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Location: Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, New Mexico 

Dates: June 19-24, 2022 (sun -fri)
Cost:  $3,050.  

Commuter rate: $2,100.

 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 Carol Lee Shanks, 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. Collage artist, Gail Rieke, will join us for a day making in the studio too. 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 Teachers: Carol Lee Shanks & Gail Rieke             

"My mind is lit up, crazy with ideas, one flowing into the next excitedly with sparks of curiosity.  A back and forth is happening between drawn clothing shapes and sewn clothing shapes.  One informs the other as my creative process reveals a new journey of discovery.  I welcome the unknown".                    Carol Lee Shanks   Dec. 2021

                      Carol Lee Shanks drawings, garment and fabric collage

"Returning to New Mexico always inspires new work and vision influenced by its breath-taking landscapes. I'll be working in fabric 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 

 The Taos week of making and exploring your creativity will include a studio-day with amazing collage artist, Gail Rieke. You'll want to visit her inspiring website! I will be a treat to work with her as she shares her Pocket Book Project with us.


                                       Gail Rieke & her Serendipity Japan Journal

We’’ll make an 8” cloth book with double pages that make pockets-Or pockets sewn onto pages: Found pockets, recycled pockets, made pockets .....A place for collections…Collecting while traveling…Flexibility… saved for later projects-

A collaborative page…A pocket grid to keep a small flat  memento piece shared with others….“I look forward to exploring your collection & making with you in the Taos Studio.” Gail

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 night 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 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, 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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