Swantown Inn Bed & Breakfast
1431 11th Avenue Southeast
Olympia, Washington, WA 98501, United States
+1 360 7539123

Olympia Bead Retreat with Teresa Sullivan Studio

We are going in to our third year with the 2015 Olympia Bead Retreat with Teresa Sullivan. 

As the testimonials show, the last attendees had a great time and learned an incredible amount.

We took it up a notch for the 2014 Olympia Bead Retreat. It was a week of learning, fun and new friendships. We made it all-inclusive, and are doing it again in 2015! Just get yourself to Olympia. Luxury accommodations.  Gourmet food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Stay up to date for annoucments on the Olympia Bead Retreat Facebook page.

Bead Retreat Package Pricing.

Early Bird Pricing

Coming alone? Sign up and put down the $500 deposit  and get the early bird price of $1999+ tax for your own private room.

Bringing a friend?  You and your friend sign up and put down the $500 deposit, sharing a room and get the early bird price of $1799 each + tax.

Please note after early bird pricing ends prices will increase to $1999 each for a shared room, and $2199 for a private room. (plus tax)

Note: Due to a previous booking the Astoria Room is not available the first night - So come Monday morning, and receive a $150 discount on your package (or $75 each if you share).

"Local" Package

Do you live in the Olympia area? Are you able to commute daily to the retreat? If so you can simply join us each day after breakfast, for the class and excursions. You also get to join everyone for lunch and partaking in our spa day. Cost for these 5 days (June 22nd through June 26th) is $999 (plus tax).

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Learning, Inspiration and Outings

Six nights and five full days dedicated to an artform you love. Could it get better?

A trip to the world famous Shipwreck Beads. A day trip to the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. Could this get any more indulgent?

We asked Teresa, "What makes the Olympia Bead Retreat different and special?"

"In nearly 20 years as an educator, I’ve found that the magic lies in discovering talents that come from inside you. Tease out your talent, live with it, glimpse its possibilities, and begin a path of exploration that you can take anywhere you like. Nurture your style, whether minimalist/conceptual or abundantly decadent.

Pie-in-the-sky flights of fancy paired with down-to-earth practicality? Yes. I provide down-to-earth, personal instruction centered around sculptural bead-weaving techniques, with in-person demos, fully illustrated step-by-step handouts, and personal guidance. Replicate a piece I’ve done, see another as a jumping-off point; bring home a finished piece or a collection of “starts”. The intentionally small scale of this Retreat gives you this flexibility.

Spending uninterrupted time with kindred spirits who believe in you is the best gift you can give your creative self. All the more fun in an 1880s mansion with a jar of homemade cookies and a garden full of fresh veggies nearby!"

B&B Experience and Local Dining

The retreat will be held at the Swantown Inn Bed & Breakfast. Room selection will be on a first come first served basis. So the earlier you book the more choice you will have, however regardless of the room you stay in you will be getting an experience that will add to the retreat expereince.

All retreat attendess will be pampered, with daily gourmet breakfasts and lunches. On day three you will even get a Signature massage from one of our Massage Therapists.

There will be an informal wine tasting on the first evening and on the last evening another as a farewell and celebration of all you have achieved during the week.

Each evening you will be treated to one of Olympia's fabulous resturants. From seafood through to steaks, and northwest to french cuisine. Your palate will be spoiled!

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From Teresa's Biography page on her studio web site;

"Teresa Sullivan is an award-winning artist who has exhibited her work nationally since 1995 and internationally since 2008. Her artwork has been featured in several books, most recently "Suzanne Golden Presents: Interviews with 36 Artists Who Innovate with Beads" and is found in private collections nationally. Selected jewelry pieces can be purchased at Racine Art Museum Store, Racine, WI."

After a small but successful 2013 Olympia Bead As in its first year, Teresa is intentionally limiting enrollment to 7 participants, to keep this experience special for all.


"Just got back from a wonderful time at the Olympia Bead Retreat. I've learned a lot, have many samples. Now I need to practice and explore further. Teresa is a wonderful teacher, very encouraging and patient. Her handouts are great. It was fun to see the many pieces that she has made. Very relaxing week. Swantown Inn great!"

- Janis Loehr, Webster, NY

"What an incredible week in Olympia! Thanks so much, Teresa, for sharing your art with us. I loved the slide shows, philosophical discussions, and all of the wonderful techniques you taught us. I am honored to have spend time with you and the other creative and talented artists at the retreat!"

- Sharon Peterson, Portland, OR

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Retreat Itinerary

Please note final itinerary is subject to change (just shifting around and timing changes)

Sunday June 21st

  • Arrive at Swantown Inn Bed & Breakfast
  • 5pm Meet and Greet (Wine and hors d'oeuvres) 

Monday June 22nd

  • 9am Breakfast @ Swantown Inn
  • 10am Today's lessons begin!
  • 5pm Break for the day.
  • 5:30pm Dinner

Tuesday June 23rd

  • 9am Breakfast @ Swantown Inn
  • 10am Today's lessons begin!
  • 12:30pm Break for lunch
  • 1pm Excursion to Shipwreck Beads.
  • 5pm Break for the day.
  • 5:30pm  Dinner

Wednesday June 24th

  • 9am Breakfast @ Swantown Inn
  • 10am Today's lessons begin!
  • Between 11am and 3pm : 30 minute chair massage
  • 1pm Lunch
  • 5pm Break for the day
  • 5:30pm Dinner

Thursday June 25th

  • 9am Breakfast @ Swantown Inn
  • 10am Excursion Museum of Glass
  • 5pm Break for the day
  • 5:30pm Dinner

Friday June 26th

  • 9am Breakfast @ Swantown Inn
  • 10am Today's lessons begin!
  • 5pm Break for the day / Wine Tasting and Farewell
  • 5:30pm Dinner

Saturday June 27th

  • 9am Breakfast @ Swantown Inn
  • 11am Check-out 


  • Transportation to and from SEATAC Airport not included (however options can be given to you).
  • Transportation to and from Olympia Train Station is available if prior arrangements are made.