Inspired by Nature: A Journey into Creativity


Walks in the American West: Inspired by Nature
Santa Fe and Georgia O’Keeffe Country
$1,295 per person
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At this time, there are no dates set for this journey, though it can be offered as a private journey for groups of four or more individuals.  If interested, please contact us with the number of people in your party and the time of year you’d like to go.  Please note that we need at least two month’s planning time to ensure that we can secure space with the O’Keeffe museum and Origin.

“Being in the expansive landscape of Santa Fe and northern New Mexico really opens up my creative thinking.  During each journey I went on, the deeply inspiring nature together with the guided reflections gave me a renewed focus on how to live my life more fully.” Melinda C., Journey participant 2009 + 2014

Have you unleashed the natural creativity inside you to lead a more passionate and purposeful life? Lead Feather invites you to inspire your fullest creative self on a 4 day journey immersed in the nature and artistry of northern New Mexico.  This is a fantastic journey for those seeking inspiration in any area of life — relationships, health, money, work.  We’ll look at how we can each tap into our innate creativity to bring greater ease and excitement to our lives, investigating our curiosity, how we “show up” in the world, mindfulness, the willingness to see the world with a new lens…all things when practiced can lead to greater creativity.

We’ll also see first-hand how iconic creators, such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Ra Paulette, used nature to expand their perspective and choices. Through guided activities, you’ll spend time exploring your own creative strengths and how they enhance your life and work.

During the journey, you’ll have ample time for inspiration in nature—hiking along trails, sitting by the river, listening to the breeze moving through the cottonwoods, walking the labyrinth, gazing at the night sky. The “soft camping” aspect of the journey puts you close to nature, yet with the comforts of heated showers and full kitchen.

Our journey will unfold over five days, as we interweave time in nature with time in creative spaces and conversation to further our exploration into creativity:

  • Day 1:  gather in Santa Fe in the afternoon for a private tour of the O’Keeffe Museum followed by dinner of classic New Mexican cuisine.  Night in Santa Fe on your own.
  • Day 2:  meet in the morning to hike to the 600 year-old Poshuouingue ruins and experience what used to be a vibrant ancestral Pueblo community — ancestors of the present day Ohkay Owinge and Santa Clara tribes; visit O’Keeffe’s artist studio and home in Abiquiu and then head to our “home” for this exploration and set up camp; explore the land and Rio Ojo Caliente; close the evening with an Ojibwa talking circle.
  • Day 3:  spend the morning hiking the gorgeous landscape that inspired many before us; after lunch head to Origin at Rancho de San Juan for a private tour of Ra Paulette’s Windows of the Earth cave sanctuary; have time for solo contemplation in the cave or in the landscape Cave---Singing-Bowls---Jill-10surrounding it before heading back to The Ojo for dinner and conversation around creativity.
  • Day 4:  visit the “White Place,” where Georgia O’Keeffe painted many of her iconic landscapes; have “solo” afternoons on the land for journaling or hiking, spending time in nature on your own.  Evening trip to the famed Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs for a few hours of soaking (and a shower before heading home!).
  • Day 5:  we will have time to say goodbye to the land before we pack up and head back to Santa Fe.

Co-hosted by Lead Feather, the Wild Resiliency Institute, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and Origin at Rancho de San Juan.

For more details about the journeys, check out our FAQs.  We can also do this journey on a sliding scale, so if cost is an issue please don’t let it get in the way of joining us.

And for one of our favorite videos, check out Brene Brown’s TEDx talk on creativity and vulnerability.  She is incredible at identifying the underlying sources of our challenges…and this one is no different.

Black Place campingTo register, please either contact us at or click here to register online.  You can also download our Journey Release Form and then you’ll be all set!

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.

Above: Georgia O’Keeffe, Pedernal, 1941, Oil on canvas, 19 x 30 ¼ (48.26 x 76.83), Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Gift of The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation (2006.05.172), © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

Left: Maria Chabot, Breakfast, The Black Place, 1944. Photographic print, 5 x 7 in., Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Gift of Maria Chabot. © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

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