Getting on/off motorcoach; traveling 10 miles over the course of the day; walking several blocks over varied terrain with inclines.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Plated meal at a nearby local restaurant with a choice of entrées, tea, coffee and water (additional beverages may be available for purchase).
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.