design outside the lines retreat-                          

                                              Santa Barbara, California   •    feb. 11-16, 2018

Location: La Casa de Maria in Montecito, California

 2018 Cost:  $2,275.   •     Includes 5-day workshop, lodging & most meals

2018 Commuter Rate: $1,875.     •      Commuter rate includes workshop,  first night dinner & lunches. 

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


•Secret Lentil Designer, Helen Carter will join us and teach at the Santa Barbara Retreat• 

helen j. Carter                                                                                              

“I’m a minimalist with a strong absurdist streak who likes to make clothes that explore, blend, cross and possibly desecrate all the lines within those realms.  I'm an artist, not a fashion designer. I sculpt clothes. 
About my process: I sew intuitively, blending materials and techniques to suit my needs. I like deconstructing. I like to combine the sturdy with the raw. I embrace wabi sabi, even as it becomes a trendy thing to say. Right now I'm working in small, themed batches of maybe a dozen or so pieces. I’m making garments one at a time in my studio, then transforming some with hand-dyeing in my cool basement.

About creating clothes for women: I'm interested in pairing eccentricity with comfort for you. I'm interested in dressing women of all shapes and ages. I'm drawn to those of you who have strangers whisper "I wish I could get away with that" into your ear. I want you to get away with it. I want to propel you along on your path by helping you look the way you feel. I'm interested in sincere wildness and joining others who are exploring a deep, abiding wild authenticity.” Helen

Helen's work-

“It's obvious that for me, form and improvisation are inextricably linked. It’s magic to start with a rough plan and play with form as we build something. Using our eye as the most important tool, trusting that we can work with what is in front of us, even if it's leftover scraps….or maybe a 'mistake' …allowing these things to guide the shape of a piece. I like exposing this process of ‘Informed Chaos’.” Helen 

'Seeing the process of design evolve happens when there is a constant. We’ve discovered, Helen and I both love working in multiples. We’ll be exploring this philosophy with you in our retreat as we all create 3 garments in a process called Form Study. Your 3 garments might spring from one pattern, one piece of fabric or maybe one color combination or silhouette. This is a unique opportunity to watch your design aesthetic unfold and rise into new textiles for your wardrobe'.   Diane 

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:


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.  

Payment options:

 Retreat Accommodations: 5 nights: Rooms are double occupancy, with single beds and private baths. A Single Supplement is available for a $485

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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