Frequently Asked Questions
CAN I JUST COME FOR ONE DAY OR COMMUTE TO THE RETREAT?
Although we offer day rates (only for the full length of the retreat), we feel you are really missing out on the camaraderie and relaxation that helps contribute to your creativity. Also you will miss the nightly dinner and the open studio time (open 24/7 during the retreat). The way the retreat is designed and envisioned, all participants should be on site for the entirety of the retreat.
WHICH AIRPORT SHOULD I FLY INTO?
Hartford/Springfield in Windsor Locks, Ct
WHAT ARE MY OTHER TRAVEL OPTIONS?
Car rental or driving. Adequate parking on site. For driving directions, the retreat address is 2195 Main Street, Glastonbury, Ct 06033
Our property is located a quick 5-10 minute drive from theHartford, Ct Train Station. Call Amtrak toll free at 1-800-872-7245 or visit the AMTRAK Website.
You would have to switch trains in New Haven to continue to Hartford.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER AMENITIES YOU HAVEN’T TOLD US ABOUT?
Yes! Therapeutic massage and Reiki is available at the retreat center. Appointments are made and charged separately. (The massage is FANTASTIC)
HOW DO I FIND OUT ABOUT SHOPS, RESTAURANTS, ETC. IN THE AREA?
The best way I have found to see what is right around you is to open your cell phone map (google is best)... enlarge the map until you begin to see places of interest appear. Or... just ask me .. I know just about "everything Connecticut" or can find it for you quickly!
WHAT DO WE DO IF FRIENDS ARE REGISTERING TOGETHER AND WANT TO SHARE A ROOM?
There is a place on the Paypal payment page where you can send a note to seller. Use that or email us at the time of registration to indicate with whom you wish to share a room. Both of your registrations must be made at the same time within 24 hours.
I’M COMING ALONE. DO I HAVE TO FIND A ROOMMATE FOR THE SHARED ROOMS?
Due to the limited rooms and their configurations, roommates will be assigned by the retreat organizer. You can note your preferences on the registration form.
WILL I RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION IN THE MAIL?
You will receive an email confirmation and, as time gets closer, more email full of info and goodies.
Here is the payment schedule:
$450 deposit is due at the time of registration.
The remaining balance is due 30 days before your retreat start date
We use Paypal or Venmo for all payments
Please read our full cancellation policy HERE
HOW CAN I KEEP IN TOUCH WITH WHAT’S GOING ON?
Registered attendants will be added to the Artists Rising private Facebook group! It’s the best way to ‘chat’ with others who are going, plan for your shared room , get the latest updated info about the event, and just soak up all the creative energy! If you are not on FB, please join. Set your privacy settings as desired.
MAY I BRING A GUEST WHO IS NOT TAKING CLASSES?
Yes.. see Fees for more information
WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE? WHAT CLOTHES SHOULD I BRING?
Weather in Connecticut can vary this time of year from cold to hot and humid. Layers are best. Comfortable shoes are recommended, especially for hiking and river walks.
Our classroom is either part of the main building or a very few steps from the house. Bring an umbrella and/or hooded rain jacket so that you will stay dry, in case of rain. For sleeping, consider warm socks, pjs and/or sweats which allow for the option to toss off your covers if you get too warm. Our property is insulated and has central heat and air conditioning.
WHAT OTHER THINGS SHOULD I BRING?
Based on who the Guest artist is, you may or may not need to bring specific art materials. Most of the time all materials are included in you retreat fee.
Your camera, of course. Small book light (battery operated), ear plugs(!), phone charger, snacks, extension cord.
MAY I SHIP MY ART SUPPLIES AHEAD OF TIME?
Certainly! The whole point of the retreat is getting away from the hassles of the everyday.
Be sure to allow adequate time for your package to arrive.
Address your box clearly to:
Your Name/Connecticut River Valley Inn
2195 Main Street
Glastonbury, CT. 06033
Please do not ship your materials more than two weeks before the event.
To ship things home again, you must repack your box so it can be shipped directly from the retreat. We will not have any shipping materials for you, so put them in the box you ship out. Bring your own UPS/FedEx shipping labels or pay and print them (and USPS Priority Mail labels) online before you leave.
WHAT CONTACT INFORMATION SHOULD I LEAVE FOR MY FAMILY?
The main number for the retreat is my cell phone: 860-916-0514
Cell phone reception depends on your service provider but is excellent here in Glastonbury.
Wireless is available on site.
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR INSTRUCTORS FOR THE NEXT ARTISIS RISING CREATIVITY RETREAT?
Artists Rising instructors are by invitation. If you would like to be considered, let’s talk! Please drop us a note to Pat at Hello@DesignPoetry.net. Put the words "info on Guest instructors" in the subject line to start the conversation.
IS THE ARTISTS RISING CREATIVITY RETREAT JUST FOR WOMEN?
Yes! Artists Rising retreaters bring and share a unique perspective and energy, form lifelong friendships and bonds, share and work together in ways that male energy would interrupt (plus we have limited guests rooms available)