design outside the lines retreat-                          

                                              Santa Barbara, California   •    feb. 5-1o, 2017

 =This retreat is full-please contact diane to be placed on wait list:

Location: La Casa de Maria in Montecito, California

 2017 Cost:  $2,275.   •     Includes 5-day workshop, lodging & most meals

2017 Commuter Rate: $1,675.     •      Commuter rate includes workshop,  first night dinner & lunches. 

Spouse/Companion Rate: $600.  - includes shared lodging , breakfasts, lunches & most dinners


•German Designer, Christine Mayer will teach with diane for the 2017 Santa Barbara Retreat• 

Christine Mayer was born in the Black Forest in the south of Germany. She studied fashion design at the University of applied sciences in Hamburg. Since 1999 she lives in Berlin. 
Since the beginning of her fashion design studies she was working as costume designer for several theaters and opera houses. Followed by this activity she won two fashion awards in 2004 in Berlin. This she saw as good sign and founded her own fashion brand: MAYER. Peace Collection. 
Christine Mayer is considered as a pioneer in the up-cycling of garments. Already her first collection was almost completely made of recycled materials. Her work is characterized by sustainability, social responsibility and a holistic awareness. 
In 2012 she expanded her collection and created 'Into the light',  a series of garments, created completely independent of the seasonal rhythm of the fashion industry. Since 2012 Christine Mayer shares her knowledge in workshops and seminars. 

Christine's work-

The Artist's  Philosophy-

The human and the soul are the core essentials of the work of Christine Mayer. In times of two-dimensional pattern making she works with her own three-dimensional drape technique, inspired by traditional japanese draping, where each section gets draped and stitched directly on the bust. Like a sculptor she shapes the fabrics in an artful way to make them a perfectly fitting second skin. 
The pieces from Christine Mayer have an origin, which you can see. This goes sometimes back to 150 years old flour sacks. You can feel the places from where they come from and see the time in which they were incurred. They tell stories in an ongoing communication between manufacturers, garment and wearer. Customers report that there is a very special aura coming from the garments of Christine Mayer. These unique garments support the individual strength of the person wearing them and become the identification, the expression of the most inner self. 
For Christine Mayer the creative process always coheres with the inner flow. If everything is in a state of flux one can receive and create from a higher dimension. This permeability creates a sense of wholeness, which is the basis for a harmonious life. To accomplish this state she is working in her creative seminars also with meditations & relaxation skills.  

"...  With my creations I want to not only design clothes, but the people give to a luminous energy. I see that as essential in my work, that is what drives me is to create clothes in the world of consumption , "says Christine Mayer. "So their garments and products are not only on the physical level, but will also touch and soul". 
Through the love, the beauty and care that we can flow into our actions, we can even change matter. We can make garments for light dresses, which in turn carry the power of transformation  itself. " Click on this link to connect with our Design Outside the Lines Retreat information on Christine's website.

Christine Mayer-                                                                                                                                                               

SANTA BARBARA-La Casa de Maria at El Bosque Road is a beautiful retreat center of early California historic and Spanish style buildings on an oak studded, secluded property behind Montecito Village in Santa Barbara, California. For more information on the center:


This retreat is now full. Please email Diane to be added to the wait list:

Send your full amount or $500 deposit to hold your place. Full payment is due 60 days prior to your retreat. 
Cancellation policy:  Now to 30 days prior to the retreat, $200. is non-refundable. Less than 30 days prior to the retreat, no refund. You may transfer your reservation to another person or to another retreat within the same year if unable to attend.  

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 Retreat Accommodations: 5 nights: Rooms are double occupancy, with single beds and private baths. A Single Supplement is available for a $465

All meals (except one dinner out) are included with your lodging. Commuter rate includes first night dinner & daily lunches.  
Getting to Santa Barbara: Major airlines fly into Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara Airport (20 miles from La Casa): As a final flight destination Santa Barbara Airport has a lot to offer. It is small, uncrowded and picturesque.  Several Airlines offer commuter shuttle service to LAX, San Francisco and San Diego connecting to major national and international flights. AMTRAK: State Street in Santa Barbara. Rail link to Burbank Airport. BUS: Greyhound Bus Station on Chapala Street in Santa Barbara. MTD stops in the Montecito Upper Village. Take the Super Ride Shuttle for approx. $26. /1 person, one way ($6 per person for each additional person). For a group of 4 or more, call the Santa Barbara Super-ride at (805) 683-9636 for a group rate. Orange Cabs has a special rate and can be reached at: (805) 964-2800. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Santa Barbara Air Bus runs a scheduled daily service (2 hours away). It stops at several locations in Santa Barbara the most convenient at The Radisson Hotel on Cabrillo Boulevard. $35.00 single or $65.00 return with 24-hours prepayment.  (805)  964-7759.  

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