Exploring our True Nature
Four days immersed in art and nature, light and darkness
Santa Fe and the surrounding National Forest
Northern New Mexico
May 2-6, 2018
$695 per person Register Now
“Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” Rumi
Join us in an exploration of self, nature, light, art and their intertwining relationships. We’ll spend four days together, with time in the studio of artist Stephen Auger on the first day and then head to the aspen forest, learning from what scientists call the world’s largest known individual life form. We will share skills for savoring our senses, hiking at altitude, working with nature to heal ourselves and more. We will also customize our activities to the group’s interests, the day’s weather, and people’s desire for movement and stillness. Join us for a few days of unplugging from technology in order to connect to something deeper.
- Wednesday evening, May 2: Guests from out-of-town arrive as we gather as a group for dinner.
- Thursday, May 3: Gather at 9am at Stephen Auger’s studio to view his work and have an open conversation about art as it relates to self, nature, the senses and being human. This will include a sharing circle as we explore each of our perspectives. Lunch will be served and then we will explore art further by creating a piece using Stephen’s materials. For a preview of Stephen’s work and our conversations, here’s an interview that Larry Glover did with Stephen last year. In the afternoon, we’ll head into the wilderness! We’ll explore the relationship between the light and dark further by gathering in silence as night falls. After dinner we’ll participate in an Ojibwe talking circle, helping us deepen our connection to each other and the earth.
- Friday, May 4: After a hearty breakfast by the hearth fireplace we’ll set out for a full-day hike. Options include hiking to Stewart Lake, Hamilton Mesa, Spirit Lake or on other trails. We’ll spend some solo time in nature, feeling ourselves relax into nature’s healing abilities. We’ll return for dinner and star-gazing at night.
- Saturday, May 5: Saturday will bring another beautiful day for being with nature. Depending on people’s appetite for hiking, we can either do another full-day hike or hike up to an aspen grove and spend a number of hours art-making, journaling, or doing other activities individually or as a group. We’ll end the day with a gratitude and takeaway circle, which will help us bring home what we want to from this journey.
- Sunday, May 6: We’ll be up early for breakfast, goodbyes and getting everyone on the road home.
Lodging will be on your own in Santa Fe Thursday evening and as guests at a private cabin in the Santa Fe National Forest on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Lodging at the cabin is on available to those who sign up first, with 6 bedrooms available. In addition there is camping available on-site.
Bonus! Once you sign up for this journey we’ll send you a pre-journey email with suggested readings and thought-provoking questions to get you ready for our time together. And a month or two after the journey we’ll gather together in an online video call to remember our experiences in nature. You’ll also then be able to join our past-participant video calls to welcome in each season. These are beautiful opportunities to reconnect to the wellspring of aliveness that exists in each of us, but often gets covered up with our day-to-day activities.
As the poet Mark Nepo posits “The challenge of our age is to stay in relationship….to who we are, to our aliveness, to everything larger than us. This opens up a conversation with life.” Our goal for our time together is to deepen that aliveness — to bring a new sense of energy and passion to ourselves, our relationships and our life’s work.
This program is hosted on forest service lands in partnership with Larry Glover (USFS permit holder) and Wild Resiliency Awakening. A portion of your fees go to support Lead Feather’s programs for Native American youth, helping them connect deeply to Mother Earth. Interested in helping more? Learn how.
“And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk to bloom.” Anais Nin