Some people call Santa Fe a mystical oasis. They point to its history and spiritual heritage, its pueblos and ruins. They speak of its natural qualities: the clarity of its starry skies, its hot springs, its rugged landscape, its elevation (7,000 feet) and inspiring trails. They also speak of Santa Fe’s Indigenous roots, in art and culture. On these spiritual journeys, our goal is to help you experience the deep appreciation that arises when you listen to and observe all that these sacred spaces have to offer.

In 2020 we offer two distinctive 1-day journeys to introduce you to the Santa Fe area prior to our conference, led by experienced local guides.

Wednesday, April 21, 2020
8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Journey #1: Chimayo, Gurdwara, Bario Unidos & Santa Fe historic sites

This rich one-day Journey travels north out of Santa Fe to Española, over to Chimayo and back down to historical downtown Santa Fe. It includes lunch, mid-day refreshment, and transportation. Itinerary:

  • Introductions and welcome in courtyard of Santa Fe Community Convention Center

  • Travel to historic Spanish village of Chimayo and world-famous Santuario de Chimayo

  • Local, New Mexico buffet with GF and vegetarian options and traditional, local refreshments at Bario Unidos. Prayer and reflection on the concept of "querencia" led by community leader Lupe Salazaar. Walk the labyrinth.

  • Visit to Sikh Gurdwara: Hacienda de Guru Ram Das Ashram, with meditation.

  • Return to historic downtown Santa Fe to visit San Migual Mission, Loretto Chapel and its mysterious staircase, and Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis de Assisi

  • Closing and gratitude.

Pricing : (TBD)

Jennifer Nevarez enjoys living in the historic Guadalupe district of old Santa Fe, where she  founded the Community Learning Network (CLN), a local nonprofit dedicated to "building stronger communities through real-life learning."  Through CLN, she has lived and worked in numerous rural communities throughout the Southwest and trained local Youth Ambassadors through the "Love Where We Live" project. An educator at heart, she is also a community organizer, activist, and advocate for responsible, relational, and respectful living. 

Journey #2: Pueblo artist visits - Tesuque, Poeh Arts Center, and Santa Clara/San Ildefonso Pueblos

Led by two elders among the Tewa people, this day-long journey takes you into the studios of renowned Pueblo potters and other artists in Santa Fe's environs for a rare, intimate encounter with the artistic richness of the area and the efforts to restore traditional artistic practices.  Itinerary:

  • Meet in downtown Santa Fe

  • Travel by bus to Tesuque Pueblo

  • Lunch and private tour at Poeh Arts Center

  • Travel to Santa Clara or San Ildefonso Pueblo for pottery demonstrations and discussions with potters

  • Return to Santa Fe

Tito Naranjo is a lifelong member of the Santa Clara Pueblo and former professor of Native American studies at the University of New Mexico at Taos. His sister Tessie Naranjo is a nationally recognized community advocate, past chair of the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act Committee, and current language and culture teacher in her home Pueblo.  Their five sisters and brothers are among the finest potters, sculptors and jewelers in the region. Join these two elders for a day-long encounter with local artisans from nearby Pueblos.

Pricing : (TBD)

Tito Naranjo, also known by his Tewa birth names: Ko'phe Wadeh (Buffalo-stick lightning), Tse'wheng (Eagle-tail) and Tamu P'in (Dawning Mountain), is a lifelong member of the Santa Clara Pueblo. Tito is a writer, hunting guide, sculptor, social worker, community activist and college teacher. He holds a bachelor's degree from New Mexico Highlands University in sociology and psychology, a master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah, and has served on the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center’s Native American Advisory Group.