Join us in Taos, June 2017!!

Registration is closed!!!  Check back at the end of summer for dates and details for TAOS 2018 !!  


Amy Bogard’s Illuminated Travel Journal Workshop  

June 11-16, 2017!!  

Mabel Dodge Luhan House Historic Inn and Conference Center

Check in after 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 11 with brief late afternoon welcome reception (approx. 5:30 pm, then out to town for dinner!)

Check out by 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 16 with bagged lunch to go.

Learn and apply the tools, tricks and techniques that will bring your travel sketchbook journal to life!


Open to all skill levels from drawing beginners to pros looking for a fresh perspective.

New and lifelong journalers alike are welcome!

Workshop fee includes pre-workshop instruction video series (great especially for the beginners!), workshop instruction by Amy and 24 hour classroom access at Mabel’s during workshop time.  Also, your room with full bath, gourmet breakfasts and lunches, as well as a special farewell dinner at Mabel’s on our final evening together.


There will be time for self guided field trips to iconic sites in/around Taos in between instruction times;  opportunities for excursions and solitary drawing as well as class time and exercises.
Amy will be available for one-on-one assistance and support.
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How to register?       
email………  (I will get back to you within a few days at the latest, unless I am traveling, in which case it might be a day or two more. )

or by phone…………………………. 513-289-1662  (I don’t answer calls from numbers I don’t know, so be sure and leave a clear message! thanks!)

Cost:   $300 Deposit due to hold your spot.  ($50 non-refundable)

Early registration: (no longer available for 2017, contact me directly for 2018 options)

After January 15, 2017  (full balance due by March 31, 2017)

Single Occupancy:  $1795             Double Occupancy:  $1520

Note:  Above prices are based on Juniper House lodging.  If you would like to stay in the Historic House specifically, there may be an added cost.  Just let me know!  🙂

If you are a Taos local, or have a place to stay in town outside of Mabel’s, a “commuter rate” is available.  Along with the workshop fee and classroom usage, this fee includes breakfasts and lunches with the class, as well as our final celebratory dinner together.  

Commuter Rate:  $810

If you would like to bring along a non-workshop participant (a friend, partner or family member) there is a companion fee option to consider. Contact me for further information about this option.  

Map to taos

~~Where it all began…… Back in August, 2009, I went to Taos, New Mexico on a little road trip out of Denver with a dear friend.   Looking back over that blog post, I see that I wrote the following: “I’d love to teach a travel sketchbook workshop here someday… it would be a wonderful excuse to get back to Taos!” Well guess what folks… that wish has come true! What started out as a small notion in my heart about the beauty of Taos and what it might offer to students as well as to myself has become a reality.

I, along with up to 18 students will travel to Taos for a 4 day/ 5 night intensive travel sketch journaling workshop (see dates for this year above).  We will be staying at the historic and magical Mabel Dodge Luhan House which offers amazing meals and comfortable accommodations as well as a gorgeous place in which to play in our sketch journals.  There will also be opportunities to take a few field trips away from Mabel’s to experience other sides of Taos. This workshop is open to all levels.  All registered students will get access to pre-workshop videos which will ensure everyone knows their way around the basic supplies.  I created these videos a few years ago when registrants began to arrive from all over the country.

Once in Taos, beginners will receive the hands on guidance they need, while more accomplished artists can explore Taos and collect their findings in their books back in the classroom at Mabel’s.  We can work artist to artist to make our travel journals shine with Taos Magic!  It is my belief that all artists can learn from one-another, no matter the level!

This trip has  been going on for a few years now, and each year there are new things to try and new exercises to learn, along with the tried and true from years past.  Below are some blog posts from past trips to give you an idea of how spectacular time in Taos can be.  And how no two trips to Taos are alike!!

2016……….. part 1, part 2

2015……… here, here, here, and here  (and a special fall trip in between!! here

2014……. here     and      here

2013…….. here

2012…….part 1, part 2

2011…… part 1, part 2part 3 , part 4,  part 5




“I highly recommend Amy’s class and the trip to Taos.  I met wonderful people through the experience, people whose paths I never would have crossed otherwise.  It was an emotionally nurturing experience, contemplative, but also adventurous.  In Taos and at Mabel Dodge, you can be as outward as you are inward, whatever you choose.  It all depends on you.  The freedom is there.”   ~Valerie “The Taos Journaling trip with Amy Bogard was sensational!!  Mabel Dodge Luhan House was the perfect location; great staff, outstanding food, and beautiful surroundings.  The creative energy of this place, and of Taos made this workshop a magical experience, beyond my dreams.   Amy Bogard’s talented and generous guidance encouraged personal growth in each one of us.  Although I had no experience in journaling, previously, this workshop took my collage work to a whole new level.  And I made many wonderful new friends.  Don’t miss this opportunity!” ~ Pamela

“The Taos trip was my excuse to finally visit the American Southwest, somethng I’d always wanted to do.  I had absolutely no prior experience with sketchbook journaling and wasn’t even sure what it was or if I’d find it useful. But I found I enjoyed the workshop exercises enormously and the positive feedback from Amy and the other ‘Taoseñas’.  The local color and natural wonders were  inspiring.  I could not get enough of New Mexico and am determined to go again someday. It was an unforgettable journey.” ~ Joanne

“Spectacular scenery to sketch and to just enjoy, kindred spirits to enjoy it with, wonderful food, amazing experiences around every corner and a teacher who knows how to coax the best out of you and the moment – what more could you ask for? Because of the unique atmosphere of New Mexico, Taos and the Mabel Dodge Luhan house, you can be as solitary or social as you like.   I thoroughly enjoyed my Taos sketchbook experience on a number of levels and plan to continue the adventure next year.  It is a wonderful thread to have running though my life. ” ~ Jo

No matter what you THINK your artistic ability is, Amy will bring out the best in you–show you stuff you didn’t know you had!  Taos and the Mabel Dodge Luhan House are the perfect place for this workshop–inspiration around every corner.  After three months, I am still “suffering” from the positive effects of last year’s workshop!” ~ Penny

“This workshop changed my life.” ~Astrid

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