Arizona Gourd Society’s
MARCH 4-7, 2024

at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center
7415 E. Elbow Bend Road, Carefree, Arizona


Come join us at the Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center for a few days of camaraderie with other Gourders!

Arrive Monday night in time for a delicious dinner at 6:00pm and visiting with friends. Take class(es) on Tuesday and/or Wednesday, or bring your own projects to work on. Thursday morning grab an optional breakfast and head home with a brain full of new and creative ideas.

Can’t make it for the full retreat? Just come for a day or two – Commuters are welcome!

You must be a member of AZGS in order to attend the retreat:

Questions: or call 480-431-3060 and leave message for a call-back

Tuesday & Wednesday Schedule

8:30-10:30am – Morning Class
10:30am-12:00pm  – Brunch & Break
12:00-4:00pm – Afternoon Class
4:00-6:00pm  – Free Time (work, shop, swim, nap, etc.)
6:00pm  – Dinner
7:00pm – TBA


More information and required materials/tools will be emailed to you after you register for the Retreat.

Morning Classes

Wire Weave Rimmed Gourd
instructor: Lynne East-Itkin
Class Fee: $50; Supply Fee: $15

Small Spirits in the Desert
instructor: Julie Hemer
Class Fee: $50

Afternoon Classes

Contemplating: A Carved Filagree Bird
instructor: Vicki McKenna
Class Fee: $65;
(optional) prepared gourd cut with wings additional $75

Variations on Teneriffe Weaving: Beyond the Basics
instructor: Shelley Fletcher
Class Fee: $45;
(optional) prepared gourd shard additional $45


Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center

Photos of rooms:
• Heated swimming pool and spa
• Wifi access throughout the campus
• Rooms have microwave and refrigerator, balcony or porch
• Buffet meals with indoor or patio seating and mountain views

Downtown Carefree is within short walking distance (and plenty of parking) with lots of artsy shops to explore.


Please register early as rooms at the Center are limited and may not be available after February 1st. PRICES LISTED ARE PER PERSON.

Deadline: FEBRUARY 17, 2024 • NO REFUNDS after FEBRUARY 17, 2024.

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