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Location: Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, NM 
Cost:  $2,395.  

Commuter rate: $1,895.

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 that looks out across Taos pueblo property with a view of the sacred Taos mountain. This summer,  Diane Ericson will be joined by  guest instructor, Carol Lee Shanks, for inspiring teaching sessions and one-on-one instruction in our adobe conference center studio. By popular request- We have  added an extra day in the studio to the Taos Retreat!  It's a chance to deepen the experience and explore 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 and afternoons sitting with handwork in the stone courtyards.  Diane

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"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

Diane's printed edges and trim materials.  
Guest Teacher: Carol Lee Shanks                       •••              

Ahh New Mexico!: Vast expansive landscapes, infinite sky and harsh yet delicate terra cotta  layers of desert where a mix of Native culture, Spanish influence and the Arts beckon us to contemplate our individual voices and styles.  History and independence overlap in this land where Mabel Dodge Luhan and  Georgia O’Keefe lived and the Taos Pueblo and city of Santa Fe reside.  
 As I look forward to our time together in New Mexico in June, these are the current themes coursing through my brain, thoughts that might inspire some place for your mind to travel.  They aren’t new concepts or ideas I haven’t visited before but maybe looking at them in new ways, perhaps from the perspective of how New Mexico might inform our creativity in unexpected ways.  I’m thinking about billowing layers of light weight cloth, one seen beneath the other through openings.  Some years ago, while visiting the Acoma Pueblo, our guide pointed out openings or holes that had been      
intentionally placed within the pueblo walls for the ancient spirits to come and go. Holes or slits incorporated into garments could offer a place that allows the viewer to see beyond the outer surface.  Another thought, edges as adornment.  Think of the edge as an accessory not separate from the garment  but part of the design composition.  With the addition of embellishment: stitches, extensions of cloth, beads, paint, pompons,  the neckline can become a focal point similar to a separate neck piece.  A sleeve can take on the roll of wrist decoration.  The hem could be an ethereal flounce.  Scalloped, folded edges could be cool. I’m even thinking about a summer hat design to play around with, New Mexico style of course.  See you there!   Carol Lee Shanks, Berkeley, CA      

Carol's Protector Spirit -exploring edges as accessories

A bundle of treasured bits can connect you with the inspired landscape of New Mexico and infuse your studio time there.

Warrior Corset with Tail Coat Edges by Carol Lee

Price includes: 5-day workshop, meals (breakfast & lunch [daily], dinner; first night), and lodging. Rooms are double occupancy. 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. Single rooms are available. Spouse/partners are welcome (queen size beds only). The single supplement is $595. and spouse/partner rates (which includes meals) is $600.   

The Commuter rate: includes workshop, studio time, breakfasts & lunches and dinner the first night.  


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


Bring comfortable expressive clothes you feel good in, and feel free to dress up or things you love and maybe don't always give yourself permission to wear. Include layers. In a community of fellow fiber artists, you can express yourself in many fun ways. You might want to include casual clothes for morning walks and an apron or t-shirt for surface design. " 

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 Bonnie 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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