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Does summer make you long for carefree days of dreamcatcher-making, lanyard-knotting, and God’s-eye weaving? Well, you’re not the only one. Sleepaway adult craft camps let you indulge in breathtaking nature while learning a variety of creative skills from the world’s coolest makers. The camps range from traditional rural escapes to more modern retreats, and they offer the chance to try your hand at everything from blacksmithing to food styling. Read on to find out where you should book your bunk.

John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC
Inspired by the folk schools long popular in the rural countrysides of Denmark and Sweden, this year-round mountainside creative haven opened in 1925 as a means of preserving the traditional crafts of Appalachia. You’ll find a mix of the customary skills of the old South (blacksmithing, quilting, homesteading) along with more contemporary subjects (photography, screenprinting). Cooking, calligraphy, and even storytelling are also on the schedule. Campers come for a week or a weekend, have the option of on-campus lodging or pitching a tent at the campground, and enjoy three meals a day, served family-style so you get to know your fellow creators.

Camp Winnarainbow, Laytonville, CA
More wacky than crafty (but still offering a full-on adult camp experience), Winnarainbow was founded by one of the most famous characters of ’60s counterculture: Wavy Gravy. Back then he was the official clown of the Grateful Dead, and he’s still spreading the gospel of the performing and circus arts. Spend a day, a weekend or nearly a week at Winnarainbow and you’ll have the opportunity to learn stilt-walking, trapeze, improv, ceramics, and, obviously, tie-dye. Campers stay in teepees and enjoy the Zen-inducing northern California landscape of Mendocino county.

Cabin Time 2: Bogus Lake from It’s just nice.

Cabin-Time Art Camp
Illustrator Geoffrey Holstad is the creative behind Cabin-Time art camps, which he describes as “a roaming artist residency to remote places.” And though there have only been two (in Ontonagon, MI, and Grand Marais, MN) with a third planned for August (in Lake Superior, MI), that doesn’t detract from the awesomeness of this camp. Less of a learning environment and more of a creative, collaborative wilderness getaway, Cabin-Time is for self-motivated makers looking to unplug.

Ace CampsVarious locations
Billed as “travel and educational adventures,” Ace Camps are a roving experience. Rather than offering a full schedule of different classes, each camp is led by one person focusing on a single skill. The offerings sound absolutely dreamy — sketching with Camilla Engman in Sweden; food styling and photography with Cannelle et Vanille’s Aran Goyoaga in Whistler, BC; travel writing in Hawaii with author Rolf Potts. The website alone will make you want to pack your bags and set off to make something.

SquamHolderness, NH
“Creativity as a way of life” is the tagline of this idyllic workshop. Held at an actual campsite replete with rustic cottages on the shores of New Hampshire’s Lake Squam, this camp’s four-day retreats in the fall and spring are as much about relaxing as they are about learning. Each day offers a variety of classes (knitting, embroidery, jewelry-making, writing) taught by some of the Internet’s most beloved crafters (Kayte Terry, Christine Chitnis, Jessica Marquez), but if you simply want to float in the lake, that’s cool too. You couldn’t ask for a more picturesque place to pick up a new skill.

Peters Valley Craft CenterLayton, NJ
Set among towering trees and running streams, this craft center was founded in 1970 and is still going strong, offering intensive two- to five-day workshops from May through September. The sheer number of subjects is overwhelming (the fiber arts category alone has nearly 20 classes, including ikat rug weaving and sculptural crochet), and the range of classes offers options for beginners and advanced crafters alike. Learn how to woodwork with hand tools, throw ceramics on the wheel, silversmith, or hand-carve leather while lodging in a rustic farmhouse.

North House Folk School, Grand Marais, MN
North House takes its inspiration from Danish folkeshoskoles and emphasizes Scandinavian crafts. Old-school traditions like broom making and chair caning are taught year-round as well as boatbuilding and basket weaving. This Folk School also focuses on sustainable living, so eco-conscious campers will dig their workshops on gardening, herbal healthcare, beekeeping, and solar oven building. Foodies are in luck: cooking classes include pickling, sausage making, preserving, and pie baking. Nestled on the shore of Lake Superior, the school’s setting is too small to accommodate housing, though a campsite within walking distance maintains its camp-like feel.

What your summer plans for creativity?

Lisa Butterworth is a writer and editor soaking up the eternal sunshine in Los Angeles. When she's not on the hunt for the latest and greatest in girl culture as the West Coast editor of BUST magazine, she's flea marketing, taco trucking, and generally raising a ruckus.

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  • guziks

    Stephanie from Phylogeny says: Featured

    Fascinating! I didn't know these sorts of camps even existed. Where I live, there are so many kids camps that it seems almost out of place to imagine adults partaking, but knowing that these camps exist and are places to learn new crafts and skills, I'm amazed! Sign me up!

    3 years ago

  • neile

    Neile Cooper from neile says: Featured

    So happy to see Peters Valley mentioned here. It is such a special place in a truely beautiful part of New Jersey (yes, New Jersey)! They also have Artisis in Residencies, a Gallery, and an amazing end of summer craft show.

    3 years ago

  • catnapcottage

    cindy from catnapcottage says: Featured

    john c campbell is a great place - have had the opportunity to go twice - studied basket weaving and copper enameling - the atmosphere was great and the meals were always so fun - everyone helped out - then, after dinner story telling and sometimes barn dances were great - you have reminded me and now i want to go again! great write up!

    3 years ago

  • ynycoed

    Laurie Kutina from ynycoed says: Featured

    If you are looking for something less campy but easy to fit into a busy schedule, look into the Roycroft Campus Workshops in East Aurora, NY: http://www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com/results.php?category=9. They have courses in printmaking, metalworking, painting, taught by Roycroft Artisans in the beautiful newly rebuilt Power House. You can stay in the historic (but pricey) Roycroft Inn on the campus, or in nearby hotels,B&B's, or camping. East Aurora is an incredible art town, and not too far from NYC, Toronto, or the Midwest.

    3 years ago

  • telepelekids

    ilanit bronstein from telepelekids says:

    This is great article,in israel we don't have this camp clutrue,we have only for kids but not for adult,shame cause it look fun fun fun. my summer plan is to build my house in the desert!!!!

    3 years ago

  • StringBeardCraftery

    Stephanie from StringBeardCraftery says:

    Any of these lovely places would make such a cool vacation! I never had the pleasure of attending summer camp as a kid, other than art camp at Eastern Illinois University when I was in high school. But then again, college dorms aren't exactly roughing it :)

    3 years ago

  • uswatsons

    Sylvie Liv from SylvieLiv says:

    How fun! I bet these camps are super inspirational! Sometimes its hard to create in the summer because I'd rather swim or lay in the sun!

    3 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 from Parachute425 says:

    Sounds like fun. Will be checking back to see if anyone has gone to these places. Interested in their feedback.

    3 years ago

  • SketchAway

    Suhita from SketchAway says:

    If Etsy ever wants to do a travel-sketch camp, I'll do one! :)

    3 years ago

  • hurdyburdy

    Beverley Richmond from hurdyburdy says:

    These look fab. Be great to have them in the UK x

    3 years ago

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage says:

    Sign me up! Great picks.

    3 years ago

  • guziks

    Stephanie from Phylogeny says: Featured

    Fascinating! I didn't know these sorts of camps even existed. Where I live, there are so many kids camps that it seems almost out of place to imagine adults partaking, but knowing that these camps exist and are places to learn new crafts and skills, I'm amazed! Sign me up!

    3 years ago

  • AtomicAttic

    Miles and Aimee Harrison from AtomicAttic says:

    Looks like a lot of fun!

    3 years ago

  • volkerwandering

    Jess from volkerwandering says:

    WOW! This is my favorite post yet! So informative!

    3 years ago

  • TheWindowArtisan

    Susan Spurr from InSpurations says:

    A vacation and a feeling of accomplishment!

    3 years ago

  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose says:

    Wow! How much fun would that be! Maybe next year....

    3 years ago

  • VoleedeMoineaux
  • gilbug1

    Leah from gilbug1 says:

    This is such a fun article. I know of another camp in Idaho that focuses on learning how Native Americans lived, worked and played!

    3 years ago

  • neile

    Neile Cooper from neile says: Featured

    So happy to see Peters Valley mentioned here. It is such a special place in a truely beautiful part of New Jersey (yes, New Jersey)! They also have Artisis in Residencies, a Gallery, and an amazing end of summer craft show.

    3 years ago

  • sonyarasi

    Sonya Rasi from sonyarasi says:

    Would love to go to one !

    3 years ago

  • genisepark

    Genise Park from genisepark says:

    That would be a lot of fun. Oh to be a kid again.

    3 years ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie says:

    That's awesome! I'm in NJ and definitely going to check out peters valley craft center!!!

    3 years ago

  • GoldenSpiralDesigns

    Lola Ocian from GoldenSpiralDesigns says:

    Very Cool... I wish there were more of these in Washington... All the summer camps I went to were for climbing, kayaking, mountain biking. Would be fun to go to an arts and crafts camp. What a great idea!

    3 years ago

  • sharlette

    sharlette says:

    I actually went to John C. Campbell last fall with my sister and daughter. My sister and I, in our 50's, took a great silversmithing course, and over the course of a week learned to saw, solder, drill, polish, etc. It was pretty intense, long days, often going back to the studio after dinner until the wee hours. My daughter took a traditional music/ballad singing/playing course and her group performed at the show and tell on the last day. The surroundings are totally bucolic, the food good and plentiful, the accomodations adequate. I will say that it can be a lot of pressure even in a 'beginner' course to try and complete projects but the instructors are great and they have a ton of things to choose from. We would do it again!

    3 years ago

  • nicolesweavingart

    Nicole Neal from Dreamingacrestextile says:

    I would LOVE to go to John C Campbell for weaving classes. My favorite professional weaver, Laura Fry, had a class there earlier this year.

    3 years ago

  • TheSewingGin

    TheSewingGin from TheSewingGin says:

    Never knew these kind of camps existed. Thanks for the info.

    3 years ago

  • TheMillineryShop

    Marcia Lacher from TheMillineryShop says:

    I liked sleep-away camp so much that I went back a few years ago as senior staff, running a nature and camping program for 2 years. Those places look right up my alley.

    3 years ago

  • JanJat

    Catherine from JanJat says:

    This is amazing! No idea such a thing existed and now I can't wait to take the plunge. When I was little camp was such a lovely escape - from school, rules, chores, bedtimes... Thank you for rekindling those wondeful memories :)

    3 years ago

  • BowKnots

    Shannon Malaska from BowKnots says:

    Oh my goodness! I had no idea! Some of the best memories this summer were spent learning how to contra dance at the ladies literary club in SLC, Ut. My husband and I loved being with the elder generation. But if we could do that for a week, we would learn so much! I love when others are willing to share their beautiful skills.

    3 years ago

  • Macramaking

    Ellen from Macramaking says:

    What a GREAT idea! I think it would be so fun & relaxing! great article!

    3 years ago

  • lcarlsonjewelry

    Liesl Carlson from lcarlsonjewelry says:

    Having lived at Peters Valley, I know that it is a magical and wonderful thing to do if you can. I love being there for hte few years that I was it was an amazing time. My son was born there when My husband, Steve Butler was working for them. Truely amazing!

    3 years ago

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    Polkadot Magpie from ThePolkadotMagpie says:

    What a great blog this is. My husband and I are going to John Campbell to take blacksmithing together. Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • Nikifashion

    Natalia from Nikifashion says:

    Awesome idea and article!

    3 years ago

  • samsnatural

    Sam's Natural from SamsNatural says:

    Excellent ~ Love this!

    3 years ago

  • ChronologieVintage

    Sally B from ChronologieVintage says:

    Love it...I want to go there! Every summer, I go to my family's summer cabin in western Montana and take along my sewing machine. It's a great place to relax and create.

    3 years ago

  • kayceecortez

    Kaycee Cortez says:

    Lisa, thanks for this article and highlight each camps' keypoints. I would love to check out Ace Camps! Cheers! Kaycee (stopping by from Dorco USA - www.dorcousa.com/for-women)

    3 years ago

  • fieldtrip

    Amy from fieldtrip says:

    how fun are these camps! stoked to see that there are some in my neck of the woods :)

    3 years ago

  • newtribetextiles

    newtribetextiles from newtribetextiles says:

    This is awesome! Everyone needs this!

    3 years ago

  • PattiTrostle

    Patti Trostle from PattiTrostle says:

    Love this!

    3 years ago

  • ValliCraftEmporium

    ValliCraftEmporium from ValliCraftEmporium says:

    What fun! Thanks for posting!

    3 years ago

  • ValliCraftEmporium

    ValliCraftEmporium from ValliCraftEmporium says:

    Thanks for posting: lots of fun!

    3 years ago

  • SparkBoxStudio

    Chrissy Poitras from SparkBoxStudio says:

    These are great and full of fun ideas we could offer at Spark Box in addition to our residency! Thanks so much for this post :)

    3 years ago

  • CopperheadCreations

    Sarah from CopperheadCreations says:

    Awesome! :D I love this. Adults need a summer break, too!

    3 years ago

  • chickfamilyink

    Shane Chick from chickfamilyink says:

    Heres to the lasses and the ladies they adore, heres to the seniors so mighty juniors so flighty alumni and counselors.... I still remember every single camp song from 30 years ago.

    3 years ago

  • PenGwynneBeads

    Gwynne Collins from PenGwynneBeads says:

    What a great post! I would love to go to one of these camps!

    3 years ago

  • fbstudiovt

    Laura Hale from FoundBeautyStudioArt says:

    God I hated camp when I was a kid! I hated the bugs, I hated the organized activities, I hated the complete lack of privacy, and I truly hated the forced socialization with the same kinds of kids who picked on me back home. All I wanted was a summer alone to read and make things. But a week-long art intensive? That's a camp I could get behind! As long as I can stay in a hotel, that is :)

    3 years ago

  • timelapse

    timelapse from timelapse says:

    Yes! It is never too late to enjoy childhood!

    3 years ago

  • czd666

    Jason Chen from 7Daysinvitation says:

    a great fun. I want to go.

    3 years ago

  • KomebackKitsch

    Kathy from KomebackKitsch says:

    Kumbayah, my friends. I have many wonderful memories (and a few not so great) of summer camp. I did not know they existed for adults. Thanks for sharing this info - definitely on my bucket list!

    3 years ago

  • RenataandJonathan

    Renata and Jonathan from RenataandJonathan says:

    Great information ! Sounds like a lot of fun ! Thank you.

    3 years ago

  • styleforlife

    Emily from styleforlife says:

    Darling!!!!! XOXOXO EL Vintage

    3 years ago

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie says:

    Love this post!

    3 years ago

  • glassandlight

    Cecilia Cohen from glassandlight says:

    This post makes me miss my childhood - - my brothers and I spent several weeks each year in "summer school" where we took electives like puppet-making and dance, and at least two weeks every summer (thanks to my grandma Viva) at summer camp. I raised my kids in a foreign country without those options, so they never knew the joys of summer camp. I'd LOVE to go back to camp as a grownup, expecially if I could take my now-grown-up-kids with me!

    3 years ago

  • moonlulu

    moonlulu from moonlulu says:

    Reading this made me feel like a kid again. Love the idea of meeting new people and being in new surroundings all at once.

    3 years ago

  • lizhutnick

    Liz Hutnick from LizHutnick says:

    Fun! I know my sister would want to go to the weaving camp. I would want to go to a photography one. :)

    3 years ago

  • timberdimensions

    Bevan Blackshaw from TimberDimensions says:

    Great post. Thanks

    3 years ago

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  • FireIslandSoap

    Billy Bubbles from FireIslandSoap says:

    BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHY!!!

    3 years ago

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags says:

    Great post ! Love read . I think we need more craft camping not only for adult , we need for kids or together !

    3 years ago

  • HandmadeHandsome

    Tryntsje from HandmadeHandsome says:

    What a great post. Didn't know these camps existed. Thanks.

    3 years ago

  • stinnovation

    ST Innovation from stinnovation says:

    Amazing artical~ this is fresh post, it is very interesting and attractive.

    3 years ago

  • TeepetalsDesigns

    Tee from TeepetalsDesigns says:

    Loving this article. Oh these look and sound like so much fun!

    3 years ago

  • artsyana

    Ana from artsyana says:

    Wow, I am excited now. Can't make it this year but thanks for posting this I am now looking forward to go next year.I loved camping as a child and I am always working on my art and art career cannot get enough. Mixing art and play is the best. Thank you for the post.

    3 years ago

  • catnapcottage

    cindy from catnapcottage says: Featured

    john c campbell is a great place - have had the opportunity to go twice - studied basket weaving and copper enameling - the atmosphere was great and the meals were always so fun - everyone helped out - then, after dinner story telling and sometimes barn dances were great - you have reminded me and now i want to go again! great write up!

    3 years ago

  • SweetMeas

    Sarah Meas from SweetMeas says:

    I did an artists residency at Peters Valley Craft center in the middle of winter years ago, it's a lovely place but I liked it better when I did one in the summer LOL...... But at this point in life I only like camping with my family away from people..... I don't know if I could handle "camping retreats" with other adults?

    3 years ago

  • lowbranches

    lowbranches says:

    what a terrific article, i'm so glad to see these exist.

    3 years ago

  • CarpetShopPrincess

    Katie Koshy from carpetshopprincess says:

    One word: latrine. That is why I don't have fond memories of camp. I do, however, enjoy the hollywood blockbuster featuring Shelly Long, "Camp Beverly Hills."

    3 years ago

  • justgivemepeace

    justgivemepeace from justgivemepeace says:

    I totally, totally embrace this! Just back from a five day Love~art~peace festival in our own tiny woods....Beautiful!

    3 years ago

  • kadydesigns

    Denise Vining from kadydesigns says:

    I would really love camp Squam!!!! It sounds like so much fun! I would love the knitting that they offer!!! Just might have to look into going there, if for nothing else the scenery! Thanks for posting!

    3 years ago

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams says:

    Sounds like a great time...if I were rich and retired, I'd go try them all! but summer here in Tampa Bay is humid and hot, afternoon thunderstorms, and we mostly stay inside where it's comfortable in the a/c. My summer 'art camp' is in my studio making things for Christmas! But I remember going to "summer enrichment" at our local middle school when I was a kid, and how fun it was to do arts & crafts, ceramics, etc. Always my favorite thing to do. Anyway someday I'd love to go to some of these camps. Enjoyed the blog!

    3 years ago

  • shelbycharron

    Shelby Charron from SmallGreyCat says:

    What a great post! These camps sound amazing.

    3 years ago

  • needleyou

    Leslie Richardson Dryg from NeedleYou says:

    Wow! I sooooo want to do one of these!!!!! Thanks for the post : )

    3 years ago

  • koriventura

    Kori Ventura from Echoesfromthesea says:

    Ahh yes, a camp like this this would be so much fun. I used to live in Idyllwild, Ca. and they have an art school there, if only they had a camp!, it is one of the best mountain getaway's in Calif.!

    3 years ago

  • WoolenClogs

    Rasa from WoolenClogs says:

    Sound like perfect vacation:)

    3 years ago

  • BizzieLizzie

    Bizzie from BizzieLizzieHandmade says:

    Oh, now this sounds right up my street!! Looks like SOOO much fun!! Thanks for posting this!

    3 years ago

  • shawnstpeter

    Shawn St.Peter from shawnstpeter says:

    I didn't actually read it but it looks great!

    3 years ago

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  • bedouin

    Nicole from bedouin says:

    I love the idea and it looks like fun ~ but it also looks like a new way to make a whole lotta $$$ off of the same people that DID DO the lanyards and the same kind of crafting in the 60s and 70s ~ But I guess its the bonding and togetherness that really counts ~*~ i'm not a hater...just a product of the 60s where the same things done didn't need as much announcing.

    3 years ago

  • beadweaver

    Susan from Beadweaver says:

    I'm headed to HAYSTACK. Yippee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 years ago

  • Zalavintage

    Zane Saracene from Zalavintage says:

    Great ideas Lisa! the photo reminded me of one of those painted black/whites I have. I just dug it out and set it in front of my computer. Thank you for the memories on a tough day...

    3 years ago

  • EnterpriseAmericana

    Enterprise Americana from EnterpriseAmericana says:

    So need one of these.

    3 years ago

  • gildedingypsy

    gilded in gypsy from gildedingypsy says:

    Oooohhhh, I've always wanted to try something like this! All of these "camps" sound so interesting!

    3 years ago

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth says:

    ♥♥♥ this post. thanks for sharing. i'm feeling adventurously creative already.

    3 years ago

  • CozyMoments

    Michelle from CozyMomentsLLC says:

    How fun they sound, I had no idea they existed! Great article! :)

    3 years ago

  • willikers Admin

    Elizabeth says:

    This is awesome! I gotta throw in my personal favorite adult summer camp: An autoharp intensive in Mountain View, Arkansas :D

    3 years ago

  • 1FattyBoomba

    Kasia from 1FattyBoomba says:

    So much to take in! What a great piece...i'd love me some summer Camping...

    3 years ago

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle from ACupOfSparkle says:

    This is so great! i am so glad it is summer again.

    3 years ago

  • ynycoed

    Laurie Kutina from ynycoed says: Featured

    If you are looking for something less campy but easy to fit into a busy schedule, look into the Roycroft Campus Workshops in East Aurora, NY: http://www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com/results.php?category=9. They have courses in printmaking, metalworking, painting, taught by Roycroft Artisans in the beautiful newly rebuilt Power House. You can stay in the historic (but pricey) Roycroft Inn on the campus, or in nearby hotels,B&B's, or camping. East Aurora is an incredible art town, and not too far from NYC, Toronto, or the Midwest.

    3 years ago

  • charlenesbags

    Charlene Owens from charlenesembroidery says:

    I love this idea. I definitively will look into this idea.

    3 years ago

  • xZOUix

    Zoui from XZOUIX says:

    oh my, that's awesome :::-) we have something like this in Europe too... summer camps for artists, art camps :)

    3 years ago

  • xZOUix

    Zoui from XZOUIX says:

    and the footage from It's just nice is great & so dreamy. i wish i had some free time...

    3 years ago

  • Pauletta

    Pauletta Brooks from Pauletta says:

    Beautiful photos... Worthy of a travelogue. And, Ohhh to be a kid again!

    3 years ago

  • AbleAprons

    Erika Kelly from PortlandApronCompany says:

    We have the Oregon Country Fair here each year! Even though there are more than just adults that participate, it is a very artistic, somewhat crazy week of events, with amazing food and great people watching!

    3 years ago

  • imogenskyefreeman

    Imogen Skye Freeman from InkPaintings says:

    My man and I are moving to the site of our "sleep-away camp" this September. We're calling it a "retreat centre", but it will be "sleep-away" and include lots of making (including a hot glass studio, eventually), warrior training and natural movement, and various specific workshops for arts, self-cultivation, etc.... I am TOTALLY into this way of learning- full-immersion intensive. It's how I learn any new skill on my own, too. :) In our gorgeous, completely off-grid, natural landscape a few minutes from the warm beach is even better! Great spotlight on this idea. I really love it! <3

    3 years ago

  • lkhfield

    lkhfield says:

    Great post. I have attended Squam twice and love it! There is a new camp coming in Texas for the fall of 2013. Check out http://www.luckystarartcamp.com !

    3 years ago

  • kattailz

    Elizabeth from kattailz says:

    Wow! That would be a blast to go to camp. I love toasted marshmallows.

    3 years ago

  • naturalwooddesign

    Darren from naturalwooddesign says:

    Great article!! ...and great idea!!

    3 years ago

  • Elizabeth26

    Elizabeth Mermel from FragglesAndFriggles says:

    Great article! I now want to plan trips to go to all of these camps!

    3 years ago

  • DelilahBadapple

    DelilahBadapple from DelilahBadapple says:

    What a great post! I had no idea anything like this existed!

    3 years ago

  • saltcityspice

    Katrina from saltandginger says:

    Nature & creativity are a perfect match - these all sound like fantastic vacations! Thanks so much for featuring my vintage canoe photo :)

    3 years ago

  • vegasblingrocks

    Judy Murphy from vegasblingrocks says:

    I'll go anywhere that's COOL where you can actually sit OUTDOORS and make smores! Great article!

    3 years ago

  • DCFraulein

    Lea says:

    Our one year anniversary might be spent at anyone of these...let's hope my husband agrees!

    3 years ago

  • CheyAnneSexton

    CheyAnne Sexton from CheyAnneSexton says:

    this is a great idea and it sparked one that we could do here in the high desert of northern New Mexico, is teach people to make adobe bricks. peace

    3 years ago

  • opendoorstudio

    Martha Layton Smith from opendoorstudio says:

    I love this post and I LOVE camp too! Had a great time as a kid, a counselor and I am sure I would love attending any one of these... just found a wonderful write up about a local camp in Elkhorn Wi too! Love to see these great places featured!

    3 years ago

  • partytymeshop

    Jessica from partytymeshop says:

    Awesome!! Terrific article.

    3 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery says:

    Great article - I wonder if there's anywhere like this in the UK!

    3 years ago

  • KaiceJoy

    Kirsti Joy from KaiceJoy says:

    summer is such a fun, dirty time for me and the kids: building forts, messy ice cream, lots of water in and out of the pools, and just plain FUN!!!

    3 years ago

  • PoetryofObjects

    PoetryofObjects from PoetryofObjects says:

    I was at the John Campbell Folk school in 1981...homesteading week! Those were the days. I was enrolled in a year long homesteading program that wound up being cancelled due to enrollment issues. I often wonder what course my life would have taken if I had stayed in Brasstown for a year! Great camp ideas...I'd love to try all of them. Thank you for the sharing.

    3 years ago

  • MaJentaDesigns

    MaJentaDesigns from MaJentaDesigns says:

    wow never realized places like this excited, they sound amazing!

    3 years ago

  • straynotions

    straynotions from straynotions says:

    I'm headed to Fiber College in Maine (I'm teaching so I guess that makes me a counselort) -- held every year at unique oceanfront family campground -- wouldn't miss it.

    3 years ago

  • CrankIt

    Kate Houle from CrankIt says:

    I love this article! I grew up going to camp and I very much think that it shaped the person I am today. The motto of camp was "learning to live together". I would love to go to an adult camp! If any camps need a water ski or yoga instructor, I CAN DO THAT!

    3 years ago

  • StopTheClock

    Tara from StopTheClock says:

    I also grew up going to summer camp. It's good to know that we still have options! Another fun camp for adults in the CO area is "The Makerie"- http://themakerie.com/retreat/

    3 years ago

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  • liddysopretty

    liddy sopretty from liddysopretty says:

    Just because you're an adult, doesn't mean you have to stop having fun...the fun has just begun!

    3 years ago

  • cindysarc

    Cindy Sarcione from CindySarcionesSewing says:

    Hilton Head, SC is one of my favorite beaches. So clean and peaceful. Quite a relaxing time with plenty of nice restaurants, spas, bike trails, kayaking, and so much more.

    3 years ago

  • lilyashely

    Lily Ashely from travelplay says:

    The landscape is so beautiful and peaceful.I love the beaches which really let me get rid of annoying things.I am from china.I can advice you to go to my country guilin.It is also beautiful.Let you get closer to nature. Go ahead !http://www.chinaholidaycts.com/ the Guilin holiday travel survice site let you know more about china tours.

    3 years ago

  • nameplatedepot

    Jennifer Richardson from NamePlateDepot says:

    love to part of it... didn't knew such kind camps exist.

    3 years ago

  • janeeroberti

    Jane E Roberti from janeeroberti says:

    One more fun retreat, this in Boulder, Co: http://themakerie.com/retreat/

    3 years ago

  • AranGalligan

    AranGalligan from AranGalligan says:

    You forgot to mention Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina – a beautiful and magical place with an amazing community of makers and instructors from all over the world. Penland is probably the biggest of these types of schools with the largest offerings of classes. Also, many of these other schools were modeled after Penland. I'll be teaching a one-week all levels enameling class this October at Penland. http://www.penland.org/classes/fall/fall_1.html

    3 years ago

  • StarGazingWoodElf

    Victoria D. from StarGazingWoodElf says:

    I have been to the John C. Campbell Folk School many times for Jewelry and Metalworking classes! The skills I learned there are reflected throughout my shop; and after my Work/Study Student session living at the school and taking classes, I moved approx 5 minutes down the road. It is a magical place like no other. everyone should visit at least once :)

    2 years ago

  • halesje

    halesje from JennsNatureKnits says:

    I'm going to my third Squam in September. It really is the happiest place on earth!

    2 years ago

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  • NinaRaizel

    Nina from NinaRaizel says:

    Wow this sounds like so much fun! Some of the best memories of my childhood were are summer camp.

    2 years ago

  • agebo

    Ann Cosgrove from acbcDesign says:

    What a fun idea!

    2 years ago

  • Backtoearthleather

    Daniel V from Backtoearthleather says:

    fun read - thanks for sharing.

    2 years ago

  • debvasbinder

    Deb Vasbinder from BabyCuteBaby says:

    Thanks for the article - sounds fun!

    2 years ago

  • 777carolala

    Caroline Barbosa from OldSoulVintageltd says:

    My wildest dreams come true! This is on my bucket list for sure.

    2 years ago

  • 777carolala

    Caroline Barbosa from OldSoulVintageltd says:

    My wildest dreams come true! Added to my so far short bucket list!!! Thank you!

    2 years ago

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  • richdon1

    Rich and Dona from TheCottageMouse says:

    Wonderful article.

    2 years ago

  • TwistedWhimsyDesigns

    Joanna Otten from TwistedWhimsyDesigns says:

    Squam has been on my list for awhile! Can't wait to get there!

    2 years ago

  • cosmiksouls

    joan kelly from cosmiksouls says:

    Total Summer FUN !! Thanks for sharing :)

    2 years ago

  • iworkartwork

    Irma Galindo from iworkartwork says:

    I will love to do something like that! Some place a little cold will be perfect, one week in winter? Just to remember the season and get out of the rutine... Thanks you for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    D George from GeorgieGirlLLC says:

    Talking to my husband about John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC and would love to attend. This is on my bucket list and my husband's bucket list he doesn't know about and soon will! Thanks for the post!!

    2 years ago

  • VintageBeach

    VintageBeach from VintageBeach says:

    Sign me up :)

    2 years ago

  • SimplySpainDesigns

    Julie and Cory from SimplySpainDesigns says:

    This is a great list - love this idea!!

    2 years ago

  • NirvanaRoad

    Lisa from NirvanaRoad says:

    Every time we go swimming at Hume Lake.... I dream of being a kid again and going to summer camp. Adult camp sounds awesome!

    2 years ago

  • Motleycouture

    Motleycouture from Motleycouture says:

    What a great thing to do! Looks very exciting!

    2 years ago

  • patspottery

    Pat Parker from PatsPottery says:

    I have been to a few pottery workshops in the mountains of North Carolina, and am planning on going to John C. Campbell Folk School next year. It is a BLAST!!! And great for the creativity spark to assert itself again♥

    2 years ago

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams says:

    These camps sound so wonderful! So many amazing things to learn and do, combined with a vacation, in a beautiful place...sounds like heaven. Someday I hope to have a vacation again, and any of these getaways would be idyllic. I also have secret dreams of going to Italy for a painting vacation tour I read about once. Such dreams seem very far away and unlikely at the moment, but it's great to know that the places are there if and when "someday" arrives :)

    2 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage says:

    Wonderful way to spend a vacation!

    2 years ago

  • Powerofflower

    Lorena Balea-Raitz from BaleaRaitzART says:

    Gorgeous way to chill!

    2 years ago

  • LittleW

    Kathleen Virtue from LittleWormAndCompany says:

    How fun!! To be carefree and creative.... now that is playing for the brain.

    2 years ago

  • joannetownsend

    Joanne from HeavenSpunCreations says:

    I loved summer camp as a kid. This sounds even better.

    2 years ago

  • farandtwee

    Vintage Minnow from VintageMinnow says:

    friendship bracelets...i always attempted to make those, but they didn't work too well!

    2 years ago

  • Agasart

    Aga from AgasJourney says:

    Beautiful, creative and inspiring. Fantastic idea, thank you for sharing

    2 years ago

  • wedgyzerop

    YAM DUBLUR from CRUSOESHOP says:

    this pic make me feel peaceful, thx ^^

    2 years ago

  • Potliwrap

    Potliwrap from Potliwrap says:

    great idea!

    2 years ago

  • mags60

    mags60 from mags60 says:

    although not a camp, the omega institute in Rhinebeck, New York is located on the former grounds of a children's camp and you stay in the original camp cabins (albeit a bit comfier!). For me, my yearly summer week at Omega is as close to an adult's camp as you can get! they also have a family camp one week a year, where the kids get to have fun while the parents go off and do their own thing! www.eomega.org.

    2 years ago

  • xutian1

    ya mo from 2013color says:

    my favorite

    2 years ago

  • amysfunkyfibers

    Amy Gunderson from amysfunkyfibers says:

    Wonderful feature. It is so neat that these camps really focus on traditional arts and crafts from differerent cultural areas too. I would love to go!

    2 years ago

  • AudreyKerchnerPhotog

    Aud Kerchner from AudreyKerchnerstudio says:

    Im going.... love it!

    2 years ago

  • RenataandJonathan

    Renata and Jonathan from RenataandJonathan says:

    What a great idea !

    2 years ago

  • melodieperfumes

    melodieperfumes from melodieperfumes says:

    art and s'mores? nothing could be better.

    2 years ago

  • littlejarofhearts

    Kyri from littlejarofhearts says:

    I took a course at Peter's Valley this past Summer! An absolutely life changing experience! Worth every penny- Money can't buy the knowledge and experiences I had gained. Thanks so much for the post!

    2 years ago

  • LetterKayDesigns

    LetterKayDesigns from LetterKayDesigns says:

    How fun would that be?? awesome!

    2 years ago

  • KPlager

    Kate Plager from BombyxBotanica says:

    I would love to go. It would give me a much needed rest from my overactive children!

    2 years ago

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags says:

    Looks like a lot of fun! Thanks again :)

    2 years ago

  • VintageMarketPlace

    VintageMarketPlace from VintageMarketPlace says:

    how very cool is this. I would love to try a summer camp one day as an adult. Never got to go to one as a kid.

    2 years ago

  • leskahamaty

    Leska Hamaty from DigitalWork says:

    How cool! I had no idea of such a thing...I guess the hard part is picking one.

    2 years ago

  • erikareboucas

    Erika Reboucas from littlebigtopstudio says:

    Amazing feature! I would love to go to camp again. I bet it's even sweeter when you are grown-up, theoretically anyway. :)

    2 years ago

  • vinylclockwork

    Scott from vinylclockwork says:

    Looks like a ton of fun.

    2 years ago

  • DelilahsAttic

    Madeleine Keller from ThoseGoodVibrations says:

    I never went to camp as a kid. It's nice to know I still have a chance! Thank you for sharing this!

    2 years ago

  • DeEscalaArt

    BEATRIZ DE ESCALA from DeEscalaArt says:

    Great Idea..We Quit time too.

    2 years ago

  • RECCIEatETSY

    Clarice Booth from RECCIEatETSY says:

    Super idea! I will have to check theses out for my next vacation time. Blessings,

    2 years ago

  • WackyWanitas

    WackyWanitas from WackyWanitaDesigns says:

    This article is a dream come true! How often I have fantasized about grown-up camp--the chance to escape, to have my schedule filled by another person with something other than work and chores, the excuse to sit down and learn something new! BLESS YOU, Lisa!

    2 years ago

  • beadweaver

    Susan from Beadweaver says:

    HAYSTACK has my vote. http://www.haystack-mtn.org

    2 years ago

  • emberair

    emberair from EmberandAir says:

    Great ideas!

    2 years ago

  • IsabelleKnits

    IsabelleKnits from IsabelleKnits says:

    I'd love to visit any one of these, when I grow up ;)

    2 years ago

  • TheHouseOfPurple

    Sonya B. from TheHouseOfPurple says:

    Emotional ... Loved that video! It brought back many memories... I Love camping still. Went camping a few years ago, and this video has awaken my dormant yearning for a few nights of camp fire... swimming in a lake... trailing early morning, fishing... The smell of the earth, late at night and so early in the morning... I will take the time... time is eternal! Thank-you! Great little video.

    2 years ago

  • PattiTrostle

    Patti Trostle from PattiTrostle says:

    Great ideas!!

    2 years ago

  • matildecanepagonzale

    Matilde Cánepa González from matildecanepaArtnow says:

    "Creativity as a way of life" wonderful, can count on me, for creative courses .. .lovely

    2 years ago

  • duffybear

    duffybear says:

    Thank you! I so, SOOOOO need to go to one of these camps...but I have to wait a couple of years (no $$ until then)....

    2 years ago

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  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat says:

    Interesting idea for those that can afford it, but evening classes in your local community are probably much cheaper.

    2 years ago

  • TessCreates

    Tess Wentz from TessCreates says:

    It's great there are such places for adults but many of us creative types don't have the funds to go to them. There ARE alternatives, though, especially if you're not one who enjoys "roughing it." (I've a good friend whose idea of roughing it is no room service at a hotel!) Many community colleges offer art, language, cooking, and other types of "arty" classes, some without credit but just for fun, in the evenings and on weekends. In addition, several cities and towns have community centers which have such classes and group activities. For those of us of a Certain Age, senior centers have such classes and group activities as well. (And many senior centers' "entrance" age is 50.) The retirement community I live in has clubs for quilters and carvers; many such communities also do. Groups such as quilting guilds will often have a retreat or two during the year where members can gather to do what they enjoy most (which, in the case of the quilters I know is, of course, quilting. Also snacking). All of these alternatives to "sleep-away camps for adults" are usually more in the affordable range and, in the case of classes, the experience might be longer, time-wise. In addition, since they're local, the expense of travel isn't an issue beyond the short drive from your home. Go forth and Google and you'll be amazed at what's available out there in your community (or at least a nearby one)!

    2 years ago

  • mriefler

    Molly Riefler from MulberryStreetPaper says:

    Looks like fun :)

    2 years ago

  • jro338

    Jessica from ThisIsMyBrain says:

    I want to go to there!

    2 years ago

  • MissKathy1

    Kathy Reinecke from TeenyTinyTailorShop says:

    Me too! Me Too!! I want to go too!!!

    2 years ago

  • evaart1

    Eva Art from EvAtelier1 says:

    There is something like this in the Czech republic, not a camp, but a cottage in mountains. I was there three times several years ago and it was always great. This year the best part of my holiday were days at my hut where I was learning a new technique of making jewelry. There is lovely countryside around and peace and quiet, it was absolutely wonderful time ♥

    2 years ago

  • genisepark

    Genise Park from genisepark says:

    Being creative and everyday sometimes feel that I am at camp. I would look for something else. But these do seem like a lot of fun.

    2 years ago

  • scarvesinfinity

    Le Chelle from ScarvesInfinity says:

    Wow! What great camp ideas. I am mentally packing my bags as I type this! I have to bucket list some of these spots :)

    2 years ago

  • kiraly1

    nicole kiraly from NicksPiks says:

    The one in NJ is doable for us. We go camping as often as we can and the girls love going on their annual camping trip with the Girl Scouts. There's nothing like the great outdoors! (so cliche, but true) Thanks for the article! Nicole

    2 years ago

  • moonandsundries

    Karen Ducey from moonandsundries says:

    Penland School of Crafts in NC changed my life! I highly recommend it to anyone wanting a crafty summer get-away!

    2 years ago

  • debbihiggins

    Debbi Higgins from PrarieGirlAntiques says:

    This is so awesome. I never knew anything like this existed. I live in Texas, Anything close to me? BTW....to Karen Ducey........how did that camp change your life? Im curious for the details.

    2 years ago

  • jennyleefowler

    Jenny Lee Fowler from jennyleefowler says:

    I'll be teaching a handful of papercutting workshops at the Squam Taproot Gathering in September! It'll be my first time, but my Hudson Valley neighbors, Cal Patch of Hodge Podge Farm and Jill Draper of Jill Draper Makes Stuff, have gushed about the juicy adventure of being at camp for big kids. Also-- the Peter's Valley Craft Center in NJ has a really lovely gift shop. It's a really charming location, well worth the hike off the main road.

    2 years ago

  • Dogdohr

    Joanne Dohr from Dogdohr says:

    Loved camp as a kid. I've been to a couple 4-H Dog Camps as an adult volunteer. Would love to go to an artsy camp to work on my crafts.

    2 years ago

  • pinkpicnic

    Amy Brown from jumbojibbles says:

    I just taught a week at Cazadero Performing Arts Family Camp in Cazadero, CA. It started in Berkley, founded by a high school music teacher. You don't have to have kids to go-- beginners are totally welcome to learn to play conga or violin, and I taught 4 art classes. Do beware-- it does have kids, but they aren't the main focus. As an adult without kids, it was really neat to be plunged into a healthy family atmosphere.

    2 years ago

  • nativestrandsjewelry

    Rachel from PeppersJewelry says:

    This sounds like fun!

    2 years ago

  • StudioRoseBoutique

    Lisa from StudioRoseBoutique says:

    I'm surprised no one mentioned Art Camp for Women, which is held in Colorado twice a year. I was hoping someone had been there; it's on my bucket list to attend at least once.

    2 years ago

  • FlattailFarmFancy

    Karen Hudson says:

    I'm Squam bound in just a few weeks! I'm so excited I can barely sit still :)

    2 years ago

  • mlezcano

    Mary Lezcano from BellaBboutique says:

    This looks like it needs a place in my calendar. What an amazing gift the give yourself, love the idea of grown up camping!

    2 years ago

  • schmittl

    schmittl says:

    I've taken 8 or 9 of the offerings at North House Folk School in Grand Marais, MN - birch bark baskets, bread making, mosaics, wooden spoon making, plus more. Every instructor at North House is an expert in their craft, and they are so willing to share their experience in an easy-going and friendly atmosphere. The real benefit is that it occurs on the ruggedly beautiful north shore of Lake Superior, where tranquility abounds in nature just steps away from the classroom. I go there to feed my soul.

    2 years ago

  • glitterandstones

    glitterandstones from glitterandstones says:

    What a great idea . Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • 2vcreative

    Violeta Warner from QVintage says:

    Wow, I would love to go to the one in NC. Thank you for the info.

    2 years ago

  • i4modernart

    Nandita Albright from ContemporaryArtDaily says:

    Look at these ideas for summer camps. I sure would love to take a break from etsying and go out to one of these places! It is so hard to set aside personal time to just go out and take a break, you know?

    2 years ago

  • moirasmuse

    Ashleigh from TheCollegiateCloset says:

    The Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies www.campbellcenter.org has tons of fun classes and workshops for things like historic furniture restoration, care of textiles, and energy efficiency in historic houses. It's mostly aimed for museum professionals, but anyone can take classes there. The best part: it's located in a historic 14-acre college campus in the Mississippi River Valley. Living arrangements are dorm-style, so not quite camping, but definitely a blast. Mount Carroll, Illinois is full of historic charm, restaurants, and wonderful antique stores! Check them out for fun or professional courses.

    2 years ago

  • happyaskingsshop

    Rachel Osborne from happyaskingsshop says:

    Awesome! I'm obsessed with summer camp and am lucky enough to serve on the board of Camp Potawatomi in northeast Indiana, where my kids attend! So much wonderful nostalgia.

    1 year ago

  • westernorigins

    Western Origins says:

    If you love camping .. than you have to love S'Mores! We have created an on-the-go delicious S'More snack with flavor. No preservatives and a shelf life for over 6 months! We just launched on kickstarter (search S'More in the subject area) and would love your support ... heck ... you can be one of the early tasters of our product!

    1 year ago

  • korenkwan

    Koren Kwan from GarasuWonderland says:

    interesting article, enjoy reading it!

    300 days ago