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Accommodation

Our studio space is located at the beautiful Tekarra Lodge. We are provided with a preferred rate on accommodations for any or all weeks attended. We require that people coming to the Retreat make their booking with Tekarra Lodge to ensure the continued use of the studio space.

Click here to access the Tekarra Lodge website.         TOSHIBA Exif JPEG

If you go to the Tekarra Lodge Link above, please do not use the “Reservation” phone number on their website. We have a different phone number and booking procedure for all Retreats. The number you will be using is 1-800-709-1827.

Tekarra Lodge is a rustic collection of rooms and cabins varying from a 1-bed suite to a 2 bedroom cabin. (Have a look at their website.) It is located just 1.7 km from Jasper and easily within walking distance to the Jasper town-site. All cabins are supplied with everything you need to stay for a week, including kitchen facilities: you just have to bring your own food. There are also BBQs provided upon request. Each cabin has a spacious deck with chairs provided and is a great place to relax after painting each day.

There are rooms for rent in the Lodge above the Restaurant (just down the hall from the studio space). These rooms do not have cooking facilities, but Tekarra Lodge provides a full complimentary breakfast in their restaurant for anyone staying in these rooms. The restaurant offers fabulous food that will satisfy the most discerning palette. Each meal is an experience and the atmosphere is second to none.

There are no television sets, but Wireless Internet service is provided.

To enable us to continue our Retreats at Tekarra Lodge, the executive has made the decision that from now on, all new Attendees to the Retreat are required to stay at the Lodge.  The reason for this is that if we don’t have enough cabins rented during the Retreat, Tekarra will no longer allow us to hold our Retreats there.  All past participants will be grandfathered in at their own desired lodgings.

Also…Tekarra Lodge is requiring us to book our cabins significantly in advance of the Retreats.  For the May Retreat this year, we are required to book by April 1, 2019.

For both the September Retreats, we are required to book by July 31, 2019.

If you book for the Retreats by these dates,  you will get the discounted rate.  Unfortunately, if you miss this timeline, you will not get the discounted rate. (The reason for all of this is that Tekarra Lodge is now busier than ever before. With so many more people booking in September than they ever used to have, they don’t seem to have any problem filling their rooms anymore.)

When booking your cabin or room you need to call 1-780-852-3058 (May through Oct. 15) or 1-800-709-1827 (Oct. 15 – through April 30 or so). Whatever number you call, you need to use the new booking codes for the Retreat you would like to attend. If you don’t use the booking code, you will not receive the discounted rate Tekarra offers to us:

  • May Retreat – ATL-GFC651
  • September Retreats (both) ATL-GFC652

IF YOU DON’T USE THESE GROUP CODES, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE THE DISCOUNTED CABINS.

When you call the 1-800 number,  one of the Agents will quote various cabins available and you can choose whatever suits your needs.  (Remember, that if you can gather 2-3 people to come, it is always a lot more economical to share a cabin.) Tekarra Lodge does have a cancellation policy for those people who don’t show up after booking.  Please ask Tekarra what this policy is when you book with them.

Although pets are accepted at Tekarra, we would ask that no animals be brought up to the studio or out on location. Some people might be allergic to dogs or cats, and on location they might attract wild animals and/or disturb the peace and serenity that we all enjoy when painting outside. Thank you.

Many of us book WELL in advance (sometimes up to one year), so please keep this in mind if there is a specific cabin you might desire.  Participants have shared a cabin to make the week more affordable, which again has made their experience richer.

When you register, if you are looking to share accommodations, please mention it to Sam Wilson and she can help you.  To help get your bearings, here is a map.

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