annual retreat

Our first Coloradocado Retreat (on WednesdayMonday, October 22–27, at Sunrise Ranch, in the Rocky Mountain foothills northwest of Denver) was a humble, and humbling, success!

For all the datacado if you’re considering attending a future retreat, click on the tiny arrows in the boxes below:

Retreat Overview

When:  WednesdayMonday, October 22–27, 2014

Where:  Sunrise Ranch, Loveland, CO, in the Rocky Mountain foothills northwest of Denver

Who:  women & girl writers of all genres and levels of experience

Why:  inspiration, education, expansion, community, contribution

Retreat Schedule

View and print out the retreat schedule.

Workshop Presenters

(See retreat schedule for workshop blurbacados.)



“Meeting the Selves Running Your Writer” | “Writing from the Selves”

Tamar Stone



“The Writer’s X Factor: Go from Good to Extraordinary”

Jerrie Hurd



“ReVision YourSelf” | “Writing Au Naturel” | “Form First” | “Writing Your Spiritual Mosaic”

Marj June 20 2014

Program Tuition & Registration

NOTE:  Program registration and Lodging/Facilities registration are separate:  You’ll pay your program tuition directly to The Avocado Sisterhood; and your lodging/facilities fee, to Sunrise Ranch (see “Lodging/Facilities Rates & Registration” section).

  • Member:  $444*
  • Non-member:  $544*  (Purchase $88 annual membership here.)

*Includes 4 days of morning & afternoon workshop/activity sessions, Rocky Mountain National Park trip, evening open shares, and welcome & closing celebrations.

  • Commuter:  Member:  $111/day** | Non-member:  $136/day** (Purchase $88 annual membership here.)

**Includes the day’s morning & afternoon workshop/activity sessions and evening open share, plus the opening & closing celebrations.

To secure your spot, print out the program registration form, and follow the instructions for mailing your deposit (Member:  $222 / Non-member:  $222 / Commuter:  50% of total), due Friday, July 11.

Your second and final payment (Member:  $222 / Non-member:  $322 / Commuter:  50% of total) is due Friday, August 22. (Please contact us if you need to arrange a payment plan.)


If we don’t have 17 on-campus registrants by July 22, we may need to cancel the retreat; and, of course, we’ll refund your payment.

On-campus and commuter registrants:  If you cancel between July 22 and September 22 and we can’t fill your spot, you’ll forfeit your deposit. If you cancel after September 22 and we can’t fill your spot, no refund will be issued. If we do fill your spot, we’ll deduct a $44 administrative fee.

Lodging/Facilities Rates & Registration

NOTE:  Lodging/Facilities registration and Program registration are separate:  You’ll pay your lodging/facilities fee directly to Sunrise Ranch; and your program tuition, to The Avocado Sisterhood (see “Program Tuition & Registration” section).

  • Single:  $122/night = $610†  (minimal # available)
  • Double:  $99/night = $495†
  • Triple:  $88/night = $440†

(singles, doubles, & triples share a multi-shower, multi-toilet bathroom, with approx. 4 guests/bathroom)

  • Dorm:  $81/night = $405†    (5 beds with outside entry to 3-shower, 3-toilet bathroom)

†Includes 5 nights of lodging, dinner on Wednesday, 3 meals & snacks Thursday thru Sunday, and breakfast, snack, & lunch on Monday. Read about Sunrise Ranch’s accommodations and food, and meet Chef Joel!

  • Commuter:  $45/day‡

‡Includes 3 meals & snacks, but you may arrange with Sunrise Ranch to subtract any meal(s)  from your per-day cost (breakfast $6, lunch $9, dinner $12)

Please carefully read Sunrise Ranch guest information.

Two ways to register for lodging/facilities and communicate any dietary needs:

  • Register online here.  You will have to pay the full amount due with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express).
  • Call Sunrise Ranch’s front desk:  Toll-free: (877) 786-0078 / Direct: (970) 679-4200.  You will have to pay at least a 50% deposit with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express), and pay any remaining balance with cash, check, or credit card when you arrive at the retreat. If you prefer a single room but none are available when you register, ask to be put on the waiting list; Sunrise Ranch will convert multi-bed rooms into singles if their overall guest count drops.

Sunrise Ranch’s cancellation policy is generous: Your lodging/facilities payment will be refunded in full if you cancel within 48 hours of the retreat start date.

Sunrise Ranch is at least 18 miles/30 minutes from hotels/motels in Loveland, so we strongly recommend choosing Sunrise Ranch as your lodging option, especially because you’ll also incur the cost of a rental car and the Commuter Facilities fee anyway. If you prefer to stay at a hotel/motel and need to rent a car, you can use the discount code G67763 for Enterprise Rent-a-Car; and Auto Integrity in Loveland (970-278-1278) rents used cars for as low as $19.95/day.


Please carefully read Sunrise Ranch’s Getting to Sunrise Ranch info.

Flying:  Denver International Airport  (Wednesday check-in is 2:00–6:00 PM.)

Airport ↔ Sunrise Ranch:  SuperShuttle (use discount code SUNRR; if you’re a AAA  member, double-check if AAA’s discount code QFY7S is a better deal)

Driving:  Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd., Loveland, CO 80538 | (970) 679-4200 | Map

Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, CO

Questions?  Get in touchacado!