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Clay Play Stay March 2025 Retreat

In Florida with Kira McCoy of CreateAlong, Jan Montarsi, and a third instructor - TBD!

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Clay. Play. Stay.

Hosted by Kira McCoy of and PolymerClayTV. Come enjoy the gorgeous lakeside views under majestic live oak trees in beautiful and quaint Keystone Heights, a city in north central Florida. The retreat center is on a lake in the forest- a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy a few days of rest, relaxation, and CLAY!

The atmosphere is "summer camp" for adults, and you'll be led by three very experienced talented teachers.

A HUGE window-filled mess hall will house our breakfast and lunch on one side, and our workstations on the other!

We will stay in "bunk house cabins" - but don't worry.

We are limiting the number of people per cabin, and no one has to stay on a top bunk- unless you want to!

All Inclusive

Your stay, food, necessary supplies and classes are all included. BEGINNER FRIENDLY! Don't let lack of experience hold you back, we will make sure you have a great time and learn a lot!

Techniques we will cover:

  • Caning, specifically Kaleidoscopes on a small scale
  • Using your cane slices
  • Color blending
  • Geometric design
  • Jewelry + bead making
  • Sgraffito + Antiquing for a "faux" effect
  • Making an armature
  • Liquid Clay as a base
  • Molding
  • Embedding embellishments
  • plus there will be demos as needed- our teachers won't hold back :)

Prefer not to stay on-site? Daytrip! Our region of Florida has quite a few Airbnb's as well as a few small hotels within a 20 minute drive.

DayTrippers have 9-5 access and lunch included, DayTripper Plus will join us for dinner and stay as late as you like while going off site to sleep.

Need a ride? When you make your payment, you will have access to our private community where we will set up rideshares from the airport, and you'll find friends to bunk with. We will do our best to put you together if you ask :)

Airports: JAX is 1 hour 15 minutes, GNV is 35 minutes away. If you plan to Uber we suggest you check out pricing so you are not caught off guard.

More Details

We will be re-living our summer camp dreams! All cabins have porches and direct lake views. The weather in March should be pleasant, not too hot.

We will have a big bead swap- once we are firm on the number of attendees you'll find out how many to bring.

Destash, trade and sell table: you are encouraged to bring any items you'd like to share with everyone for money or barter.

A selection of items will be available for sale on Friday.

Arrival is Wednesday any time after 3 pm EST, pick your bed, set up your work station, have a light supper, mingle and find a spot to watch the sun set over the lake.

DayTrippers will arrive on Thursday morning at 8:15, and are welcome on-site from 9-5 Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Dismissal is Sunday after breakfast, check out by 10. If your flight is later in the day, you are welcome to hang at Kira's or there is plenty to do in the area- there is a gorgeous public lake beach not far away.

For people attending overnight, there’s also nighttime star gazing by the lake, and relaxation- clay as long as you like, the clay room is open 24/7.

Make a DEPOSIT of $100 to reserve your spot. Deposit may be transferred to a Polymer Clay Classroom digital product if you change your mind.

Refund policy: Balance Refundable until Jan 1, 2025. You may transfer your stay to someone else if necessary, by that time we will have paid all of our fees and booked cabins and many of the extras, paid for supplies etc so your stay becomes non-refundable. Travel insurance is recommended when you pay your balance, just in case.

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