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workshops, classes and retreats

Taking a class or a workshop is an ideal way to use your Taos visit for self-enrichment. Consider signing up for a pottery workshop or a photo excursion led by a prominent New Mexico photographer. Learn to blow glass. Take a creative writing workshop.

ARTS, CLAY, CRAFT & STONE
If working with your hands is more appealing than wielding a painter’s brush, Taos offers a wide array of handcrafting workshops from which to choose. Whether it’s throwing and firing a pot, dyeing and spinning your own yarn, or simply learning at last to knit, there are friendly instructors in a vast range of disciplines to introduce you to or refine these skills under sway of the of the creative energy of the Taos Valley. Immerse yourself.
TAOS CLAY POTTERY WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES
offers multi-day workshops are designed for serious ceramic students of all ability levels and cover a broad variety of construction, glazing and firing techniques, many taught by notable regionally and nationally recognized ceramic artists
WEAVING SOUTHWEST CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
This premier outlet for regional tapestry yarns and supplies has been a long-standing tradition in the weaving community in Taos. Lessons focus on contemporary tapestry design and are taught by third-generation owner Teresa Loveless.
SAX STONECARVING WORKSHOP
Mark Sax workshops were founded with the goal of providing a format for the best instructors in the field to share their knowledge with students. The teacher-student ratio is small; each 7-day workshop is limited to 18 participants.
TAOS EXPERIENTIAL WORKSHOPS
Offered by Heritage Inspirations - 2 day Workshops discovering the flavor of Taos. Adobe Building Workshop, Tamale Cooking Workshop and Nicho Making Workshop, Dreamcatcher Matching Workshop
PAINTING WORKSHOPS
If you’ve always told yourself "one day I’ll pick up an artist’s brush," there is no better time than right now. Why not plan a vacation around one of these interesting painterly seminars or workshops? Choose your medium – watercolor, acrylic, oils, electronica – and get started on expressing yourself through art. These instructors welcome everyone from beginner to professional with valuable tips and tools. Bring your inner artist to the fore.
ARTS AND SOUL TAOS
Arts and Carafe offers unique way to let loose, laugh and find your inner artist! Our talented teachers will guide you step-by-step to recreate a beautiful painting while you enjoy local wines. We'll provide all the ingredients you'll need
GWEN FOX ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM
This workshop is for professional artists, beginning artists and creative souls. Gwen’s Watercolor, Fine Art Collage and Mixed Media Workshops brim with life, color and camaraderie.
TAOS ART SCHOOL
Courses on creativity, field trips to Canyon de Chellly and the Four Corners area for plein air painting and photography, equine sculpture, even the Artist in the Kitchen featuring an appreciation of Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keeffe.
STEPHEN KILBORN WORKSHOPS
Well known for his colorful individually-made tableware and pottery, Stephen is also an accomplished watercolorist and acrylic painter. Stephen is starting to teach small groups of 1 to 4 people for one- or two-day workshops.
RICHARD ALAN NICHOLS WORKSHOPS
With a rich foundation in traditional impressionism, this personable, internationally recognized artist schedules workshops and private classes throughout the year.
FECHIN ART WORKSHOPS
Honoring the memory of impressionist Nicolai Fechin, these workshops attract instructors of both national and international reputation. Workshops are limited to 20 students and advance reservations are required.
PATIENCE HEYL /FINE ART ATELIER & GALLERY
Patience Heyl offers instruction in Oil, Watercolor, and Figure study. Awarded Taos Fall Festival Best of Show for 2016 and 2017. On going workshops at The Fine Art Atelier.
PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS
Taos’ painterly, sublime landscapes, ethereal light and wealth of natural subjects from wildlife to crumbling adobes are a photographer’s dream. So naturally, some of the best professional nature photographers in the country make the Taos area their home and they are eager to share their expertise, special places and techniques for capturing and creating the perfect shot with you.
DEYOUNG PHOTO WORKSHOPS
Private photo instruction or full-day/multiple-day private photo tours with veteran local photographer and experienced workshop leader Michael DeYoung, an award-winning Adventure & Landscape photographer with decades of commercial success.
GERAINT SMITH PHOTO TOURS
Photo Tours and Three Day Workshops Individualized and personalized full day or half day Year Round Photo Tours with Taos photographer Geraint Smith.
WRITING CLASSES
Writing is the oxygen that fuels Taos’ spirit. Long known as a colony of visual artists, one of her well-kept secrets is just how influential this region has been as a part of the literary consciousness of the nation. Authors such as Mabel Dodge Luhan, D.H. Lawrence, Frank Waters, John Nichols and Mirabai Starr nurtured their talents here and produced widely-recognized works of enduring fame and quality.
TAOS TOOLBOX WRITERS WORKSHOP
A two-week Master Class in Science Fiction and Fantasy, this "graduate" workshop is designed to bring the professional writer of science fiction and fantasy writing to the next level.
SMU-IN-TAOS CULTURAL INSTITUTE
Taos Cultural Institute courses give you two-and-a-half days of in-depth, hands-on exploration of topics that reflect the unique cultural richness of Northern New Mexico.
SOMOS WINTER & SUMMER WRITER SERIES
These literary evenings invite writers to read from their recent work, pairing up-and-coming writers with nationally and internationally recognized authors. The eight-week programs take place January/February and July/August of every year.
MABLE DODGE LUHAN HOUSE WORKSHOP SERIES
Former home of arts patron and author Mabel Dodge Luhan, her house is a mecca for the creative soul, and throughout the year workshops and retreats are scheduled for writers from all walks of life – from beginner to professional.
THE HELENE WURLITZER FOUNDATION OF NEW MEXICO
The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation is one of the oldest artist residence programs in the country. The Foundation keeps a low-profile and serves as a haven for painters, poets, sculptors, writers, playwrights, composers, photographers and film.
COOKING CLASSES
Taos has it's own unique flavors with an emphasis on green and red chile, called Christmas! Experience a hands-on cooking class with a renowned Taos Chef to learn the art of New Mexican cooking and World wide cuisine.
COOKING STUDIO TAOS
Cooking classes with Chef Chris Maher, past recipient of six 4-Diamond Culinary Awards and a James Beard recognized chef. We discuss, assign, cook and then sit down and enjoy what we have prepared together and talk some more.
RETREATS
Drawn by clean air and great views, come and experience Taos' rich spiritual traditions with a retreat. People come to Taos for creative inspiration and the abundant outdoor recreation. Find your re-creation here.
VISTA VERDE RETREAT CENTER
Vista Verde Retreat is a wonderful place to host your workshop or retreat. Ideal for dance, yoga retreats, Tai Chi, movement, corporate training, art and other types of creative and/or healing workshops.
POWER WOMYN RETREAT
4 night all inclusive retreat for women to experience the magic of Taos, culture of the Taos Pueblo and Mountains and Spirituality within themselves.
MABLE DODGE LUHAN HOUSE WORKSHOP SERIES
Former home of arts patron and author Mabel Dodge Luhan, her house is a mecca for the creative soul, and throughout the year workshops and retreats are scheduled for writers from all walks of life – from beginner to professional.
WORKSHOP AND RETREAT VENUES
If you are wanting to host a Workshop or Retreat in Taos we have a wonderful selection of properties. From historic homes to modern resorts, rustic ski lodges or serene Bed & Breakfasts. Take a look at your choices!
ADOBE AND PINES INN BED & BREAKFAST 
A luxurious, romantic, and beautiful adobe hacienda in a country setting. Featuring scenic country grounds, a labyrinth and private patios for strolling and sitting, orchards and full gourmet breakfasts daily. 12 rooms and 6 acres of garden
ALPINE VILLAGE SUITES
Wedding events are a specialty here, and the conference room is a great choice for receptions, rehearsal dinners bachelor/bachelorette parties in Taos Ski Valley.
AUSTING HAUS
The Austing Haus is a charming boutique mountain hotel with Bavarian character. The hotel includes 24 rooms and an elegant dining hall. A complete renovation of rooms and building have breathed new life into the Austing Haus.
COLUMBINE INN AND CONFERENCE CENTER
Outdoor weddings are the specialty of the Taos Ski Valley of this lovely inn and can help provide you with the ceremony of your dreams for groups of 10-75. 18 miles northeast of Taos Plaza
EL MONTE SAGRADO LIVING RESORT & SPA
With a dedicated Event Specialist on staff, every elegant detail of your special day with be expertly planned, executed and catered for you and your guests. Choose an outdoor reception or from one of their many beautiful indoor spaces.
EL PUEBLO LODGE
Comprising several early 20th-century, adobe-style buildings on 3 acres, this casual hotel is an 11-minute walk from Taos Plaza and 2 miles from the native American shops at Taos Pueblo. Free continental breakfast and afternoon cookies.
HACIENDA DEL SOL 
This lovely former home of Mabel Dodge Luhan can host your reception in the courtyard garden for up to 100, or give you a combination of an indoor/outdoor event with menus prepared by the inn’s master chef.
HOTEL LA FONDA DE TAOS
The Karavas Center in this historic hotel seats 50 for dinner or 70 for a standing reception. This lovely room boasts soaring ceiling heights, impressive kiva fireplace and Southwestern ambience.
MABEL DODGE LUHAN HOUSE
With their shaded gardens and lovely indoor spaces, this home is steeped in early 20th century artistic and literary history – a perfect beginning to your life together. 2/10 mile east of Taos Plaza on Morada Lane.
OLD MARTINA’S HALL
This 300 year old lovingly restored hall and restaurant was once the western façade of the historic San Francisco de Asis Plaza and Church. With banquet seating for up to 170 and a stage for the head table or musicians, plus reception areas
SAGEBRUSH INN & CONFERENCE CENTER
With seating for up to 600 for dinner indoors, or the option of an outdoor reception in one of the several courtyards, The Sagebrush is a popular choice for local and out-of-town weddings. Wedding packages are available.
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