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
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6 days
5 nights
11 meals
5 B 3 L 3 D
Program Registration, Orientation, Blessing Ceremony, Dinner
Santa Fe, N.M.
Hotel St. Francis

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.

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

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 eggs, breakfast meat, breads, cereal, yogurt, fruit coffee, tea, juice 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 we'll 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: We will walk back to the hotel for 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.

Yoga Class, Lecture on Women Healers, Hands-On Art Class
Santa Fe, N.M.
Hotel St. Francis

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.

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

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 Chimayó at 5:30 p.m.

Dinner: We'll have dinner at historical Rancho de Chimayó, a charming restaurant housed in an old hacienda. Chimayó is known for its heirloom chiles, the fruit of the Capsicum plant; most traditional New Mexican dishes are prepared with red or green chile. (New Mexico's official state question is "Red or green?" If you'd like to try both, order "Christmas!") Our group will have a plated meal, ordering from a special menu featuring traditional New Mexican cuisine, with chips, salsa, and a non-alcoholic beverage. (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.

Georgia O'Keeffe lecture, Free Afternoon, La Casa Sena
Santa Fe, N.M.
Hotel St. Francis

Activity note: Walking up to a mile over paved sidewalks to Sena Plaza.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: This morning we'll enjoy an expert-led lecture on 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.” O'Keeffe was a leading member of the Stieglitz Circle, early advocates of modern art in America. After moving to northern New Mexico in 1949, O'Keeffe spent the next 26 years producing distinctive and iconic paintings of the area's landscapes, flowers, and other regional subjects.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like or sample the local fare.

Afternoon: Most of the afternoon is free for independent activities. Then, at 5:00 p.m., we'll gather in our hotel meeting room for our program closing, after which we'll walk 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.

Santa Fe, N.M.

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 12:00 p.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!

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