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Design Outside the Lines - Taos, NM June 23-28 2024

Design Outside the Lines - Taos, NM June 23-28 2024

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Location: Mabel Dodge Luhan House • Taos, New Mexico 

Dates: June 23-28, 2024 (sun -fri)
Cost:  $3,585.  

Commuter rate: $2,275.

            CLOTH  •   PAPER  •  STITCH

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. 

              Guest Teacher:  Carol Lee Shanks   

"I’ve just completed a year-long intensive design challenge focused on working with regional, Northern California fibers and plant materials.  Experimenting with these resources has revealed new information and excitement for further exploration.

I’ve decided to go on an archeological dig within my studio to rediscover materials on hand, to transform old into new and new into old, while exploring familiar and unfamiliar territory.  What comes next is unknown and I can’t wait. See you in Taos"!

                             Carol Lee Shanks • Spring, 2024  •  Berkeley, CA

Join Diane Ericson 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. 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.  


     "Returning to New Mexico always inspires new work and vision influenced by its breath-taking landscapes.  Carol and I will be exploring and sharing our work in paper and textile. Held by thread, the world calls us to collaborate and celebrate new relationships in community and the materials we are drawn to....join us to  grow your work and bring in the new.  I'll be working in fabric, wood and paper, adding surface design and stitching to my work. Color, form and story find their way into my imagery and textile work and garments.  There in Taos, where the high desert air and views are a reminder to breath, join us and settle in to celebrate MAKING and the magic that takes form in the studio there".   

Diane Ericson

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Retreat Price includes: 5-day workshop with lodging and most meals. All Rooms are single occupancy with private bath). Two meals a day are included at Mabel’s: breakfasts and lunches. *2 Dinners are 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. Studio time includes surface design tools and paints.

The Commuter Rate: includes workshop, studio time and surface design tools and paints, 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 2022

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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