Simple: sleeping accommodation determines retreat price.
included in retreat cost is…
the program / classes: includes writing classes, readings, fun activities, time for writing and reflection, social gatherings, and a keynote talk on Saturday evening from Cheryl Strayed set in a gorgeous mountain/forest setting. There is no pricing adjustment available for retreat goers who wish an independent alternate “lesser or shorter” program. More general program information can be found on this page. Information on specific classes on this page.
the venue: Costs include guest use of a unique mountain resort with renowned restaurant cuisine, spa, outdoor hot tub, non-rustic cabin facilities, etc. Details of the venue amenities can be found here.
the cuisine/dining: includes breakfasts, lunches and dinners. There is no pricing adjustment available for retreat goers arranging independent alternate meal options. Information about the cuisine and dining can be found on this page.
travel and transportation: included is chartered coach bus from Seattle to Sleeping Lady and return to Seattle. This chartered coach bus is included and is the only transportation included. The chartered coach bus will tentatively depart 2:00 pm Friday March 15th and return to the King Street Rail Station in downtown Seattle, WA returning by approximately 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening March 17th, weather/road conditions providing. Please Check back to this page for any updates surrounding any changes to exact departure time and location. Please assume departure will not be scheduled earlier and access will remain centralized in Seattle taking into account those arriving/departing to and from at the Seattle SEA-TAC airport.
From Seattle’s SEATAC airport, Seattle’s primary airport (SEA), there is regular light rail that represents a 20 to 30 minute ride that is inexpensive (less than $10) between the airport and the International District/Chinatown Light Rail Station. The International District/Chinatown Light Rail Station is a two (2) block walk (to the west) to the King Street Rail Station. The cost of the light rail ticket is not included.
LIGHT RAIL SCHEDULE TO AND FROM SEATAC (SEA) AIRPORT:
Information about the current (through February 2013) light rail schedule on WEEKDAYS: (for a Friday arrival and/or Monday departure) can be found on this page. The schedule for March 2013 is unavailable at the moment but should not vary much from the current available schedule.
Information about the current (through February 2013) light rail schedule on SUNDAY (if departing on Sunday) can be found on this page. The schedule for March 2013 is unavailable at the moment but should not vary much from the current available schedule.
There is no pricing adjustment available for retreat goers arranging independent alternate transportation. Additional travel information such as DRIVING DIRECTIONS, alternate train routes, and small more local airport options, etc., can be found on this page.
[NOTE on taking the scenic train ride to retreat: Retreat goers have an option to independently arrange travel from Seattle's King Street Rail Station, (or elsewhere), taking Amtrak Rail to Leavenworth, (stops just 2.6 miles from Sleeping Lady Resort.) Upon rail arrival in Leavenworth, take a prearranged (private/limited service) taxi or shuttle to the resort from Leavenworth. Retreat goers must take initiative to both prearrange and independently pay for all associated costs without reimbursement. The Amtrak rail ticket is roughly $30-to-$40 round trip. Schedule is limited and the evening rail schedule to Leavenworth is after dark and thus largely non-scenic. The return trip to Seattle is daytime hours, weather providing, the mountain scenery for nearly the whole ride, is magnificent. Specific travel reservations with Amtrak from Seattle to Leavenworth or from Leavenworth to Seattle (if desired, don't forget reservations both ways) can be made independently on this page.]