Creative University


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What is included in the price?
The event is all-inclusive and includes your lodging, meals, and one creative make-n-take class. Not included in your tuition: linen rental (if desired), coffee bar, massage services and logowear.

What's different this year?
Updated Dec. 3, 2013: Creative Classes are BACK!
Choose your level of creativity! Basic tuition includes one hands-on creative class plus food and lodging. You'll create a scrapbook layout plus a handmade card, designed and presented by CU founder Tresa Black. This optional 2-3 hour class is offered at no charge to all Creative University students.

Want more inspiration and education? Choose additional creative classes ala carte, or save and purchase the full package to include all creative classes offered at Creative U.

This new flexible schedule allows you choose a jam-packed creative schedule or you can just relax and enjoy your weekend while working on your own time. You choose you schedule, you choose your price! 

What skill level are the classes?
We have a variety of students at all levels. The class will aim for an intermediate to advanced student, but as long as you are comfortable with basic papercrafting skills, and you are open to learn new things, you are welcome at CU!

Jewelry classes are designed to teach basic skills to novices, while creating a beautiful item that even experienced crafters will enjoy. 

Who can attend?
Anyone! This event is open to all who want to learn a variety of creative techniques and enjoy meeting others who feel the same way! The students of CU are fun, flexible and open to new things. Grumpy gals are not invited.

Is this a Close to My Heart event?
No. Tresa Black is a Close to My Heart consultant and many of the CU students will be Close to My Heart consultants also, but this event is not sponsored by or connected with Close to My Heart corporate offices. Everyone is welcome!

What supplies do I need to bring?
Most of the supplies needed for class are provided. There will be a basic supply list available before the event. You may bring any additional supplies for your own personal crafting during free time.

Can I see the Creative Class projects before I register?
No. There are sample photos of previous class projects on the website and on Tresa's blog, but the projects for each CU creative class are always kept secret until you attend your class at camp. This builds excitement, and also allows Tresa to use the latest products from the new CTMH catalog, as well as adding in last minute design details that would not be possible if the projects were created 6 or more months in advance.  

Is the free Creative Class mandatory?
No, you may skip classes and work on your own. Tuition includes the free creative class, but you may choose to attend or not attend.

How much free time will I have?
This year's flexible schedule will give you plenty of free time to work on your own projects and enjoy the beauty of camp and the friendship of your fellow crafters. Enjoy a single Creative Class break-out session (approx. 2-3 hours), or choose any or all of the additional creative classes. The rest of the time is yours to do as you please! 

I live far away, can I fly in?
Yes, many of the students choose to fly into Spokane airport (GEG) then rent a car to drive to the event. Carpooling with a rental car is an economical choice, you can find carpool requests on the student-only facebook group. The camp is approximately a one hour drive from Spokane.

What will the roads be like for those who drive?
Roads in the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene area are usually clear by this time of year, but there is the occasional unexpected late snowfall, so you will want to check the weather forecast closer to the event. Those who are driving from the Seattle area should check the weather conditions over the pass, as there is often a late snowstorm that will require chains.

What will the weather be like?
Late February weather can vary greatly. You may see brilliant sunny days with bright blue skys, rainy weather ranging from light sprinkles to heavy downpours, and occasionally a fresh snowfall or residual snow pack from earlier in the year. Average temperatures are high of 40 degrees and low of 25 degrees. Plan to dress in layers, and bring a pair of boots or shoes for potentially muddy trails, plus a pair of slippers or indoor shoes to wear in the day rooms.

What is the facility like?
The event is held at a Lutherhaven, a Lutheran camp, located on the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene, in northern Idaho. It is about an hour drive from Spokane, WA. The camp is used year round and has a full time staff. Tresa Black rents the facility for Creative University. Create U is held in several buildings on the facility grounds, all are modern and updated with all the comforts and conveniences you need.

Cabins: You will be assigned a sleeping cabin that is shared with 5-10 students. Attending with friends? Request them as roomies on the registration form. Groups of 6 or more may request their own private cabin. There are no individual private or small-capacity cabins. Roomies will be assigned, based on requests. Bring your own bedding (sleeping bags or sheets for single beds) or rent linens from the facility. All cabins have their own bathroom, shower and double sinks.

Craft Rooms:  Your free time crafting is spent in large and spacious rooms with beautiful views of the lake and trees. Craft rooms have 8 foot tables, shared between two crafters. They also have refrigerators for storing sodas and snacks, couches for lounging and fireplaces. Craft rooms are open for the entire event, no need to pack up, and you can craft all night if you like.

Dining Hall: Most of the meals are served in the dining hall. This beautiful space features timber ceilings and a huge stone fireplace, plus an entire wall of windows for stunning lake views. The food at Lutherhaven is delicious, healthy and hearty. Sample menus from past events include Chicken Alfredo with Broccoli, Pork Roast in Cranberry Glaze, and Fajita bar. Save room on your plate for the home-made cinnamon rolls at Sunday brunch!

Campus Grounds: The buildings are located close to each other, you will walk outdoors to travel between the dining hall, craft rooms and cabins. The walks are very short, but if you have limited mobility please indicate on the registration form. Trails are located for longer hikes along the lake and through the woods. Wildlife is abundant, deer are frequent visitors in the early morning or at dusk.  

How do you pronounce Coeur d'Alene?
Coeur d'Alene is the name given to the local native American tribe by the French traders. Americans and locals pronounce it "core-da-lane". Camp Lutherhaven is located on Coeur d'Alene lake, 20 minutes from the town of Coeur d'Alene.

Is there cell coverage and wifi available?
Cell coverage is sometimes spotty, depending on your carrier. There are some areas of the camp that receive better reception than others, and coverage improves every year as more cell towers are erected around the lake. Wifi is available in one of the buildings on campus, there is no charge. The wifi service is usually adequate for basic online activity such as checking emails. Tasks that require more bandwidth may not be possible (digital online scrapbooking, downloading photos) Lutherhaven office computers are not available to camp attendees.

Are children or spouses allowed?
No. The event is only for registered students of CU, age 16 and older. For those who would like to make the event into a family trip, there are hotels in the city of Coeur d'Alene, located 20 minutes away.

Can I bring alcohol?
Alcohol is not allowed in the shared public rooms of Creative University.