Sewing classes.
Sewing friendships.

Grow your sewing skills, confidence and creativity alongside the Bow Bench Retreat community.

Located near Carseland, Alberta.

Our sewing and quilting classes are just the beginning.

Bow Bench Retreat is a sewing and craft studio located south of Carseland, Alberta, overlooking the Bow River.

If you’re looking for a place to quilt, sew, scrapbook, knit, crochet or create, Bow Bench has a spot for you.


Spread out, share ideas and create.

Everything has been designed just for sewists and crafters: there is power, tools, supplies and scenic views of the Bow River. All retreats and classes are taught by certified instructors.

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Bow Bench Retreat is too good not to share.

Located south of Calgary, Bow Bench Retreat is the perfect spot for quilters and sewists to plug in their machines, spread out their materials and get inspired by the scenery and community.


Certified instruction for quilting and sewing.

Nancy Strath leads classes, workshops and retreats at Bow Bench Retreat and beyond. She will travel to your guilds, quilt shops and groups across Canada for custom workshops and classes.

Events for Fall & Winter 2020/2021

Bow Bench Retreat is resuming some events with restrictions. 

Sew Days
Register for sew days below. Upcoming sew days will be added to the calendar around two weeks prior to the sew day, and registrations will be limited to 6 attendees.

Private Sew Days 
Contact Nancy to book a private sew day with one-on-one instruction for a small group.

Weekend Retreats
Contact Nancy to book a small group weekend retreats with accommodation at the farmhouse.

Latest News

Fall 2020 Update – Sew Days Resuming

It doesn’t appear that the COVID situation in the world is going to disappear anytime soon, so I’ve decided its time to learn to adapt and work with the restrictions in place to return to some of the things we love to do, while trying to stay safe and healthy. I know...

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Summer 2020 Update

I am not going to resume Sew Days or classes at Bow Bench with the current restrictions in place. The workspace can only accommodate 6 sewers with physical distancing. Most of you come to Bow Bench for more that just sew time. It's wonderful to relax and enjoy the...

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August 2019 Newsletter

Hello! I hope you are enjoying your summer, its hard to believe its already the middle of August! I had the pleasure of hosting 7 lovely ladies for a week long Dinner Plate Dahlia "Boot Camp" at Bow Bench in July, most of them camped out so they could sew early and...

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Sew Days – June 22

Bow Bench Retreat Range Road 260, Carseland

Join us from 10 - 4 for a day of sewing, friendship and fun! $20/day  

Register Now $20 1 ticket left

Private Booking

Bow Bench Retreat Range Road 260, Carseland

Sew Days – June 29

Bow Bench Retreat Range Road 260, Carseland

Join us from 10 - 4 for a day of sewing, friendship and fun! $20/day  

Register Now $20 5 tickets left

Meet Nancy Strath – Owner and Instructor

Paper Piecing Instructor | Gem Affiliate with MJ Kinman Textile Artist | Westalee Quilting with Rulers Instructor

Nancy shares her two passions at Bow Bench Retreat: quilting and her beautiful facility along the Bow River. In all her classes – for beginners to more experienced sewists – she focuses on developing confidence, creativity and talent.

Bow Bench Retreat is a scenic, serene and specialized facility located near Nancy’s home, south of Carseland, Alberta.  

Learn more about Nancy and Bow Bench Retreat.


Bow Bench Retreat feels like my secret sewing retreat just outside of Calgary and has provided me with self care and relaxation.

I keep coming back to Bow Bench because of Nancy’s warm smile, the comfortable and well stocked sewing room, the friendly and welcoming atmosphere and the beautiful scenery.

Bow Bench Retreat is a sewing and crafting studio located south of Carseland, Alberta.

Join us at our classes, retreats and events - at Bow Bench Retreat and beyond.

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Box 385
Carseland, AB
T0J 0M0