Our workshops are held at the Homestead Heritage Traditional Crafts Village, surrounded by our 510-acre working farm nestled on the banks of the Brazos River in central Texas approximately 10 miles north of Waco in the small community of Chalk Bluff. Waco is situated halfway between the cities of Dallas and Austin, which are approximately 100 miles north and south of Waco respectively and are connected by IH 35, which runs 3 miles east of Homestead Heritage.
We intentionally limit the enrollment of most of our workshops. We want to encourage discussion and provide as much personal attention as we can. Since we expect our workshops to fill quickly, we suggest you register well in advance.
In order to secure your place in a class, we must receive your full registration fee for that class. We cannot register students without this payment. For your convenience, we accept Master Card, Visa, American Express and Discover. If you prefer to register by phone, please call (254) 754-9620.
Registration fees are listed with the schedule of classes. Since students in craft workshops typically consume materials in the process of learning a skill or craft (clay, wood, yarn, fabric and so on), registration fees include the cost of materials, supplies, equipment and so on that are used during the class. All class fees include sales tax where applicable.
The first day of each workshop begins with check-in at 8:30 a.m. Check-in for weekday classes takes place at Cafe Homestead.
Check-in for Saturday classes during the winter: January – March, takes place at the Cafe Homestead. (Once you pass the Brazos de Dios sign, you’ll see the Cafe Homestead parking lot on your right).
Check-in for Saturday classes during spring through fall: April through November, takes place at the Red Barn. (Once you pass the Brazos de Dios sign, follow the signs to the parking area for workshop and seminar parking).
Unless we indicate otherwise, our workshops begin at 9:00 a.m. and end in the late afternoon with an hour lunch break in the middle of the day. (For our woodworking multiple-day workshops, subsequent days start at 8:00 a.m.)
For safety and staffing purposes, there is no access to the classrooms or workshops until after registration on the first day. Please wait in the check-in area until registration is completed and your teacher has greeted you and given instructions and guidance on your particular class.
For Monday through Friday classes, lunch is available at our Cafe Homestead where we serve a variety of wholesome homemade meals. On Saturdays, due to the increased volume in our Cafe, lunch will be catered by Cafe Homestead and served near your classroom/workshop area.
Tools and Materials
We provide all the necessary tools and equipment for each workshop. The cost of materials is included in the total cost of the class.
Since our workshops are specifically designed for adults, an individual must be 18 years old to enroll on his own. Children age 17 who are well-behaved and respectful of adults may register if a parent enrolls with them in the same workshop.
All students should wear practical work clothes and shoes. For your safety, please no shorts or sandals. Some classes involve working outside, so for these classes, please bring a hat and dress appropriately in case adverse weather conditions occur.
Smoking or Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages
Thank you for honoring our community policy of no smoking or consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Baby-Sitting or Child Care
We do not provide baby-sitting or child care services for parents who participate in workshops. Children will not be allowed in the workshop area while a parent is taking a class.
Travel & Accommodations
Students generally fly into Dallas/Fort Worth airport and rent a car to travel to the school. (See map below for details.) Students will find adequate overnight accommodations in local motels and hotels as well as bed and breakfasts. When you register for any of our classes, we will email you a current list of nearby motels and hotels that offer a discount to our students.
Cancellation or Transfer Policy
While we try to adhere to the scheduled dates for each class, on occasion circumstances occur that necessitate our cancelling or rescheduling the date of a class. If we are unable to reschedule a workshop to fit your schedule, we will gladly issue you a full refund. If you need to withdraw from a class or transfer to another class for any reason, please call us at 254 754-9620.
If you cancel your registration, the following applies:
1. If you cancel more than 30 days before the date of the class, we will refund your payment less an administrative fee based on the length of your class. (See schedule below.)
2. If you cancel less than 30 days from the date of the class and if we are able to fill your place in the class, we will refund your payment less an administrative fee based on the length of your class. (See schedule below.)
3. If you cancel less than 5 days before the date of a class or fail to show up on the day of the class, NO REFUND or TRANSFER will be given.
We will consider illness or family emergencies to be legitimate exceptions to this policy.
Administrative Fee and Transfer Fee Schedule
1-3 day class $ 35.00
4-11 day class $ 50.00
12 day class (or more) $100.00