Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What’s your return policy?

Since this is a sole endeavor, I can not offer refunds. It takes a lot to plan a retreat and book talent, lodging and everything else. Feel free to gift, discount or whatever your package to another person. If for some reason the retreat is cancelled you will recieve a full refund from me for retreat fees. 1440 does have there own refund policy so be sure to read that when booking on their site.

What is your Privacy Policy and your Website Terms?

Your personal data will be used to process your order, support your experience throughout this website, and for booking purposes. It will not be shared.

Why should I attend?

Because you know you want to. And you won’t regret it. This is going to be a once in a lifetime experience.





Why is the retreat over $1,000?

Honestly, I tried to keep the prices right around $800 because that was a sweet spot—how much I was willing to pay. But after inquiring with possible workshop leaders, talking with all-inclusive locations, and adding up all the associated fees, the price climbed as high as $2,000 for the retreat fees not including lodging. One keynote speaker who shall remain nameless said her fee was $30,000!

My dream of creating an opportunity for writers to learn, treat themselves like they matter and their craft like it deserves a life too was dwindling away, the more I researched. Especially, with this being a sole endeavor, I was crushed by the thousands that it would take to pull what I wanted off.

After settling on my team of leaders, I found 1440 and as they say, the rest is history. I signed a contract within two weeks of contacting them with my “dream proposal” and put down the deposit. Then I booked a room and drove to campus, met my 1440 contact and toured the campus. As soon as I arrived, I knew I’d made the right choice.

As a marketing professional, I started really spinning my wheels—how am I going to sell a retreat? Who will come? Maybe a few friends who want to be nice? Well, you did all the research and booking and fronted a deposit. And you told a few people. I couldn’t back out now. I knew I had to make this happen.

So all that said, the fees might be on the high side to most but don’t let that scare you away. It is going to be beyond worth it. And if you haven’t learned, being published and honing your writing skills takes time and money. It is an investment you have to make in order to succeed. Consider this one you will never regret and never forget!

What if I can’t pay all the fees at once?

The retreat registration fees can be split into two payments and the second (last) fee is due by February 8, 2019. If you want to split payment after this date then please, contact us.

The 1440 lodging fee is 50% of total room cost with taxes at the time of booking. That balance is due upon check-in on August 9, 2019.

When you pay this way, the fees can fit your budget.

Is this retreat worth it? I’m on the fence about the cost…

Any retreat, conference or workshop is an investment. An investment in your writing and in yourself. But I’ve stayed at 1440 and the all-inclusive price for lodging, food and wellness activities is a bargain.

For this retreat, the faculty has so much practical knowledge and the keynote speaker will open your eyes to what it is to be truly happy. So yes, if I do say so myself, it’s worth it.

What do I bring?

♥ A great attitude and spirit.
♥ Ready to learn, and renew.
♥ A suitcase instead of multiple little bags (speaking from experience).
♥ Your computer, keyboard or whatever you write with.
♥ Chargers/batteries for everything.
♥ A comfortable/travel blanket for fireside writing or for your room.
♥ Comfortable tennis shoes and other shoes, workout clothes, sunblock, swimsuit, and toiletries.
♥ If hiking: long pants, socks, jacket, tennis shoes (there is poison oak off trail)
♥ I also brought an electric tea kettle for in-room tea and my own mug.
♥ Disinfecting wipes…seat covers…if you have germaphobes tendencies.
♥ Clothing: Always prepare for incremental weather, though it is August in California, the weather should be around the 70s. Bring a jacket, long pants, several outfit changes.

What are the cool extras that 1440 offers?

♥ There are laundry rooms with complimentary detergent.
♥ Golf cart service to get around when you prefer not to walk.
♥ Bag service: Drop bags at beginning of stay and end of stay for convenience.
♥ Nooks and meeting spaces can be found everywhere.
♥ A common store with lots of gift and personal options.
♥ Electric vehicle charging stations.
♥ The food servers wear gloves when serving food. I shouldn’t have to say that but seriously this made my stay.

Will there be places to write?

When I was there in November of 2018, I found plenty of great spots to write among nature.

What’s around campus?

♥ There’s a Starbucks about 1 mile away.
♥ Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is about 10 miles away.
♥ There are several wineries close by as well.
♥ And for those of you traveling from afar, the San Jose Airport is about 22 miles away and is the nearest airport.

Should I bring food and drinks?

The food at 1440 is delicious and there are many options. You also can eat as much as you want during the two hour meal period and go back during the time frame as well. I’m a snacker and have my comfort drinks and preferences. So I would say bring a few snacks, bring your own wine with your own bottle opener if that makes you happy. But in general, everything you need is here.

Do they serve alcohol?

At dinner they do. It is a bit pricey for wine. It was $12-$14 a glass when I visited. The beer and a cider were around $7. The cafe also sells alcohol. Luckily, during the first night, we have a one-hour open bar!

What about coffee or snacks on campus?

There is a cafe open from 6am to 10pm on weekends. It opens a little later during the week (8am). Also, Starbucks is less than five minutes away.

Is there someone I can speak to about another question or concern?

Of course! Use the contact page to get in touch with us.