Workshops at Sunset Lodge

Creating art in inspirational Midcoast Maine

2020 Workshops


Hand Bookbinding


In this hands-on workshop, we will create three non-adhesive books. The structures will range from the earliest binding styles to contemporary, and they are geared towards beginner through intermediate skill levels. In addition to the binding, we will explore three different ways to decorate paper for the covers of our books: paste paper, suminagashi, and plant printing. The goal is to create a harmonious set of beautiful books, learn simple structures that you can take home and repeat on your own, and let your creative mind explore the medium of book binding.

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Repairing Children’s Books


This class will orient students to the world of book repair. We will work with torn pages, ripped covers, and broken spines to rebuild damaged children’s books. Instead of making new covers to paper over the damage, we’ll respect the integrity of the original material to strengthen it for a new life of readability. In the process, we’ll get to work with the colorful images and text of historic children’s books. Think your damaged books are beyond repair? Think again, and learn how to make them readable with us.
Please note: this class is geared toward intermediate level bookbinders. Please have some basic experience sewing and gluing books before attending this workshop. Please also note that you will receive a special lifting knife as part of the materials fee for this class, and that the fee has been adjusted to reflect that cost.

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Past Workshops

Write from the Heart

20160719_suemoon-5289This was a writing workshop on the theme of courage taught by writer, editor and lay Zen teacher, Sue Moon. This workshop took place September 9-15, 2019. Sue’s books include This Is Getting Old; The Hidden Lamp, with Florence Caplow; and What Is Zen? Plain Thoughts for a Beginner’s Mind, with Norman Fischer. She was the longtime editor of Turning Wheel, the Journal of Socially Engaged Buddhism. She has been teaching writing workshops and leading Zen retreats for many years. For more information, click here

Hand Bookbinding

DSCF8344Our inaugural workshop, taught by Juliayn Coleman, took place on September 2-8, 2018. See photos:

Geared towards beginner through intermediate skill levels, we made one simple nonadhesive book each day. For more information, click here.