The Ton Craft Retreat – March 2020 – Preliminary Information

Hello, everyone!! I am SO excited to announce our first ever Craft Retreat!! This will be a two day crafting event located in the heart of Manhattan in Times Square. So if you’ve been waiting to visit the city and/or take a watercoloring class with me, now’s your chance!

Photos above do not depict the actual class project but similar techniques will be taught and it’s going to be AMAZING!! Class details will be released soon!

Here are the preliminary details so far:

  • Date: Friday, March 6 – Saturday, March 7, 2020 (Welcome/Check in for the event will be on the evening of March 5th)
  • Where: Riu Hotel Times Square (please see below for block rate and reservation details)
  • What: Two day crafty event that includes two four hour watercoloring classes taught by me, Effie, four meals, crafty shopping time, exclusive discounts, early access to new release products, a swag bag and access to a private Facebook group dedicated to this retreat.
    • The event includes 4 meals (deli lunch and buffet dinner on both days). If you stay at the hotel, a breakfast buffet is also included with your hotel room reservation.
    • During the classes, you will learn different watercoloring techniques to paint floral embossed designs. You’ll have one on one time with me during the class to master watercoloring techniques as I circle the room. During the class, you will receive The Ton Stamps (to keep) and detailed instructional worksheets to guide you on your watercoloring journey!
    • You will also receive some other supplies from our generous sponsors (sponsor details below).
    • Not all supplies will be provided so supply lists will be posted in our private Facebook group as we get closer to the event.
    • After class, the room will be open for freestyle crafting for those who choose to stay in the hotel. Please note this will be a closed event and is for registered attendees only.
  • REGISTRATION for our retreat will open on September 12, 2019 at 10am EST. Click here to register for this fabulous event! For this event, we have a special early bird price!
    • Early Bird Event Registration Price: $395
      • Early bird pricing will only be available from September 12th to September 15th, 11:59 EST.
    • Event Registration Price (after 9/15): $450
    • **Refunds will be unavailable once registered**
  • Seats are limited to 42 people.
  • Event price does not include hotel costs.
  • January 5th will be the last day to register.
  • **DISCOUNTS, PROMOS AND GIVEAWAY CODES CANNOT BE APPLIED TO RETREAT REGISTRATION FEES. If any of the above are used to purchase a registration fee, your order will be refunded.

Here’s what the event will look like in a nutshell:

  • Thursday, March 5
    • Event Check-In will be from 5pm to 7pm. At check-in, you will receive a swag bag with goodies.
    • Crafty shopping area will be setup from 5pm to 8pm.
    • Meet and greet area during check-in and shopping hours to meet and mingle with other event attendees
  • Friday, March 6
    • Watercolor Class in the morning
    • Lunch + Crafty Shopping Time
    • Open/freestyle crafty time until conference room closes in the evening
    • Buffet Dinner
  • Saturday, March 7
    • Watercolor Class in the morning
    • Lunch + Crafty Shopping Time
    • Open/freestyle crafty time until conference room closes in the evening
    • Buffet Dinner

Hotel Information

Our retreat will be held at the Riu Times Square Hotel.

  • 26 km / 16.2 miles from John F. Kennedy Int’l Airport (JFK)
  • 16 km / 9.95 miles from LaGuardia Int’l Airport (LGA)
  • 25 km / 15.5 miles from Newark Liberty Int’l Airport (EWR)

The room rates are as follows:

  • Deluxe 1 bed – $185.00 per night plus taxes in single or double occupancy
  • Deluxe 2 beds – $215.00 per night plus taxes in single or double occupancy
  • *Breakfast buffet is included in the rates mentioned above
  • **Taxes are NOT included in the above rates**

Hotel costs are not included in event pricing. Attendees are responsible for reserving and paying for their hotel rooms. Hotel booking details will be in a downloadable file available after registration has been purchased.

Flight Booking Tip – I use the Hopper App to track flights when I plan on traveling! It’s a great tool to feel out flight prices and it also lets you know if the price is a good deal or not. At the time that you search, the app will let you know if it’s a good flight price or not. It will tell you to wait for a better price or book now (this is very handy). You can also set up alerts for the app to notify you when flight prices go down. Hopper does charge a fee when you book flights through the app so I use the app as a price guide and will just book directly with the airline when I find a good price!


In addition to The Ton Stamps products, you’ll also receive additional swag or product from some of our generous and amazing sponsors. We already have three fabulous sponsors lined up for our retreat!!

It’s so wonderful to have such great friends in this community!! This list will be updated as we get closer to our event.

This is truly exciting for me! I’ve been wanting to organize a retreat/event for a few years now and now it’s happening. I finally have the confidence to actually do this!

If you’re unsure about taking my classes, check out these reviews from some of my prior class participants from Junkiefest this year:

I hope you are as excited as I am. Let me know in the comments, are you in? Are you interested in coming? I’d love to see you in March!!

46 thoughts on “The Ton Craft Retreat – March 2020 – Preliminary Information

    • The Ton says:

      Not at all! I’ve taught beginners to advanced in the same class and everyone’s panels came out beautifully. I make sure to sit with everyone during the 4 hour session to ensure everyone progresses.


  1. Sue Chatfield says:

    I would love to do this class but will be traveling to see clients in FL that weekend. Will come to the next one! So excited to have this close to home!

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  2. Carol Johnson says:

    OMG. How I wish I could be with you. Flights from here, (Isle of Man))
    . , and jet lag? Make this out of my reach, maybe another time, I would Love to learn with you Ellie x


  3. tsurutadesigns1 says:

    oooohhhhh….I’ll definitely have to figure out a multi-tasking trip, the retreat and seeing my boy. Those hotel rates are fantastic! This sounds like so much fun!


  4. Zoie says:

    I would be there in a heartbeat but I’ll be in Florida for vacation. What an awesome opportunity- maybe I’ll get to go next time. I do love your designs and I find your videos so relaxing 😌


  5. Bertha says:

    Oooo. Very tempting. I’m usually traveling for work the first week in March but if you can guarantee a heatwave (coming from the Caribbean), I will work something out!!!! 🙂 Giving it some serious thought. Love your stamps and videos and I would love to take a class.


  6. Amanda Steele says:

    A once in a lifetime opportunity for me so will definitely be there. Can’t wait for next year! I have never been to New York and always wanted to go there. Now I get to go there AND learn watercolouring from you and get meet you Effie! Thanks for this!


  7. Carol Sze says:

    I was so excited to hear of this retreat when you mentioned it in one of your tutorials. I wish I could color as effortlessly as you do, so I am definitely coming. I just need to decide whether or not to just commute in from NJ 🙂


  8. Jenniferjay W. says:

    I hope I am able to attend! I LOVE YOUR WORK! I have a crafting budget that I need to work with, but I am working on it! I see you use Ken Oliver Colorbust and I am wondering if you purchased them in the pallet you sue (like in blocks of pigment) or if you just put the pigment powder in an empty pallet and work with them that way? Hope to meet you in New York!!


    • The Ton says:

      I hope you’re able to attend!! For the KO color bursts, I purchased a separate palette that came with empty wells (that had magnets on the bottom). Then I take out each well and add color bursts to them 🙂


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