we will have some welcome snacks & lemonade to greet you. After our welcome gathering, we will hop in the car to go to the home of local artist Gale Nation. Gale is known for her hand lettering & hand stitching. For our time together, Gale will be leading us in our first creative project making adorable chalk boards! We can’t wait for you to try your hand at this fun chalk board project.  We will end the evening with our Welcome Dinner – KC Style and gift swap! 

Is our day to shop & explore Kansas City. The highlights of the day will be the wonderful Bella Patina and Kelli’s favorite creative thrift store – Scraps KC. Lunch will be on your own on Friday and we’ll put together some suggestions for you to consider. Our day will conclude at the retreat house for another yummy dinner, show & share and more creative time to make a beaded bracelet, everyone needs a little bling! 

Be ready for a day of creativity! Julie Geiger of Prairie Point Junction is going to kick off your morning with a special stitching project and following lunch we’ve invited Anna Walker of Stab Things Into Existence to teach you how to make a fun wet wool felted project. Saturday will end with our Good-bye dinner.

All good things must come to an end and following our Sunday breakfast we will say goodbye with new friends, fabulous projects and plenty of memories (and photos to share!)

Your Hibernate and Create RETREAT Hosts:

Kelli Sweet: Exploring is the general theme for Kelli – creativity, travel, food and more! As the artist behind Degrees by Kelli, her favorite mediums are jewelry, collage & painting and all things quilting & fabric related.

Kelli loves to connect and inspire creativity.  She founded Hibernate & Create as the 31 Days of Creativity Challenge which has blossomed into a beautiful Facebook community. In 2018 it expanded into RETREATS bringing people together for dedicated creative time with friendship & food!  And 2020 brought the addition of Crafty Mixer, an online virtual craft meet-up and Workshops & Classes in her studio at the Hot Shops Art Center in Omaha. 

Kelli lives in LaVista, Nebraska with her husband Drew and their tabby cat Milo (aka Squeaky_Milo on Instagram)

Lindsay Struble: Lindsay is the “chef” extraordinaire behind the Hibernate & Create Retreats. A special education teacher by profession, we enjoy Lindsay’s delicious cooking as she “fusses” over the small details.

Lindsay loves to travel, explore and hop onboard when a friend needs a companion for an adventure. She loves to help others and make people smile! Her creativity and art is through cooking and the sharing of food. Her goal is to warm the hearts and tummies of the people she’s around!

Lindsay and her husband Tim live in LaVista, NE with their energized kitten, Lola, Lola loves to entertain them at all hours of the day!

Julie Geiger Armed with a sewing machine or needle and thread, Julie Geiger creates all types of fabric wonderment including quilts, wool applique, embroidery and wool felt projects.
Captivated by all things fabric since she was a young girl, Julie is the owner of Prairie Point Junction Quilt Shop, Home of Wool Felt Central in Cozad, Nebraska. Julie will share her magic, some embroidery stitches and inspire you to transform needle and thread, into a special keepsake.


Our Guest Instructors:

Gale Nation is a hand-lettering artist and designer from Kansas City. She teaches virtual workshops from her home studio as well as in-person classes in the KC area. Her hand-lettered goods are sold at Hallmark stores, on her website, at stockists across the US, and have been on products in Hobby Lobby, Primitives by Kathy, Studio Calico, and Spoonflower. She loves embroidery and has added stitching classes featuring her lettering, as well as a new line of stitched designs, patterns, and kits.

All her work is lettered by hand – no vinyl, stencils or machines. In her sold-out classes, she teaches others how to embrace their own creative lettering habit by breaking it down into bite-sized steps and easy projects.
Color is fun and she embraces it wholeheartedly. When she’s not lettering, she enjoys decorating, and her home has been featured in Flea Market Home and Living and Better Homes and Gardens magazines, and the book “Flea Market Flair”. She believes that words matter, love does, and life is better when you’re laughing. 

Anna Walker

I’ve long been crafty, since childhood, to be fair. I have picked up and tried nearly every creative
hobby you can imagine: sewing, crochet, embroidery, ceramics, paper crafts, glass etching,
beading, well, you get the idea. So, in 2008 when I won an online giveaway of a 4 oz. hand
painted roving, which was LOVELY, and smelled good, and was SO SOFT to touch, I was instantly
in love with fiber. However, I had no desire to spin wool, so when I found a $4 ‘Teach Yourself
to Needle Felt’ kit at the local craft store, I thought, “Why not?”, and two months later my late
husband declared that every horizontal surface of our home was covered in felt, and I was hooked! The only thing I love more than felting is teaching others how to find their creativity through classes. I’ve taught hundreds of people how to stab things into existence throughout the past decade+ and have moved into the virtual teaching space. My FELTit! kits include all the supplies needed to create something from fiber AND access to a virtual class! As I look into the next decade+, I am excited to bring more and more of these FELTit! kits+classes into existence, and hope that you’ll find YOUR inner creative through the wooly world of felting!

Thanks to our amazing sponsors!
Prairie Point Junction
Degrees by Kelli

If you would like to be a RETREAT sponsor in the form of participant gifts, supplies or discounts. Please contact Kelli at hibernatecreate@gmail.com

We can’t wait to Meet-up with you in Kansas City!

The fine print:  In registering for the retreat, participant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Sweet Creative LLC  DBA Degrees by Kelli or DBA as Hibernate and Create, the hosts Kelli Sweet, Lindsay Struble, Julie Geiger, Gale Nation, Anna Walker and any event sponsors, instructors or volunteers from any and all causes and action which may arise from the Hibernate and Create Retreat.  I grant permission for Sweet Creative LLC to use any photos, videotape, etc. taken of me, my products or classes in any and all publicity and advertising promoting the retreat.  By registering for this retreat, I Agree and acknowledge that the  waiver has been read and understood and that I will abide by all Rules.