Welcome to La Foret in the Black Forest

Travel to  La Foret Conference and Retreat Center in the Black Forest area of Colorado Springs.  La Foret is an open and affirming sanctuary facility that provids a safe and welcoming haven for programs that promote nurturing the spirit, connecting people with one another, refreshing the weary and inspiring healthy and confident future generations. All are welcome here. 

La Foret Site

Originally the summer home of Mrs. Alice Bemis Taylor, Ponderosa Lodge was built in 1928 by J.J.B. Benedict, a pioneer in the Rustic Style of architecture, and features soaring cathedral ceilings, striking wood-burning fireplaces, and original wrought-iron fixtures.  Extra seating in an amazing loft overlooks both sides of the main hall. Four additional rooms are available for a Costumes Green Room and vending.  One of the two bathrooms is handicap accessible. Ponderosa Lodge can accommodate 75 people.


Most Classes and Concerts will be in Ponderosa Hall.  

Percussion Classes are in meadow or Indian Paintbrush Cabin.

We are lodged in Columbine and Indian Paintbrush Cabins, which have four rooms and DOUBLE bunk beds.

BEDDING CAN BE RENTED for $15 from La Foret 

or you may bring your own.


Meals at La Foret

Dining Hall

Our only meals in the Dining Hall will be lunches. Special Diet?  Bring your own extras--we have two refrigerators. 

Find out more about La Foret Dining

Late Nights in Ponderosa Hall

We have the Ponderosa Lodge to ourselves the entire weekend...and food is a big part of the event. 

An ample  harvest of 

Colorado's Western Slope from 

Heinie's Farmer's Market and 

Atash Persian Market:

cheeses, pickles, flat breads, hummus, breads, salsas, tea, coffee, nuts, jams, Turkish coffee etc 

will be available at all times. 


Tarab Retreat Staff will also provide

Hot Breakfast Casseroles from the

 Indian Paintbrush Cabin kitchen. 

New this year:  


catered dinners.  

Light Alcohol (Beer/Wine) will be available for suggested donation during the Late Night Cabaret or bring your own - please refrain from bringing hard alcohol per La Foret rules.