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21742
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
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,699
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.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,699
Program No. 21742 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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May 2 - May 7, 2021
Women only
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1,699
May 16 - May 21, 2021
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Oct 17 - Oct 22, 2021
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 2 - May 7, 2021
Women only
Starting at
1,999
May 16 - May 21, 2021
Women only
Starting at
1,999
Oct 17 - Oct 22, 2021
Women only
Starting at
2,389

At a Glance

Take a break from the stresses of daily life and escape to Santa Fe and the Land of Enchantment on a women-only educational retreat. Join other women as you find ways to promote relaxation, pamper your mind and encourage flexibility in your body. Learn techniques used by ancient Native Americans and early Spanish healers, and discover the curative power in the diverse traditions that other cultures have brought to New Mexico. Dine on delicious cuisine, gain flexibility with a yoga class, soak in hot springs and hike through glorious landscapes.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking from several blocks up to a mile over paved but uneven sidewalks. Yoga appropriate for novices and experienced practitioners. Optional hikes of 1-5 miles on varied terrain with elevation gains. Elevations of 7,000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Visit the Santa Fe Mountain Cloud Zen Center for a meditation class.
  • Journey to Ojo Caliente Hot Springs and marvel at incredibly colorful landscapes.
  • Enjoy a private art class taught by a local artist.
Featured Expert
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Patricia Padilla
Patricia Padilla was born into eight generations of Curanderas — an age-old Hispanic healing tradition. She ran her own alternative medical clinic in Lyons, Colorado serving the community as an acupuncturist and herbalist for 20 years. She also published and wrote for a local weekly newspaper for 24 years. After a lifetime of treating patients and teaching about personal and community health, she now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she continues to work with people, writes, teaches and creates "one-of-a-kind" beaded leather bags.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Patricia Padilla was born into eight generations of Curanderas — an age-old Hispanic healing tradition. She ran her own alternative medical clinic in Lyons, Colorado serving the community as an acupuncturist and herbalist for 20 years. She also published and wrote for a local weekly newspaper for 24 years. After a lifetime of treating patients and teaching about personal and community health, she now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she continues to work with people, writes, teaches and creates "one-of-a-kind" beaded leather bags.
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Elizabeth Mesh is an educator, artist and actor with a master’s and license in art therapy. She has led thousands of people at the SITE Santa Fe art museum. She has also been on over 20 film and TV sets in New Mexico. Biking, hiking, blue skies and clean air make New Mexico a place she loves to share. Elizabeth has been teaching traditional and expressive art for two decades and has been featured on the Home and Garden Network Television’s segment “That’s Clever!”
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
New Mexico, A History
by Joseph P. Sanchez
This cooperative effort between three native New Mexicans is the first complete history of New Mexico. It charts the state’s development from 16th-century Spanish colony to frontier province, from its 1912 American statehood to a hub of (often classified) scientific research. A vital source for anyone seeking to understand the complex history of the West.
Garden in the Dunes
by Leslie Marmon Silko
Our narrator, a precocious girl named Indigo from a nearly extinct Native American tribe, is adopted by a well-intentioned rich naturalist and his depressed wife. A thematically rich novel that illuminates the ways the two cultures interact with nature.
Ancient Peoples of the American Southwest
by Stephen Plog, Amy Elizabeth Grey (Illustrator)
This illustrated introduction provides an in-depth look at the ancient cultures that first inhabited the pueblos and cliff dwellings of the American Southwest. Organized chronologically, it features hundreds of maps, mostly black-and-white photographs and site diagrams.
Moon Handbook New Mexico
by -
This comprehensive guide is packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history, culture and destinations throughout New Mexico.
Grandmothers of the Light: A Medicine Woman's Sourcebook
by Paula Gunn Allen
Originating from the creation myths of Native American cultures across the continent, these 21 goddess stories are written with obvious affection and an emphasis on the power of nature and the feminine.
The Southwest Table, Traditional Cuisine from Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona
by Dave DeWitt
Expert on chili peppers and spicy foods, Dave DeWitt (aka "the Pope of Peppers") blends Southwestern culinary history with 130 authentic recipes and cooking techniques in this tantalizing collection of fiery, flavorful dishes from Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.
Infusions of Healing: A Treasury of Mexican-American Herbal Remedies
by Joie Davidow
A history of herbal remedies and medicines developed by the Aztecs and other Native American tribes, many still used in Mexican-American households today. Includes hundreds of herbal treatments.
The Spell of New Mexico
by Tony Hillerman (Editor)
A selection of 12 thoughtful essays on the New Mexico state of mind by great writers, including C.G. Jung, Mary Austin, D.H. Lawrence and Lawrence Clark Powell. Hillerman succeeds in communicating the lure of the desert Southwest in this wonderful, literate introduction to the state.
Portrait of an Artist, A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe
by Laura Lisle
Lisle shows how O'Keeffe was both changed and inspired by her Southwestern surroundings in this insightful biography of Georgia O'Keeffe.
National Geographic Field Guide to Birds, Arizona & New Mexico
by Jonatha Alderfer (Editor)
A pocket guide to the birds of Arizona and New Mexico, featuring a two-page spread for each species with a clear color photograph, a range map and excellent descriptions of field marks, behavior, habitat and viewing sites.
Enchantment and Exploitation, The Life and Hard Times of a New Mexico Mountain Range
by William Eno DeBuys
A study of the cultures in the mountains of northern New Mexico.
Wild Plants of the Pueblo Province, Exploring Ancient and Enduring Uses
by William Dunmire, Gail Tierney
An accessible guide to the diverse plant communities of the Pueblo people.
OM Yoga, A Guide to Daily Practice
by Cyndi Lee
Clear and concise, Cindi Lee's superb guide uses easy-to-follow illustrations to show poses.
Edge of Taos Desert, An Escape to Reality
by Mabel Dodge Luhan
First published in 1937, this story reveals the spiritual awakening the New York socialite experienced through Taos, the Pueblo Indians and Indian Tony Luhan, whom she later married.
New Mexico Wildlife, An Introduction to Familiar Species
by James Kavanagh
A handy fold-up card featuring color illustrations of common plants, animals and reptiles of New Mexico.
Dark Beauty, Photographs of New Mexico
by Jack Parsons
Some of the best work of Jack Parsons, a longtime and accomplished Southwest photographer, is compiled in this full-color coffee table book. Parsons presents the rugged landscapes and the people of New Mexico, exploring religious iconography, far-flung ranches, small towns and wide open spaces.
Recreational Map of New Mexico
by GTR Mapping
A very good fold-out map of New Mexico.
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5 B 4 L 4 D
DAY
1
Program Registration, Orientation, Blessing Ceremony, Dinner
Santa Fe, N.M.
D
Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

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 and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Transportation for program-related activities will be via motorcoach unless specified otherwise. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. 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: In the hotel meeting room, we'll enjoy a buffet meal including soup or salad, seasonal entrée, dessert, coffee, tea, and water; additional beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. 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.

DAY
2
History, Healing Practices, Cooking School, Meditation Class
Santa Fe, N.M.
B,L,D
Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

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

Breakfast: At the hotel, the buffet usually includes eggs, cereals, yogurts, juice, coffee, tea, and water.

Morning: 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. Coffee, iced tea, 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: We'll enjoy a plated meal at a nearby local restaurant with a choice of entrées, coffee, tea, and water (additional beverages may be available for purchase).

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

DAY
3
Ghost Ranch Education Center, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs
Santa Fe, N.M.
B,L,D
Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; traveling 150 miles over the course of the day. Elective: hiking up to 3 miles roundtrip with some elevation gains at Ghost Ranch. Extent and duration of activities at Ojo Caliente according to personal choice.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After breakfast, we'll board our motorcoach 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 Santa Fe at 5:30 p.m.

Dinner: In Santa Fe, we'll stop for dinner at a local favorite restaurant. We’ll order off a limited menu, which includes a choice of entrée. Coffee, tea, and water included; additional beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure upon our return to the hotel.

DAY
4
Yoga Class, Women as Healers, Free Time
Santa Fe, N.M.
B,L
Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Activity note: Gentle yoga class. Getting on/off a motorcoach. Extent and duration of free time activities according to personal choice.

Breakfast: Today, we'll have breakfast following the first morning activity.

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: We'll walk a couple of blocks to a local restaurant, where we'll enjoy a plated meal including a choice of entrées and non-alcoholic beverages such as coffee, tea, and water; additional beverages may be available for purchase.

Afternoon: Free time. This period of time has been set aside for your personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

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.

DAY
5
Hands-On Art Activity, Hike & Journaling Experience
Santa Fe, N.M.
B,L,D
Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving up to 60 miles over the course of the day, approximately 75 minutes. Hiking up to 2 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: 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 lead us in making a piece of art to take home as a reminder of our journey.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we'll enjoy a plated meal including 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 6:00 p.m., we'll gather in our hotel meeting room for our program closing, after which we'll walk to Sena Plaza.

Dinner: La Casa Sena Cantina is a well-known contemporary restaurant in the Sena Plaza compound. We will enjoy a plated meal 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: After a walk back to the hotel, the evening is at leisure. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Santa Fe, N.M.
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: At the hotel. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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