UNWIND Fall Retreat

Ready for some serious fun in Austin? Join me for the fall edition of my UNWIND Retreat, which will take place at the GORGEOUS Loft House in South Austin, the weekend of October 16-18, 2015.

October 16th is reserved for my team event. This is a day of pampering and stamping for my team, and anyone who joins my team prior to October 1 is eligible to attend!

October 17th & 18th are my public retreat. This is two full days of classes (4 classes per day), prizes, fellowship and fun.

There will be some supplies you will need for the retreat, and I will publish those after registration opens.

There are a limited number of beds available in this gorgeous home, and those will be first come, first served.

There are very nice, inexpensive hotels within 5 minutes of the retreat house for those unable to book an on-site room. We are surrounded by amazing restaurants, craft stores and all the fun and funkiness of south Austin so I will build in time to explore and provide a guide to my fave haunts.

There will be a masseuse on site for those much needed chair massages during breaks.

In the meantime, please enjoy photos of this stunning venue. If you'd like to book this venue for yourself, and you mention Understand Blue, you will receive a $25 gift card from Instacart - so that you can have groceries delivered to the house while you are staying there. If you book a mid-week retreat at the Loft House and mention Understand Blue, you will receive a $50 Instacart gift card for goodies during your stay.

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Official hashtag for the retreat is #UBlueUNWIND and #girlfriendgetawayaustin for the venue.

Use the hashtags and enjoy a special gift if you attend the retreat.

Sponsors include my friends at Gelli Arts & My Sweet Petunia, and there will be giveaways from both!


Here's what the spring retreat attendees had to say:

"My retreat experience was wonderful. Great classes with gorgeous projects! Meeting up with friends old and new. A weekend full of creativity and laughter." ~ Jeanne S. 

Lydia's Retreat is da bomb!  We learned a ton of great techniques, made some new friends, and most importantly, laughed liked loons the whole weekend.  It was a blast!" ~Debbi S.

"The Understand Blue UNWIND retreat was an absolute blast! From morning until night, I felt blessed by the camaraderie and laughter of my artsy sisters, delighted by Lydia's innovative and fun-loving teaching style, and pampered by the insanely delicious food from our celebrity chef. If you go, be sure to bring an extra suitcase for all the prizes, giveaways, and crafty creations you will be bringing back home with you - this is one vacation you will never forget!" ~Katherine K. 

If you want to work hard and feel overwhelmed, don't come to Lydia's retreats. I've attended two, and both were filled with warm welcome, laughter, and instant bonding with new friends you'll keep for life. It's more than just stamping. We shared stories, meals, and lots of late night gabbing. There are surprises as each guest shares their knowledge with classmates, too, and amazing products given away. We took fun little side-trips and ate amazing food. It was just a wonderful time-suspending weekend that got my muse all fired up. You just can't put a price on an event like this. Come! ~Kyra S. 

Here is the registration for guests attending the Saturday and Sunday classes and wishing to stay at the Loft House. These will sell out fast.


Here is the registration for guests attending the Saturday and Sunday classes and staying off-site.

Here is the registration for the Friday Understand Blue Team Only Event. If you'd like to attend this event, just join my team prior to October 1st.


  1. I am so interested in attending your retreat, especially since it is local for me! Can you give me an idea of the cost? Thanks...

    1. Hi Liz! I'd love to have you! For the lodging + 8 classes it should be $300-$400 - I'm still finalizing. I also have classes nearly every weekend in S. Austin - let me know if you'd like to be added to my evite!

  2. I want to go!! I want to go!!

    No wait... I NEED to go

  3. Lydia, I am interested in the classes but not in spending the night. I live just south of Sunset Valley. Will you be offering the classes only?

    1. Yes - both options will be available when registration opens!

  4. Just signed up. So excited I get to attend this one after missing the last one.

  5. Looks tempting I might have to come visit my friend Loretta then We would just need the price for classes only as I will stay with her and we will commute from Round Rock..

    1. Awesome Debi - if you just click the "staying off site" button you'll see the pricing options!


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