Sun, Apr 26 | Abiquiu Lake and Studio One Thirty Nine

CLOSED - The Artful Life Retreat I (April, 2020)

Join us on a journey to create an Artful Life in New Mexico's Land of Enchantment.
Registration is Closed
CLOSED - The Artful Life Retreat I (April, 2020)

Time & Location

Apr 26, 2020, 4:00 PM – May 01, 2020, 12:00 PM
Abiquiu Lake and Studio One Thirty Nine, Abiquiu, NM

About the Event


Imagine a retreat with luxury accommodations on Abiquiu Lake, where 360' vistas in every direction will leave you in awe, and where you will expand your creative element under the guidance of renowned artists in a wonderful river studio.  Imagine rejuvenating your soul and immersing yourself in art, culture, history, friendship and personal discovery.

Join your hosts - artists Debra Fritts, Frank Shelton, and hospitality hosts Carolyn and Tom Calfee - at this luxury retreat where you will connect the spirit of art and the soul of the land in beautiful Abiquiu, New Mexico.  This land is both spiritual and magical, and is the perfect playground for like-minded people to take a journey on a soulful adventure that connects the land with spirit and art.  You do not have to be an artist to take this journey!

A minimum of eight participants are required and we must cap participants at 16.


Every morning we will wake in a gorgeous setting on Abiquiu Lake, followed by a sit down breakfast together at The Grand Hacienda Bed and Breakfast.  Morning sessions will open our minds to allow freeing, creative and new thinking to enter our daily lives. Morning walks to the lake, exploring the land, meditation and journaling sessions - each day will start with liberating and thought-provoking activities. 

Afternoon sessions will include three studio sessions at Studio One Thirty Nine, the studio of Debra and Frank, where you will connect the beauty and spirit of this magical land with amazing creations.  Experiment with clay under the guidance of reknown artist Debra Fritts.  Explore creativity and find your own voice using mixed media with artist Frank Shelton. Journal your experience. Stay in paradise.

Excursions will allow us to connect to the local history and culture of this area. Enjoy a traditional horno cooking class, visit local artists’ studio; kick-back at an authentic cowboy cookout; experience walks and tours at Ghost Ranch and Plaza Blanca; and more. This exposure to creative thinking and daily observations will open the “self” to move forward and experience a full artful life. You will discover that one does not have to be a full-time studio artist to live an artful life.  In fact, we encourage people with diverse backgrounds and passions to join us on this journey.

A full agenda will be posted in early 2020.


 Accommodations for the retreat will be held in the immaculate and luxury Abiquiu Vacation Homes homes/guest rooms on 43 acres overlooking the beautiful Abiquiu Lake, each with its own lake view, portal, hot tub and fire pit, situated between the cities of Taos and Santa Fe: The Casita del Lago, Abiquiu Lake Mesa, The Studios of Abiquiu Lake, and the new and amazing The Grand Hacienda Bed & Breakfast Experience - which will open in early 2020.   Room reservations will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Book early to secure the room of your choice. Rooms can only be reserved after you have signed up for and paid your deposit for the workshop. We will keep a waiting list in case your first room choice is not available when you register.  

Lodging Choices - All lodging options have hot tubs available on site and all are located in the same general area. Breakfast will be served at The Grand Hacienda each morning.

 The Casita del Lago Lakefront Vacation Home:

  • King Bedroom/Private Bath in Shared House: $3,600
  • Queen Bedroom/Private Bath in Shared House: $3,400 (This room also has twin bunk beds in the room. If you register with your own group of 3 or 4 for this room (shared bathroom), the cost is $3,000 per person.)

Abiquiu Lake Mesa Vacation Home:

  • King Bedroom/Private Bath, Private House: $3,800

The Grand Hacienda Bed and Breakfast (luxury private rooms/ baths/portals and shared kitchenette)

  • Rio Chama King Bedroom/Private Bath: $3,800
  • Abiquiu Lake King Bedroom/Private Bath: $3,800
  • O’Keeffe King Bedroom/Private Bath: $3,800

Queen Studio Room:

  • El Sol Guest Room/Private Bath: $3,000 - SOLD OUT
  • La Luna Guest Room/Private Bath: $3,000


The retreat fee is all inclusive and includes lodging, workshops, classes, art supplies, tour fees, and meals. Costs range from $2,700 - $3,800 per person, depending on the lodging selected. A $300 credit is available for those choosing to share a room/bed. A spouse/partner fee of $1,900 includes lodging, breakfasts and dinners, and entrance to tours - but does not include daily workshops (meditation, journaling, clay, mixed media). An early-bird $100 discount for full participants (spouse reservations excluded) will be applied to registrations made by January 15, 2020.

Reserve your spot with a $500 deposit by completing the reservation form on this site.  We will validate lodging availability and email you an invoice for payment through a secure system.  Once paid, you will receive confirmation of your room selection. The remaining balance will be due in two installments: 50% of the balance due six months prior to the retreat and the final 50% due three months prior to the retreat. A waiting list will be held.

Registration is Closed

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