Jane Foster

Sewing and Design Classes
Sewing Retreats
Sewing Retreats in San Juan Bautista or Auburn, CA

Jane Foster on a sewing retreat in Monterey Bay. CA
Jane Foster on Retreat

The format of the 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.

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.

Call Jane at 925-323-9932 or contact her via email

Summer 2020 Sewing Retreat and Vacation
San Juan Bautista, CA

Sewing retreat for 5 nights at St Francis Retreat

Sunday July 12, 2020 at 4:00 pm.through Friday July 17,2020 at 2:00 pm.

Single room: $1,650 - Shared: $1,475


A deposit of $250 will hold your place.

Next payment due before 3/9/20: Single room: $725, Shared room: $612.50


Final payment due before 6/5/20: Single room: $725, Shared room: $612.50


Cancellation Policy (similiar policy for all Retreats).

If you cancel before December 4th for Spring retreat you will receive any money you have paid less $75. If you cancel after December 4th you will receive no refund unless a replacement is found . If a replacement is found you will be refunded all money less $100.

See more info below.

St Francis Retreat - Building for Sewing and Dining
San Juan Bautista

Students coming to Jane's sewing retreats bring their sewing machines and work on their projects that yearn to be started or finished.  The retreat centers 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. Its fun to sew, and its fun to be with great women.

Sleeping Rooms

Rooms are simple with a bathroom in the room. Rooms may be either single or double depeding on availability of the retreat center.

Sewing Room

Patio is a fun place to relax before dinner

Dining Room

The sewing and dining rooms are just a few steps from the sleeping rooms. We are served three meals a day buffet style, and the last time we were there the meals were divine. A great chef, lots of fresh food, and several choices.

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

Pacific Grove is about 45 minutes away, and sometimes students take an afternoon to do a bit of shopping there. Another favorite 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 look at Marita's store for interesting garment ideas and shoes. Also, Carmel and all its shopping is only about an additional 5 or 10 minutes drive away.

The retreat offers double or single rooms with bathrooms, three meals a day (wonderful food), a spacious sewing room, and Jane.

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. 

The grounds are lovely and serene. Great for a walk.

Huge Ancient Oak Tree

Dining room with lots of windows

Below are a Few Words from Women About our Sewing Retreats
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  • Spending time with Jane at the retreat 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.