Our retreat site is located in the high desert, in the eclectic and historic town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. T or C (as the locals call this town) is situated along the beautiful Rio Grande surrounded by incredible natural Hot Springs. Each participant is housed in his or her (or couples, partners) own private Suite with open access to private Hot Mineral Baths, a secluded Courtyard, and clear skies where you can breathe, slow down, and focus.
We begin each week with a morning gathering in the shared studio. Light snacks and an exchange of news, information, and perhaps a sharing of artistic intentions for the coming week will be the focus. The week will end in the same way on Friday, where the week’s work can be shared. Participation in these sessions is entirely voluntary and artists are under no obligation to “produce” or attend, however it is a wonderful time to share, and we encourage artists to spend some of their time with other members of the program.
To participate in one of these residency programs, all artists, emerging and established alike, are invited to complete the application process. The link to this application form is at the end of this page…scroll all the way to the bottom. There are no restrictions regarding the type of work produced during the residency, however the shared studio space is primarily set up for 2 dimensional artwork. The Retreat has been designed to allow participants to share a common experience with a small group of fellow artists, that encourages the exchange of ideas and work, while allowing the major focus to be private time for individual work and introspection.
The retreat site-located at Pelican Spas-is a perfect place to enjoy this magical and creative time in a beautiful desert setting!
Our retreat is located in the heart of the charming and artistic town of Truth or Consequences, NM, situated right in the middle of the historic Hot Springs District. Pelican Spas provides a soothing and creative atmosphere with an incredible collection of art, decorating each Suite and Studio as well as the private tub rooms, outdoor courtyards, community kitchen, class and conference rooms. T or C hosts many cafes and restaurants, a great brewery, bookstore, movie theatre, shops and galleries…all walking distance from our retreat site.
PRIVATE INDOOR MINERAL BATHS
Come soak in the healing waters! Enjoy our crystal clear, sulfur free natural hot mineral baths with some of the highest natural mineral contents available in the world. There are four tubs that fit one-two people and one larger tub that fits approximately four-six people. Soaking is unlimited and runs on a first come first serve basis. All tubs are air conditioned for comfort even in the heat.
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Each Suite has 1 King or Queen size bed and 1 sofa bed. Shower, sink and toilet in bathroom. All have medium-size fridge, microwave, and coffee maker. Some have kitchenettes as well. Red Pelican suites have a private courtyard and use a shared kitchen. The living room in each suite has HDTV with Direct TV and couch. Air conditioner, heater, WIFI internet. Painted wood floor. Each Suite has been furnished and decorated with a colorful and artistic flair…each unique and wonderful! Access to shared dining and lounge areas, and washer/dryer. Unlimited use of onsite private mineral baths and parking. Weekly cleaning and linen/towel exchange is included in cost. Pet friendly.
History of T or C and SURROUNDING AREA
Truth or Consequences’ long history has unfolded around its hot springs. For millenia, humans have gathered around the hot mineral water percolating up in the Rio Grande’s sandy marshlands where downtown T or C now stands. The Ancients of pre-history built pit homes and pueblo-like dwellings and farmed the surrounding area. They gathered around the hot springs for socializing and healing. Much more recently, the Apache roamed the region using the hot springs for gathering and healing.
In 1598, Juan de Oñate and his troops moved northward through New Mexico, followed by Spanish settlers. They built homes and villages, farming the canyons in the area. In the 1800s, the Apache were driven out, and more white settlers arrived and developed ranching and mining activities. In T or C, the first bathhouse was built in 1882 by cowboys from the John Cross Ranch. More bathhouses followed.
Construction of the Elephant Butte Dam (1911-1916) brought hundreds of workers to the area. Upon completion of the dam, many settled by the hot springs, floating their small cabins down the Rio Grande from the dam site. Many of these cabins can still be seen in the Hot Springs Historic District. The town, know as Hot Springs, thrived and grew into a well-known resort and healing center, drawing thousands of visitors. The downtown area was filled with motels, bathhouses, clinics, bars and stores.
On March 31, 1950, the town’s citizens voted 1294 to 295 to change its name from Hot Springs to Truth or Consequences. Ralph Edwards, producer of the popular radio game show of the same name, had issued a challenge for a U.S. town to change its name in celebration of his show’s 10th anniversary. Many answered his call, but he was inspired by the town’s focus on recreation and healing. On April 1 (April Fool’s Day!), 1950, Ralph Edwards came to T or C to lead the first Fiesta celebration. He returned each year for 50 years, demonstrating his love and dedication to the town and its citizens.