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Location: Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, New Mexico 

Dates: Sept. 22-27, 2019
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, Lynne Curran, 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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Guest Teacher: Lynne Curran-           Tuscany, Italy 

Tapestry Weaving is a compelling process with infinite possibilities. I've been making tapestry for more than 40 years since training at Art School in Edinburgh.

Teaching tapestry has taken me all over the world. The tapestries themselves have also made journeys to join  private and public collections. The V&A museum, London, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow & The Uffizi Gallery, in Florence”. 

"My tapestries are finely woven and figurative with decorative elements and sometimes lettering. The designs come together slowly in sketchbooks and often use motifs as symbolism. I use a curved weft known as 'eccentric' or 'coptic'. 

"I like to have my design on paper as well as on the sample before beginning on the loom. This opens up scope for discovery and creativity during the making process, which in turn keeps the work alive".           Lynne Curran


 Notes From Diane-

Focusing on incorporating more weaving into my textile work this year will be a joy and I look forward to sharing it with you at the retreat!

 "I have explored various kinds of weaving with natural materials, fabrics and fibers over the years and love the process. I appreciate that everything from materials to tools have been adapted through history in many cultures and it can be easy and accessible to anyone interested in exploring it.

Weaving circles through my making process at times when I need to make sense of things. It has helped me find my balance in times when the world (or at least my world) feel conflicted and is in need of grounding. Knowing chaos, that often makes no sense, can be woven together into a new, stronger fabric is quite the metaphor. 

 I so appreciate Lynne’s design eye and how she is translating her sketches into charming woven stories! The retreat will be the perfect introduction if weaving is new for you…or a springboard into more advanced ways of exploring the techniques you know now.  In addition to the tapestry methods Lynne will be teach, I will be sharing a pin-weaving technique for creating shaped, pattern pieces to incorporate with fabrics for garment making.  A 3-dimensional technique I learned from working with my Mom in the early 70’s.

There will be lots of directions to explore. Lynne and I will have a materials list and some teaching notes for participants to use as a guide for planning and imagining projects. This retreat will be about exploring new combinations of fibers and fabrics….it 's the perfect adventure for Taos this fall"!  


 "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). 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 2015

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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