Tanzania Fabric, Fun & Facts Retreat

February 28- March 2, 2021
Swanson Center at Carol Joy Holling Camp


This retreat gives a glimpse into Tanzanian culture, teaches a quilt pattern using Tanzanian fabrics, and helps to support partnership programs in Tanzania through purchases of fabric during the retreat. Six scholarships to the Angaza Women's Training Center were provided in 2019!

Mary Mayfield, our retreat leader, brings her expertise and experience from her many trips to Tanzania. The Northern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania is a sister synod of the Nebraska Synod (ELCA).  Through this partnership, Mary has traveled to Tanzania six times (seven by the time of the retreat!), and has a heart for the people she has met along the way.

The featured quilt pattern for this year is “African Ladies,” an original pattern by Mary Mayfield. You can use this pattern as a part of a table runner, wall hanging, small quilt (13 ladies) or larger quilt (36 ladies). This retreat is open to people of all skill levels and sewing ability!

Project kits will be available starting at $29. Fat quarters and 1-yard cuts will be available for those who wish to choose their own fabrics. Participants are also free to work on their own projects. Bring your fabrics and join us for a memorable experience!



  • $180 per person for triple occupancy room

  • $200 per person for double occupancy room

  • $240 per person for single occupancy room


Your lodging, programming and all meals are included in your registration fee.

There is a $100 non-refundable deposit due at the time of registration. Registration closes two weeks before the retreat start date.


This retreat will be in the Swanson Retreat Center. This facility features oversized sleeping rooms with two queen beds, a restroom, desk, television, telephone, internet access, wifi and more.


If you have questions about this retreat, please contact Jessica Weltz at JWeltz@NLOM.org or 402-944-2544.


27416 Ranch Road, Ashland, NE. 68003


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Carol Joy Holling Conference & Retreat Center is operated by Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries (NLOM), a non-profit organization.