Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and you will receive notice of your acceptance status within two weeks of applying. Early application is highly encouraged. Once the workshop has accepted six artists, a waiting list will be started. Wait listed applicants will be notified if spaces come available (see more below). We cannot accept applicants under the age of 21.
Upon acceptance, a $500 deposit is required to reserve space in a workshop with your preferred lodging. The deposit is due within 7 days of acceptance. We can accept personal checks, Venmo and PayPal for credit card payments. The balance for the workshop/lodging is due 90 days before the session begins. Trip insurance is required of all participants, in case of cancellation.
- Cancellations made 121 days or more prior to workshop start date - tuition and deposit are refundable, less a service charge of $150.
- Cancellations made between 91 and 120 days prior to workshop start date - tuition is refundable, less the deposit and a $150 service charge.
- Cancellations made 90 days or less prior to a workshop start date - tuition and deposit are NON-REFUNDABLE for any reason. You will need to file a claim with your travel insurance for a refund of the workshop fee and related travel expenses. Trip insurance is required of all participants.
You will be sent the full cancellation policy upon acceptance; this policy must be reviewed and signed with return of your deposit. If you do need to cancel your place in the workshop, please let us know as far in advance as possible.
All workshop attendees are required to complete a liability waiver that will be returned with your deposit. All participants must supply an emergency contact number. Travel insurance is required of all participants.
Daily self-administered negative antigen tests and up-to-date vaccinations are required to participate in the workshop. Most of our activities will be outdoors, and masks are suggested for shared public indoor spaces and shared vehicles. If a participant tests positive at any time immediately before or during the workshop, they will need to withdraw from the workshop. Participants must supply their own self-tests for each day of the workshop.
Fitness level: Basic fitness is required. You should be able to walk for up to two miles on uneven terrain. You will be responsible for backpacking your water, art supplies, and personal incidentals to our field locations.
Altitude: We will be working at altitudes from 7,000 to 9,000 feet above sea level. If you are arriving from lower altitudes, it is advised to arrive to the area at least 24 hours in advance to start acclimating.
When the workshop reaches the maximum enrollment, we start a waiting list. There is no charge or deposit required to be on the waiting list. If space becomes available for an accepted applicant, we contact the first person on the list. That person then has 48 hours to register before we move on to the next person on the list.
Each workshop requires a minimum enrollment of five participants. If the enrollment is below five participants 60 days before the workshop begins, we reserve the right to cancel the workshop, and a full refund of all monies will be issued.
All participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the workshop site. Once on-site we consolidate into a smaller number of vehicles for driving into the field. Some field sites require driving on maintained dirt roads, and all are accessible by a normal vehicle in dry weather (4x4 capability not required).
As this is a retreat for practicing artists, we cannot accommodate partners or spouses who are not participating in the workshop, nor may children attend. The application process is required for all participants. We also cannot accept participants under the age of 21. Please indicate on the application form if you are applying in conjunction with another person. Given the layout of the retreat facility, each participant has their own room to use as personal space and studio; if you are applying with a participating partner, you will each have an individual space and will each be responsible for the full per-person fee.
Cellular phone signals will generally be reliable at the workshop site, where there is also mostly-reliable WiFi. When we are in the field, however, cell signals will be spotty at best, and Jemez Springs does not have good cell reception. Consider this an occasion to go off-line.
There are destinations you may want to visit that are not included in our itinerary (i.e., the Chaco Culture National Historical Park or Ojo Caliente Hot Springs). For early arrivals, we recommend staying in the village of Jemez Springs. Please do not check into the workshop venue earlier than the first day of the gathering, as we will be setting up for the group.