The price of the Retreat includes the cost of your room at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House and all meals and afternoon snacks. Rooms are assigned. Please let us know ASAP if you will bring a spouse/partner/friend/significant other and if you require a ground floor room. This information may affect room assignments. Rooms are similar but not identical. Non-standard construction is among the pleasures of the Mabel Dodge Luhan House, but it means that we cannot guarantee a specific room. We do our best to match available rooms with the special needs of participants, so please let us know if you have special needs. Please bring your own personal supplies such as hair dryers, shampoo, etc.
Taos is approximately a three-hour drive north of the Albuquerque airport (called, officially, the Sunport). Whatever route north you take, you will eventually be on the one main road into Taos (Route 68). As you pass the outskirts and shops thicken, the road narrows and winds uphill. At the plaza stoplight, turn right on Kit Carson Road (US 64). Two blocks down Kit Carson Road, turn left on Morada Lane. Turn left again at the end of the paved road and enter the gravel parking lot for the Mabel Dodge Luhan House. The main house, where you check in, is up a flight of wooden stairs between huge cottonwoods. Check in at the reservation area through a door off the living room in the main house.
Anyone who wishes to take a bus to Taos from the Albuquerque airport can make reservations and get information from Twin Hearts shuttle service at (505) 751-1201.
Our rooms at the Luhan House will be available after 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, and you are welcome to check in any time after that. (The staff asks that we not arrive early) There is a very informal wine-and-cheese gathering at approximately 5:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Luhan House, and dinner will be served in the adjacent dining room at 6:00. At 7:30, we gather in the classroom for a brief orientation followed by the evening gathering. Dress is always casual, which means you should wear whatever you like. Shorts, jeans, tee-shirts are fine. Comfort rules. Bolos optional.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served family-style at the Luhan House dining room, and each meal includes options for vegetarians. Please let us know if you have particular dietary needs.
There are no phone connections in the rooms at the Luhan House. In the main house, there is a phone from which you can make local and credit card calls. During working hours, a staff member usually sits at the Luhan House reservation desk and can take incoming messages.
If you need to check e-mail, a wireless Internet connection is available most of the time in the lobby of the Luhan House but not elsewhere.
We will have a laptop PC connected to a printer available for your use throughout the retreat. Printing options include: working on the Retreat laptop and printing directly from there; hooking your laptop up to our printer; using a flash drive with our laptop/printer. We strongly suggest bringing a laptop for your own writing, and a flash drive for printing. There is no internet access in the classroom.
You do NOT need a computer for the morning classroom sessions, where we display a strong bias toward paper-and-pen.
It's a mountain town, at 9,000 feet. Summer weather is variable, often cool in the morning, hot in the afternoon, cool at night. Thunderstorms cruise in abruptly. Be prepared for hot, cold, wet, dry - sometimes all in the same day.
Our last full session is Friday evening. It ends late, so please plan to stay through Friday night if at all possible. Saturday breakfast is served. Check out time is posted, usually 10:00 a.m.
All questions about finances should be addressed to Lois Montoya at firstname.lastname@example.org or (505) 272-1468. Jeanne Bereiter, email@example.com is happy to answer - or at least respond to all other questions.
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