Conductors' Collective at Escalante

The Place

Boulder, Utah is located in the isolated south-central Utah desert between the towering heights of Boulder Mountain to the north, the vast sandstone expanses of the rugged Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to the south and west, and the remote reaches of Capitol Reef National Park to the east. Nearly four hours from the nearest urban area, our isolated retreat home is the ideal refuge for our participants to immerse themselves in intensive work toward achievement of their highest artistic objectives.

The Boulder Mountain Lodge, in the 300-resident township of Boulder, Utah, sits on eleven acres of bird sanctuary at the base of Boulder Mountain and the farthest north reaches of the vast Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The Lodge, an "oasis of tranquility and comfort," offers a luxurious refuge in the heart of Utah's red rock canyon country, with unparalleled natural beauty, modern amenities, and world-class dining.

Our participants stay in one of the Lodge's spacious guest rooms decorated to mirror the surrounding natural landscape. Rooms are complete with comprehensive modern amenities, and include stunning patios and balconies overlooking the grounds and surrounding desert.

On-site is the multiple-award-winning Hell's Backbone Grill, regularly listed among the best restaurants in the state of Utah and the intermountain west writ-large, which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. As part of their Retreat tuition, participants are provided welcome and farewell meals at this magnificent establishment.

Read more about the Boulder Mountain Lodge.


Over a million square acres in area, once encompassing an area larger than the state of Delaware, the vast Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument covers an expanse of extraordinary lands in southern Utah's breathtaking red rock canyon country. Bordered by Zion, Bryce, and Capitol Reef National Parks, Escalante is at the heart of some of the most-visited and prized natural landscapes in the world.

Escalante encompasses hundreds of sandstone and red rock canyons, thousands of miles of scenic highway and dirt road, countless magnificent arches and sandstone formations, and refreshing desert oases and waterfalls. Isolated and distant from even small cities, and seeing far fewer visitors than the neighboring national parks, Escalante is a true refuge, "aside from the noise of the world."


Our participants have the opportunity to explore Escalante each day they are in residence at the Retreat, with each excursion designed as an important extension of the conducting curriculum. Our adventures include a hike, swim, and movement workshop at Calf Creek Falls, a campfire cookout and stargazing foray on the Burr Trail, a hike to vistas overlooking the Staircase, and a visit to and concert performance in the acoustically magnificent Singing Canyon, a hidden slot canyon tucked into the red rock just 15 minutes from the Lodge.

Read more about Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.




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