I have food allergies...what will my options be at the retreat?
At this year’s retreat are very lucky to have private chef Keshia Hay with Sip N Bite prepare our meals daily from scratch. She will be be creating a whole foods based vegan and gluten-free meal plan that will be fit for many different dietary needs. However, please get in touch with retreat host following registration so that we are aware of your specific allergens or requests and can act accordingly.
I am not working in chocolate right now, can I attend the retreat?
You might one day! As our friends from Askinosie Chocolate say, “it’s not about the chocolate, it’s about the chocolate.” Our approach to this retreat is first and foremost to celebrate women dedicating their lives to becoming better humans and business women, whether an industry veteran or at a starting off place in our work in cacao and chocolate. We have had women of all sorts; artists who make art and chocolate, bloggers who consult, teachers who dream of opening a retail chocolate shop one day — so whether you work in pastry, write about food, or really like fine chocolate, if you’re open to it, we know this retreat is for you.
What should I bring to the retreat?
We will be sure to provide you with a weather update prior to the start of the retreat. In May, you can count on the weather being unpredictable!
For all guests we suggest:
- a reusable water bottle
- clothing suited for swings in temperature, after all, we will be at 7,000 ft above sea level (guests don everything from jeans to dresses; wear whatever makes you happy with an emphasis on comfort!)
- a journal for breakout sessions and note-taking
- bug repellent (we recommend organic to protect local wildlife & bee populations)
- phone* and charger to help us connect with you during travel
- your own chocolate creations for swapping, sampling/feedback (optional)
For overnight guests:
- self-care must-haves including medications and essential oils (we provide towels, a hairdryer, and basic toiletries)
- an outfit for yoga on the patio (optional to participate)
*Wi-fi is available on-site. While this isn't a mandated digital detox, we do ask for you to unplug and re-treat yourself as much as possible.
Will we be able to go into Santa Fe during the retreat?
Our entire retreat program and breakout sessions are immersive and centered onsite at the beautiful hacienda. We have found that breaking up the bonds created with your retreat sisters combined with the hubbub of getting into town, can take away from the retreat’s impact on you. We highly suggest a visit to Santa Fe, and if it’s a possibility for you, consider arriving to the city the 11th, or stay after the 15th — we are sure you’ll find it charming. During the retreat, there will be free time for you to explore the property, go for a hike, and take in the stunning vistas.
What if I arrive early morning to the airport on the 12th?
We will have a booked shuttle service for flights arriving between 1-3PM. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate for early or late arrivals. Please plan to arrive within this window, or shuttle service from the Albuquerque airport to the retreat will be your responsibility.
Santa Fe airport is 25 miles from the retreat, however we’ve found that most major domestic and international destinations fly more economically and frequently to Albuquerque, rather than Santa Fe. If your itinerary includes Santa Fe, we will not be able to offer transportation, but we most certainly can connect you with others who might arrive as well for carpooling options.
I will be a Retreat Only participant. Where can I stay near the hacienda?
The hacienda is located in Los Cerrillos, a secluded high desert location 30 miles from downtown Santa Fe. If you stay there in town, please plan for at least an hour drive each way. You will need a car or reliable transportation for pick-up and drop-off; please note there will be stretches of gravel roads. There is parking onsite.
You may find accommodation on websites such as Airbnb. Some of the few available rooms may be in surrounding small towns such as Madrid or Galisteo.