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Location: Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, New Mexico 

Dates: Sept. 20-25, 2020
Cost:  $2,425.  (double occupancy with retreat participant)

Commuter rate: $1,950.

 Experience the magic of Northern New Mexico! Situated at the end of a quiet road not far from the center of town, The Mabel Dodge Luhan House is a historic adobe looks out across Taos pueblo property with a view of the sacred Taos mountain. 

Join Diane and guest teacher, Carol Lee Shanks, for dynamic teaching sessions and one-on-one instruction in our adobe conference center studio. Deepen your design experience, and focus on aspects of your work in new ways. We'll be on  'Taos time'  as they say, with plenty of opportunity for small, informal groups in the log cabin room and afternoons sitting with handwork in the stone courtyards.  

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            Theme: The Shape of Things to Come


             Guest Teacher: Carol Lee Shanks  


 About My Work 

"The motion of cloth on a body is a delight to my eyes. Building generous, geometric garments that relate to one another as wearable silhouettes is my creative response to this observation. Using the body as an armature allows these compositions to read as ethereal, moving sculptural shapes.  I hope that others find them captivatingly beautiful as well". 

Exploring a New Direction-

 "Thinking of my clothing as moving sculpture has sparked new ideas for ways to create shapes informed by garment making. Using methods of construction that are familiar: stitching, layering, shaping, wrapping, etc. I imagine exploring from a place that is rooted in my current practice but hope to break things open with an inquisitive, expansive mind". Carol Lee Shanks

"I'm always inspired with fresh vision on returning to New Mexico for yearly retreats...

 Color and form find their way into my imagery and textile work.....while the high desert air and views are a reminder to breath in, settle in and celebrate the magic and new work that takes form in the studio there". Diane 

Retreat Price includes: 5-day workshop, lodging and most meals. Rooms are double occupancy (add on a single supplement* for a private room, or a room shared with a *non-retreat participant). Two meals a day are included at Mabel’s: breakfast and lunch. Dinner is included on the first nite and our last evening together at Mabels. Downtown Taos is an easy 10-minute walk from Mabel's with many wonderful and diverse eating opportunities in route. Spouse/partners are welcome (queen size beds only). The *single supplement is $595. and spouse/partner rates (which includes meals) is $650.  *Please Note: Mabels considers you a 'single' if you not rooming with a retreat participant. 

The Commuter rate: includes workshop, studio time, breakfasts & lunches and dinner the first and last nights.  


Send your full amount or $500. deposit to hold your place. Full payment is due 60 days prior to your retreat. 

Cancellation policy: Your deposit  is non-refundable.  You may transfer your reservation to another person or to another retreat within the same year if unable to attend. 


"This is more than a sewing workshop, it is a life changing experience."                                     Workshop Participant 2019

A Materials List, arrival information & teaching notes will be e-mailed 6 weeks out from the retreat.  


There may or may not be rooms available before and after the retreat. If you want to come early or stay after the retreat, please contact Julie or Vanessa at Mabel Dodge Luhan directly, 800-846-2235. 

GETTING TO TAOS: Fly into Albuquerque or Santa Fe, then rent a car and drive to Taos or take a shuttle. The drive takes you past/through Santa Fe, then north, and is a magnificent BIG view ride. Allow 3 hours driving time from Albuquerque. If you possibly can, allow more time for stops and vistas. Shuttle services to contact are: Mountain View Shuttle or Taos Ski Valley Shuttle Call ahead to reserve and check times and verify the price before making plane reservations.   

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