UNWIND Retreats & Workshops

Online Butterfly Stencil Class - OPEN

Join me for this fun card class! You can register here, and send payment via Venmo to @understandblue to be admitted! You can join any time after May 29.

Handmade Art Journal Class - OPEN

In this workshop you will learn how to make beautiful, customized handmade journals - make your own sketchbook or bullet journal, make a garden diary - make any book of any size and customize it with your Gel Press prints, your favorite fabric - anything you like! And the best part - no sewing! This class costs $25, and you can get payment and access instructions HERE. Registration is ongoing, and the class will be posted from April 3, 2021 through forever :). In addition to a step by step video you will be provided with written instructions.

 You will have access to the private Facebook group and the lessons for as long as Facebook exists :) Written instructions will be provided with each lesson.

Two Day Gel Press Workshop - OPEN

In this workshop you will learn 8 different Gel Press monoprinting techniques through 8 pre-recorded video lessons You will have access to the private Facebook group and the lessons for as long as Facebook exists :) Written instructions will be provided with each lesson.

Each video will be close captioned for the hearing impaired.

If you would like to attend, please fill out THIS FORM, and then you will receive payment instructions. The cost for the 8 class workshop is $125. If you do not have a Gel Press, let me know and I can order you one. Otherwise, registration will allow you immediate access to the class. You do need a Facebook account to attend. If you don't have a Facebook account, but would still like to access the workshop, I will figure that out! :) Because this is an online workshop, no refunds will be given. 

Ready for some serious fun for Halloween? 
Join me for the virtual edition of my UNWIND Retreat, which will take place ONLINE, the weekend of 
October 30-November 1 2020

October 31st and November 1st  are the days of my 2020 virtual retreat. Since I can't safely have my retreat in person in October, I am having a virtual retreat instead! So that means a LOT more people can be included, and I hope you'll join us!

The format will be the same as my in person retreats, but it will take place on Zoom and Facebook live.

You will have 8 technique classes done via Facebook live, and the same relaxing, slow paced class style, with 90 minutes for you to practice each technique. And no trying to fit all your supplies into a suitcase!

In between classes we will have games, prizes, and while we won't have my chef's delicious food, we will have live cooking demonstrations and a recipe share!

If you've never attended one of my in person retreats, in addition to the prizes, we also have a "take table" where I have gently used stamps and dies that I give away. There's a virtual take table at this retreat as well, and your take table goodies will be mailed to you.

We will still have pillow gifts and our truly magical My Favorite Things swap, as well as open crafting hours over zoom for all times when we don't have a live class happening.

The great news about a virtual retreat is that it's impossible to have a date conflict! All the classes will be available in the private Facebook group forever, so take them whenever you'd like! But the actual event will take place Halloween weekend - we will start Friday afternoon with open crafting time, happy hour and an icebreaker game, and the classes will start Saturday - four classes Saturday and four Sunday.

I'm going to make every effort to use common supplies most people have, but may have kits available of unusual supply items, as well as a supply list for you to shop from prior to the retreat. The great news is since I do not have a facility cost, the price is much lower!

Want to attend? Register below.

Please note - because the classes are available in perpetuity, no refunds can be given after registration. You must have a Facebook account to attend.

Looking forward to seeing you there! 

October UNWIND Retreat - Virtual Edition - $200
Registration Now Closed

Official hashtag for the retreat is #UBlueUNWIND.

Here's what the past 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. 

Past Events
September 2018 Retreat
Retreat - $450 (includes Friday night stay free)

SOLD OUT - click here for a waiting list

Retreat only - $400 (Includes Saturday night stay only)

SOLD OUT - click here for a waiting list

Retreat plus Friday night (non-team) - $450 (Includes Friday and Saturday night stay)

SOLD OUT - click here for a waiting list

May 2018 Retreat 

May Retreat - May 26&27 
(The 25th is team event only)

Team event + retreat - $450 (includes Friday night stay free)

SOLD OUT - click here for a waiting list

Retreat only - $400 (Includes Saturday night stay only)

SOLD OUT - click here for a waiting list

Retreat plus Friday night (non-team) - $450 (Includes Friday and Saturday night stay)

SOLD OUT - click here for a waiting list

Team Event ONLY - this is just the Friday event September 15th - does not include overnight stay or public retreat. $50


Salt Lake City Mini Retreat - November 8th 2017
8:00 - 4:00 PM

Never been to one of my mini  retreats? You are missing out! You get a full day of techniques, and have a very relaxing start to your OnStage experience. Each guest will receive a goodie bag and there are TONS of prizes throughout the day. Leave extra space in your luggage!

This is NOT a stamping marathon where you will be squished together, sweating and rushing to complete projects. It's a laid back, in depth day of techniques, with tons of personal space and plenty of time to complete everything and enjoy the company of talented demonstrators.

The classes run from 8-4, with a 90 minute lunch break. Cost is $70. You'll have plenty of time to relax and gather with groups in the evening.

After you register, you will be added to a private Facebook group, where you can get to know the other attendees, ask questions, and get specific details like location and any supplies you need to bring.

This is a first come, first served event with very limited seating - don't wait until the fall, or your spot will be gone, and you will be very sad. 



  1. Hi Lydia! Looking forward to my fist official mini-retreat in SLC with you! Just approximately, how many classes will we be available on the 9th? Thanks!

  2. Feeling fabulous about this special treat! Thanks Lydia for making this possible.

  3. Is this only for Stampin' Up Demos? Or can anyone participate?

    1. Hi Missynme - no absolutely not - it's for anyone! :)

    2. Thanks! So glad to find that out, since I already had registered. I'm looking forward to a fun workshop.

  4. Where can I find Fall retreat info?


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