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, all you’ll need to bring is your awareness and a willingness to make space for stillness. Our goal is to help you experience the deep appreciation that arises when you listen, observe and celebrate a city of mystery.
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 22, 2020
8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Journey #1: Chimayo, Gudwara, 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 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 vegetarian options and traditional, local refreshments at Bario Unidos. Prayer and reflection on the concept of "querencia" led by community leader Lupe Salazaar.
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 : $175
Journey #2: Art in the Tesuque, Santa Clara, and San Ildefonso Pueblos
Join Tito Naranjo, a lifelong member of the Santa Clara Pueblo and former professor of Native American studies at the University of New Mexico at Taos for this day-long encounter with local artisans from nearby Pueblos. Tito is a writer, hunting guide, sculptor, social worker, and community activist from the Tewa clan. His five sisters and brother are among the finest potters, sculptors and jewelers in the region, and this journey will bring you up close and person to the artistic richness of native communities surrounding Santa Fe, and the efforts to restore traditional artistic practices.
Detailed itinerary forthcoming.