About Central Soapers Workshop

Central Soapers Workshop was born in June, 2012, and is organized by Kenna of Amathia Soapworks.

After many years of wishing I could go to conferences and gatherings in other states and regions, I slowly began to wonder why there wasn’t any soapmaking gatherings in the central United States region. After a year of pondering the why’s and what-if’s, I decided that it’s time to put my foot in my mouth and make something happen for us lonely folks.

Central Soapers Workshop 2014

CSW 2014 planning is under way! We have a great volunteer team this year, so make sure to come meet these lovely ladies. Mark your calendars for March 22 and 23, 2014 for another Kansas gathering, as chosen by popular vote of our first  year attendees. Can’t make it but want to show your support? We’ve got a t-shirt for that! 

Attendance and Registration

Attendance is open to all soapmakers nationwide, regardless of membership affiliations with trade groups, with a focus on soapers in the central United States region. The registration fee includes attendance to all classes, demonstrations, and presentations, participation in raffles and door prizes, a swag bag, a workshop booklet detailing CSW information with space to store handouts and the like. Get the low down on all the soapmaking fun that will happen at CSW by checking out the event highlights page. Lunch and snacks are provided as part of the registration fee.

Classes, Demonstrations, and Presentations

A wide variety of topics and presentations are offered, covering soapmaking techniques, business aspects such as photography, marketing, and branding, and personal wellness, like stress and time management. Each workshop for the first Central Soaper’s Workshop is still detailed right here.

Vendors & Sponsors

Vendor space is available for vendors and suppliers who offer products or services of interest to handcrafted soapmakers, or related services to small business ownership. Please contact CSW for more information about vendor space at Central Soapers Workshop. CSW welcomes sponsors to support our gathering, and would love to speak with interested parties about how they can help bring the soapmaking fun back to the central U.S., while gaining exposure with the movers and shakers of our industry right here in the central region.

Central Soapers Workshop 2013

The first Central Soapers Workshop was held March 9-10, 2013 in Overland Park, Kansas at the Capitol Federal Conference Center on Johnson County Community College’s campus.

The Central Soapers Workshop was organized as a two day weekend retreat for soapmakers, in super laid back and casual style. Classes and presentations were held during the day.

A huge thank you to Amy of Great Cakes Soapworks, Benjamin of Prairie Soap Company, and Sandi of Harmony Bath & Body for their support and assistance in CSW2013′s first year! More appreciation and thanks to Crystal of Dirty Water Soapworks and Teddi of Country Bubbles Soap for all of their volunteer hours that helped make the very first CSW a success!

CSW also wants to extend endless gratitude to the following soapmakers who helped to get CSW 2013 off the ground with an Early Sponsorship Registration. These soapers made it possible for CSW to secure a venue for the first CSW, and without their support, we wouldn’t be here today! A huge round of applause and thanks to Spoonbridge SoapsGreat Cakes SoapworksSavon ArtsCountry Bubbles SoapsAva Bayba SoapsCoffeeHouse SudsWild Prairie SoapsLovin’ Soap, and Dirty Water Soap Works!