Things You Need To Know

Event Dates

Sunday, July 24th to Friday, July 29th 2022

About The Camp

The Christianson Native Craft Workshop, now in its 48th year, offers hands-on folk art, craft experiences, and demonstrations in a family oriented setting.  The CNCW has been held annually since being founded in 1975 by Frances Christianson and members of the United Methodist Church.  The workshop has given hundreds of persons, young and old, a chance to learn talents in an Ozark forest setting and take home beautifully handcrafted items.


Classes are held at SHANNONDALE COMMUNITY CENTER’S TIMBER LODGE, a United Church of Christ facility located 24 miles south of Salem, Missouri on Highway 19.  Students at the 2022 Workshop can choose from more than three dozen crafts.  While adults enjoy craft classes, children will be occupied with age appropriate programs.  The babysitting and 5-8 age group classes are located in the Shannondale Church, just down the road near the campground, and the children are bussed both to and from.  Besides taking classes, teenagers particularly enjoy our afternoon activities.

Classes are offered Monday through Friday mornings, and some afternoons.  Afternoons are for relaxing, swimming, working on class projects, taking part in planned tours, float trips on the Current River, shopping at Wobus Memorial Craft Center, demonstrations, or simply enjoying the Ozark setting.  Scheduled evening entertainment includes live music, dancing, the annual Art Auction, and a talent show. Various demonstrations of Old-time skills, musical performances, and guided nature hikes are often a part of the experience, too.  A daily schedule is posted during the week listing extra activities.  Each day includes Morning and Evening Devotions.

Note:  part-time students will be accepted only after June 1st if space is available.  This is to ensure that full time students are able to take the classes they desire.  CNCW classes reflect the traditional means of learning folk art with close personal contact between students and teachers.  To help maintain this relationship, classes may be limited in size.  Some popular classes reach registration limits very quickly.  Early registration is advised.

A link to a list of all available classes is available here


A DEPOSIT of $50 (non-refundable after June 1, 2022) must be sent for each person in your group age 16 or older when you send the registration form.  You will be sent a statement of the balance of your charges to be paid. Payment IN FULL will be required by June 1, 2022 (non-refundable after July 1). A $2 convenience fee will be charged for deposits paid with a Credit card, Debit card, or PayPal

The cost of each class is for materials and is to be paid to the teacher at the Workshop.  There is no ATM on site, so bring cash, if possible, to help make things simpler for the teachers.  (Exception:  children’s class materials cost will be paid along with the other balance.) Children’s classes are required for ALL children ages 12 and under. Pre-registration is ESSENTIAL for everyone!

Tuition & Meals (All Week)

Tuition Pricing:

Ages 0 – pre K (babysitting) $40
Ages 5 - 12 $60
Ages 13 - 15 $75
Ages 16 - Adults $150

Lunch and Dinner Program Pricing:

Ages 0 - 2 Free
Ages 3 - 12 $40
Ages 13 - Adults $80

Lodging Fees (All Week)

Dormitory or Rock Lodge:

Ages 0 – 2 Free
Ages 0 - 10 $50
Ages 11 - Adults $100

Camping, RV, Pop-Ups: 1-4 person per site:

1 - 4 People (No Electric) - Fans OK $50
1 - 4 People (With Electric) $100

Additional Information

Absolutely NO Pets

Meals Info

Lunch and dinner are served daily at Timber Lodge.  The workshop provides milk, iced tea, and coffee.  Fix your own breakfast at camp facilities or buy fresh cinnamon rolls in the lodge.  Persons on special diets may prepare their own meals.  To help keep costs down students are asked to volunteer to help the staff with some food preparation and clean up after meals.  We also encourage everyone to bring reusable cups and plates for meal times.  This saves the workshop money on supplies and also helps keep Shannondale beautiful.

Camping Info

There is camping available just down the road at Peaceful Point with accommodations for tents or RVs.  Non-electric (primitive) camp sites are a flat rate of $50 for up to four people.  Electric sites are a flat rate of $100 for up to four people.  Additional people are $5 per night at either site.  Note:  Sites with electric are limited in number and must be requested on the registration form.  The registration form must be filled out completely for proper processing.  Be sure to indicate all of the services you will need.

Camping is also available at nearby Ozark Scenic Riverways and private campgrounds.  The nearest motels are in Salem and Eminence, each about 25 miles away.  If requested, those who prefer to stay outside Shannondale will be sent a listing of motels, bread & breakfasts, and camping in the area.

Check-in & Check-out

Check-in time at Timber Lodge will begin at 1:00 PM, Sunday, July 24, 2022. An evening meal will be served on that day.  This will give you an opportunity to check in with your teachers and arrange your class schedule for the week.

Classes will begin Monday, July 25, 2022 at 8:00 AM and end Friday, July 29, 2022 at noon.