May 15-19, 2024

A Book, a Box, a Space

with Kathy Steinsberger & Diann Fuller

Instructors Kathy and Diann.

A book is a space…
the container
in which lives
a narration
a lesson
an image
an idea
a feeling
a communing with

While moving with Diann in yoga stretching, meditation, hiking the moss-covered trails of Gray Bear, and relaxing times in the wood-fired sauna or in the stone hot tub, you’ll spend joyful and creative (yet amazingly fleeting) hours in the book workshop led by Kathy creating your own unique Belgian Bound journal and a book-like box to house it. In four and a half days we’ll make our own decorated pastepapers, assemble them into our journals (including pockets, foldouts, collage, and envelopes) and then make a unique lidded box that resembles a book to house either our new journal or (with added partitions) our collection of tiny rocks, feathers, lichen or other treasures. Sharing stories, favorite quotes, sketching, and writing, are encouraged and will be part of our week as we form bonds not just making our books, but with new and extending friendhips in this beautiful place. Feel free to bring a few of your own tiny ephemera to include in your box…

The creating of these journals is such a wonderful experience in-and-of- itself. The busy-ness of our outside lives falls away. Our creation becomes our meditation; one stitch at a time. Laughter, silence, music, fun, community; they are all a part of the story we create together. And perhaps most importantly; woven throughout our process will be time. Uninterrupted moments to explore; a yoga class in the morning, a soak in Gray Bear’s hot tub in the evening with star-filled skies overhead, beautiful walks… a space to reflect and enjoy this amazing journey we call life.

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More about Kathy: Kathy was a ceramic artist for over 20 years and a book artist for 22. In 2001 she began to combine book arts with her clay, and in books she found her passion. In addition to teaching at Gray Bear, she has taught book arts classes at Pullen Arts Center; Beaufort Arts Center; Cary Arts Center; the NCSU School of Design; and Penland School of Crafts. Her books and pottery have been in numerous shows and exhibitions throughout the southeast. Examples of her pottery have been included in the books Handbuilt Tableware II and 500 Pitchers. In 2012 she acquired her own letterpress and set up her private letterpress studio, Orange Lantern Press. In 2015 she changed its name to PaperButtons Press. She has written and printed many limited-edition artist’s books, many of which are depicted on her blog at


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Diann Fuller is the co-director of Gray Bear Lodge and High Forest Institute. She began her yoga practice in 1985. Diann combines her love of the Earth and her gentle teaching style with harmony and balance.

This weekend is open for all to attend. No prior experience is needed in any way. Individuals, friends or couples: all are welcome.

Workshop discounted at $895 if paid in full by April 1st. Limited to ten participants. Supplies included. *All prices include tuition, all materials for journal making, daily yoga class, meals, shared lodging and full use of facilities. A limited number of private cabins may be available for upgrade; please inquire if interested. All balances are due upon registration. MC/Visa, Venmo, PayPal, Check accepted. Gray Bear Lodge, PO Box 682 Hohenwald, TN 38462. Late registration (after April 1st) increases to $995. Confirmation letter and additional information (including directions to Gray Bear) will be sent. Payment plan option offered if needed; please inquire. A $300 non-refundable deposit may be mailed to secure your space.

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We'll begin with guests arriving between 1:30 and 3:30 on Wednesday. Making of Pastepaper begins as early as 2:00 and continues until dinner which is served at 6:00pm. (Earlier arrival is recommended. ) Please inquire for optional Pre-event arrival on Tuesday xxx if flying for ease of travel schedule. Sunday finishes with brunch and checkout is at 11:00. (*) Gray Bear is a two hour drive from the airport, so please plan arrival time/ departure time with this in mind.

Gray Bear is home to 400 acres of rolling hills, thick forest, natural springs, and even a waterfall. You can experience the wonders of nature while sitting in a hand-built wood fire sauna; hear the silence of nature's symphony lying on a hammock while curled under a blanket; and revel in clear air and water while using shower outdoors.

With all of this nature we have some suggestions to consider when packing:

  • Working flashlight gets dark with only the light of the stars to guide you!
  • A bathing suit ... good for the hot tub, sauna, and Watsu massage pool
  • Water bottle ...Gray Bear does not use disposable cups. Purified water is available in the Main House and the Yoga Room
  • A bath robe/sarong
  • House slippers or socks to wear indoors shoes inside please
  • Comfortable walking shoes/sandals for an inspired nature hike
  • Warm clothing ...mornings & evenings can be cool
  • Comfortable clothes for exercising/yoga

Please do not bring any drugs, alcohol, or pets. Gray Bear is a non-smoking, pet-free and alcohol-free facility.

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Questions: call 615-782-0469

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