2020 FAQ’s The Fullness of Emptiness Retreat
November 1 – 5, 2020 (12 -14 participants)
1. When and Where
November 1 – 5, 2020 at Bear Mountain Lodge, Silver City, New Mexico
Arrive at least one day before the retreat to settle in and adjust to the altitude of 6000 feet. It is wonderful to give yourself a full day after the retreat to integrate and relax after the retreat. The area is gorgeous and there are hiking trails on the property.
2. Lodging and Meals
Bear Mountain Lodge is a beautiful adobe lodge set on hundreds of acres next to protected land in the Gila Wilderness. You will make your reservations directly with Bear Mountain Lodge. The fees for the lodging and meals will be approximately $225 per day per person for a single room and $145 a night per person for a double. This includes 3 meals, snacks, non-alcoholic drinks, tax, and all tips. You will make your reservation directly with the lodge and they will charge your credit card with a deposit reflecting 50% of the amount of your stay.
Bear Mountain Lodge is very personal and only accommodates 12-14 people at a time and everything is high quality and personalized. It is located on approximately 180 acres of beautiful land with hiking trails and is unbelievably serene a
The lodging price includes three full homecooked gourmet meals a day. The owners cook the meals and can accommodate Vegan, Paleo, Gluten and Dairy Free, Organic food plans. Explain to the owners your allergies and preferences when you make your reservations. Once they plan a menu based on your meal plan you will not be able to deviate from it. The chef takes great care in planning ahead for each meal for the week. There is access to the refrigerator, but no other cooking facilities are available to guests. Free WIFI is available.
3. Bear Mountain Lodge Cancellation Policy
Bear Mountain Lodge is a boutique lodge with a small number of rooms. Any cancellation made before 30 days prior to arrival will not be charged a cancellation fee. Cancellations 30 days or less will be charged a 50% cancellation fee.
4. SpiritHeal Retreat Fee and Cancellation Policy
The retreat fee is $1000 payable in two payments. Click the Register button to view payment information.
Cancellations after July 15, 2020, will incur a 50% cancellation fee. Cancellations after September 15, 2020, will not receive a refund. Due to the small number of attendees on this retreat, the cancellation policy is more limited. The retreat fee is paid to SpiritHeal Institute and the lodging fee is paid directly to Bear Mountain Lodge.
5. Gila Wilderness
Silver City is in the spirit-filled wondrous area known as the Gila Wilderness. The area is quiet, low traffic and has beautiful hiking paths, streams, mountains, wildlife, and alpine trees.
6. Silver City Shopping and Restaurants
Silver City is small, with less than 10,000 residents. There is a small downtown with a few nice restaurants and galleries. There is one grocery store, a food coop, and a few little healthy food specialty stores and one specialty coffee shop. Starbucks has not found Silver City. The main stores to get anything you forget are Walmart, Walgreens, or CVS. Otherwise, the nearest shopping is two hours away. You won’t be able to get hiking supplies in town. There is a laundry in town but not on the hotel premises.
7. What to Wear
Layers are important, the temps can range from 30 – 70 degrees in early November. Bring a backpack to carry your essentials and have it ready to go fresh each day. Energy bars, water, insect repellent, sunscreen, camera/phone, and clothing layers should be refreshed each day. Most of the retreat will be held in the lodge but we will drive to sacred sites that will require short hikes and changes in elevation.
8. Airports and Travel
Silver City is a drive from any airport. You will need to rent a car. I will set up a retreat page where you can share flight information and organize sharing a rental car with your fellow attendees. The drives are easy and beautiful.