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

This is one of the featured quilt patterns, adapted by Mary Mayfield from another quilt. 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. Available in the shop will be hand-dyed, discharged, batik, and commercial fabrics. This retreat is open to people of all skill levels and sewing ability!

Project kits will be available starting at $39. 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!



  • $80 per person for commuter (no overnight stay)

  • $200 per person for double occupancy room

  • $240 per person for a 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 Peter Hansen at PHansen@NLOM.org or 402-944-2544.