Inspired by Light — Informed by the Aspen

Two days immersed in art and nature, light and darkness
Santa Fe and the surrounding National Forest
Northern New Mexico
September 15-16, 2017

$200 per person Register Now  

Co-hosted by Lead Feather, Wild Resiliency Awakening and the renowned artist Stephen Auger

“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 two days together, with time in the studio of artist Stephen Auger and then a day and half in an 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, mastering steep terrain 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.

  • Thursday evening, September 14:  guests from out-of-town arrive, evening on one’s own
  • Friday morning, September 15:  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.  Light refreshments will be served.  For a preview of Stephen’s work and our conversations, here’s an interview that Larry Glover did with Stephen last year.

  • Friday afternoon, September 15:  head into the wilderness!  For those staying at Los Pinos Ranch, you’ll have lunch, check into your rooms and enjoy free time exploring the woods, journaling or relaxing at the ranch.  There can also be time for any personal creativity you’d like to engage in.
  • Friday evening, September 15:  we’ll deepen our perspectives on lightness and dark by spending time in nature as night approaches.  Our time may include a night hike (without headlamps!), star-gazing or a sacred fire and talking circle.
  • Saturday, September 16: we’ll spend the day alternately hiking and reflecting, spending time in multiple aspen groves, each with its own feel and presence.  For the adventurous, we can start the day in meditation before dawn and experience darkness turning into light firsthand.  We’ll close late afternoon so you can have personal time for integration or art-making before dinner.

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 these two days 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.  If you’re interested in participating but can only attend part of the program, please contact us at or to discuss.  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.

Click on these links to register and download our waiver form.

“And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk to bloom.” Anais Nin

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