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
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5 B 4 L 4 D
Program Registration, Orientation, Blessing Ceremony, Dinner
Santa Fe, N.M.
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.

History, Healing Practices, Cooking School, Meditation Class
Santa Fe, N.M.
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.

Ghost Ranch Education Center, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs
Santa Fe, N.M.
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.

Yoga Class, Women as Healers, Free Time
Santa Fe, N.M.
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.

Hands-On Art Activity, Hike & Journaling Experience
Santa Fe, N.M.
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.

Program Concludes
Santa Fe, N.M.

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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