$1,345 – $2,445

Makerie with Jess Brown & Sasha Duerr : California

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The Stanford Inn

44850 Comptche Ukiah Road, POB 487

Mendocino, California 95460

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Designer and doll maker, Jess Brown, will lead an intimate 3-day workshop group, guiding students through her doll making process. Based on her book, The Making of A Rag Doll, Jess will share her techniques, creative process and unique, approachable deconstructed style. There is a true sense of freedom in creativity that comes along with learning to work without structured rules and it just might be an approach you fall in love with. Each student will complete at least one rag doll, along with an assortment of doll accessories based loosely on patterns from the book.

As a very special added bonus for this retreat, we will have guest artist and extraordinary natural dyeing expert Sasha Deurr leading a plant-based palette workshop. Students will learn the biodiverse color palette of Northern California and the Mendocino Coast ~ experimenting with seasonal dye baths from weeds, foraged ingredients, or compost of garden grown organic produce and a bouquet of spring flowers. Sasha will draw from accessible natural dye recipes, encouraging fresh and inspiring ways of working with natural dyes, foraging for fashion, and designing with local botanical color for an array of beautifully dyed plant-based palettes. Students will be invited to use their dyed textiles in their doll projects, and beyond.

The spectacular setting of The Stanford Inn by the Sea will add a magical element to this experience. This compassionate, sustainable eco-resort tucked into the hillside on the Mendocino, California coast overlooks Mendocino Bay and the inn’s historic organic farm. The beautiful guest rooms and suites of this boutique hotel are paneled in warm pine and redwood, complete with cozy wood-burning fireplaces set and ready to light. Inspired by the Stanford’s Certified Organic gardens, their on-site Ravens Restaurant is outstanding and nationally acclaimed for gourmet plant-based cuisine. A haven, this resort offers exquisite opportunity to connect creativity, nature, health, joyfulness and each other.

This creative retreat experience will be rooted in the creative exploration of doll making and dyeing, yet also attend to your overall well-being by being part of an intentional, supportive creative community; sharing nourishing meals; hiking beautiful trails; celebrating body movement through yoga; and honoring sustainability and care of the earth at The Stanford Inn. It would be our sincere pleasure to have you join us in May on the California coast.

*Please note that this retreat is designed for young adults (starting at 15) to adults.

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44850 Comptche Ukiah Road, POB 487

Mendocino, California 95460

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