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Dollems Retreat

Kecia Deveney

FRI June 14 - MON June17


 All inclusive - lodging, meals, speciality art supplies + creative immersion! 
St. Mary's Retreat Center
495 Albion Ave,
Glendale, OH 45246
Sorry - sold out! 
"eye want on the wait list!"


all inclusive retreat devoted to fabric surface design + soft doll construction

machine + hand sewing

no-carving stamp making + thermofax screen printing

endless art bar supplies, inspiration + freebies ♥

create up to 2 dollems

OOAK Kecia dollem giveaway!

funky Frakta Ikea bag challenge

creative immersion + permission to play

limited to 18 dollem lovers

Kecia Deveney Art + specialty art pop up shoppe

What is the All-Inclusive-Dollem-Experience?

Fabric Surface Design; stamping, stenciling, rust /RIT dyeing, mono printing.

Sewing softies; anatomy, scale, cutting, pinning, machine + hand sewing.

Making Faces; with thermofax screen prints and hand painting.

Stuffings + finishings; how to stuff + hold dollems together.

Funky attachments; fascinating ways to create and sew joints; arms, legs, ears, etc.

Unique customization and personalization to design Two-One-of-a-kind dollems 

Name + Stories encouraged!


We’re all ‘bag ladies’ and need to schlepp our stuff, so why not art up our bags with leftover fabric scraps, amiright? 

This is a volunteer DIY project

Complete prior to the dollem retreat

Take your time – in fact – take all year.


* Get a $1.49 Ikea Frakta shopping bag  

* Cover the blue plastic inside and out by sewing fabric/scraps from your stash. Additional photos found on SSS Facebook group.

* OPTIONAL: You can disassemble / reassemble the bag for ease of sewing.

* Schlep to Dollem retreat and see other Ikea bags! 

what to bring

Your all inclusive ticket includes most specialty art supplies needed to enhance your fabric surface design and dollem experience.

The BTK {Basic Tool Kit} and the Workshop Supplies are basic items found at hobby, craft or hardware stores. 

Kecia is providing the following complimentary speciality art supplies provided in your inclusive ticket:

  • thermofax screens and printing experience

  • textile paints + stamps

  • stencil bar / paints / supplies

  • free fabric scraps + ephemera


NOTE: you must bring a working sewing machine that you have befriended, are comfortable with and is RTG. Ready to Go!

St. Mary's

St. Mary's Building

Transfiguration Spirituality Center

495 Albion Ave, Glendale, OH 45246

This retreat includes onsite 3 nights lodging, meals, workshop and creative immersion.

Your ticket includes a private room w/ en suite bathroom + includes:

  • all onsite scrumptious meals + complimentary tea, coffee + light snacks

  • outrageous cozy pampering of St. Mary’s – you can literally create in your jammies all weekend if you wanna!

  • tranquil trails, gardens, rocking chairs + kindred connections 

  • all the feels of creative wellbeing + self care + connection

What to Expect

What’s the hullabaloo about a Creative Communion retreat? The heart of the matter is creative immersion. Process vs Product. Experience vs Event. Deep Dive vs. Surface Skimming.

What does all this mean? You are considered a valued guest; one who is interested in expanding and strengthening talents, skills and interests with others. By making and creating you get to express feelings and explore new ways of being. In a collaborative circle of belonging, the artist instructor is also giving their expertise, inspiration and guidance. All of this is happening in a secluded nurturing environment where we can all learn, share and enrich the other.

  1. JUST BE YOU:  This is a judgment free, non-competitive, just have a darn good time experience. You are perfect just the way you are. 

  2. COMFORT ZONE NUDGES: Allow yourself to expand your craft and welcome the beauty of imperfection. 

  3. DRESS 4 MESS: Bring an apron [or gloves if you’re worried about your hands] because we'll be making beautiful messes!

Ticket Refunds 

It is understandable that “life happens” and unforeseen circumstances may prevent you from attending a ticketed event. In the case where you cannot participate, please notify me as soon as possible. Due to event/instructor’s financial commitments, reservation/s and contract obligations, refunds are conditional on timelines.

Full refunds are available up until 180 days prior to the ticketed event date.  If notification has been made up to or prior to DECEMBER 13, 2018. If you purchase a ticket after this date, please know you are making a non-refundable ticket purchase.

What if you can't come after you have purchased your ticket? 

If there is a waiting list, I will put you in contact with the first person on the list to coordinate possible arrangements for the sale of your ticket. If a transaction is mutually agreed upon and completed, your spot in the event will be transferred to the other person.

In case of cancellation due to inclement weather, instructor cancellation or unpredictable circumstances notification will be made as soon as possible via text message, email and provided contact emergency information. Refunds will be given within 5 days of the date of the unexpected cancellations.

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