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Costa Rica Digitizing Retreat

( February 3rd to 10th, 2018 – Only 16 Spots Available )

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Nothing Compares to Learning How to Create Your Own Embroidery Designs… Except for Learning How to Create Your Own Embroidery Designs While Living It up in Costa Rica! Digitizing Made Easy Is Proud to Announce Our 6th Costa Rican Digitizing Retreat. Spend a Week in Tropical Costa Rica with Like-Minded Embroidery Loving People as Master Digitizer John Deer Teaches You About the Beautiful Art of Digitizing. Using Both the Theory from His past and the Newest Digitizing Technology Available, John Will Lay a Solid Foundation for You to Create Your Own Beautiful Embroidery Designs.

What Is It About?

Join us and learn how to create your own custom embroidery designs. The purpose of this retreat is to combine leisure and digitizing for the ultimate vacation experience. Throughout this retreat, alongside lounging in the pool and optional excursions, you’ll continuously learn new digitizing skills that’ll take your embroidery to the next level. With a maximum class size of only 16 people and 2 knowledgeable instructors, your guaranteed to learn something whether you’re a beginner or more advanced in embroidery digitizing. If you want to have fun while learning how to digitize, this retreat is for you!

What Is Included?

  • Private luxury villa
  • Infinity pool
  • Digitizing Classes with Proven Results
  • Fully staffed: Cook, housekeeper, bartender
  • Ocean view air conditioned rooms
  • Wifi
  • All meals, beverages, and alcohol
  • Airport shuttle service
  • Demo digitizing software

What Will I Learn?

Master Digitizer John Deer will teach you the age-old time tested theory behind digitizing an embroidery design which he learnt over 30 years ago, when he apprenticed to become a Schiffli Master puncher. Once you understand and hold the foundation of theory behind embroidery digitizing, John and Sue will hold your hand step-by-step teaching you how to apply it to modern day digitizing software. You’ll learn how and when to properly use and control the 3 primary stitch types, and eventually move into skills requiring more technique and artistic merit such as using creative thread blending.


  • Saturday (Feb. 3rd): Check-in & Meet and Greet
  • Sunday (Feb. 4th): Sun & Fun
  • Monday (Feb 5th): Digitizing Class – Foundational Theory & Rules for Stitch Types, Digitizing first design focused on Sketch-work
  • Tuesday (Feb. 6th): Digitizing Class – Second Design using Manual Pathing with Satin Stitch, Third Design utilizing Multi-color Artistic Merit
  • Wednesday (Feb 7th): Digitizing Class from 9am-12am (half day) – Fourth Design utilizing Fill Stitches with Satin Outlines
  • Thursday (Feb 8th): Optional Excursions (not included)
  • Friday (Feb 9th): Optional Excursions (not included)
  • Sat (Feb 10th): Check-Out & Farwell’s


John Deer

As a 3rd generation embroidery guru, John Deer is one of North Americas leading experts on digitizing and embroidery for the corporate and home marketplace. John has an extremely unique history in the embroidery digitizing industry as he is one of the last remaining Schiffli Masters. John learned and apprenticed under Swiss Schiffli Master Digitizers (then known as “punchers”) over 30 years ago, before computers even entered the digitizing world. Since then, he has won 30 separate digitizing awards and wrote the book on digitizing called “Digitizing Made Easy” which has sold over 40,000 copies. John has produced 29 instructional and educational “step-by-step how to” DVD’s, which apply to embroidery enthusiasts of all levels. He has given hundreds of workshops and seminars all over the world on digitizing, embroidery techniques and how to make money with embroidery. Given John’s unique training, family history, and vast embroidery knowledge, he is truly a master embroidery digitizer.

Sue Brown

Sue Brown has been working with embroidery and digitizing embroidery for more than 15 years creating and producing embroidered patches for customers worldwide in the thriving patch business she runs with her husband Don. Having sewn out thousands of embroidery patches, written hundreds of embroidery blog posts, and created multiple digitizing video lessons, Sue was a perfect fit for the Digitizing Made Easy team. Sue joined the Digitizing Made Easy in mid 2016.



Just $500 secures your spot followed by 5 equal payments of $420!

Only $2600 with Digitizing Classes based on double occupancy

Only $2000 without Digitizing Classes based on double occupancy (we have yet to have spouses complain about attending… The warm breezes, pool and bartenders seem to take care of that)

*A single supplement of $750 applies if you’re unwilling to share a room*


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For me this was another great trip.   It was great to get a digitizing refresher yet focus on areas that are specific to projects I'm working on.   The villa was great, the group was great, and the excursions were amazing - not to mention how good you, Jennifer, Amy and Chepe were to us. Thanks for another great retreat and taking time to work with me as a 2nd timer.
I really enjoyed the mix of learning about digitizing and the variety of things to do and see in Costa Rica.I hope to keep working on the skills you shared with us. I would return to learn more as I like the one on one that you were able to provide.
The retreat was everything I hoped for and more. The Villa was so beautiful and comfortable, the food was excellent (and the drinks!), and the sight-seeing was fabulous. Most importantly, learning digitizing from John in this environment was the best. The personal attention from John accelerated my learning curve to warp speed. I recommend the retreat to anyone who is interested in learning digitizing

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