If you want to learn a lapidary skill like faceting, cabochons, beading, silversmithing or just about anything rock
related, William Holland is the place. Dev and I have been many times to take faceting, gem ID, opals, cabochons and other classes. The teachers are volunteers and do an amazing job. You will make life long friends who understand! It's a lot like getting to go to rock
camp for grown ups, but the food is better!
WHLA is in the mountains of Georgia and its seasons runs from April to November. Most of the classes are week long, but they have just added a weekend classes. Their tuition and fees are extremely reasonable!
Check them out: http://www.lapidaryschool.org/main.aspx
(We are not associated with William Holland, just happy students!)