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DESIGN OUTSIDE THE LINES - Carmel, California- March 9-13, 2019


Design Outside the Lines- CARMEL, CA

March 9-13, 2019

Retreat cost: $1,500.              •             Deposit: $500. due at registration

Includes workshop, first night group dinner and coffee/tea in the studio. See lodging options below. This retreat will commence at 1pm on saturday afternoon, March 9th and finish at 4pm on Wednesday, March 13th.

Guest Presenter:  Marilet Pretorius       •       (

I am very excited to be sharing this inspiring textile artist as our guest presenter in this retreat: Please see Marilet's website for more of her story.

What inspires you as an artist and designer? How do these inspirations present themselves in your work?

'I continue to be inspired by experiences in my life, times spent visually absorbing the textures and colors and iconography of the different cultures that I am so grateful to have had the chance to call home: mainly South Africa, South and Central America, and now California. I continue to be constantly drawn to, and curious about, the artifacts and markings of ancient cultures and the repeating shapes found in Nature.

Through my meditation practice, I see pictures of symbols, shapes, icons, and patterns. I have been drawing what I see for many years, filling notebooks with the imagery. I feel that these shapes conjure up a layer of universal visual knowledge, a primal type of information. Hence the name The Knowledge Remembered Collection (currently on my website).'                                    Marilet Pretorius


Making Beauty- Join us for a burst of creativity, sewing and inspired design along California’s beautiful Monterey Bay Coastline. Diane Ericson and guest presenter, textile artist Marilet Pretorius, will share techniques for exploring your deeper voice and creating a truely memorable textile.

 Making Beauty through Metaphor- 

Recent walking the landscape in Tuscany is inspiring new work on my design table.

The process of infusing our handwork with an experience keeps it alive in us.

What are the places and moments you might express?

This will be a time to explore and express images that influence your life.

Wearable or not, it is time to edit the stash & bring fabrics that express what’s next on your design table. Join us and launch into 2019 with a new lens.

 Grow & Express a fresh Design Eye • Come with Joy • Come with Enthusiasm •        • Come to Explore • Come •

Our Carmel Location-

Our retreat host will be The Hofsas House on San Carlos Street between 3rd  and 4th Avenues, Carmel, CA. (No street addresses in Carmel.)

Relax in the sauna, walk on the beach, and enjoy Carmel’s many outstanding restaurants. Carmel is home to hundreds of shops to explore within walking distance of the Hofsas House.


Carmel has lots of beautiful places to stay within walking distance to our workshop, restaurants and shopping. To stay on site: Book your room before Jan 1st  to receive a special room rate at the Hofsas House. 

Meals  A group dinner the first nite is included, all other meals are on your own. A continental breakfast is served to Hofsas House guests. There are many restaurants in Carmel within walking distance. Also, a deli within walking distance offers a wide range of food items for take out. 


Most Carmel destinations are within walking distance. A car may not be necessary for you. Shuttle services & rental cars are available at Monterey Airport (15-20 min from Carmel). The San Jose Airport  is 1 1/2 hr away.

Parking-On site parking may be available for retreat participants who are not staying at the Hofsas House. It will depend on availability.  There is also street parking and  the Vista Lobos Parking Lot on Junipero and Third Streets.

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