This very special art retreat is located on Cape Cod Massachuetts at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel - a beautiful seaside resort in Falmouth. Every guest room is beautifully appointed and just steps away from the beach. In our large meeting space you will set up your area for the entire weekend! The Sea Crest has fabulous food! You will enjoy their delicious cooked to order breakfast, yummy lunchs, and dinners! Plus all-day caffeine and snacks. The hotel has an indoor pool, fitness center and a hot tub!


Ali Manning and Elaine Huffman will guide you through colorful and fun lessons in bookbinding, paste papers and Zentangle®. As always TangleU includes the specialized supplies needed for your projects and a fabulous goodie bag! 


TangleU asks all unvaccinated artists to wear a mask. TangleU has a "Covid Friendly" cancellation policy.

Bookbinding with Ali


We will create a little library of four hand sewn books to showcase your artwork, including the paste papers you create during the retreat’s first session.


Each 6” high book will have a Kraft-tex cover, thick handmade paper pages inside, a unique stitch pattern on the spine and fun closure. Once you have created your set of books, they are blank canvases for your creativity. 


Paste Papers with Elaine


We will dive into paint, color and design while making beautiful paste papers. Paste papers are fabulous for book covers, endpapers, collage and so much more!


We will make our own patterning tools which you can take home with you for more creating! Commercial tools will also be available. Use your papers in the handmade books with Ali or save them for future projects!


Retreat at the Beach Includes:


  • 3+ days of Instruction
  • Private Facebook Group
  • Opening Day Make-it Time
  • Daily Zen
  • Daily Yoga Stretch
  • Meals and Snacks
  • All of the special art materials and papers for classes!
  • And Swag!
  • Vendors!
  • Open Studio Time
  • Covid Friendly Cancellation Policy
  • And a choice of lodging at the beautiful Sea Crest Beach Hotel!

A short supply list will be sent to registered artists. We have "loaner" tools for sharps, etc. to make travel and expense manageable.

Elaine Huffman

After earning a BFA in studio art I mysteriously had a 15 year career as a business analyst in the insurance industry. I left the insurance industry to start a long-arm quilting business where I completed over 2,000 quilting commissions, self published two books and taught at national quilt shows.


I then attended classes to become a Certified Zentangle® Teacher. Through Zentangle I continue to learn about pattern and to incorporate that into my quilts using trapunto and very detailed stitching.


I returned to my art training and began drawing, sketching, exploring mixed media and bookbinding. And favorites - printmaking and paper altering through gelli plates and paste paper!


I am the Chief Optimist and Founder of TangleU Productions. In that capacity I run online classes in a variety of art topics including Zentangle, Mixed Media, and Bookbinding. I curate several retreats each year in locations around the country. 

Ali Manning



Ali has been blogging about paper crafts and book arts since the internet dark ages of 2007. Teaching others to express their creativity through handmade books is her greatest joy. She believes that anyone can create a handmade book and it shouldn’t require expensive tools or equipment. 


Her students appreciate the way she breaks down the most complicated bookbinding projects into manageable and easy steps. 


Working from her studio in an old school house in Groton, Massachusetts, she has taught thousands of students via her blog, Vintage Page Designs, in person and with her latest online adventure, The Handmade Book Club. 


Her work has been featured in Somerset Studio, Take Ten, Paper Crafts Magazine and Cloth, Paper, Scissors.


Sign me up!

Includes 3+ days of classes, art materials, meals and snacks! Hotel is booked directly with the Sea Crest Beach Hotel with pricing at $135 - $155 for rooms. Choose to bunk solo or share a room with a friend! Reservation information is in the confirmation email and in the Teachable course link.

Covid Policy: We ask that all unvaccinated persons wear a mask at all times. We will follow any mask and other safety requirements as required.

$695

Retreat at the Beach

Includes 3+ days of classes, most art materials, meals and snacks! Hotel is booked directly with the Sea Crest Beach Hotel with pricing at $135 - $155 for rooms. Choose to bunk solo or share a room with a friend!


CANCELLATION POLICY: WE UNDERSTAND THAT CIRCUMSTANCES AND CHANGE AND IT IS SOMETIMES NECESSARY TO CANCEL. WE STRONGLY ADVISE OBTAINING TRIP INSURANCE. THE TUITION INCLUDES A $350 NON-REFUNDABLE REGISTRATION FEE. CANCELLATIONS BEFORE SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 WILL RECEIVE 100% OF THE AMOUNT PAID LESS THE $350 NON-REFUNDABLE REGISTRATION FEE. THEREAFTER NO REFUNDS ARE AVAILABLE. IF THE COVID PANDEMIC MAKES GATHERING IN PERSON UNSAFE, THE EVENT WILL BE HELD ON ZOOM AND YOU WILL BE REFUNDED AN AMOUNT TO COMPENSATE FOR CATERING. BY REGISTERING FOR THE EVENT YOU AGREE TO THIS POLICY.

Don't miss out!


Join us in person for this fabulous retreat!

Let Ali and Elaine guide you through exciting sewn book projects, paste paper explorations, Daily Zen®, and a couple of surprises projects. Enjoy fabulous food. And have your choice of room - beachside or not, solo or with a friend!

The retreat has a relaxed pace, with free time to enjoy open studio or maybe take a walk on the beach or enjoy the hot tub! The Sea Crest Beach Hotel has hosted TangleU for many years and it is a favorite destination!

Traveling to the Sea Crest


Travel to the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth Massachusetts is easy!

Drive if you're local - parking is free!

Fly to Boston's Logan Airport and take the Peter Pan bus to Falmouth. We'll do our best to pick you up at the bus station or you can Uber.