Costa Rica Digitizer’s Dream Retreat 2019-01-02T16:31:28+00:00

Costa Rica Digitizer’s Dream Retreats

Join us February 16th – 23rd 2019 & learn how to create your own custom embroidery designs in beautiful Costa Rica from John Deer, the world’s most awarded digitizer.

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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 beautiful costa rica! digitizing made easy is proud to announce our 7th 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.


Who’s this Retreat for?

The Costa Rica Digitizer’s Dream Retreat combines leisure & digitizing for the ultimate vacation experience. This retreat is for anyone looking to learn how to create their own custom embroidery designs in a fun & beautiful environment.

This retreat is geared toward embroiderers with ANY digitizing skill level & ANY software brand. Our workshops are geared not only to those who are considering digitizing, but also to those who have been digitizing for years.

If you’ve ever been to a hands-on software class before you might be skeptical, since often the person who knows the least get the most attention during class, while others are left waiting. Not this time! With an intimate class size of only 16 people (maximum) & a full week to get personal lessons & assistance from the world’s best, you’re 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 Will You Learn?

Over the past 25 years John has taught well over 10,000 people how to digitize.

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 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 the 3 primary stitch types, and eventually move into skills requiring more technique and artistic merit such as creative thread color blending.

We want this to be very clear, THE THEORY TAUGHT IN THIS CLASS WILL CROSS OVER TO ANY BRAND OF SOFTWARE. The best part is that digitizing theory is important for ALL aspects of your machine embroidery. Knowing some theory fundamentals on things like density, push & pull compensation & underlay is key towards the success of any embroidery project.


What Is Included?

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

Who is John Deer & What Does he Know About Embroidery Digitizing?

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John Deer has been the most awarded embroidery digitizer in the world for over two decades now. As a 4th generation embroiderer, John has an extremely unique history in the embroidery digitizing industry as he is one of the last two remaining Schiffli Masters in North America. John learned and apprenticed under Swiss Schiffli Master Digitizers (then known as “punchers”) over 30 years ago in his grandparent’s factory, before computers even entered the digitizing world.

In the 1990’s-2000s John owned & ran one of North America’s largest commercial digitizing house, where he did the digitizing for many large corporations including: Disney, Coco-Cola, GM, the NFL, & the NBA (to list a few amongst thousands). John has personally won 30 separate digitizing awards in the commercial industry and wrote the book on digitizing called “Digitizing Made Easy” which has sold over 40,000 copies & is used in Universities across the United States to teach those studying textile. John has produced hundreds of instructional and educational videos, which apply to embroidery enthusiasts of all levels. He has given hundreds of workshops and seminars all over the world & taught well over 100,000 people. Given John’s unique old-school training, family history, and vast embroidery knowledge, he is truly a master embroiderer & digitizer.


Here’s what others are saying…

Learn from the best in the business! Trusted by thousands of embroiderers & digitizers internationally, your digitizing coach & the world’s most awarded digitizer, John Deer, teaches you in an easy-to-understand language that’ll have you creating your own designs the very first day.

"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."


- Michelle Cooke

2018-02-28T06:31:27+00:00

- Michelle Cooke

"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."

"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."


- JoAnn Peterson

2018-02-28T06:32:24+00:00

- JoAnn Peterson

"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."

"I bought my 6-needle machine with the plan to start and operate a home-based business and I have been doing that for 5 years. But after taking your class in Costa Rica I feel confident and prepared to take the business to the next level. You have opened the doors of creativity and I am very excited about the possibilities. Thank you!"


- Michele P.

2018-02-28T06:33:10+00:00

- Michele P.

"I bought my 6-needle machine with the plan to start and operate a home-based business and I have been doing that for 5 years. But after taking your class in Costa Rica I feel confident and prepared to take the business to the next level. You have opened the doors of creativity and I am very excited about the possibilities. Thank you!"

"The digitizing class was everything and more than I expected. I learned so much with the hands-on projects and enjoyed every minute. Having all the classes and class members at one Villa in such a beautiful setting added to the pleasure of the class. The Villa staff and excursions that were planned gave me a wonderful flavor of Costa Rica."


- Marilyn S.

2018-02-28T06:33:59+00:00

- Marilyn S.

"The digitizing class was everything and more than I expected. I learned so much with the hands-on projects and enjoyed every minute. Having all the classes and class members at one Villa in such a beautiful setting added to the pleasure of the class. The Villa staff and excursions that were planned gave me a wonderful flavor of Costa Rica."

"I came prepared from the dvd’s. The hands-on, one to one instruction was excellent and made it all stick. I feel confident to be able to progress further in digitizing. John and family (Jennifer & Alan) were involved with the entire experience, even during non-instruction times. Excursions were well organized and enjoyed being outside for class."


- Diana Q.

2018-02-28T06:34:44+00:00

- Diana Q.

"I came prepared from the dvd’s. The hands-on, one to one instruction was excellent and made it all stick. I feel confident to be able to progress further in digitizing. John and family (Jennifer & Alan) were involved with the entire experience, even during non-instruction times. Excursions were well organized and enjoyed being outside for class."

"The class answered many questions I had about digitizing and has given me a basis to move forward. I was impressed at how the material was adaptable to all levels of beginning digitizers. John moved forward but left none behind and it seemed to me that all attendees had an exceptional feeling of success at the end of the class. Great experience."


- Mike R.

2018-02-28T06:35:31+00:00

- Mike R.

"The class answered many questions I had about digitizing and has given me a basis to move forward. I was impressed at how the material was adaptable to all levels of beginning digitizers. John moved forward but left none behind and it seemed to me that all attendees had an exceptional feeling of success at the end of the class. Great experience."

"John was fantastic. He made it simple and easy to understand; even for a novice. The Villa staff exceeded expectations and responded well to special requests. Amy and her excursions were absolutely phenomenal. It was the right mix of activities that created a true Costa Rican experience. Bravo to all involved. Alan was an unexpected delight & knowledgeably resource."


- Don F.

2018-02-28T06:36:28+00:00

- Don F.

"John was fantastic. He made it simple and easy to understand; even for a novice. The Villa staff exceeded expectations and responded well to special requests. Amy and her excursions were absolutely phenomenal. It was the right mix of activities that created a true Costa Rican experience. Bravo to all involved. Alan was an unexpected delight & knowledgeably resource."

"John is a great teacher and very generous with his knowledge and time. Jennifer is a wonderful asset! The Villa and staff were great. We really enjoyed and appreciated their efforts on our part. Amy and her excursions were lots of fun. The entire experience was wonderful. I would encourage anyone to participate in one of these events."


- Bettye F.

2018-02-28T06:37:56+00:00

- Bettye F.

"John is a great teacher and very generous with his knowledge and time. Jennifer is a wonderful asset! The Villa and staff were great. We really enjoyed and appreciated their efforts on our part. Amy and her excursions were lots of fun. The entire experience was wonderful. I would encourage anyone to participate in one of these events."

"I really enjoyed having the classes outside and the “mandatory” pool breaks. Also, please continue to keep the classes small. It makes for a better learning experience. Using Amy to the and coordinate the excursions was great."


- Susan L.

2018-02-28T06:39:25+00:00

- Susan L.

"I really enjoyed having the classes outside and the “mandatory” pool breaks. Also, please continue to keep the classes small. It makes for a better learning experience. Using Amy to the and coordinate the excursions was great."
"Hatch is hands down the best because I have been able to digitize 3 feltie designs, start to finish and they stitch out beautiful!. I have 2 other systems and I just don’t get the settings in the others. Hatch is extremely user friendly for a beginner and that makes it exciting!"
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2018-08-10T11:39:46+00:00
"Hatch is hands down the best because I have been able to digitize 3 feltie designs, start to finish and they stitch out beautiful!. I have 2 other systems and I just don’t get the settings in the others. Hatch is extremely user friendly for a beginner and that makes it exciting!"
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Retreat Schedule

Saturday (Feb. 16th): Check-in & Meet and Greet
Sunday (Feb. 17th): Sun & Fun
Monday (Feb 18th): Digitizing Class – Foundational Theory & Rules for Stitch Types, Digitizing first design focused on Sketch-work
Tuesday (Feb. 19th): Digitizing Class – Second Design using Manual Pathing with Satin Stitch, Third Design utilizing Multi-color Artistic Merit
Wednesday (Feb 20th): Digitizing Class from 9am-12am (half day) – Fourth Design utilizing Fill Stitches with Satin Outlines
Thursday (Feb 21st): Optional Excursions (not included)
Friday (Feb 22nd): Optional Excursions (not included)
Sat (Feb 23rd): Check-Out & Farwell’s


So How Much Is It?

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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If you have any questions please call us at 866-492-3337 or email us at contact@embroiderylegacy.com