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.

Classes and Events

Bow Bench Retreat hosts classes and events year-round. We have regular sewing and craft days, sewing and quilting classes, and special events with guest instructors. 

For classes that require registration, sign up online or call Bow Bench Retreat at 403-614-8584.

Latest News

January 2019 Newsletter

Happy New Year everyone! 2019 is going to be an amazing year!! I’m looking forward to spending time with all of you, cultivating your creative pursuits. Bow Bench Retreat has a new website - the new website is going to help me stay organized  and it is much easier to...

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August Newsletter

I can’t believe summer is nearing an end, although I am very excited about what fall has in store, there are some fun things happening at Bow Bench Retreat. Shooting Stars Block of the Month Program Starting September 20th, I am offering a Block of the Month Program,...

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Summer Newsletter

Hello! I thought I should send you all an update on whats happening at Bow Bench Retreat, we’ve had a very busy winter and spring, with classes and retreats.   Our Retreat at Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino was so much fun we booked another one next April. Below is a...

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May 2019

T-Shirt Quilt Class Tuesday May 21, June 4, June 11,

May 21 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bow Bench Retreat, Range Road 260
Carseland, Alberta T0J 0M0 Canada
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T-Shirt Quilt Class Date: Tuesday May 21, June 4, June 11 Time:  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Location:  Bow Bench Retreat Cost:  $75 for 3 classes A T-shirt quilt is a unique way to turn memories into a keepsake to be used and treasured.  In this 3 class series  you will learn the techniques to make a T- shirt Quilt, including choosing t-shirts, planning the layout, finding supplies, stabilizing your t-shirts and of course how to sew them together. This…

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June 2019

Cow Abstractions Class with Terry Rowland

June 22 @ 9:00 am - June 23 @ 5:00 pm
Bow Bench Retreat, Range Road 260
Carseland, Alberta T0J 0M0 Canada
$32 – $75

The Cow Abstractions Quilt is the first pattern in the Farmland Series by Violet Craft.  This foundation paper pieced quilt pattern is made of one striking large scale block perfect for a wall hanging, baby quilt, or incorporated into a larger quilt design.  In this 2 day Terry Rowland will guide you through the process of making your own version of this  quilt, Terry is famous for her Elephant Abstraction Quilts featured at various shows including Heritage Park and the…

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Colour Workshop with Ana Buzzalino

June 25 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Bow Bench Retreat, Range Road 260
Carseland, Alberta T0J 0M0 Canada
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  Color Workshop with Ana Buzzalino Tuesday, June 25, 2019 9:30 am - 4:00 pm Bow Bench Retreat Class Fee: $75 due at registration, $50 kit fee payable in cash to Ana at the workshop I am very excited to have Ana Buzzalino coming to teach a Colour Workshop at Bow Bench Retreat.  Ana is the 2019 Quilter of Distinction at the Heritage Park Festival of Quilts, May 25 & 26. Ana Buzzalino is a fiber artist and quilt instructor…

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July 2019

Dinner Plate Dahlia Retreat at Bow Bench Retreat

July 26 @ 9:00 am - July 30 @ 5:00 pm
Bow Bench Retreat, Range Road 260
Carseland, Alberta T0J 0M0 Canada
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$135 – $500

  In 2018, designed its fifth “Technique of the Month” pattern. The Dinner Plate Dahlia quilt brings together a wide-range of techniques for Foundation Paper Piecing, leaving students with the ability to move on to many other Quiltworx patterns once they have completed this design. Because of Judy’s dedication to teaching, she has also gone through the steps to provide training for our  Certified Instructors so they can provide training to their students and customers as a monthly or…

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Meet Nancy Strath – Owner and Instructor

Certified Judy Niemeyer 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.



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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