How do I get to Rachel Sager Mosaics?

The property is located about 30 miles south of Pittsburgh PA and about an hour’s drive from the Pittsburgh International Airport. DC metro area is a 4.5-hour drive and NYC is a 6-hour drive.

The address for GPS is 549 River Road, Perryopolis, PA 15473.

Where will I stay?

The Inn at Lenora’s is only a 5-minute drive up the hill. Both a B&B and a fine dining restaurant, Lenora’s is a well-appointed, comfortable option. Lenora is a friend and will make you cookies before bed in addition to breakfasts. Reservations should be made as far in advance as possible. They are small and book up quickly during biking season. Open for dinner only and reservations are a must.

Other lodging options: Perry O Inn and Suites is a no-frills motor inn with simple rooms and free wifi. Not fancy but centrally located also within a 5-minute drive. Holiday Inn Express Belle Vernon is a 15-minute drive, and is closer to civilization with more dining options.

Several new air B&B’s have become available close to the Studio; separate list forwarded upon request.

Can I arrive by bike?

Yes! The Great Allegheny Passage is a world-class bike trail traveled by nature and history lovers from all over the world. Combining a Ruins Project class with a bike journey could be the ultimate adventure. Shuttle service to your Perryopolis lodging can be arranged. Note: shuttle service only available to  Perryopolis, not farther destinations. Roundbottom Primitive Campground is a 30-minute bike ride south down the trail.

Where will I eat?

All lunches are included in The Ruins Project. We work with a local caterer who creates wholesome, organic, often locally grown and foraged fare to keep us going.

Very nearby dining options include:

Caporellas Italian Ristorante in Perryopolis is a basic red sauce joint with a nice bar.

Randall’s Restaurant is an old-school diner. Cheap comfort food with no alcohol.

A farther drive to Belle Vernon (15 minutes) and Uniontown (20 minutes) opens up your dining options considerably.

What if I have to cancel my workshop?

Cancellation policy is strict due to small class structure and limited offerings. Refund in full if cancelled 60 days prior to workshop date. Refund of 50% if cancelled 30 days prior. No refund if cancelled within 30 days of workshop date. You may transfer your payment to a future workshop if there are spaces available.

What should I pack?

Closed-toed shoes are not just a suggestion, but a requirement. You can bring your flip flops but they can’t go to The Ruins. Sturdy walking shoes/boots are recommended for the foraging activities. A backpack or heavy-duty shopping bag is helpful for rock collecting. Rain gear in case we have to work in the wet. Your hammer and hardie if you have them. Things you don’t have to bring but could be helpful: bug spray, flashlight, tweezers, safety glasses, pieces of geology that you would like to identify or work with.

What if I don’t have a hammer and hardie?

You can use the studio hammers, but you are highly encouraged to take the leap and invest in these wonderful tools. Having your own makes a difference and gives you the power. DiMosaico is Rachel’s go-to shopping spot for hammers and they give her students a discount.

Does the studio have wifi?

Yes. But The Ruins do not.

Do I have to be an experienced mosaicist to study here?

No. The Ruins Project is open to all mosaic appreciators over 18. That said, you are required to have a minimum understanding of the art before taking The Ruins Project class. If you do not have access to classes locally I recommend my online courseIntuitive Andamento through Mosaic Arts Online, to gain insight about mosaic technique and finer points of the medium. Rachel’s decision to keep class sizes small means everyone will have room to work at their own speed and get plenty of personal attention.