Kumihimo Retreat November 2019

$1,799.00 $1,499.00

November 14-17, 2019
Sonoita, Arizona

Driving along highway 83 as it winds its way up through the foothills of the Santa Rita Mountains, I can feel time slow down a little. The vast golden hillsides roll across the horizon to meet the endless clear blue sky. Turnoffs are infrequent and unpaved.

Perched alone on top of a hill just past the crossroads of Sonoita, is the After Midnight Art Ranch. The private home and studio of Linda & Tom Hanson, they open it up to guests a few times each year for special art retreats. What I love most about After Midnight is the contrast of the expansive vistas outside and the cozy warmth and hospitality inside.

It’s only an hour from the Tucson airport, but feels like a world away from everything!

That’s why I’m pleased to announce that the After Midnight Art Ranch is once again the location for my 2019 Southern Arizona kumihimo retreats: Wine, Dine & Design!

Our 2019 retreat topic is exploring shape, texture, and color in kumihimo design. You’ll work hands-on to play, explore, and create at this four-day, three-night workshop.

We’ll gather Thursday afternoon at After Midnight for happy hour to get to know each other and for some kumihimo show & tell. Be sure to bring both your favorite necklaces and your kumihimo flops. There’s a design lesson waiting for us in every project that doesn’t quite go our way.

The party continues as we gather around the dining table for a home-cooked meal. Save room for dessert! After you unpack your fun surprises in your retreat tote bag, you’ll head back to your room and have sweet dreams of kumihimo.


Friday you’ll play with shape and texture as you experiment with combining beads of different sizes and shapes. Your retreat kit has all sorts of wonderful beads for you to work with and you’re also welcome to bring beads from your stash to play with. With an eye to pattern, proportion, and balance you’ll take what you learned in the trial stage and begin to plan out a full-length necklace.

Our evenings are reserved for relaxing and merry making! Enjoy dinner with your new friends and maybe unwind with a glass of wine on the patio. Enjoy the quiet scenery and be inspired to fill your notebook with new kumihimo designs.


Saturday you’ll explore the art and science of color selection. Find color inspiration in the world around you from the beautiful high desert landscapes, to your favorite blouse, to that exquisite focal bead that’s been waiting in your stash for just the right project.

You’ve been experimenting with different design concepts and your plan is starting to take shape! Everything is coming together now… balance, symmetry, pattern, rhythm, math and color theory. Time to string the beads!


You’ve spent the weekend improving your skills as a kumihimo designer. Sunday you create your masterpiece.

Then we say our goodbyes and close our retreat session before lunch, but I hope you’ll take the time to soak up the mountain views one more time before you go.

Take a break from your everyday life to join me in Sonoita at the relaxing After Midnight Art Ranch. Each day you’ll be working hands-on writing your own kumihimo designs, critiquing your work, prototyping, and braiding. This is an amazing experience that will change your approach to design no matter what level you’re starting at!

How much is it?

  • $1499 per person when you pay in full by April 30, 2019 (after that the price goes up to $1799)

What’s included?

  • Three-nights’ accommodation at the After Midnight Art Ranch or Xanadu Ranch. All private bedrooms, some shared baths.
  • All meals & beverages. That’s dinner Thursday; breakfast, lunch, & dinner on Friday & Saturday; breakfast & lunch on Sunday. Coffee, tea, water, and soft drinks are available throughout the day. Wine is served with/after dinner.
  • Exploring Shape, Texture and Color in Kumihimo Design, a masterclass with Rebecca Ann Combs.
  • Workbook
  • Bead kit for the masterclass ($120+ value)

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