Friday, May 25, 2012

The Inspiration of Opus House and Truchas Peaks

A number of Fisher King Press authors have spent time at Opus House andTruchas Peaks Place. Patricia Damery and Naomi Ruth Lowinsky wrote the preface, the section introductions, and flowed together the essays that comprised Marked By Fire: Stories of the Jungian Way. Leah Shelleda, author of After the Jug Was Broken occasionally retreats to Opus House. Publisher Mel Mathews has completed a number ofFisher King Press titles while hiding away at this sacred place. 

Truchas is nestled high in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, with panoramic views of the Truchas Peaks, the Jemez Mountains, and the Pedernal, made famous by Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings. At the midway point between Santa Fe and Taos, Truchas Peaks Place is easily accessible from either city, yet affords the peacefulness and pristine natural surroundings of a secluded retreat. Part of Spanish colonial village, Truchas, settled in 1754 is now a vibrant community of locals, artists, and craftspeople. Truchas is a place to re-calibrate. To escape stress, city noise, traffic, and everyday worries. To paint, read, walk, think, and spend time with loved ones.


Truchas Peaks Place houses the Donald Kalsched – Robin van Loben Sels 10,000-volume library and has more than enough space to allow group members to undertake individual work undisturbed, yet boasts excellent facilities for shared sessions.

Draft your next short story. Follow in the footsteps of the many great artists, past and contemporary, who have chosen North Central New Mexico as their base for its inspirational mix of peacefulness and majesty—Truchas is a favorite of poets and writers. Sit on the porch at sunset and watch the sun paint the mountains red. The landscape surrounding Truchas would inspire a painter at any skill level to new heights. Why not put together a painting workshop or retreat that includes the annual High Road Art Tour—or your own version of it? The rich culture and its creative output of sculpture, paintings, photography, pottery, weaving, jewelry, and crafts are sure to inspire you.


Explore the regional cuisine, hands-on style. Try your hand at cooking green chile stew with fresh produce from the farmer’s market. The gourmet kitchen at Truchas is the ideal setting for a food-lovers’ retreat, a fine cooking workshop, or simply a meal your family will never forget.

Listen to the yipping of the coyotes at dawn. The birds are not the only wild things greeting the stunning morning scenery of North Central New Mexico—though you will find plenty to delight over if bird-watching is a passion of yours. New Mexico boasts one of the richest lists of resident birds in the nation; around 500 all told. But songbirds share the region with many other animals, from muskrats and turtles to coyotes, deer, and bighorn sheep.



Stunning Natural Beauty, Luxury Accommodations, Meeting & Event Rooms, Wireless Internet . . . Truchas Peaks Place is a Northern New Mexico Retreat & Conference Center that is ideal for hosting a seminar, group retreat, small conference, family reunion? Are you looking for a unique venue to gather your family or a group of friends? Planning a workshop, an off-site company retreat, or a small wedding? Truchas Peaks Place is the perfect facility for small to mid-size groups, offering exquisite tranquility, luxury bedrooms, meeting rooms, an extensive library, a full-service kitchen for self-catering, and an abundance of possibilities for exploration.



Truchas Peaks Place, 1671 State Road 76, P.O. Box 471, Truchas, NM 87578
1-866-561-1671



Opus House
A place for Solitude and Creative Work

Opus House is a comfortable adobe home near the old Spanish village of Truchas in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Northern New Mexico. Sitting at 8300 feet elevation, 45 minutes from Santa Fe on the High Road to Taos, Opus House is offered to selected individuals of all callings and backgrounds as a place of solitude and creative work. It is seen as a place to be for a week or so to concentrate on a chosen creative process.

For those interested in exploring this offering, contact:
Opus House, 1671 State Road 76, P.O. Box 471, Truchas, NM 87578
www.opushouse.org  truchas@opushouse.org

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

News Release - Riting Myth, Mythic Writing


Just Published by Fisher King Press


By Dennis Patrick Slattery

Here's the foreword by Michael Conforti

Imagine sitting in an Irish pub, drinking ale and listening to the bard weave stories about so many different things, or perhaps captivated by the glow of an outdoor fire while listening to an elder telling stories about history, traditions, and ways to navigate the different life portals that each and every one of us will have to enter at some time. And then—there are stories about destiny, that illusive, mercurial something that catches hold of us at the beginning of life and never seems to want to let go. La forza di destino!! These are the experiences one has in knowing and working with Dr. Dennis Slattery. Whether sharing a pizza and beer or having the luxury of attending one of his lectures or classes, one is privileged to experience an authentic “elder” who, in the tradition of all those wise ones who came before him, has the gift of bringing the world of myth and imagination to life and showing us that indeed these are as real as anything we can touch and hold in our hands.

Dr. Slattery reminds us that myths teach us about all aspects of life, from birth to death, and through the weavings of these eternal stories not only help us recognize the presence of these universal and archetypal patterns but also shows us ways to approach the transcendent.

With more than thirty years of teaching and working with myth, Slattery’s newest work, entitled Riting Myth, Mythic Writing, is a bold adventure in that it asks the reader to actively engage in the mythic tradition, who is asked to take on the role of bard and allow the soul to tell its story. While he opens the book in reminding us of the perennial wisdom contained in myth, he extends this work by inviting the reader to speak with Self and soul and, in a mythopoetic way, engage psyche as experienced in one’s own symptoms, fears, hopes, and joys.