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.