taos, new mexico June 24- July 2, 2015

LavenderSage Art Retreats for Women

“Wonderful women, beautiful historic house, great teacher combo, excellent food, time to relax…”  Noel Marin

Presents “Stone Soup Journal”
Mixed Media Expressive Arts Retreat
facilitated by Jane LaFazio and Pamela Underwood

9068650303_3ec05e1343Taos, New Mexico at Mabel Dodge Luhan Historic Inn
limited to 16 women

“The beautiful town of Taos, the the Mabel Dodge Luhan House, the incredible food, the people , the art and the instructors blended together to make the perfect setting for an art retreat.”  Anne Seacrist

8 nights, 7 days includes:

  • 2 facilitators

  • lodging at Mabel Dodge Luhan Inn

  • 5 days of workshops (with most materials provided)

  • 8 breakfasts

  • 7 lunches

  • 2 dinners

  • free time to explore historic Taos, New Mexico

  • unlimited laughter and friendship with like-minded women

Like two talented chefs, Jane LaFazio and Pamela Underwood combine their styles and skills into one retreat experience: a Stone Soup Journal filled with rich, juicy and wholly original pages. Jane & Pamela guide you in building your journal pages with writing, drawing, collage, printmaking and poetry.

stone soup 3

“It was everything I wanted and so much more than I expected.  Relaxing, and at the same time filled with new techniques.  The group of women was so much fun to be with, everyone was supportive of each other.”  Sally Hickerson

 You will learn and experience:

  • Sketching & watercolor

  • Intuitive collage

  • Monoprinting with geli-plates

  • stamp making

  • Guided writings

  • Labyrinth Walk

  • Poetry

Jane's sketchbookThe retreat will take place at the beautiful Mabel Dodge Luhan Historic Inn, just a 12 minute walk from downtown Taos.

Price and registration information TBA. (When you register, you’ll be able to select which accommodations you prefer (first come first served). Mabel Dodge Luhan House is the historic section of the Inn, with much charm, twin beds, some with claw-foot bathtubs, and uneven, rustic floors. Juniper House is a newer structure, with larger rooms, double beds, and modern bathrooms. There are no elevators at either house.)

Save the dates June 24-July 2, 2015 for our next retreat!


When is check in time?

Wednesday, June 24, 3:00 pm Check in

 Can I arrive a day or two early or stay a day or two more?

By all means try to stay a few extra days in the Taos or Santa Fe area. It’s a beautiful part of the country with lots to see. If you want to check in to Mabel Dodge Luhan Inn early, you’ll need to contact them early to reserve additional days.

 When is Check out?

After Breakfast on Thursday, July 2.

Do I need to stay at Mabel Dodge Luhan Inn during the retreat?

Yes, having all the participants stay at the Inn, enjoying breakfast together in the morning and working in the studio in the evenings adds to the richness and camaraderie of the experience..

 How do I get from the Albuquerque airport to Taos?

It is about a 3 hour drive. You can rent a car, or arrange for a shuttle. As the dates get closer to the retreat, we will send you shuttle information.

 How far is downtown Taos from Mabel Dodge Luhan Inn?

about a 12 minute walk



walking the labyrinth

What is expressive arts?

See our description of expressive arts here.

Do I have to be ‘an artist’ to attend?

Heck no! We’ll be teaching you to draw, paint and print, but just like your handwriting, your art will be totally unique to you. All levels of women attend our retreats, from those who haven’t drawn since 3rd grade, to those who are professional artists.


Will I have free time to explore Taos and the surroundings?

Yes, you’ll have several afternoons free, and most evenings to explore the area.

 9068640385_28767e8ae7“The organization of the schedule was a good   mix of group activities and individual projects.    For me it was a renewing experience that turned   out to be non threatening because of the teaching   styles… I really enjoyed it and came away with   good feelings and new ideas.”  JoEllen Lang 

How will   the days be structured?  

  • Breakfast is served in the dining room from 8-9am (with coffee available earlier)

  • workshops will run from 9:30-noon

  • Lunch from noon-1pm

  • Workshops 1:30-4:00 with some afternoons free for studio time or exploring the area

  • There are fresh baked cookies, coffee, tea and water available in the dining room throughout the day.

  • You’ll have the evenings to try some of the restaurants in Taos, explore the town, or spend time in the art studio.

What do you mean by Stone Soup Journal?

The Chinese version, said to be the original, is the story of an uncle and his 3 nephews, who’d gone out fishing for the day. When they landed for lunch, they realized they’d forgotten the cooking pot. The boys built a fire, and added stones to the fire. Then they  dug a hole in the sand, lined it with banana leaves, and filled it with water. The boys told their uncle to go back to the boat for sesame oil, to season the soup, and while he was gone, they collected wild herbs, eggs from the nests, and fish from their catch that day and put it in the water filled hole in sand.

When they uncle returned, they added the hot rocks, one at a time, to warm the water and bring out the aroma of the ingredients and it becomes ‘stone soup’. The uncle believed let they’d created the soup from just the ‘magic’ hot stones alone.

In the same spirit of “Stone Soup” Pamela and Jane will guide you in gathering inspiration, techniques and images from your surroundings as well to create, from blank white journal pages, to a rich, textured, layered and unique ‘Stone Soup Journal’  that brings surprising, familiar and fresh new images from ingredients created during the retreat!



Payment schedule:

Retreat cost TBA

Deposit of $600 must be paid at time of registration in order to hold your reservation; $200 is non-refundable. Balance must be paid 10 weeks prior to the start of the retreat.

Remaining balance of due no later than April 24, 2015

Cancellation Policy-A minimum number of participants is required for this retreat to take place. (Please don’t make your travel plans until we contact you.)  If, for any reason, the retreat is cancelled your deposit will be fully refunded or you can choose for it to be rolled over to a future LSAR retreat.

Do you have more questions? Contact us here.

Jane's sketchbook