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 Rejuvenate Your Creativity in the Magic of Taos!
February 14-18, 2018

We Are FULL - But will be back next year

or sign-up for Camp Creative Thunder in July
"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

It is my pleasure to invite you to join me in a winter retreat in enchanting Taos, New Mexico Wednesday - Sunday, February 14 -18, 2018 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.
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 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
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. Learn new Photographic Techniques with Snapseed turning photos of surroundings and your art into masterpieces in less than five minutes.

8. A Private Concert from local singer songwriter Kate Mann and cellist Mark Dudrow
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 and mountains.

This retreat is NOT about: Art or writing critique, being perfect at anything, rigid schedules and high expectations, Tupperware, pressure to be anyone or anything other than the beautiful person you already are.
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 2018.
[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.
[2] For trapeze artists only.

What's the Cost Include?
Rates include:
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches and a 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 with most materials
  • 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 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:
We're full... see you in July or next February
Taos fills up quickly so if you want to join us, jump in. I limit it to 15 people to keep it intimate.  Rooms are assigned on a first come basis  when you register; you don't reserve them on-line so don't try ;).
The retreat begins at 4:30pm Wednesday night for an informal welcome workshop before our 6pm dinner and goes through lunch Sunday at 12pm. (If your travel plans make it difficult to be there at 4:30, just try to make it for dinner). 
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 that I pay (included in your cost)- and WORTH it - People are in awe of the meals, they are a big part of the nurturing experience.
If you cancel after Nov 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 $50 by September 30, 2017

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

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.
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.

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 three 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.
She is a certified yoga teacher and has been teaching yoga for over 30 years. This is her sixth year doing retreats at the Mabel Dodge Luhan house. > only available on laptops and P.C.s

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