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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, hike the red rock country around Abiquiu and cook healthy cuisine with expert chefs.
Rating (5)
Program No. 21742RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,749
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, hike the red rock country around Abiquiu and cook healthy cuisine with expert chefs.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,749
Length
6 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
1,749
Program No. 21742RJ

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DATES & starting prices
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Oct 16 - Oct 21, 2022
Starting at
1,999
Nov 13 - Nov 18, 2022
Starting at
1,749
Mar 19 - Mar 24, 2023
Starting at
1,849
Apr 23 - Apr 28, 2023
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1,849
May 21 - May 26, 2023
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1,849
Oct 22 - Oct 27, 2023
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1,999
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 16 - Oct 21, 2022
Starting at
2,399
Nov 13 - Nov 18, 2022
Starting at
1,999
Mar 19 - Mar 24, 2023
Starting at
2,179
Apr 23 - Apr 28, 2023
Starting at
2,179
May 21 - May 26, 2023
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2,179
Oct 22 - Oct 27, 2023
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2,399

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, 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 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Visit the historic community of Chimayo.
  • Journey to Ghost Ranch and marvel at incredibly colorful landscapes.
  • Enjoy private cooking classes taught by local chefs.

General Notes

Select dates are Micro Group departures, with 12 or fewer participants.
Featured Expert
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Elena Junes
Elena Ortiz-Junes is a native New Mexican and member of the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. She has worked for many years as a study leader and group leader for numerous organizations and universities, providing a unique perspective on the region and its rich cultural tapestry. She is a writer and founding board member of Red Media, an indigenous owned and operated media project that highlights Native writers. Elena is also a board member of the University of New Mexico’s Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies.

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

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Elena Ortiz-Junes is a native New Mexican and member of the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. She has worked for many years as a study leader and group leader for numerous organizations and universities, providing a unique perspective on the region and its rich cultural tapestry. She is a writer and founding board member of Red Media, an indigenous owned and operated media project that highlights Native writers. Elena is also a board member of the University of New Mexico’s Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies.
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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 View biography
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!”
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Vannetta Perry View biography
Dr. Vannetta Perry is a retired educator and lifelong resident of New Mexico who is deeply rooted in the southwest. Her family homesteaded and ranched in Southwestern New Mexico and farmed in West Texas. As an educator, Dr. Perry worked in the university setting, teaching biology and directing science outreach programs. Her love for travel was sparked when she led research studies in developing countries. Since retiring, Dr. Perry has continued to share her love of travel and education as a travel director and leader.
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Tiffany Montavon View biography
Tiffany Montavon is a life coach, retreat leader, and community organizer who has been leading women’s retreats for 25 years. She is a certified Yoga Nidra instructor, New Mexico Master Naturalist, 4 Gateways Coach, and Wilderness First Aid provider. With her contemplative practices, body prayer, and inclusive spirituality, Tiffany weaves together creative practices to enrich the lives of individuals and groups. She encourages people to be both informed and deeply nourished by the land they are walking in and people they are walking with.
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Ceptembre “CJ” Anthony has lived in the beautiful Southwest all her life. She has fond memories of orange colored sunsets, camping in forests, and eating honey-filled sopaipillas. A graduate of Loyola Marymount University, she has been a certified and licensed guide for more than 20 years and has worked as a licensed teacher. CJ shares her deep love for New Mexico’s nature, history, and arts with visitors and enjoys seeing their delight in discovery. She also has a great passion for Santa Fe women’s history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recreational Map of New Mexico
by GTR Mapping
A very good fold-out map of New Mexico.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.





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