Touchstones Workshops

COLLABORATE WITH NATURE: Printing, Patchwork and Place

Tune into the coastal landscape through foraging, photography, eco printing and cyanotype printing on both fabric and paper. Then, take these unique pieces and follow your intuition to create a slow stitched quilt.

Instructor: Katama Murray

This class offers a realm of possibilities, and allows for full exploration with each mode of making. Students will first learn how to properly prepare different fabrics to mordant; a crucial step to ensure consistent lightfast and washfast eco prints. After this introduction, students will create their own unique eco prints and cyanotype prints.

 We will be eco printing on cotton and linen fabrics, using seasonally foraged plants, food compost, and natural dye extracts  

For our cyanoprints we’ll use seasonally foraged plants, dried/pressed plants and everyday objects that hold memories or visual intrigue to print on coated, light sensitive ,  cotton fabric. We’ll use either the power of the  sun or an indoor UV light, depending on the weather.

 Students will also be introduced to the basics of relief printing using easy-cut linoleum blocks, and will carve their own designs to be printed with fabric-safe ink on cotton.

Once all fibers are printed and dried, we will select and sew our quilt pieces together using patchwork methods and quilt batting. Students will have the option either to hand or machine sew (or both) their quilts, and will explore how to unify their printed imagery through color, shape, and experimentation. Once the quilts are sewn, we’ll use mindful stitching techniques in response to the prints on the fabrics we have put together.  

Throughout this workshop, students will be encouraged to look to  the surrounding coastal Maine landscape for inspiration, and to work intuitively by embracing mistakes and releasing perfection. These meditative processes yield unique, one-of-a-kind results, and provide opportunities to “let go” and see where your creative journey takes you. Some prior experience with sewing is beneficial, but you will get all the help you need, and all levels of experience are welcome!

Class and Retreat Fee: $980.00

Materials fee: $50.00

Special Tools or Equipment - Students should bring:

  • Apron & rubber gloves (optional to keep clothes & hands clean)
  • Sketchbook or phone for note-taking (optional; full recipes & instructions will be provided digitally and in print)
  • Foraged plants (Optional; many will be provided - A full list of suggested plants will be provided prior to the workshop)
  • Personal objects to be cyanotype printed (flat ones work best, but 3D ones also work depending on the weather with outdoor printing)
  • Sewing machine (optional but recommended)
  • Additional cotton fabric to be used for the back of the quilt (can be solid or patterned)
  • Any personal sewing supplies desired to work with (please note basic materials such as sewing needles, sewing and embroidery thread, marking pens, and rulers are provided)
  • Cutting mat
  • Rotary cutter, fabric scissors, and sewing pins
  • Though some will be provided, please bring your own cotton sewing thread and embroidery thread if you are passionate about utilizing certain colors
  • Drawings or sketches for small relief prints

Katama Murray

Katama Murray (she/her), owner and founder of Teach Peace Prints, is an eco artist and educator
from the small, coastal town of Blue Hill, Maine. Her work is inspired by phenomenological
rhythms of nature and our interconnectedness to the environment. Living and studying
throughout various parts of New England, she has always been influenced by the outdoors and
the ways in which we coexist with the natural world. Katama has a BFA in Printmaking from
Plymouth State University in New Hampshire and an MFA in Printmaking from Indiana
University Bloomington. She has taught workshops and exhibited work throughout New England
and beyond, yet will always be drawn to the beauty of the east coast. With a passion for
multidisciplinary making, she strives to learn and teach together with people of all ages, hoping
to inspire others to become more connected to the earth through observing and art making.

Touchstone Retreats Schedule


Settle into this magical world

8-12 Introduction to Rug Hooking, Squire Boot Class begin (We'll be in the garden with warm beverages at 7 to guide you to your class)

12-2 A la carte lunch in the campground

12-1:30 Registration and Juice Bar

2-5 Class

6-7:30 Cocktails, snacks, introductions and instructor show & tell (included for everyone)


Dive deep into your passion

8-9 Breakfast (included for everyone, veg & GF friendly)

9-12 Class

12-2 Garden Lunch and Open Botanical Printing Station (included for everyone, veg & GF friendly)

2-5 Class

Friday: Dinner on your own, studios will remain accessible and we'll have a campfire in the garden for your pleasure

Saturday: Dinner and live music around the campfire (included for everyone, veg & GF friendly)


Re-emerge Gently

8-9 Breakfast (included for everyone, veg & GF friendly)

9-12 Class

12:30 - 3 Lunch, book signing, special shopping, pictures and goodbyes (included for everyone, veg & GF friendly)