Jane Foster's Sewing and Clothing Design Retreats

Sewing Retreat and Vacation in Pacific Grove or Auburn, California

Sewing Workshops and Vacations with Sewing Teacher Jane Foster


Jane Foster on a sewing retreat in Monterey Bay. CA

Jane Foster at Asilomar



Jane's Fall 2017 Sewing Retreat and Vacation in Auburn, CA

Sewing retreat will be at the Mercy Center Retreat and Conference Grounds.

The 2017 retreat is from Sunday November 5th at 4:00 pm through Friday morning Nov. 10th at 10:00 am. See below for more info.

Retreat is now full, but you can sign up with Jane to be on the wait list.

Spring 2018 Sewing Retreat and Vacation in Pacific Grove, CA

Sewing retreat will be held at the Asilomar Conference Grounds from Sunday March 11th 2018 at 4:00 pm. through Friday March 16th 2018 at 11:00 am (or after lunch). A deposit of $400 will hold your place. See more info below.

Summer 2018 Sewing Retreat and Vacation in San Juan Bautista, CA

Sewing retreat will be at the St Francis Retreat from Sunday July 15th at 3:00pm. through Thursday July 19th at 2:00 pm.
Deposit will be $175 to hold a place.


The format of the Asilomar, Auburn, and San Juan Bautista retreats is similar to Janes sew labs, where each person works on her own projects and schedule. There will be a Show and Tell, and the level of sewing is as intense or as relaxed as you choose. Jane will interact with students for a minimum of 6 hours a day on their projects.



Sewing Retreat at the Mercy Center in Auburn, CA


The Price for Auburn Retreat will include:

Private sleeping rooms with shared bathroom down the hall
Three full meals a day, Tea/coffee and snacks in sewing room
A spacious sewing room with good lighting
Massage therapist on hand for paid chair/full appointments.
and Jane Foster to guide you through your projects.

$100 deposit needed to have your name on the list. Final payment to be paid by August 1, 2017.

Cancellation policy: If you cancel before August 1, 2017 for the Fall 2017 retreat, you will receive all your money back minus $100. If you cancel on or after August 1, 2017, there is no refund and the full amount is due, unless a replacement person is found. If a replacement person is found, you will be refunded all moneys minus $100.

Here is a video of the women at work in the Auburn sewing room.



Information on Retreats Held on Monterey Bay at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, CA

 Ocean seen at the sewing retreat in the Monterey Bay area of CaliforniaBoardwalk to ocean at Sewing Vacation in Monterey Bay, CA

Shoreline on Monterey Peninsula, CA


Check out some photos from the Spring 2017 sewing retreat and vacation.


Jane Foster's sewing retreat is sometimes held on the Asilomar Retreat and Conference Grounds on the shoreline of the Monterey Peninsula in California.  Asilomar occupies 107 acres with housing for 312 people, a dining room, and conference rooms.    It is part of the California state park system, and is run by a concession.  Students are able to sew, design garments, relax, take walks, visit the tide pools, shop, and socialize with friends.  The beach, flora, tide pools and ocean are magnificent and just a few minutes walk away.  Usually the students arrange to take an afternoon side trip to shop in the local fabric or knitting stores in Pacific Grove and Carmel. A great favorite in Pacific Grove is Back Porch Fabrics. While it is mainly a quilting store, the owner has great taste, and usually you will find something in the store you really must purchase. We also love to shop Marita's store their interesting shoes and garments. Also, Carmel and all its shopping is only about a 5 or 10 minute drive away.


Students coming to Jane's sewing retreats bring their sewing machines and work on projects that yearn to be started or finished.  Asilomar provides a room for sewing, and students enjoy the time without interruptions from TV or telephone calls. This is a sewing retreat and sewing vacation all rolled up into one wonderful and fun event.


Jane is an excellent sewing instructor with years of experience.  She has exceptional talent in the designing and fitting of garments.  She emphasizes color choices and garment lines that compliment each person.  The class size is usually limited.  Some students are early risers and sew on their own before breakfast. After breakfast Jane helps students with their projects for 3 hours, and then everyone breaks for lunch.  After lunch there will be free time to sew or go on an outing.  At 4:00 PM Jane again helps individual students until dinner, and then again after dinner.  So each student has ample individual attention throughout the entire sewing retreat. 



At the Asilomar retreat, the meals are served in the dining room, and the food is wonderful and plentiful.  You can choose between the normal entre or a vegetarian entre. The grounds are beautiful and quiet,  and the ocean is across the street. The rooms are simple but clean.  They have single beds, and are without TV's, radios, phones, or clocks.  However, some of the rooms will have a balcony with seating for you to experience the quiet.  There is a gift shop with tee shirts, sweat shirts, and souvenirs. The coffee shop has great coffee, bottled water, wine, beer, a few choices of light meals or snacks, and is located just a short walk from our sewing room. 



Information on Retreats Held at the St Francis Retreat in San Juan Bautista

The grounds are lovely and serene. Rooms are simple with a bathroom in the room. Rooms may be either single or double depeding on availability of the retreat center. The sewing and dining room is just a few steps from the sleeping rooms. The three meals a day are served buffet style, and the last time we were there they were divine. A great chef, lots of fresh food, and several choices.

The nearby town has a quilt shop, fabulous Mexican restuarant, mission, etc. It's also just a short drive to shopping in Pacifc Grove, Monterey, or Carmel.



These events are SO successful.  Call Jane now to reserve a space in the next sewing retreat.  The sewing retreats and vacations can fill up quickly. Students from past years are eager to come again.



Below are a few words from women who have been to one of my sewing retreats

  • "I look forward to going on my sewing "retreat" to Asilomar every year. It is so wonderful to be able to do the thing I love as long as I want every day with lovely people and an excellent instructor. I love the low-key atmosphere of Asilomar, being by the ocean, and the excellent food I don't have to prepare! "
  • Spending time with Jane at Asilomar is both stimulating and relaxing. Jane continues to challenge our perceptions, stretch our design aesthetics, and encourages us to explore or invent new techniques.
  • It goes without saying that Jane is a very special sewing and design instructor. Having her help you with your sewing for several days is an unbelievable treat, and I feel very fortunate to be able to attend. I feel I accomplish a lot that I couldn't have done on my own, and at the same time have gained skills that will help me on future projects. Besides the positive sewing experience, I love being with the fun group of women attending these retreats. And the group synergy is inspiring.


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