Years ago, I would read my quilting magazines late at night, and I would see the ads for the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops, and wish I was there.
At the time, we lived in rural Alaska with three little boys and the idea of traveling to upstate New York to study quilt making was really just a late night wish before a slumber frequently broken by toddler demands.
I began to teach—just a gig here and there. The boys grew.
And then one day there was an email from Kim Polla inviting me to teach at the very location I had dreamed of studying at. Pinch. Pinch. Here is that story.
I arrived on Sunday evening at the Greenville Inn to begin my teaching adventure with the HRVA Workshops. I am prone to hyperbola, especially when I like something. And this, well, it was just spot on.
A beautiful estate decorated with engaging contemporary art were teachers and students gather for yummy home cooked meals.
HRVA workshops include breakfast and dinner with an optional lunch. All meals are delicious, and if you can resist the temptation of dessert, quite wholesome and healthy.
Behind the “manor” is the carriage house where all the making gets done. Just cross this creek, and you are there.
There is lots of space for each student to get to work.
Bedrooms complete with full baths for students and teachers are located upstairs of the manor and teaching studio.
The teaching studio is open twenty-four hours a day during workshops.
There is even time for off campus adventures. We drove to Hudson to visit Handloom Batik and ate lunch in Greenville at a new brew pub. The outings were delightful.
It is your choice. You can roam, or you can hunker. You can study, eat, sleep, enjoy, and repeat without leaving the estate.
HRVA Workshops offer an array of textile and painting workshops throughout the year. I encourage you to check it out. It is the best immersive experience I have had to date.
In fact, I have signed up to take workshop there myself!