Erin Faith Allen

Ghost Ranch 2018 FAQ

Frequently asked questions

A watercolor paint box with a banner and a photo of Erin Faith Allen. Text reads Ghost Ranch Art Retreat, Abiquiu NM, April 25-30, 2018 

Location & Travel

Where exactly is the location?

Ghost Ranch is located 65 miles northwest of Santa Fe (forty miles beyond Española) on U.S. 84 between mile markers 224 and 225. More information can be found on the Ghost Ranch site: Getting Here.

What are the nearest airports?

     :::     Albuquerque Sunport is the nearest major airport, 130 miles south of Ghost Ranch.

     :::     Santa Fe Municipal Airport: American Eagle Airlines is currently operating four daily flights out of Santa Fe to and from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and one daily flight from Los Angeles. United Airlines has non-stop jet service from Denver.

How can I get to the retreat center?

We highly recommend that you rent a car so you can explore the area and get around. It is worth connecting in our Facebook group to organise car shares with other attendees arriving at the same airport.

Can I arrive early to the retreat?

Registration/arrival will begin at 3pm on Wednesday April 25th, so please be aware that we will only be available after this time. If you want to arrive to the area earlier, we would recommend staying overnight in Santa Fe and then traveling to the retreat center on Wednesday. Santa Fe is 2 hours drive. OR you can stay at the Abiquiu Inn which is 20 minutes from Ghost Ranch and next to the Georgia House/Studio tour and close to other attractions

There are also great walking trails at Ghost Ranch, so you can arrive early morning and explore before registrations opens at 3pm.

Schedule & Extra Activities

What is the schedule of events? Can I have downtime or are there activities planned throughout the whole time of the retreat?

We understand that you want to get the most out of your time away which also includes rest, relaxation and downtime. We keep evening activities to a minimum so you can enjoy free time, and we have the following schedule penciled in:

Wednesday 25th April 2018
From 3pm – Arrival and settle in
5:30 pm – Dinner
6:30 pm – Welcome gathering (informal) with a circle and fire.

Thursday – Sunday
Workshops: 9am – 4:30pm
Meal times are: breakfast 7:30 am, lunch 12 pm, dinner 5:30pm.

Thursday and Friday evenings
There will be free time on Thursday and Friday evenings for you to enjoy as you would like.

Saturday evening
We will hold a vendor night after dinner on Saturday. Space is limited. We will be in contact nearer the retreat date to invite you to book a table.

Sunday evening
Closing circle

The time / activity schedule may change as we get closer to the date of the retreat.

Optional Thursday, Friday or Saturday Evening: O’Keeffe Landscape Trail Ride at Sunset

These trail rides (for riders of all skill levels) are a Ghost Ranch speciality and offer a unique chance to spend time in the astonishing landscape within which the ranch nestles. Guided through the journey by a bona fide cowboy with rich historical and local knowledge, the trail route passes Georgia O’Keefe’s house and provides you with this opportunity to see the property which cannot be accessed any other way!

The rides costs $85 per person and are run by the ranch wranglers not by us! All monies must be paid directly to the wranglers on the day of your ride.

The rides were an instant sell out last year and once you have paid for your retreat place in full we recommend you book your place immediately by contacting Polly specifying which evening you want to book from Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Please remember that if you wish to have a table at the Art Market you will not be able to join the Saturday ride!


photo credits: Danielle Cohen


Payment & Cancellations

Can I secure my place with a deposit and pay the rest later?

Yes, we are offering an initial deposit of $450 if you cannot pay in full now. This enables you to secure your spot and then pay in full later on. Please see the full payment deadline/cancellation terms below and on the registration form.

What if I need to cancel my retreat reservation?

Any cancellations occurring up to January 1, 2018 will result in a return of your payment less a $450 cancellation fee. For cancellations occurring on or after January 1, 2018 we will not be offering refunds, and there will be no exceptions for any reason.

What are the guidelines for a payment plan?

If you select the deposit option, please carefully read the following terms: Your deposit serves as your agreement to the above terms, and must be paid in full by March 1, 2018. If your full fee is not received by March 1, 2018, your deposit will be retained and you will lose your place. You will be responsible for submitting your payments and including a PayPal fee of $20 per payment that you send.

Other Questions

What should I bring?

As well as your clothes and class materials, you might want to bring the following:
Snacks for between meal times or evenings (see below).
Rain gear and an umbrella
Protection from the sun
Bug repellent
A camera - You’ll want to capture memories of your stay!

Is there phone service and wifi?

Cell phones get a signal at the entrance to Ghost Ranch by the City Slickers cabin, but it is inconsistent everywhere else on the Ranch. You may want to let your friends and family know that coverage is intermittent and in case of emergency you may be reached by calling (505)685-1000 ext. 0.

There are a few Wi-Fi hot spots for internet connections around the Ranch. Service is sometimes intermittent and slow due to satellite and weather conditions.

What do I need to know about being at a such high altitude?

Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch are over a mile above sea level. Altitude sickness can affect people of any fitness, age or body type. You may feel tired, headachy or dizzy until you adjust. Your sleep may be disrupted and you may feel nauseous, if you are more affected. Take care on walks at first. Drink plenty of water, as in the dry air sweat evaporates quickly and you may not notice how much water you are losing.  You can also get sunburned and intoxicated faster in higher elevation, so you might wish to avoid alcoholic beverages, and bring plenty of sunscreen with you.

Can I connect to other participants before the retreat?

Yes absolutely! In March 2018, we will invite you to the private Ghost Ranch Retreat Facebook group, so you can all get to know each other and arrange travel, sightseeing or other fun activities if you plan to stay in the area longer. 

What if I'm hungry or thirsty between meals? Or if I've forgotten something?

The dining room is closed between meals, so consider bringing your favorite snacks. You may wish to bring a travel mug to grab an extra coffee or cup of tea on the way out after eating. Drinking water is freely available in every building.

There is a shop on site, at the Welcome Centre, with snacks, drinks, mementos and some necessities. Generally, their hours are similar to ours, so double check these and plan ahead.

The picturesque Bode's General Store is 18 miles away in Abiquiu, and stocks a wide variety of snacks and essentials. From their website: Bode's has been serving the Northern New Mexico community, being of service to travelers, hunters, pilgrims, stray artists and bandits since 1893. You're welcome to stop. You'll never know what or who you'll find here!

I eat a vegan/gluten-free/dairy-free (etc.) diet. What are my meal options?

The Ranch Dining Hall serves three canteen-style meals a day, with a vegetarian option at each meal. There is a salad bar at lunch and dinner each day, and they serve soups several times a week at lunch and dinner. While the Dining Hall offers gluten-free items and vegan dishes at some meals, it is not always available. Please let us know via the special request portion of the registration form if you have any special dietary requirements so we can do our best to ensure these are available.

If you have any other questions at all, please email Polly.