Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love Workshops 2021

Get busy under the big sky.
Try something new, discover the inner you, or reveal a hidden talent.
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Yoga for Humans

Thursday, September 23 from 4 – 5 PM

Friday, September 24 from 9 – 10 AM

Friday, September 24 from 4 – 5 PM

Saturday, September 25 from 9 – 10 AM

Saturday, September 25 from 4 – 5 PM

Please BYO yoga mat.


Mail Art

Thursday, September 23 from 2 – 4 PM

There is something special about being far away from your home and spaces of familiarity. We can share these moments with others by creating something one can experience through touch, sight and storytelling. In this workshop, you’ll tap into the idea of communal creativity. We will make and send a special postcard to connect people, places and ideas.


Workout! with Erica Nix

Friday, September 24 from 10 – 11 AM

Saturday, September 25 from 10 – 11 AM

You’ll be sweatin’ to the ‘90s, Richard Simmons-style. This is not your typical aerobics class. This class is more raw, more colorful, and more ridiculous than any class you will have ever experienced. When you work out with Erica, you aren’t just working out your body, you are creating art—so get ready to dance your heart out. Wear clothing that’s good for movement with support where you need it. Oh, and feel free to wear your vintage aerobics wear. No pressure though, because she prefers to be the best dressed.


Meet the (Wine) Makers

Friday, September 24 from Noon – 1 PM

Saturday, September 25 from Noon – 1 PM

Join us in the lodge as we serve a selection of Scribe Winery, Wonderland Project and Valravn wines. You’ll get a chance to meet the makers and delve deeper into each vino.



Sound Bath with Walker Lukens

Thursday, September 23 from 10 – 11 AM

Saturday, September 25 from 11 AM – Noon

Walker Lukens’ Sound Bath aka an Aural Spa Treatment aka relax, nap, zone out while Austin Singer Songwriter and Producer creates soothing ambient loops a la his 2021 release, Sound Bath.


Camp Design Build Adventure: Oil Pipe & Micheladas

Thursday, September 23 from 11 AM – 1 PM

Friday, September 24 from 11 AM – 1 PM

A condensed design/build adventure that introduces you to basic welding and cutting techniques and the materials and methods of El Cosmico (and West Texas) construction. You’ll cut, grind, and weld together an oil pipe paperweight, and then craft your own Micheladas before a spirited review of paperweights (with special guest critics).

Clothing requirements: natural fibers cotton shirts, jeans, no open toed shoes.


Water Marbling with Mercedez Rex

Friday, September 24 from 1 – 3 PM

Join textile artist Mercedez Rex for an afternoon of exploring the ancient art of water marbling. She will cover a brief history of marbling and demonstrate basic techniques of manipulating pigments on the surface of a water bath. You’ll have your own marbling vat and time to practice learned techniques and color combinations before transferring designs to both paper and silk textiles, creating 8 marbled sheets of paper and 2 mini silk textiles to take home.



The Magic Around Us (Kids)

Thursday, September 23 from 9 – 10 AM

Friday, September 24 from 9 – 10 AM

Saturday, September 25 from 9 – 10 AM

An immersion into the beauty of Far West Texas for kids and teens.

The Magic Around Us is a deep immersion into the unique and beautiful land we inhabit here in Far West Texas and Northern Mexico.

In this class, we will look at ancient area pictographs and artifacts of the earliest indigenous people of our area. We’ll study the incredible flora and fauna that have been on the landscape and soaring in the air across time. This is a rare opportunity for kids to get up close with many treasured objects to further their understanding and respect for all who came before.

For ages 5 and up.


Hell or Rye Water with Still Austin

Thursday, September 23 from 5 – 6 PM
NEW! Friday, September 24 from 3 – 4 PM (tickets through this link)

Join Still Austin Whiskey Co. and blend your own bottle of never before released 100% Rye Whiskey. Hosted by Still Austin’s COO, Brandon Joldersma, this workshop will walk you through the tasting notes and nuances of your custom bottle of Rye. You will taste through our distiller’s selection of three different barrels, then bottle and take home your own proprietary blend.


Stay Gold Firecider

Date: Friday, September 24 from 10 – 11 AM

Join us in making this immune boosting elixir. Learn the simple recipe for a fermented tonic of roots and fruits to support your ire and the marrow. You’ll leave with your own jar of actively fermenting Fire Cider.


Mezcal Experience

Friday, September 24 from 5 – 6 PM
NEW! Saturday, September 25 from 5 – 6 PM (tickets through this link)

A look into the origin of mezcal from its discovery to the modern way it’s made.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to prepare your own salts. Armed with a molcajete (Mexican mortar) and fresh ingredients, this is a nice and easy way to improve your cocktail-mixing resources. At the end of the workshop, you’ll taste one of these salts in a savory mezcal cocktail and the other two with fruits as appetizers.

Sponsored by Madre Mezcal and Mezcal San Cosme.


Unlocking the Secrets of Big Bend

Date: Saturday, September 25 from 11 AM – Noon

The Trans-Pecos area of far west Texas is archeologically rich but scientifically poorly known.

In this workshop, get to know what drives this mystical area of Texas and what secrets are yet to be unlocked. Dr. Bryon Schroeder, archaeologist and director of the Center for Big Bend Studies will discuss the rich cultural history of the Big Bend, as well as how the Center supports its needs through research, publication and public outreach.


Golden Twist: Turmeric Dye Workshop

Date: Saturday, September 25 from 1 – 3 PM

Turn a superfood into a super-powerful natural dye. Using turmeric as your medium, you’ll learn the art of shibori, a form of Japanese dyeing using string, stones, and folding techniques. Participants will receive one bandana and all the supplies needed to start dying. You’ll have plenty of dye, so feel free to bring any other items you’d like (t-shirts, socks, etc.).


The Music Around Us (Kids)

Wednesday September 22 from 4 – 6 PM

Thursday, September 23 from 4 – 6 PM

Friday, September 24 from 4 – 6 PM

Saturday, September at 5 PM (grand finale on the small stage)

“The Music Around Us” is a 4-part music class that will unleash and tap into the natural rhythms that we all are using in our daily lives, whether we know it yet or not. We are all drummers at heart.

We will encourage the kids to dive in and swim in a sea of songs. We will play the drums, clap our hands, and learn to sing backing vocals to songs from around the world and throughout time. Instruments will be provided and no musical experience is necessary.

We will meet every evening of the festival underneath the El Cosmico carport. The series will conclude on Saturday evening, when the students will perform what they’ve learned on the small stage, with special guests including David Garza and THEBROSFRESH.

For ages 5 and up.