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Design Outside the Lines - Taos, NM June 18-23, 2023



Location: Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, New Mexico 

Dates: June 18-23, 2023 (sun -fri)
Cost:  $3,550.  

Commuter rate: $2,250.

 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, a historic adobe, looks out across Taos pueblo property with a view of the sacred Taos mountain. 

                            BOOKS OF PLACE,  by Gayle Erbe-Hamlin

Join Diane and Gayle Erbe-Hamlin, for dynamic week of inspiration, lectures 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 to explore your ideas, and work in small, informal groups in our adobe studio and afternoons sitting with handwork in the stone courtyards.  

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                      Guest Teacher: Gayle Erbe-Hamlin    

"I was born on the 100th Meridian in South Dakota. This is the imaginary line that extends north/south through the middle of North America, demarking the western dry lands from the eastern wetter lands. It is a land of big sky and open plains. It might be the reason I have been drawn to the interior of the American West, primarily the Great Basin and the Colorado Plateau. Whenever I find myself in this kind of place, I feel I am in my landscape of the heart". 

"Over the years I have visited and explored the area of south central Oregon that includes Summer Lake, a remnant of one of the many Pleistocene lakes that covered areas of the West after the end of the Ice Age. After moving to Oregon 5 years ago I learned about a place there called PLAYA. Playa is a geological term that refers to a dry, vegetation-free, flat area at the lowest part of an undrained desert basin. It is a location where ephemeral lakes form during wet periods, and is underlain by stratified clay, silt, and sand, and commonly, soluble salts.  Working in fiber and clay, I reflect on the amazing landscape of the area as well as the deep presence of the First People’s who occupied the region more than 14,000 years ago".   Gayle Erbe-Hamlin

           CHACO VESSEL         &        FISH BASKET

Exploring place and landscape has become the foundation of my work. During our time together in Taos I want us to explore how we can reflect that rich layered landscape in our work through the use of symbols, iconography and personal mark making using brushes you will make from found materials.  We will also experiment with using natural pigments and plants to imbue fiber with the essence of place and incorporate them into your own Book of Place. I look forward to seeing you under the great Southwestern skies!  

             BOOKS OF PLACE, by Gayle Erbe-Hamlin


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 "Returning to New Mexico always inspires new work and vision influenced by its breath-taking landscapes. I'll be working in fabric, wood and paper, adding surface design and stitching to my work. I love having a garment project to hold and stitch on in the afternoons too.  Color and form find their way into my imagery and textile work there  while the high desert air and views are a reminder to breath, settle in and celebrate the magic that takes form in the studio there".    Diane 


Retreat Price includes: 5-day workshop, lodging and most meals. Rooms are single occupancy with private bath). 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 15-minute walk from Mabel's with many wonderful and diverse eating opportunities enroute. 

The Commuter Rate: includes workshop, studio time, daily breakfasts & lunches and first and last nights group dinner. 


Send your full amount or $600. deposit to hold your place. Full payment is due 45 days prior to your retreat. 

Cancellation policy: Your deposit is non-refundable or transferable. Cancellation up to 30 days prior to the retreat, your payments (less deposit) are refundable. For cancellations within 15 days of the retreat, there is no refund.

"This is more than a sewing workshop, it is a life changing experience."                                                    Workshop Participant 2020

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, 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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