An intensive henna retreat and workshop

This past week-end I drove up past San Bernadino and into the San Gabriel Mountains to the Lions Teresita Pines Camp in Wrightwood, CA.  It was the site for the 2nd annual Henna Intensive and Retreat, a 4 day workshop for henna artists.

We stayed in spartan cabins — 6 bunk-beds per cabin.  Thankfully, there was only one person per bunk so we all had both levels for stuff and sleeping.  The bathrooms were a short walk downhill and the showers were in the building next to them.

The cabin

The cabin

The mess hall is where people gathered for morning yoga, to doodle on the collective canvas, and to chow down on the camp’s excellent (and generously portioned) food.

Yoga on the Mess Hall deck

Yoga on the Mess Hall deck

Breakfast!

Breakfast!

Drawing on the community canvas

Drawing on the community canvas

 

So many amazing classes, such a gorgeous setting!  So many creative and generous artists! It was an incredible week-end of sharing and receiving and learning and teaching. And friends made for life.

Catana Padilla leads our class on jagua

Catana Padilla leads our class on jagua

Watching Khadija of HennaSooq draw

Watching Khadija of HennaSooq draw.

A free-for-all drawing session in Cabin 7

A free-for-all drawing session in Cabin 7

Jessica from Eyecons, displays her wares.

Jessica from Eyecons, displays her wares.

An amazing design by Bridget Bartlette of Maple Mehndi in Vermont

An amazing design by Bridgette Bartlette of Maple Mehndi in Vermont

Catana Padilla drawing a dragon.

Catana Padilla drawing a dragon.

hennaphile-marshmallows

hennaphile_woods

hennaphile_squirrel

hennaphile_blackBee

A flower ribbon from Elizabeth Tong of Crimson Art Henna in Georgia

A flower ribbon from Elizabeth Tong of Crimson Art Henna in Georgia. Sahara had to show off her paw, too!

A glitter tattoo I did on the amazing dancer, LaTrisha Allen

A glitter tattoo I did on the amazing dancer, LaTrisha Allen

Jagua done on me by Khadija of HennaSooq

Jagua done on me by Khadija of HennaSooq in Maryland

 

Home now and trying to assimilate all the new information and inspiration.  I have ordered some jagua and am eager to play with that on co-workers at the day job.  Island style ribbons dance in my head and I’m going to play more with Moroccan henna designs in glitter…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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