The Cuyahoga Valley Institute offers immersive experiences to engage with the valley’s natural surroundings.

Expand your Cuyahoga Valley knowledge. Diverse programs offered year-round from two-hour workshops to whole weekend adventure.


Quilting Retreat: Inspirations and Expressions of Nature
with the African American Quilt and Doll Guild

Enjoy a weekend of nature, quilting, creativity, and bonding with friends! Participants can partake of a variety of quilting classes, artistic activities, and outdoor programs while being inspired by the beauty of our national park.

Workshops presenters include renowned quilters Juanita Yeager and Wendy Lewis. Other program activities leader is Sandra Noble and members of the African American Quilt and Doll Guild.


Registration fee: $250 non-members/$240 Conservancy and African American Quilt and Doll Guild members. Meals and overnight accommodations included.

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Retreat Details

Workshop by Juanita Yeager

Juanita is an award-winning quilt-maker known for her unique large-scale floral designs. Her work can be seen in museums, shows, and exhibits all around the country. In addition to her original work, Juanita is also a well-established teacher, guest curator, advisor and project coordinator. Visit Juanita’s website for more info:

Tree Grove – Length of Class: 1-1/2 days (Friday evening and Saturday)
Supply Fee: $15.00 (patterns, paint, sea sponges). Review full workshop description & supply list  and supply list part 2
This is a class for anyone who wants to try a variety of multi-media art quilt making techniques; free motion quilting, Thread sketching, painting and how to finish your quilt with a facing for a professional looking presentation.

Workshop by Wendy Lewis

Wendy brings together her art and engineering background to create her self-described “pixelquilt” style. As a teacher and artist, she combines the traditional quilt style with her artistic spin to create unique quilts and patterns. Visit Wendy’s website for more info:

Workshop: Fabric Painting Tulips– Length of Class: Two days (Friday through Sunday)
Supply Fee: Cost is variable depending upon need. Review full workshop description & supply list

Fabric painting is not as messy or time-consuming as dying. You can get wonderful effects of paint, water, and salt just overnight. We will be painting one fabric for leaves and one for the flowers. We will paint the fabric the first day, then cut appliqué pieces and appliquilt them the next. Many of you will be done by the end of our time – done as in quilted, bound, and signed. Class length is two days, from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon.


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