What airport do I fly into?
Boise, Idaho (BOI)
What time should I book my flights?
You can arrive anytime before Tuesday, February 20 (or Tuesday, May 1) at about 11 a.m....the Brave Bus will pick up at the Boise Airport at 11:30 a.m. and proceed on to pick up at the Hilton Garden Inn at 145 E Riverside Drive, Eagle, ID, at 12:00 (noon). You will need to meet the Brave Bus at either location.
Your departing flight can be anytime after about 1:00 p.m. on the following Saturday, February 24 (or May 5). The Brave Bus will return you to either the Hilton (approx 11 a.m.) or the Boise Airport (approx 11:30 a.m.).
Where will I sleep? The Lodge has 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms; each bedroom has a different number and configuration of beds. 7 of the beds are queens and will be shared by two women. There are also several twin beds available (some are upper bunks). To be guaranteed a twin of your own, register early! First come, first served. (the available twin beds are taken for the February retreat). Shared beds will be by assignment unless friends come together and make special requests. Sorry, no private rooms are available. We do provide ear plugs and do all we can to make sure everyone is cozy and comfortable. :) Kathy will contact you well before the retreat to finalize your room assignment.
Where should I stay if I need lodging before and after the Retreat? We recommend the Hilton Garden Inn at 145 Riverside Drive Eagle, Idaho, 208-938-9600, but you'll want to book asap as they do fill up. That is where the Brave Bus will pick everyone up at noon on Tuesday, February 20 (or May 1), and return you about noon on Saturday, February 24 (or May 5) but there are countless other lodging options in the area. Remember that transportation is on your own before and after that Brave Bus picks you up, so if you stay at another location, you will need to arrange for a taxi to take you to either the Airport or the Hilton at pickup time.
What kind of weather should I expect?
For the February retreat, prepare for chilly weather with snow likely. If you choose to join us on our outings, you will need cold-weather gear including snow boots, a warm coat, gloves, and so on.
For the May retreat, prepare for cool, rainy weather (including rain boots if you want to go walking with us). But it might also be lovely and sunny and warm!
What should I bring with me?
See list above...and remember that this is a REMOTE location. Be sure to bring everything with you that you might need for the week, including medications.
What about computers and phones?
We will be 100% unplugged at this writing retreat. We ask that you leave your laptops and iPads and such at home and turn OFF cell phones for the duration of camp (except a laptop or tablet for writing if that's what you prefer). This is a very important part of what makes this time so special. Don’t worry — your loved ones will have an emergency contact number so that you can be reached if needed. You deserve this to be the best experience possible and unplugging is a critical part of that. (When was the last time you were in a room with a group of people where no one was texting or checking their messages?) You’ll be able to really focus on yourself and your story and making connections with your fellow writers. Trust us – it’ll be okay.
Feel free to use your smart-phone camera for taking photographs.
Can you work around food allergies?
We can definitely feed you if you have food allergies or intolerances! If you need a special menu, just let us know and we’ll make sure that your meals are delicious and awesome so that you can have a stellar experience just like anyone else.
What happens after I register?
Kathy will be contacting you personally to answer any questions and to finalize your sleeping arrangements and so on. She will also provide you with emergency contact information for you to give to your peeps for while you are away.
Should I be worried about motion sickness on the drive up and back? There are stretches of road that are quite twisty. If you are prone to motion sickness, you will definitely want to take Dramamine or whatever precautions or medications you generally take to prevent motion sickness.
Is this retreat for women only? Yes (Note: As this is not a couple's retreat, it would not be appropriate for two women in a primary love relationship to attend this retreat together.)
What ages are appropriate for this Retreat? 18 to 108 And we honestly forget about age and all those other labels once we get going.
Do I have to be a professional writer? If your desire is to write, whether you are a seasoned, published author or a new beginner, this workshop is for you.
Should I be nervous to come by myself? We often have people come to our retreats who are attending alone for the first time. You will not be sorry if you come alone! And since this is specifically a writing retreat, it won't be the best place for a friends' reunion, for instance.
Here's our promise: We will do our best to make this an experience of a lifetime for you. You'll have your part to do, of course...we'll ask that you fully engage in the lessons, the assignments, and the activities...and we'll do our part as well. Will it be easy? Of course not...nothing of value is ever easy. But it can absolutely be a turning point in your life, a mile-stone, a cherished experience with countless warm memories, lessons learned, and skills honed. If this all sounds like a dream come true to you, we hope you'll come be with us!