Traveling to Retreats

If you get overwhelmed making travel arrangements, I’m totally with you. It is harder to get places than it used to be, so let us all collectively groan about travel… and sigh… and then remember it’s worth it to get the renewal we crave. Travel is an adventure poem!

And if you worry about being away from home and what will you eat and wear and what will the people be like, yes, me, too! But then I think about never leaving home and how that will shape my future, and I start packing my bag.

That said, more info can help fear dissolve or at least, let you pack. See if the info here helps and if it doesn’t, email us and we will help more. jen at jenniferlouden dot com

Questions I would Ask if I were Coming to Taos to the Famous Writing Retreat

Can I get there in one day or do I have to come the night before?

You can get there in one day from most locations. You need to be in Taos no later than 6 pm. 5 would be better. 3 is delicious. We offer a “getting settled” yoga class and a chair massage starting at 4.

Where do I fly into?

Albuquerque International Sunport in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It takes about 3 hours to drive to Taos. The shuttle takes a bit longer, depending on how many stops. If you do take the shuttle, buy a ticket only one way because you might be able to get a ride back to the airport with someone.

What time do we end on July 30th?

We end at 11:30 am. We end on time because many people need to leave. You will be all packed up and ready to go.

Can I share a ride with someone?

As soon as you register, Deb will add you to a Google Group where people are saying hi and coordinating rental car rides and shares. Renting a car or sharing one is the easiest way to get to Taos. If you can’t afford to share a car, offer $50-70 bucks toward the rental for a ride up and back.

What do we eat?

The best food imaginable! Truly amazingly healthy, diverse, delish meals! MDL does a pretty good job with vegetarian and gluten free.You can store a small amount of food in the fridges if you have more special needs. Soy and rice milk are provided, and fruit and nuts are available all day. And the most divine baked goods. There are often boiled eggs, too.

Is everybody a hot shot writer?

Not at all! Some people are journaling, some are sketching or working in art journals, others have a very specific project to finish. Books have been published as a result of this retreat but far more souls have been replenished.

Do we get our work critiqued?

No! Taos is about space and a loving container to listen to your creative muse. I do teach everyday but it’s 90% about how to get out of your own way and only 15% craft. We do make space for you to read your work but there is no commenting. It’s a very safe space that allows great writing and feeling to flow.

Travel Questions I would Ask if I were Coming to Kripalu to the Luscious, Creative Comfort Retreat

Where is it?


Do you have to do yoga, be young and eat only leaves and bark to come?

No! There are lots of nubile bodies at Kripalu but there are far more middle aged, unflexible, never even been on a retreat bodies. And men! Come with your sweetie. I bring Bob and he does the R&R program or a class while I teach.

What’s the closest airport?

Albany, New York.

What’s the best way to get there?

It really depends on where you are coming from. Very complete travel options are here. Including GPS navigation and ride sharing options plus plane, trains, and yaks.

What would I wear?

Comfy clothes! Pj’s, sweats, yoga clothes, your tiara – you can really wear anything and fit in. We will do some movement and relaxation so comfy rules. As in no pinching bra straps or waistbands.

Is the food so healthy I’ll hate it and starve plus have really bad gas?

If you eat fast food as a matter of course or a lot of pre-packaged food, you might find the food a bit of a jolt. That said, there is a little snack bar where you can buy ice cream! chips! and coffee! so don’t worry if you must have these things. Of all the retreat centers I have taught at, I enjoy Kripalu’s food the most. It’s tasty, a huge variety, dessert on Saturday night.

What do we do during the retreat?

We make space for what wants to come and for you to catch up with yourself. We talk about savoring and saving the world and where your unique sweet spot is.  This are both deeply soulful retreats that will change you and they are fun, restorative, ease-filled. It’s a magical mix.

Really good stuff happens.

We do all this by slowing down, breathing, stretching, having juicy conversations, journaling, collage making, and lots of other bits that encourage you to end your battle with yourself and cultivate peace and compassion.

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