Welcome to the Land of Enchantment.
Taos, New Mexico is the southwest dreamscape that we always fantasize of and may forever long for. These are the landscapes of rich red dirt in Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings, the Long Quiet Highway of Natalie Goldberg’s books, and that which inspires hundreds of artists, creators, mystics, and nature lovers every year.
Taos is an artistic goldmine within a small and evolving population of 6,000. Home of Unesco World Heritage Site Taos Pueblo – a living Native American community that has been inhabited for over 1,000 years – this landscape is rich with tradition, sacred mystery, reverence, and (maybe quite literally) humming with creativity.
Explore how a sacred landscape can inspire lasting, incredibly unique, and awe-inspiring beauty. Explore how a landscape within can reveal the same. In this retreat, we will venture to internal depths and gaze into literal external depths (deep into the Rio Grande river gorge!). We’ll learn about how sustainable, creative, and adaptable humans can be. We’ll bask in our own deep pools of unending bliss while soaking in fabulous mineral hot springs under the full high desert moon.
This retreat will be a fairly active one, with day trips and a fair amount of walking. Please remember that this is YOUR time to carve out how you wish and everything is optional.
We will visit living structures and communities both ancient and new whose dreams are ALIVE. We’ll luxuriate in mineral springs under the full Sagittarius moon. We will hike along the Rio Grande River Gorge, the silent mesa home to blooming cacti, jackrabbits, coyote, and big horned sheep with the winding river echoing below. We’ll visit O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch, the Earthship Biotecture eco-community, and an option to visit the Taos Pueblo community if open (visitation varies during seasonal and ceremonial times), and wander the winding streets for a Saturday afternoon’s open galleries. We’ll weave in yoga practices & mindful movement to unwind tension and prepare the body-mind to settle into inner landscapes through creative writing practice, dream work, and reverent group sharing.
“Among past Taos landscapes are mighty Precambrian mountain belts, shallow tropical seas, vast sand-duned deserts, extensive white sand beaches, and muddy meandering rivers bordered by lush fern forests. Most recently, the Rio Grande valley and its youthful volcanoes attest to an Earth history punctuated by violent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.”
Devisidero Trail. Sacred Mountain. Sage. Labyrinths. Gorge. Sunset. Ojo Caliente. Ghost Ranch. Hot Springs. Rio Grande. Ghosts. Hikes. Galleries. Pinón. Silence. Magpies. Cactus blossoms. Mesa. Open space. Big Sky. Mountains. Artists. Peace. Wonder. Mystery. Magic. Vortex. Holy. Pilgrims. Faith. Sacred. Full Moon. Community. Rest. Ancient Beauty.
ABOUT OUR EXCURSIONS …
We’ll be taking a half-day trip on Thursday and a nearly full day trip on Friday. Included in your investment fee is transportation in a passenger van for our excursions. If you would prefer to drive yourself for the sake of freedom, or if you bring a pet (dogs are welcome at the lodge for an additional fee!), that is perfectly fine by me. Please note that some may be allergic or sensitive to doggies (the dog-friendly rooms are in a different part of the lodge), and they are not allowed at the Earthships or the Ghost Ranch for our tours / hikes.