New Mexico

Finding Your Bliss in the Land of Enchantment for Women

Learn about the restorative traditions of Santa Fe as you hear about traditional healing techniques, experience a Zen Center and soak in a mineral hot spring.
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Program No. 21742RJ
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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Program Registration, Orientation, Blessing Ceremony, Dinner
Santa Fe, N.M.
Inn & Spa at Loretto

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration 3:00-5:00 p.m.: Come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff, to get your welcome packet containing your up-to-date schedule and other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in. Orientation 5:00-6:30 p.m.: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Transportation for program-related activities will be via motorcoach unless specified otherwise. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Following orientation, we will have a Blessing Ceremony to open our program.

Dinner: Plated meal in hotel meeting room includes soup or salad, seasonal entrées, dessert, coffee, tea and water (additional beverages available for purchase).

Evening: Take the rest of the evening to continue getting to know your fellow participants, relax, and get a good night’s sleep for the full day ahead.

History, Healing Practices, Cooking School, Meditation Class
Santa Fe, N.M.
Inn & Spa at Loretto

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; traveling 10 miles over the course of the day; walking several blocks over varied terrain with inclines.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet usually includes eggs, cereals, yogurts, juice, coffee , tea and water.

Morning: After breakfast, in our private meeting room, our Group Leader will present a historical overview of Santa Fe, as well as the history of healing practices in the area. Since early Native American civilizations spread throughout the Southwest, there have been medicine men and shamans; when the Spanish arrived in the 1500s, curanderos and curanderas came with them and shared their knowledge of herbs and other healing methods. With the influx of other cultures, additional groups brought their own healing methods and techniques. Today, the area boasts practices brought by different religious groups, cultural groups and individuals, existing together in relative peace and harmony. After class, we'll go to the Santa Fe School of Cooking for a demonstration presented by one of their accomplished chefs. Santa Fe's unique cuisine melds the region's rich cultural traditions with new ideas to create a contemporary style of health-conscious Southwestern fare. We will experience this unique cuisine in depth, including the techniques of master chefs, the lore of the region and fabulous food.

Lunch: At the Santa Fe School of Cooking we'll enjoy the dishes we saw prepared during the morning's class. Iced tea, coffee and water included.

Afternoon: After lunch we'll enjoy a short walking exploration of the historical downtown area before we board our motorcoach and travel to the Mountain Cloud Zen Center for an introduction to daily meditation. Located just outside Santa Fe, the center combines traditional Japanese elements with Southwestern culture. Following our visit, we'll return to the hotel to enjoy some leisure time before dinner.

Dinner: Plated meal at a nearby local restaurant with a choice of entrées, tea, coffee and water (additional beverages may be available for purchase).

Evening: Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure to explore some of Santa Fe's nightlife, get to know our fellow participants, or relax at the hotel.

Ghost Ranch Education Center, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs
Santa Fe, N.M.
Inn & Spa at Loretto

Activity note: Getting on/off coach; traveling 150 miles over the course of the day; optional hikes of up to 3 miles roundtrip with some elevation gains at Ghost Ranch.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet

Morning: After breakfast, we'll board our coach and travel 60 miles north to the Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center. Georgia O'Keeffe's first home in New Mexico was located on the ranch property. The ranch is now a retreat operated by the Presbyterian church, which maintains three small museums on site and also several hiking trails into the red-rock country that O'Keeffe's paintings made famous. While her original home is now in private hands and not open to visitors, we will have the opportunity to see the landscape that so enchanted O'Keeffe that she moved permanently to the area.

Lunch: At the Ghost Ranch cafeteria, enjoy a buffet with salad, an entrée, and dessert, plus water, coffee, tea, and soft drinks.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll depart for Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs where we'll have the rest of the afternoon free to explore, soak, hike or walk the Resort's labyrinth. (Please bring a swimsuit and flip-flops if you intend to soak.) If you would like to schedule a spa treatment on your own, please call the resort ahead of time (800-222-9162) and schedule your treatment starting no earlier than 2:00 p.m. and ending by 5:00 p.m. The coach departs for Pojoaque, NM, at 5:30 p.m.

Dinner: On our way back to Santa Fe, we'll dine at Gabriel's, a lovely restaurant in Pojoaque. We’ll order off the menu, which includes a number of starters, soups, salads, entrées and desserts. Coffee, tea and water included; additional beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Once back in Santa Fe, we'll have the rest of the evening at leisure to explore some of Santa Fe's nightlife, get to know our fellow participants, or relax at the hotel.

Yoga Class, Lecture on Women as Healers
Santa Fe, N.M.
Inn & Spa at Loretto

Activity note: Gentle yoga class; walking during free time

Breakfast: Hotel buffet (after the yoga class).

Morning: This morning will begin with a gentle yoga class in our meeting room. After breakfast, we'll enjoy a presentation by Patricia Padilla, an eighth-generation “Curandera” who will introduce us to the roles and history of these traditional women healers who continue to play a key role in their communities.

Lunch: Plated meal at a local restaurant includes a choice of entrées and non-alcoholic beverages such as coffee, tea and water (additional beverages may be available for purchase.)

Afternoon: Afternoon is free for independent activities.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like or sample the local cuisine. Santa Fe is known for the breadth and depth of its culinary offerings. Not to be confused with "Tex-Mex," northern New Mexico cuisine combines elements of Native American and Spanish influences. There are a number of fine restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: At leisure.

Hands-On Art activity, Hike and Journaling experience
Santa Fe, N.M.
Inn & Spa at Loretto

Activity note: Traveling up to 60 miles over the course of the day; Approximately 75 minutes; Hiking up to two miles on unpaved, but well-maintained trails with minimal elevation change; Walking up to 1/2 mile over paved sidewalks to Sena Plaza.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: This morning we'll board the motorcoach for a short trip out the Turquoise Trail to the Hat Ranch Art Gallery. At the Hat Ranch Art Gallery, we will be joined by a local artist who will guide us in making a piece of art to take home as a reminder of our journey.

Lunch: Plated meal at a local restaurant includes a choice of entrées and non-alcoholic beverages such as coffee, tea and water (additional beverages may be available for purchase.)

Afternoon: After returning to the hotel for a quick rest stop, we will gather again for a short ride to the hiking trailhead. As we hike, we will be given a presentation on 'journaling'. Journaling has been shown to improve cognitive functioning, strengthen immune system responses and counteract many of the negative effects of stress. We will explore the art of journaling as we enjoy our hike. After the hike, we will return to the hotel for some time to relax before dinner. Then, at 5:00 p.m., we'll gather in our hotel meeting room for our program closing, after which we'll walk to Sena Plaza.

Dinner: Plated meal at La Casa Sena Cantina. La Casa Sena is a well-known contemporary restaurant in the Sena Plaza compound. We'll dine in the Cantina, home of the famous Cantina Singers, who will entertain us with some great music, usually Broadway show tunes. There will be several entrées to choose from, as well as an appetizer or a salad and a specially selected dessert.

Evening: Walk back to the hotel.

Santa Fe, N.M.

Activity note: Hotel checkout time: 11:30 a.m.

Breakfast: At the hotel. This is the last meal included in the program.

Morning: For those who are departing this morning, hotel checkout time is 11:30 a.m. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

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