Squam Art Fair

My mom and I left on Friday afternoon and drove the seven hours north and east to Holderness, New Hampshire where the Squam Art Workshops are held.  We arrived in darkness and woke up on Saturday to the most beautiful day.  The sun was shining, the air was warm, and the scenery was beautiful - winding roads, huge boulders, and the smell of pine in the air.  I found myself feeling more relaxed than I have in a long time (I'm sure that leaving my boys at home had something to do with this) and tried to soak it all up.

I carried my camera around, but was so busy chatting and looking, that I only snapped a few photos.  What I didn't capture, and want most to share, are the people.  SAW attracts some of the most creative, sensitive and supportive women (to be fair, there were a few men there, and they were also lovely).  My mom and I both felt very welcomed and honored to be a part of this magical event.

a welcome banner at one of Maya's workshops


We did manage to take more foot tracings than expected, but that was just icing on the cake.  It was a great experience and I'm already looking forward to doing it again (though next time, I'd like to stay all week and attend the workshops). 

What about you?  Have you ever attended?  Could you use a creative retreat like this? 


  1. Sorry I missed you. You were just a few miles north of My Shoe Repair Shop in Laconia. Next time you are coming to town, please look me up.

    LaBelle's Shoe Repair
    (603) 528-1528

    1. Jim, I would love to. I'm thinking about September already. It is so good to see folks like you doing this kind of work (I just peeked at your website). Thanks for being in touch!

  2. Oh, I want to go, one of these days. Maybe next year... (I said that last year.)

    I used to live nearby & looking at blog photos over the last few days fills me with a sort of wistful nostalgia... I'm so glad you enjoyed your time there. xo

    1. I know, it's hard to take the plunge (I had to think about it for at least a year before doing it, too). Now that I've been, I'm hooked. It's hard to get away with little ones at home, but I think that we all need a good retreat now and then to remind us of who we are outside of the mother role. At least that's how I'm justifying it :)

  3. Sign me up for a future trip!! Looks so wonderful, glad you were part of it!

    1. Yes! I'm pretty sure that I drove right through your neck of the woods to get there. Maybe next time I can pick you up!


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