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A Week At Squam Art Workshops…

Squam Art Workshop

Back from Squam Art Workshops where I had a wonderful time. Best students. Best cabin roomates. Best time. Took a whole day off. Oh yeah. And it was as good as marmalade on toasty bread. Here is what Squam is to me, in a few snapshots.

Squam Art Workshop

There were deep conversations. Lots of "ah!ha!" moments. Lots of light hearted moments. Lots of laughs. Some belly dancing. Lots of crafting. And sharing. Crying too. And more laughing because we would just want to smack ourselves silly otherwise, non?!

Squam Art Workshop

Squam June was about layers. Of clothes. Of your soul. For me, it was about letting my six year-old self come by. Because I really miss her. She was always fun, bold and smiling. She’s back. After five months without, I was starting to really miss her. But she’s back indeed. And so glad she had brought her rain boots to make splashes in puddles… And walk in the rain. One of my favorite thing to do.

Squam Art Workshop

Moments spent at the Playhouse. Listening to people’s moments. Sharing in their journey. Surrounding by the warmth of a fire or the glow of gazillion twinkle lights. In June. If you know my addiction to twinkle lights. You know that made me beam inside…

Squam Art Workshop - Jonatha Brooke

Listening to Jonatha Brooke is always a privilege. Her will to share her story through her songs, her words. I can guarantee there was not one dry eye in that room the night Jonatha performed. Squam is strangers sharing compassion and hugs. Squam is balm for your soul. Thank you ma belle, my heart is mended a little bit more thanks to you.

Squam Art Workshop

Squam is in the details. There are everywhere. Let me count the ways…

Squam Art Workshop

At Squam, the trees whisper wonderful uplifting things after an intense morning teaching.

Squam Art Workshop

Every where you turn, there is something someone created and is giving to others.

Squam Art Workshop

At Squam, the trees wear pom-poms. And you can’t help but smile. Big.

Squam Art Workshop

Squam Art Workshop

Squam Art Workshop

At Squam, trees wear pantone color garlands. Lots of them. Swishing around with the wind.

Squam Art Workshop

There is never enough heart garlands in a forest. Well, in my opinion anyway….

Squam Art Workshop

Little owls started popping everywhere. I named this one Elliott.

Squam Art Workshop - Jen Gray & Michelle Madden Smith

There is beauty everywhere at Squam. Jen and Michelle. Beautiful inside out. Thank you for making me smile. For letting me goof. For the hugs and the quiet moments.

Squam Art Workshop - Thea Coughlin

The beautiful Thea. I have never met one photographer who gives has much of herself with each portrait or project. Truly an inspiration.

Squam Art Workshop

Yeah…some of us have epiphanies on the docks at Squam.

Squam Art Workshop - Jen Gray

While some if us contemplate jumping in the cold water… And Jen did! Crazy girl…

Squam Art Workshop - Jonatha Brooke

Squam is taking a moment in time for yourself. And doing something to be shared. A moment to meditate. A moment to breathe.

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Let’s leave it that…

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And this. Squam is love. And spunk.

Squam Art Workshop

Squam is waiting for you… And I can’t wait to be back teaching cooking and food photography classes for the Fall session!

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Julie Bidwell June 11, 2012 um 9:29 pm

Lovely post! Love it up there.I spent many summers in the lakes region as a kid (Winnipesaukee) and much time on docks as well.


Kelsea Echo June 12, 2012 um 12:07 am

What gorgeous pictures! I especially love the heart tattoos and garlands… and those purple boots. Too many great things to choose from! Thanks for sharing. =)

thea June 12, 2012 um 12:10 am

Helene- what a beautifully photographed and written vision from saw. Thank you for being you. Xoxo

thea June 12, 2012 um 12:10 am

Helene- what a beautifully photographed and written vision from saw. Thank you for being you. Xoxo

Averie @ Averie Cooks June 12, 2012 um 12:18 am

What a gorgeous set of pics and prose to go with them. I'm sure it was an amazing trip to be on; how fabulous for you all!

Anonymous June 12, 2012 um 1:22 am

I wish, I wish I could go to the photo workshop…but alas having a car to get to and from work took precedence….maybe sometime in the future. this place seems amazing!

BriBriMX June 12, 2012 um 10:02 am

jolies photos…
Commandé le livre pour mon anniversaire, hâte de le recevoir !

baker in disguise June 12, 2012 um 11:34 am

Beautiful pics.. each one of them!! You have such talent..and i am in love with your daughter's purple rain boots!! i want them in my size!! 🙂

Julia @The Roasted Root June 12, 2012 um 1:09 pm

Looks like such a fun and relaxing time with beautiful people and beautiful scenery! Thanks so much for sharing!

Helene June 12, 2012 um 1:28 pm

Baker in disguise: thank you. These are not my dauhgter's boots. I don't have children. I was referring to my six year-old self from days passed 🙂

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures June 12, 2012 um 2:23 pm

These pictures are ridiculously amazing!!!! What an incredible experience.

thyme (Sarah) June 12, 2012 um 2:33 pm

This reminds me of the "retreats" we would have in school. They were wonderful times…we all talked, laughed, and relaxed in the woods behind our school. I think this was a perfect balm for the rocky year you have been having with relatives back home in France. So happy for you.

kellypea June 12, 2012 um 6:25 pm

My goodness but this sounds like a wonderful place to be and create. Very inspirational — I need this.

Jolie Goodnight June 12, 2012 um 10:04 pm

I'm in love with the tree whisper idea! What a wonderful thing to see, so inspiring.

Ingredients of Love June 12, 2012 um 11:24 pm

I love the hanging hearts!!!

Ingredients of Love June 12, 2012 um 11:25 pm

I love the hanging hearts!!

*michelle June 13, 2012 um 12:45 am


it meant so much to share quiet moments, and those inner whispers and laughter with you…


Rebecca June 15, 2012 um 2:25 am

Helene- Your photos are beautiful- it was such a treat to be your cabin mate this year. Thanks so much for this great post, it took me right back to the fireplace chats- and thanks for reminding me of the BELLYDANCING!

michelle gd June 15, 2012 um 11:38 am
truly, i'm a bit misty-eyed.
pom-poms, heart and color swatch garlands, love notes. {happy sigh}

Seanna Lea June 15, 2012 um 2:34 pm

I hope you manage to teach in next year's spring session. I would love to take a class with you rather than just being kind of skittish and exuberant (at least for me) in your general vicinity.

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