I also am motivated to write this to counter the vituperative review by "worldsprinter18." I attended an all-women's retreat at Bodhi Manda two years in a row, and both times it has been a lovely experience. I am a current, going-on-37-years resident of New York City and I had no problem with leaving my door unlocked. I loved my room, which looked out on the meditation hall. Yes, the furniture may have been a little worn, but I wasn't there for Martha Stewart decor. I remember waking up early one morning because a light was shining on my face, and after investigating I realized it was the moon! The full moon, sinking behind the mountains. I've never had THAT happen in New York City. The scenery is beautiful; the skies are constantly changing. I loved walking around the property, among the trees, listening to the river. I loved sitting on the porch and watching the hummingbirds. The linens were clean and I enjoyed the food--the homemade yogurt was the best yogurt I have ever tasted. The food may be a little more elaborate when there are groups there; I would imagine when they're not feeding a dozen or more people they eat very simply. Hosen, the vice abbess, is a wonderful woman. I hope to be able to return to Bodhi Manda, with my group, and perhaps on my own. I think it would be a wonderful location for a personal writing retreat. To me, Bodhi Manda shows why New Mexico is called "The Land of Enchantment." p.s. Take a flashlight. It will come in handy. The bright lights of the big city are far, far away from Jemez Springs.