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 Rejuvenate Your Creativity in the Magic of Taos!
Friday- Tuesday February 15-19, 2019

 
 
Dear Creative Tribe Member,

 
It is my pleasure to invite you to join me in a winter retreat in enchanting Taos, New Mexico Friday - Tuesday, February 15 -19, 2019 to discover new ways to access your creative voice and make it a greater part of your life. A Valentine's gift to yourself.


 
There is something about a cozy winter day, surrounded by the majesty of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, snow falling outside and a fire crackling inside, high on the intoxication of being not only in Taos, but being at the Mabel Dodge Luhan house. Or maybe it's those five-star three-course meals Mabel's is famous for that inspire you to invest in a little pampering and rejuvenation.
 
What's in it for you?
 
1. The Creativity Contagion - The creative activities you will get lost in are designed to unleash your passion about the creativity you love, learn to make more time for them,  as well as turn you on to new methods of creating art and writing. They go in the "backdoor" of creativity so doubts, resistance, and hesitation is whipped.

 
2. A Creative Voice deepened or awakened from your authenticity in collaboration with irresistible, odd-ball creative prompts that trick you into going places you may not have. 
 
3. Easy Tools that make it easy to get started when you've been experiencing resistance, stifling perfectionism, fear, difficulty finding the time, being unfocused, or captivity to habits that don't serve your creativity. For use long after the retreat is over

 
4. If you don't think you are creative, you will have proof that you are. If you're a writer you will find a New Flow and discover yourself as an artist. If you're an artist you will find out how easy it is to discover words. If you are an artist or a writer you will discover new freeing techniques.
 
5. The Inspiration, Enchantment and Rejuvenation of being in Taos at Mabel's where many creative greats came to do the same. You will have space and time to wander creatively and physical in and around town. The Rio Grande Gorge is close-by for a thrilling experience.

 
6. A lot of Laughter and New Friends. My retreats attract authentic, down-to-earth, fun, unpretentious people. Several long-term friendships have started at these retreats including some of my own.
 
7. A Private Concert from local singer songwriter Kate Mann and cellist Mark Dudrow. They've been wowing us for the last 6 years with haunting original music as well as traditional tunes.

 
9. Pampering and nourishment with some of the most memorable food of my lifetime. A cozy room with lots of character and views of the plains, mountains, and the enchanting Taos sky.

 
This retreat is NOT about: Art or writing critique, comparison, pressure, being perfect at anything, rigid schedules and high expectations, Tupperware, pressure to be anyone or anything other than the beautiful person you already are. It's a time to relax, rediscover who you are, and explore some new tools for both a creative mind and a creative life.

 
 
Your tribe is getting together at Mabel's[1] so the creative juju is turned up high. It could be because the energy of Georgia O'Keefe, D.H. Lawrence, Ansel Adams, Dennis Hopper, Martha Graham, and many more creative greats who have stayed there, is still lurking in the architecture. Let's swing in the rafters.[2]   It's a great way to start 2019.
[1] The Mabel Dodge Luhan house was a home of artist Mabel Dodge Luhan and was a haven for artists and writers. "It is one of the earliest examples of Pueblo Revival style in Taos" and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1991. Each of the rooms is uniquely decorated and named after one of the artists, photographers, or writers who stayed there. It's kinda magical.

[2] For trapeze artists only.

 
"I thought your workshop was going to be great - I just didn't know HOW great.  I've been to tons of workshops and retreats, have facilitated some myself, and yours far exceeded any expectations I had. Your ability to help us open up, use our inner demons  (and joy) to expand our creativity, and grow community in only 5 days is quite amazing."
~Marilyn Venegas
President at Look No Hands 


 "Wow, what can I say about an ordinary girl who thought she didn't have any creativity going to a "Creative Workshop!" In my mind, I would think "Are you crazy!" My journey through this workshop had opened a door to a world I would never have found. Thank you for unlocking my door."
~Nancy Fox

 
"WOW!!! I feel a change in so many ways.   I would not change a thing. Your gracious gifts you shared and the gifts of others will linger for a long time to come. 'WAY COOL' ;-)" ~Carol Baker

 
I’m still coming down from the high of the retreat.  The place is without a doubt magical, but it would not be the same without Jill’s careful shepherding of the group, holding space for tapping into the parts of ourselves where the gold is, along with all of the other things we carry, keeping us focused on moving through to a place of creative fire.  This was a mining expedition, a simultaneous refilling of and pulling from the well.  In so much gratitude for walking alongside Jill, as our mentor, and the multitudes of wonderful, brave and talented women with whom this week was spent, and all the ghosts of the past who continue to whisper as we gather in their collective spirit, “you are a maker, so make, make!” ~Adriane Giberson, Artist, Workshop Leader, Writer
What's the Cost Include?
 
Rates include:
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches and  3 gourmet dinners (all three-courses catered by Taos' finest chefs) in the Mabel Lodge Dining Hall.
  • Lodging in one of Mabel's historic rooms (unless you choose the commuter price).
  • Writing, art, and improv workshops
  • Selected materials
  • Gifts, souvenirs, and surprises
  • Yoga Classes
  • Private Sunday night Concert with an encore performance from local singer/songwriters, Kate Mann and Mark Dudrow
  • What a deal! I'm keeping the price as low as I can so you can make it, but you might want to see it as an investment in your creativity, connections that you will want to keep, and being alive!
There will be plenty of time to wander into town to immerse yourself in the magic of Taos or even slip up to Ski Valley Sunday afternoon.

 
 
 
Sign-up Here:


The Muse in Winter fills up quickly so if you want to join us, jump in. I limit it to 16 people to keep it intimate.  Rooms are assigned on a first come basis when you register; they will be indicate as occupied if you try to reserve on-line because they are reserved for the retreat.
 
The retreat begins at 4:30pm Friday night for an informal welcome workshop before our 6pm dinner and ends lunch Tuesday after a  12pm lunch. (If your travel plans make it difficult to be there at 4:30 on Friday, just try to make it for dinner). If you need to leave early on Tuesday, please let me know.
 
If you want to come a day early or stay a day later, make your arrangements with Mabel's. They will give you a discount.
 
Remember this is for 5 days and 4 nights, divide the cost by 4 and you'll see what a deal it is. This is a historical landmark and a highly desirable destination. Dinner is catered by gourmet chefs that keep health in mind and are a $35 value (included in your cost)- and WORTH it - People are in awe of the meals, they are a big part of the nurturing experience.
 
PAID IN FULL
 
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OR FOUR PAYMENTS
 
 
 
PAID in FULL
 Companion who's not in the Workshop but joins us at meal time  $650 Includes three meals a day except for the night we go out, and four nights with companion. Plus the concert and salons in the evening which are great fun.

 
OR FOUR PAYMENTS
Companion who's not in Workshop $157.50 x 4 Includes three meals a day except for the night we go out, and four nights board with companion. Plus the concert and salons in the evening which are great fun.
 
 Commuter Rate: Also available if Mabel's is full.
 
Additional Services:
One-on-one smart camera instruction $35 (45 minutes)
Pair up with someone for smart camera instruction $17.50 a piece
Creativity Coaching session with Jill 45 minutes $55 (regularly $125)
 
IF YOU HAVE TO CANCEL  
 If you cancel after Nov 30 and we can fill your place, we will refund everything minus $25. If we cannot fill your spot, we cannot refund any monies due to our contract with the Mable Dodge Luhan House.
 
 
Travel arrangements:
To get to Taos you can fly into Albuquerque and take a shuttle
but often rental cars are almost as reasonable as shuttles in New Mexico so you may want to check into that.
There is a free bus from Santa Fe- take at your own risk. 
If your flight arrives after dark, it is advised that you stay in Santa Fe or Albuquerque the night and drive in the morning. If you do this the first day of the retreat, you will be compensated the first night of your Mabel's stay. (but you'll miss dinner!)

Mabel's is walking distance to the center of Taos.
Also, many people return around the same time to Albuquerque so may be able to get a ride back.

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IF YOU HAVE TO CANCEL  
 
If you cancel after Sept 30 and we can fill your place, we will refund everything minus $150. If we cannot fill your spot, we cannot refund any monies due to our contract with the Mable Dodge Luhan House.
 
 
Payment Terms
Refund less $25 by September 30, 2018

After that partial refund only if space is filled.
Balance due 8 weeks before retreat 

 
 
Some reviews
"You have an uncanny ability to draw creativity out of everyone. I took my writing to places I hadn't thought possible at the Taos retreat.  I was stuck with my art but your permission to break the rules and your off-the-wall techniques returned me to creative expression with effortlessness and fun. Thank you! Plus the FOOD - yum!!" ~Jane
 
"Life has it's highs and lows. This was certainly a life changing high. Yes it's better than therapy and so much cheaper! ~Sue Gilbert
 
"The best retreat I have ever been on. I felt loved and ready to move forward when it was over." ~Debbie
 
"You have an unmatched ability to bring any type of person into creative welcoming and joyous space. I am so grateful to spend so much quality time working under your positive influence." ~Carlin
 
"Wow, what can I say about an ordinary girl who thought she didn't have any creativity going to a "Creative Workshop!" In my mind, I would think "Are you crazy!" My journey through this workshop had opened a door to a world I would never have found. Thank you for unlocking my door." ~Nancy Fox
 
My Taos experience was so exquisite! Jill wove such love and openness around us, allowing for a banquet of creative experiences." ~Mary Behr
 
 
 
Jill Badonsky
 
 
 
About Jill
Jill Badonsky, M.Ed. is an internationally recognized workshop leader, inspirational humorist, multimedia artist, poet, and author of four books on the creative process including the award winning The Awe-manac: A Daily Dose of Wonder. Jill is the founder of Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Certification Training.
kaizenmuse.com
 
She is a certified yoga teacher and has been teaching yoga for over 30 years. This is her seventh year doing retreats at the Mabel Dodge Luhan house.

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