Heaven on earth.... that is how I describe Asilomar http://www.visitasilomar.com/ in California. It's located on the Monterey Bay Coast with a front yard of brilliant white sand dunes, verbena and poppy flowers, deer, and the pounding surf. My friend Beth and I attended Art and Soul- an artist's retreat. http://www.artandsoulretreat.com/
Needless to say we had a great time- I took workshops with Daniel Essig, Sally Jean Alexander and Tom Ashman in Book Arts and Soldering.
I discovered that torching to patina copper is fun and soldering.....well.........it takes a little practice.