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Eco-Dyeing Workshop
2022, in Mexico


Two separate sessions are being offered:

August 28-September 3

September 4-September 10

with Master Dyer Suzanne Dekel 

All the way from Israel!

Eco-printing is a process by which plants and flowers are printed on fabric using a variety of mordants and natural dyes


Participants will:

  • Learn the science and art of printing from nature

  • Print with natural dyes along with techniques of silk-screening, stenciling and block printing

  • Create a sample book of prints

  • Absorb the food, colors and culture of San Miguel de Allende, the jewel in the heart of Mexico

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico is a World Heritage UNESCO puebla magia,not to mention voted one of the best places in the world to live by Conde Nast Traveler 2 years in a row. Linda Laino has lived in San Miguel for ten years and is working with Suzanne to facilitate the retreat. (more about San Miguel below).

Retreat Venue


We are sure you will be delighted with the accommodations and facilities! Casa de la Noche *is a former bordello steeped in history with the energy from the artists and musicians who passed through there in the 40’s and 50’s.

Today, owner Barbara Poole has been running the boutique hotel as a B&B and top notch event space for 20 years.


Being an artist herself, the hotel reflects her creative, eclectic sensibility. The colorful and well-appointed rooms and courtyards create a sense of old world discovery but with all the modern conveniences. It’s proximity to centro is a mere few blocks making it a super convenient and easy home base from which to explore San Miguel. *Note: the hotel does not have an elevator. Please enjoy  this  short video of the hotel.

Cost  $2545

What's Not Included

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  • Airfare

  • Meals (except where indicated)

  • Tips

  • Airport shuttle

  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)

  • Six nights accommodations

  • Thirty hours workshop time

  • Studio space available 24/7

  • Welcome dinner with Margaritas

  • Breakfast daily

  • Group excursion to Botanical Gardens

  • All materials

  • Taxi fares to excursions

  • Farewell dinner


Please make your reservations to arrive at

Leon (BJX) or Queretaro(QRO) airports.* Information about easy and reliable shuttle service will be shared with participants. Please note, if you decide to fly into Mexico City, it is another four hours to San Miguel.

*Note: Please wait to make your flight arrangements until we inform you the retreat is full.


The course also includes your personal luxurious textile pack, use of natural dyes and mordants, and a personalised recipe box to take home. 



Breakfast daily 8-9. Dinner on your own except where indicated.


 6:00 Arrival/welcome dinner with margaritas!


9-12 Printing with natural dyes: creating colorful pastes for screen printing, stenciling and block printing. Lots of samples will be made like back in the day!

12-2 Lunch

2-5 Excursion to Botanical Gardens. Learn your leaves!


9-12 Eco printing: Create your masterpiece. deifference between discharge and blankets. Make round of samples.

12-2 Lunch

2-5 Unbundling, noting all samples into  sample book.

6:00 Farewell Dinner.


9-12 Dive into natural dyes like it is

1745! Learn mordanting and dyeing like

the master dyers of the 18th century. Today

we create yellow, red and pink. 

12-2 Lunch

2-5 Dyeing yellow, red and pink and correct treatment of samples.

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9-12 Eco printing round one: Learn the nuance of different leaves with different mordants.

12-2 Lunch

2-5 Eco printing  continued: working with natural dyes and leaf prints.


Breakfast and shuttle to airport.

Please let Linda know if you'd like to be part of a tour of San Miguel artist studios in the morning.

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9-12 Magical Blues: Learn tips and tricks to set up, maintain and dispose of

indigo vats safely.

12-2 Lunch

2-5 Dyeing blues, purples and greens.

Reserve Your Room

Each session is limited to 12 participants. In order to reserve your spot, please click here, choose your room, fill out the registration form, note your room choice in the form and send a $500 non-refundable deposit to lindalaino@gmail.com through  Zelle, Paypal or credit card. All final payments are due by April 1, 2022.

Please Note: The credit card option will only allow you to pay the entire amount of $2545 plus a 3% service charge. This will make the payment amount $2620. For paypal, PLEASE use the "friends and family", to avoid this fee. There is no extra fee to pay through Zelle.

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About Suzanne Dekel 

Suzanne Dekel is the owner of DekelDyes, the international knowledge and supply platform for natural dyes, eco printing and all things textile related. She is also the  manager of the large online group ‘BotanicalPrint Group’ on Facebook where people can share and learn about natural dyes and botanical printing.


From her small studio in Israel, Suzanne researches historical dye recipes and puts common practices to the test. By combining modern textile art techniques with tried and tested natural dye knowledge from the 17th and 18th century, beautiful works can be created. In her educational work, Suzanne’s focus is on helping students understand the ‘why’ of each step, so that results in class can be reproduced at home.

She was born and raised in the Netherlands and now lives in Israel with her family.


About San Miguel de Allende

Mexico is a huge country that offers its visitors an amazing amount of diversity. San Miguel de Allende is located in the geographical center of the country and is said to be built upon a bed of crystal quartz. Many people believe this legend aids in the “magical” quality so often associated with this town. San Miguel is a peaceful, safe environment, full of friendly people, sophistication and charm to spare. It is small, but far from sleepy. The streets are always full of visitors and locals in a lively and festive atmosphere.

There is more than plenty to see and do on off hours during the retreat. The weather in September is temperate. Most days you can count on very cool mornings, warm to hot sunny afternoons, and slightly cooler evenings. Think layers and bring a light sweater. There is virtually no humidity. San Miguel is quite hilly in parts, and the streets are cobbled. You will most likely be doing a lot of walking (the best way to see the town!), so we suggest to bring good shoes.

We are at 6000 feet and if you have not been in high altitudes, you may feel a bit tired the first day or two. Luckily, there are numerous cafes, parks and plazas for rest and refreshments all over town. There are also ample and inexpensive cabs (and Uber) available should you need a break from the walking. The cab drivers, incidentally are some of the best locals to practice your Spanish with!

The web is full of articles and videos about San Miguel. Here are two to whet your whistle:

"The Best City in the World"

"San Miguel de Allende Travel Guide"

About Linda Laino

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Linda is an artist, writer and teacher who received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. She has lived in San Miguel de Allende for almost ten years where she formally taught English Language Arts and continues to paint and write. She has organized writing and painting retreats of her own in San Miguel and is recently sharing her love and knowledge of this charming and colorful town with other artists and teachers. Her many pleasures in San Miguel include terrace cocktails with friends, hiking in the countryside and feeding the hummingbirds. Her painting and writing can be accessed here:

www.lindalaino.com wordsandpictures.lindalaino.com.

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Retreat Waiver

All participants are asked to download and sign the waiver form and provide  emergency contact info. Please email to: suzannedekel@gmail.com

DownloadLinda will provide all participants with a "Survival Guide" with lots of info about SMA, recommended restaurants and useful phone numbers.

Cancellation Policy Please Review

We understand that it is sometimes difficult to plan ahead for a trip such as this and these uncertain times have created a bit more challenge. We thank you for your understanding the need for these policies on our end.

The $500 deposit is NON-refundable. That means, if you pay the deposit and before you pay your balance, you decide to cancel, there is no refund. Once you pay your balance, there is no refund. An exception is made if there is someone waiting to fill your spot.  All balances are due January 1, 2022.  

If we decide to cancel the retreat for any reason, then all money will be returned, including deposit (minus any paypal or credit card fees). We need at least five students for the workshop to go. For this reason we strongly advise that you wait to make your flight reservations until you hear from us. 


If it becomes impossible to travel due to a government mandate or border restrictions, in this case, we will not refund any money but attempt to reschedule the retreat. Note: Mexico never closed its borders to travelers during 2020. Mask and tracing mandates, as well as sanitary precautions are still taking place as a rule here in San Miguel.


We look forward to welcoming you to San Miguel in 2022! Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions. For more info on the workshop, please contact Suzanne: suzannedekel@gmail.com. For questions about San Miguel, please contact Linda: lindalaino@gmail.com.