Tanzania Fabric, Fun & Facts Retreat

February 26-28, 2023
Swanson Center at Carol Joy Holling Camp


This retreat gives a glimpse into Tanzanian culture, teaches a quilt pattern using Tanzanian fabrics, and benefits Tanzanian Women's Scholarship Fund.

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 several times and has a heart for the people she has met along the way.

This is one of the featured quilt patterns, The African Bright Log Cabin, starting at $39. Contact Mary to order the kit at mayfieldim@cox.net or 402-778-0291. Please use “African Bright Log Cabin” in your email's subject line. You can use this pattern as part of a table runner, wall hanging, or quilt. There will be background fabrics, patterns, and more in the Tanzanian Treasures shop that will be set up during the retreat. This retreat is open to people of all skill levels and sewing abilities!

Participants are also free to work on their own projects. Bring your fabrics and join us for a memorable experience!

Supply List:
• Cleaned and oiled sewing machine with a new needle
• Scissors

• Pins and pincushions

• Seam Ripper

• Rotary Cutter with a new blade

• Rulers and mat
• Iron and ironing surface

• Desk lamp

schedule coming soon


  • $200 per person for double occupancy room

  • $240 per person for a single occupancy room

  • Wednesday, March 1 is an optional day at an additional cost - $80


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, a desk, a television, a telephone, internet access, WiFi, and more.


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