Several years ago, Alabama Chanin hosted our first Weekend Away Workshop in Taos, New Mexico. Around that time, I had recently visited Taos with a friend and when I returned home I found myself thinking about it constantly. I knew I wanted to share that same feeling I had there with others. I dreamt of creating a space where people could relax, feel inspired, dream, learn, and have their own adventures. I only hope that those who joined us on that first Weekend Away left with just a bit of that sense of magic I first felt.

Our second Weekend Away Workshop was at Blackberry Farm – one of my favorite spots for relaxation, food, and fellowship. Any trip to the Smoky Mountains allows me to breathe deeply and inspiration almost certainly follows. And while the terrain of Taos and Blackberry Farm certainly differ, the sunsets are magical no matter where you are standing. (The sunrises are even better.)


It is with these experiences in mind that we planned our first Weeklong Workshop Abroad at Chateau Dumas on the French countryside. As with all of our workshops, participants of all skill levels will choose a project to work on from our selection of patterns. But, we can guarantee that the experience will be unlike those of our previous workshops – as will the sunset.

The weeklong experience includes the same instruction you would receive at any Alabama Chanin workshop in an idyllic setting, with one-of-a-kind extras. There will be plenty of classic French meals, sightseeing, market visits, and a day of natural dyeing with woad (a blue dye dating back to medieval times). The trip includes 7 nights lodging at the Chateau and 5 days of instruction. Chateau Dumas has picturesque grounds and all sorts of sleeping accommodations – but I guarantee the bedrooms with the best views will go first…


Dates for our Weeklong Workshop Abroad are August 6 – 13, 2016, and prices for the workshop and accommodations start at 2670 Euro, or $3000 USD. (The flight to Toulouse and travel to the Chateau are not included in the cost.) Email olivia (at) for details, or give us a call at +1.256.760.1090. This could potentially be the most amazing Secret Santa gift ever – or a well-earned gift for yourself.

Maggie and I have already started studying French.  We’ve mastered counting: un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, huit, neuf, dix months until we leave…

Top right, center, and bottom left images courtesy of Chateau Dumas


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