An excellent retreat for women in a quaint hotel in the middle of historic Santa Fe.
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Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.
Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.
Afternoon: Program Registration 4:00-5:00 p.m.: After you have your room assignment, 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.
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.
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 fresh-cut fruits, organic dairy and cereal products, juices, an array of pastries, and savory options like quiche or stuffed croissants, and locally-roasted organic fair-trade coffee, tea and water.
Morning: After breakfast, in our hotel 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 and Mexicans 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 very contemporary practices brought by different religious groups, cultural groups and individuals; all seem to exist together in relative peace and harmony. After class, we'll go to the Santa Fe School of Cooking for a demonstration class 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 our Group Leader will lead us on a walking exploration of the Santa Fe Plaza. The area abounds with historical sites and buildings. We'll then 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: After dinner we'll walk back to the hotel. The rest of the evening si at leisure to explore some of Santa Fe's nightlife, get to know our fellow participants, or relax at the hotel.
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 between between 2:00 p.m. and 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 to the hotel, 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.
Activity note: Gentle yoga class; getting on/off motorcoach; traveling about 10 miles over the course of the day.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet (after the yoga class).
Morning: This morning will begin with a gentle yoga class in the hotel 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 have played, and still play, such a key role in their communities.
Lunch: Plated meal at the hotel includes a choice of entrées and non-alcoholic beverages such as coffee, tea and water (additional beverages may be available for purchase.)
Afternoon: Following lunch, the motorcoach will depart for Santa Fe Art Classes. Guided by our instructor, a local artist, we will exercise our creative sides and create our own piece of art to take home.
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.
Activity note: Walking up to a mile over paved sidewalks to Sena Plaza.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We'll start the morning with a gentle yoga class at the hotel. We'll then enjoy an expert-led presentation about the life and art of Georgia O'Keeffe. One of the most significant artists of the 20th century, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) was devoted to creating imagery that expressed what she called “the wideness and wonder of the world as I live in it.” She was a leading member of the Stieglitz Circle, avant-garde artists who began to flourish in New York in the 1910s. O’Keeffe’s images—instantly recognizable as her own —include abstractions, large-scale depictions of flowers, leaves, rocks, shells, bones and other natural forms, New York cityscapes and paintings of the unusual shapes and colors of architectural and landscape forms of northern New Mexico.
Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like or sample the local fare.
Afternoon: Most of the afternoon is free for independent activities. You can explore the Santa Fe Plaza area on your own. There are a number of museums, shops and galleries in this area, all within walking distance of the Plaza. Nearby museums include the New Mexico Museum of Art, the New Mexico History Museum, the Palace of the Governors, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Native Art. You might also enjoy visiting the lovely Loretto Chapel with its intriguing spiral staircase and the State Capitol building. The State Capitol houses the "State Capitol Art Collection," featuring the work of local New Mexico artists, sculptors and photographers. Those willing to travel a few miles down Cerrillos Road (city bus transportation available on Sheridan Street near the Plaza) might enjoy visiting "The House of Eternal Return" at the Meow Wolf Art Complex. A uniquely Santa Fe experience, "The House of Eternal Return" is a multimedia, interactive art experience that has been described as “immersive storytelling.” Developed with the generous support of Santa Fe resident and "Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin, it was an immediate sensation after its opening in March 2016 and already has become a destination attraction for adventurers from around the world, attracting over 1,000,000 to date. It's been recommended by CNN Travel as one of "the best things to do in Santa Fe," and declared by CBS News to be New Mexico's "most Instagrammed destination." It's a far cry from traditional Santa Fe style, but is a lot of fun for the open-minded young-at-heart. Then, at 5:00 p.m., we'll gather in our hotel meeting room for our program closing, after which we'll walk 5 blocks 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.
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!
An excellent retreat for women in a quaint hotel in the middle of historic Santa Fe.
Thoroughly enjoyed the content of this program. Santa Fe is a wonderful city with much to offer and experience. I enjoyed the cooking demo at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. Thank you, Chef Allen! Maia is an excellent group leader. I highly recommend this program.
This was a wonderful program and I encourage any woman who wants to expand her horizons to go to Santa Fe. Maia was a great leader and having Patricia open and close the program was perfect. You will find your bliss!
Excellent. Good balance of activities. Loved the painting class.
I can whole-heartedly recommend this program for other women. Solo travelers were made to feel completely at home with the total group. It is also a lovely program to share with a friend as well. The activities were extremely diverse but within the theme of the program. Newcomers to some of the activities were made to feel comfortable stepping out of their comfort zone. The group coalesced beautifully at the very first session and we all left feeling that we had shared something incredibly special. I could do it all over again.
This was a wonderful trip.
Finding bliss in Santa Fe, New Mexico was a delight fulfilling experience, I give it high marks.
It was a blessing for me to be on this particular trip during election day and to be with supportive like minded women. I would do this trip again.thank you
If you have never experienced the southwestern United States or even if you have, but wish to become reacquainted with it, take this tour! It allows independent individuals an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities attuned to Santa Fe's unique offerings. You will learn more than you expected in a congenial and enjoyable way - no tests or exams, just fun. GO FOR IT!