Join Joan & Gilah in the Land of Enchantment for a soulful, engaging and fun-filled adventure you will never forget!

Tour New Mexico sacred sites including El Santuario de Chimayó, Pojoaque Pueblo on Feast Day, Hacienda de Guru Ram Das–the mother ashram of Western Sikh Dharma.

  • Experience mestizaje–the unique blending of New Mexico’s Native American, Spanish Christian and Sephardic Jewish culture.
  • Enjoy private gallery tours with inspiring artists from various cultural traditions.
  • Renew with daily meditations, spiritual practices, and interactive activities.
  • Immerse in the natural beauty of Santa Fe and Taos during the Season of Light.
  • Pamper yourself at Ten Thousand Waves thermal spa and Izanami restaurant.
  • Delight in unique holiday shopping opportunities—affordable and beautiful New Mexico crafts, art, clothing and more.
  • Unwind at the serene IHM Retreat Center near Museum Hill, with sumptuous organic breakfast and dinner daily, and unique evening programs with Joan, Gilah and special guests.

Santa Fe is wondrous in in the winter!
We cannot wait to share this fabulous experience with you !

SPACE IS LIMITED TO 24 PARTICIPANTS!

Lodging*, 3 Meals daily, Touring, Programs
* price is for double occupancy.  Single Occupancy, if available, is $2695


Joan & Gilah


IHM Retreat Center


LUMINARIA IN SANTA FE

LUMINARIA IN SANTA FE


OUR ITINERARY

Tues, December 11: Welcome to Santa Fe!

We’ll gather at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat Center for a sumptuous dinner followed by a relaxing evening of fun, sharing and a Taizé mystical ritual.

Wed, December 12: Native American Spiritual Traditions

After breakfast we’ll head to the Pojoaque Pueblo for their Feast Day honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe. In the morning, we’ll attend Mass, followed by Native American dances, and a tour of the renowned Poeh Cultural Center and Museum. After lunch we’ll meet internationally-renowned sculptor Roxanne Swentzell for a gallery tour of her stunning art. We’ll head back to IHM for dinner followed by creating our own prayer sticks and a ritual for the Winter Solstice.

Pueh Cultural Center & Museum

Pojoaque Pueblo Feast Day

Pojoaque Pueblo Feast Day

Thu, December 13: Spanish Christian Spiritual Traditions

After breakfast and a short morning practice, we’ll head north into the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, to the charming, historic community of Chimayo, established in the late 17th century by Spanish settlers. The descendants of those early settlers are still skilled in the traditions for which Chimayó became famous, including high-quality weaving, red chile, horse and sheep raising, and fruit orchards. Chimayó is also famous for traditional Hispanic and Tewa Indian arts including wood carving, paintings of saints on retablos (flat wood slabs) and bultos (sculptures), tin working, colcha embroidery, and pottery.

Chimayó is also believed by many to be the site of a miracle which occurred about 200 years ago. The ancient soil within el pocito (the small well) within the Santuario is thought to confer magical healing properties.

Highlights of our visit to Chimayó include:

  • El Santuario de Chimayó, Santo Nino Chapel.
  • El Potrero Trading Post, Chile tasting!
  • Festive lunch of signature New Mexican cuisine at Restaurante Rancho de Chimayó.
  • Ortega’s Weaving Shop, where the product of nine generations of inventive weaving is perfected.
  • Centinela Traditional Arts weaving gallery, run by world-renowned artisans Irvin and Lisa Trujillo, specializes in hand-woven wool products using natural dyes, custom-dyed yarns, handspun yarns, and the traditional Chimayo and Rio Grande weaving styles.
  • Gallery tour with Sharon Candelario, a native of Chimayo who specializes in the local art of black-etched tin with intricate designs.
  • Visit to the historic Nambe Trading Post. Santa Fe’s best kept secret for beautiful art work and exquisite jewelry handmade by local artist and craftsmen from the surrounding pueblos and communities.

We’ll return to IHM for dinner and a quiet evening together.

El Santuario de Chimayó

El Santuario de Chimayó


Irvin Trujillo, Chimayó Weaver

Irvin Trujillo, Chimayó Weaver

Nambe Trading Post

Nambe Trading Post

Fri, December 14: Sikh Dharma and Crypto Jews

Hacienda de Guru Ram Das

After breakfast, we’ll head for Espanola and Hacienda de Guru Ram Dass—the mother ashram for Western Sikh dharma. The followers of Yogi Bhajan and the 3HO Kundalini yoga community are located here. After touring the gurdwara (temple) we will be treated to a Kundalini yoga class including kirtan (chanting).

Gurdwara

We’ll lunch at the fabulous El Paragua restaurant in Espanola, then relax during a peaceful drive to Taos, where we’ll have a private gallery tour by Anita Rodriguez, one the most colorful and interesting artists and authors in Taos. Anita is a Hispanic American artist and painter. Her work incorporates Native American ceremonialism, Mexican mysticism and Hispanic folk art as well as the Penitente art of New Mexico, Native American dances and ceremonies, Catholic traditions and Jewish celebrations. Her latest work, Crypto Jew reflects the Spanish Jews who—outwardly—professed Catholicism in renaissance Spain, following the June 6, 1391 anti-Jewish pogroms and the expulsion of the Jews in 1492.

El Paragua Restaurant

El Paragua Restaurant

Anita Rodriguez in Her Studio

Anita Rodriguez in Her Studio

Following a short stop at TaosFolk—an artisan pop-up store, we’ll head back to IHM for a meditative Shabbat (Sabbath) dinner and evening program with renowned Canyon Road artist, Sara Novenson, who will share her gorgeous contemporary Jewish art with us, and will charm us with a delightfully informative and often humorous program on the Hebrew Women of Faith.

Taos Folk - Artisan Pop-Up Store

Taos Folk – Artisan Pop-Up Store

Sara Novenson

Sara Novenson

Sat, December 15: Santa Fe—City of Holy Faith

Today you’ll relax, shop, and self-tour some of the most sacred sites in Santa Fe.

Following breakfast and a morning meditation, we’ll shuttle you down to the Santa Fe Plaza area. There you can visit the famed Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, the Loretto Chapel with its mystical staircase, the Santa Fe Plaza and a special winter Indian Market at the historic La Fonda Hotel, that just happens to be scheduled for this weekend!

Cathedral Basilica of St Francis of Assisi

Cathedral Basilica of St Francis of Assisi

La Fonda Hotel

La Fonda Hotel

Indian Market

Indian Market

Later we’ll shuttle you to the glorious Ten Thousand Waves, Japanese-style thermal spa, get a couple hours of soak time in a large private tub. You will have lunch the onsite Izanami Restaurant, and you can dine in your robe, if you like. If you want to arrange (in advance) your own massage or other spa treatment, there will be time that afternoon. We highly recommend their spa services!

We’ll return to IHM for dinner, and an evening program making a Kabbalistic amulet to take home.

Ten Thousand Waves

Ten Thousand Waves

Izanami Restaurant

Izanami Restaurant

Sun, December 16: Hasta Luego e Vaya Con Dios…

After breakfast we’ll conclude our adventure with a Circle of Ancestral Blessing and closing circle. Lunch will be served at noon.