The residential workshop begins Friday afternoon with a group gathering and dinner in the early evening, and concludes with a Wednesday morning departure; the workshop fee includes five nights of lodging. Check-in is at 3:00, and departure is by 11:00.
The application period is currently open, and ends on April 1, 2023. 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, especially if you have a lodging preference. All applications are reviewed and processed in order of receipt. 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).
April 14, 2023: Deadline to cancel registration (for deposit refund less a $100 cancellation fee).
April 15, 2023: Workshop and lodging payment due in full.
Upon acceptance, a $300 deposit is required to reserve space in a workshop with your preferred lodging. The deposit is due within 5 days of acceptance. We can accept personal checks and PayPal for credit card payments. The balance for the workshop/lodging is due on April 15, 2023. If payment in full is not received by the due date, you risk forfeiting your deposit, enrollment and lodging space, and may also incur a cancellation fee.
To cancel your workshop registration, please notify us by April 14, 2023, and we will refund your deposit, less a cancellation fee of $100. It is our policy to send documentation of the refund for your records. If you do need to cancel, please let us know as far in advance as possible, to make your space available to another artist. No deposit refunds will be issued for cancellations made after April 15, 2023.
If you have paid in full and must cancel within 30 days prior the start of the workshop, you forfeit your $300 deposit, and your remaining payment will only be refunded if your spot is filled by an artist on the waiting list. If your spot cannot be filled, we cannot issue a refund.
All participants must supply an emergency contact number. Travel insurance is required.
Proof of Covid-19 vaccination and daily negative antigen tests are required to participate in the workshop. Most of our activities will be outdoors, and masks are requested for shared public indoor spaces and shared vehicles. Antigen test kits are provided for self-testing before we gather each morning, and are included in the workshop fee. If a participant tests positive at any time during the workshop, they will need to withdraw, receiving a partial refund.
Fitness level: Basic fitness is required. You should be able to walk for up to a mile 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 8,000 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.
The workshop requires a minimum enrollment of four participants. If the enrollment is below four participants on April 15, 2023, the workshop will be canceled and a full refund will be issued.
Lodging will be assigned on a first-come basis for accepted participants. On the application form, please rank your preferences:
All lodging requests will be processed in order of receipt, according to your stated preference on the form. If an option is not acceptable (i.e., no shared room), please also indicate this on the form. Please consult the Lodging page for more details on each room.
All participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the workshop site in Cuba, NM. Cuba is located 90 miles north of the Albuquerque SunPort, a scenic drive up Highway 550. 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). Airport transportation can be arranged with Lyft or Uber, if you do not wish to rent a vehicle (approx $150 each way).
As this is foremost a retreat for practicing artists, we cannot accommodate partners or spouses who are not participating in the workshop. The application process is required for all participants. We also cannot accept participants under the age of 18. Please indicate on the application form if you are applying in conjunction with another person and would like to share a room.
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. 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 nearby 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.