there's a four day odyssey in the desert, november 4-7 in conjunction with Kate Freaking McKinnon (if you don't know her name, you must not be a jewelry maker) details about that one can be found here as I understand it that one only has one seat left in it, it's geared towards jewelry makers and macro photography -- it'll involve making your own jewelry (and Kate is a metalsmith so you'll be forging things in fire like freaking Sauron with hammers and tongs and the souls of elves* and then doing awesome macro photography of the things you've created.
Since it's nearly completely sold out though, Kambriel and I got a clever idea that we could do two desert photography workshops that would involve models and fashion and cactus and getting up before the sun. This would be November 4th and 5th and might be the perfect thing to occupy your spouse if you'll be making jewelry those two days. So let me know if you'd like to come out to Tuscon and photograph clothes and cacti (or if you just want to do landscapes). This is going to be a whole lot of fun.
You can find more details in his journal here: http://kylecassidy.livejournal.com/617040.html
To see the desert through Kyle's eyes, treat yourself to this: http://www.kylecassidy.com/pix/travel/2008/mojave-desert/empty-places1-low-res.pdf
Now blend that with the aesthetic of my designs, and you'll start to get a feel for what we're going to be up to, and what you can also be a part of:
(photo by Curse, with me wearing a sandstorm inspired version of the Geisha Top and Skirt and a Byzantine Headdress)
If you think you'd be interested in participating, please get in touch with Kyle, who is holding the keys to the kingdom.