Art + Trip, 2017 = Spring in Taos,New Mexico

 "Sense of Place" Retreat + Workshop 
 April 22—28
Workshop Instructors:
Artist - Rebecca Crowell  
Poet - Dorianne Laux  

7 Days in Taos With a 5-Day Workshop

all inclusive price:
$2,500.00 - Private Room with bath

$2,000.00 - Shared Room, per person

~scroll to the bottom of the page for package details~


"The Sense of Place" 

While staying at the historic and fascinating Mabel Dodge Luhan House - you will 
spend time seeing, listening, reflecting, and  experimenting in a 
nurtured setting. The house has a rich history of being a place that supported
important artists and writers of the early to mid 20th century, as guests of Mabel, 
and the tradition is being continued when organizations such as Cullowhee
Mountain Arts, partner with the MDLH hosting stellar workshops with renown instructors.

This is an opportunity for both abstract painters or poets to be immersed 
in the beauty, sights, textures and sensations of Taos and allow your
impressions soak into your creative work. 

Workshop tuition, lodging with breakfasts and lunches, first night wine
reception and five gourmet dinners at the "big house," visit to the Taos Pueblo, 
the Harwood museum 
and gallery tours are all included in one price. 
Each Instructor will conduct their own workshop, but there will be interaction
between the artists in Rebecca Crowell's workshop and the poets in Dorianne Laux's
workshop. The interaction between the groups makes this experience incredibly rich.


Abiquiu, April 28 - 29, 2017

Optional Excursion with 1-night stay

$400 - Private Room & Bath

Only a 45-minute drive from Taos, yet a whole other world. Those wishing to enjoy 
the Abiquiu Excursion will leave Taos after  breakfast and travel to Abiquiu,  check-in
at the  Abiquiu Inn, visit the Georgia O’Keeffe home and Studio in groups with lunch 
in  between at the lovely Abiquiu Inn Café. Then the group will make a short jaunt  to
the studios and historic adobe home  of Ceramic Sculptor Debra Fritts and 
Painter Frank Shelton, who will be your guides for the remainder of the day. 
Following the studio and home tour, Debra and Frank will lead the group down the 
country dirt road to the very amazing Plaza Blanca, or the White Place, one of 
Georgia O’Keeffe’s favorite haunts and then afterwards back to the Abiquiu Inn.

The next morning after breakfast, each on is on their own either  to take a short journey
 to Ghost Ranch to experience another of O’Keeffe’s familiar spots,  or proceed
 to Santa Fe. Some may want to stay another night in beautiful Abiquiu.  The choice is yours!


      Your Options:  

$2,500.00 - Private Room with bath
$2,000.00 - Shared Room, per person (must have a room-mate for this option)

What is included:

  • 7 days in Taos, NM with a 6 night stay at the historic Mabel Dodge Luhan House
  • 5-day workshop-retreat with artist Rebecca Crowell or Poet Dorianne Laux
  • Studio basic support materials: paper towels, gloves, cutting station with matts and utility knives, water and solvent containers and Gambsol Solvent for artists. Printing and a private cabin room for the writers. 
  • Special presentations by instructors and collaborative experiences with both groups. 
  • Access to the studio or cabin classroom 24 hours 
  • Presentations and evening salons
  • Gourmet breakfasts and lunches with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options
  • First night wine reception and 5 gourmet dinners at the "Big House"
  • Explorations of Taos; the Pueblo, the town, galleries and museums and an optional excursion to Abiquiu and the Georgia O'Keeffe home and studio
  • A time to remember!

What is not included:

  • Transportation to Taos - (see Getting There)
  • Art Supplies - (see Supply Lists)


  • 2 days in Abiquiu, NM
  • 1 night stay at the Abiquiu Inn with lunch, dinner and breakfast 
  • Tour of the Georgia O'Keeffee Home and Studio
  • Visit to the home and studios of ceramic artist Debra Fritts and Painter Frank Shelton
  • Visit to the White Place, one of Georgia O'Keeffe's favorite haunts



  • Both workshops have limited spaces. In order to reserve your spot it is advisable to enroll as soon as possible.
  • Registrations for the New Mexico Spring 2017 offerings made before December 31, 2016, must be accompanied by a 50% deposit. The remaining balance is due by March 1, 2017. 
  • Registrations made after December 31,2016, must be accompanied by payment in full, pending availability
  • Payment plans available upon request. (

  • A full refund is made when a student registers for a workshop that is canceled or already full at the time of registration.  If the payment was made through paypal, refunds are generally credited within 2 to 3 days.  If the payment was made by check, CMA will send a check back to the purchaser within 10 business days, as long as the original purchase check has cleared. 
  • We are unable to make full refunds if you must withdraw from the trip. However, we will credit you up to 50% of your payment, if cancelled before December 31, 2016.  You may use this credit for any other CMA program or workshop within the calendar year. 
  • We strongly advise that you purchase trip cancellation insurance in the event of an unexpected circumstance (death in the family, accident, illness) that would require you cancel your trip. Please contact a travel agent or your insurance agent for assistance.