Workshop + Cabin Diablo: Connections




This package includes a 4-night stay in cabin Diablo, registration for Connections: The Art and Science of Symbiosisand some meals as listed in the workshop description below.

Choose “single” for one workshop registration and single cabin occupancy.

Choose “double” for two workshop registrations and double cabin occupancy.

This live/work townhouse cabin has a loft bedroom with full-size bed upstairs and a full size futon downstairs. This cabin is one of the two townhouses closest to the Commons with views of the pond and the playa beyond. It comes with a kitchenette which includes a counter top hotplate and convection oven, a dorm-sized refrigerator, a private bathroom with shower, a small living & dining area that opens up to an attached work studio. There is no application to participate in a self-directed residency and we welcome anyone craving time and space to focus on a creative or scientific project. There is is limited cell service at PLAYA and no internet or tv in the cabins to help provide an environment of focused support. There is internet and a landline in a common work space

Arrival begins Thursday, Sept. 22 at 2:00 pm

Departure is Monday, Sept. 26 by 12:00 pm.


This is a 4-night workshop/residency experience with guided field trips in the morning led by Diana Six, Symbiologist and Professor of Forest Entomology/Pathology, followed by afternoons of open studio time to creatively interpret and respond to what you experienced in the medium of your choice. These lessons of connection in nature are designed to not only introduce artists to new ways of seeing, but also to better understand why all life depends on networks of support. Field and studio experiences will include exploring symbioses from microbes to forests.

PLAYA’s common studios and campus will be open for participants to interpret and respond to their morning experiences as they create within community or in their own studio or cabin. Exploring the medium of their choice, whether it be plein air painting on the PLAYA, writing from the deck of the commons, printmaking in Sandhill studio, photographing birds from the various trails, or painting in avocet studio, each participant will have time to work on independent projects. Some cabins, such as Wildcat and Diablo, come with attached private art studios.

Evenings are open for interested individuals to enjoy walks, the night sky, night bird calls, or continue creating in the open studios.

This workshop starts Thursday evening with an outdoor group dinner provided by PLAYA. Lunch will be provided Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All other meals are on your own.


  • Day 1: Thursday, Sept 22: Arrival | Group Dinner provided by PLAYA | Evening on your own
  • Day 2: Friday, Sept. 23: Morning Guided Field Excursion | Lunch provided by PLAYA | Afternoon Independent studio time
  • Day 3: Saturday, Sept 24: Morning Guided Field Excursion | Lunch provided by PLAYA | Afternoon Independent studio time
  • Day 4: Sunday, Sept 25: Morning Guided Field Excursion | Lunch provided by PLAYA | Afternoon Independent studio time
  • Day 5: Monday, Sept 26: Closing share + Group Critique | Depart by noon

Equipment to bring:

  • hat
  • sunscreen
  • insect repellent
  • water bottle(s)
  • binoculars
  • hiking poles (if you use them)
  • hiking shoes
  • clothes for layering 9cab be hot in the day, cold at night)
  • notebook or sketchbook to capture images and notes during field excursions
  • laptop for writers
  • preferred art supplies for self-directed art exploration
  • please note- studios and printing presses will be available to participants but you must bring any and all materials you want to work with during the afternoon open studio portion of this workshop

Instructor Bio:
Diana Six, PhD, is a professor of forest entomology and mycology at the University of Montana, Missoula. She studies forest ecosystems from microbial to landscape levels using ecological and evolutionary perspectives. Her research focuses mainly on bark beetles and their interactions with fungi, forests, and climate change, and her research sites span western North America, Germany, and southern Africa. Her love of arid landscapes began as a child on weekend desert camping trips and continues unabated. She enjoys using painting and collage to engage the public with nature.

COVID Safety:

* Proof of covid vaccination, or certified medical exemption with negative covid test, will be required to participate in all 2022 programming at PLAYA.  Meals will be served outdoors on the patio or packaged to enjoy back in your cabins. All programming will be conducted outdoors as much as possible. Masks will be required for any in-door programming with 6’ distances between participants. Some indoor spaces on campus may be closed to visitors.

*No pets allowed.

Additional information

Single | Double

Single, Double