Taste of Squam

Saturday 10 June - Sunday 11 June

“I’ve been trying to write for weeks about the magical time I had at Squam in the woods but words have failed to sum up the experience. If you have ever considered going but are afraid (like I was) – do it anyway! You will grow, you will refresh and you will connect, I promise you! …There is an energy there like no other. Peaceful. Healing.” – Celina Wyss

Grab your overnight bag — throw in a pair of sneakers, a toothbrush, maybe some knitting and get on up here! Yes. It’s true. We have created a very special little getaway for you — one that is filled with the smell of pine needles, long sweet hours to walk through the woods, hang on the dock, go for a swim or sink into that book or project you have been wanting to focus on without any interruption. This is time for you. Time to unwind.

WHAT:  Just as we did for our 5th anniversary, we are opening up the Spring retreat so that you can join us for our last June weekend at the lake. It isn’t always possible for us to make a one-day event happen but we received such fabulous feedback about it last time that we are thrilled to be able to offer it one more time.

WHY:  What we love about making this available to you is that we know it can be really tough to get away for a whole week, but slipping off for an overnight is often very doable.

And, once you get up here you will realize .  .  . ahhhhh.
Time seems to stand still and you can really drop off
into another world of beauty, light and ease.

Plus, you get to stay as late as you want at the magical Squam Art Fair and not have to face a long drive home. And, of course! It wouldn’t be Squam without some extra bits of magic waiting for you– so rest assured, we definitely have that on order as well– in fact it is the whole experience wrapped in a perfect, bite-size bonbon — a simply delicious taste of Squam  .  .  .



Part of the pleasure of being at the lake on a Saturday afternoon is the chance to join others in knitting, sewing, and making. We are delighted that Lori Ann Graham will be with us to celebrate a Taste of Squam and, that she has offered to hold space in the Playhouse for anyone who would like to join her. Lori is a consummate creative who knits, sews, writes, takes stunning photographs among her many talents. She is also one of the kindest, warm-hearted spirits so to be able to hang out with her, in the beauty of the spacious Playhouse while we sink into our creative centers feels like such a treat. It promises to be something of a sanctuary space and open to all who want to join in.


Photos: Left, Kathy Cadigan, Right, Lori Ann Graham

WHEN: Saturday June 10th + Sunday June 11th

WHERE: Rockywold-Deephaven Camps (Holderness, NH)

We’d be so thrilled to see you there!


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How do I get there?

RDC is approximately 2.5 hrs from Boston and 1 hour north of Concord, NH.

Directions: Take I-93 to Exit 24 in Ashland, NH.

Take a Right off the Highway and follow US Route 3 & 25 east (approx. 4.2 miles) to Holderness. Take a Left on NH Route 113 just before the Holderness Bridge (Walter´s Basin Restaurant).

Travel northeast on Route 113 for 5.0 miles to Pinehurst Road. “Rockywold Deephaven Camps” sign is on the right.

Take a Right on Pinehurst Road and continue for 0.6 mile and take a right at the main entrance (Armstrong Road).

Where is the closest airport?

Manchester Airport in Manchester, NH, is 1hr 15 mins away by car and a big hub for Southwest Airlines. Logan Airport in Boston is about 2.5 hours away by car. Rental cars are available at both airports, or check out the shuttle services below.

Is there transportation to and from the airport?

Below is contact information for a local shuttle service. They are familiar with SAW and RDC. Please contact them directly to arrange transportation.

Mountain View Shuttle: 603.536.4090. Reservations@MtnViewShuttle.com

Concord Trailways has very limited service to Center Harbor, NH, which is 15 minutes away from Squam. If you choose this option we can work with you to arrange a ride to campus.

How do I arrange carpooling or make contact with other Squammies?

YES.  There is a wonderful community at the SQUAM RAVELRY site.  (You need to join Ravelry to access the board, but it is free).  This is a fabulous place to ask questions, meet new friends, and make arrangments for carpooling.


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What if I paid for a spot at Taste of Squam and can no longer attend? What is the refund policy?
Please note, we are unable to process any refunds for this event. Thank you so much for your kind understanding. If you are unable to attend, you may have someone take your place, but we must be notified in writing no later than May 5th, 2017.

What else of interest is nearby for my guest/family to see and do while I’m in class?

Check out the list on the RDC website. This includes area galleries, attractions, dining options, etc.

Where’s the nearest…?
ATM and Gas- Merrill’s Convenience Store in Holderness
General Store for snack, beer, wine and sundries – Squam Lake Marketplace, Holderness
Grocery Store- Bob’s Shurfine in Ashland (exit 24 Rt 93), Heath’s in Center Harbor or Hannaford’s in Meredith
Pharmacy- Rite-Aide in Meredith, next to Hannaford’s
Liquor Store- Ashland, NH State Liquor Store (exit 24 on RT 93)

What about meals? I have food allergies / I am vegetarian/vegan.
RDC is prepared to cater to various food allergies such as gluten or lactose-intolerance. Meals are offered buffet-style and always have a wide variety of options, including a huge organic salad bar with all the fixings. If in doubt about a dish, the staff is very helpful about asking the chef about the ingredients. In the past about 10% of our attendees have been gluten-free and have raved about the food. Contact us if you have major concerns.

Are there any scholarships available?
Unfortunately, we do not have the funding to provide scholarships or work/study programs. Some Squammies have had success with a number of different approaches: a few put up contests at their blogs, several teachers asked their schools to pay the tuition as part of their continuing education (we provide certificates). Go to the message board for additional ideas. The collective energy there is amazing and you will likely find some genuine help and support.

What’s the weather like? What clothes should I bring?
Weather in NH can vary wildly in the course of a single day, from cold to hot and back to cold again. So, do like the French and bring layers. You’ll likely have a hoodie on in the morning, take that off in the afternoon, and don a fleece or jacket once evening sets. Sneakers are your best bet for footwear, but also bring something for your feet in case of rain. And speaking of rain, you’ll want an anorak or rain jacket on hand as well as umbrella to ensure that it doesn’t rain. For sleeping, consider warm socks, pjs and/or sweats, and a bathrobe for snuggling up in front of the fire with your new friends. Although the down comforters will keep you warm and cozy, cabins are not insulated. Some attendees bring a knit hat to sleep in. And dare we suggest a bathing suit?

What other things should I bring?
Flashlight (with extra batteries) is a must-have. Also consider: camera, alarm clock, small reading light, ear plugs, bug repellant, bottle opener, hat, phone charger, travel mug (for coffee or tea from the dining hall or in your cabin), snacks (there is no cafe on campus for in-between meals). Cabins have small iceboxes, but no microwaves. You may bring your own small coffee maker or electric tea kettle for early morning/late evening beverages. Don’t forget the fixings! The paths between classrooms and cabins are lovely and blanketed with pine needles, but not paved, so a rolling cart for your art supplies would be tough to manage. We suggest a backpack or carryall bag.

What contact information should I leave for my family?
The main number for the Rockywold Office is 603.968.3313. Cell phone reception at RDC is fairly good. Wireless is available in most locations. Also leave them with the RDC website.

How can I become a teacher?
Generally, we invite artists (who love to teach) who seem to be a good fit for the programs. If you would like to submit a query, that’s always welcome, but the best time to send them in is July for the following year’s programs.

Is this just for women?
No. Don’t let the photos fool you. Although it is true that, to date, the majority of people who attend Squam Art Workshops are female, we have had men at every session and their numbers are growing. To be clear, Squam Art Workshops is open to ALL.

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