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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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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OM Yoga, A Guide to Daily Practice
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Edge of Taos Desert, An Escape to Reality
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New Mexico Wildlife, An Introduction to Familiar Species
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Dark Beauty, Photographs of New Mexico
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Recreational Map of New Mexico
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Ancient Peoples of the American Southwest
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Infusions of Healing: A Treasury of Mexican-American Herbal Remedies
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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.

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