Earth Sky Yoga Magic:
Honoring Body, Soul, & Self in Taos
Nov 11-17, 2018 * Mabel Dodge Luhan House * Taos, NM
"Mabel's place beats anything you can imagine about it — it is simply astonishing."
- Georgia O'Keeffe
Retreating from Busyness as Usual
In the midst of to-do lists and news cycles,
and under the weight of responsibilities and expectations,
it is easy to lose ourselves a bit.
In the Busyness, we can't help but privilege Doing over Being.
We ask so much - honestly, too much - of our bodies and minds.
We long to slow down.
To just BE for a minute.
To take the time to listen to our bodies and hearts.
To access, honor, and trust our Inner Knowing.
To experience everyday life as full of beauty and magic.
To love and tend our Whole Selves.
Escape to Reality at Mabel's House
The village of Taos, New Mexico is a magical place: the earth cool and steady, the sky bluer than you can imagine, the sunlit air sparkling and alive.
Nestled at the end of a quiet road not far from the village center is Mabel Dodge Luhan's house, a rambling hacienda that served as a vibrant homebase for all sorts of Creatives in the early 20th century.
Ansel Adams decided to become a photographer here. Georgia O'Keeffe made her first paintings of New Mexico. Willa Cather, D.H. Lawrence, and Aldous Huxley wrote; Carl Jung pondered; Martha Graham tapped into the electric atmosphere.
Today, Mabel's house is an inn and retreat center that continues the tradition of bringing together people who want to be more fully themselves and, as Mabel put it, "escape to reality."
This place is beyond charming: welcoming with its adobe construction and quirky interiors, and inspiring with its history and panoramic views.
November is a gorgeous time of year in Taos. Nights are starry, chilly, and scented with piñon wood burning in fireplaces. During the day, the sun marvelously pulls the temperature up into the upper 50s and low 60s, perfect for excursions.
We'll spend 7 days and 6 nights at Mabel's, soaking up the extraordinary energy and nurturing our whole selves.
The spacious and grounding daily schedule of this retreat encourages a calming re-set of your circadian rhythms.
You're invited to do any or all of the following:
Wake up with the sun for coffee/tea and guided meditation/journaling.
Enjoy deeply nurturing, nothing-to-prove daily yoga.
Practice mind/body techniques that help you access and heed your body's wisdom.
Commune in Mabel's cozy dining space for three extraordinarily delicious, healthy, and prepared-with-love daily meals.
Learn new ways to help yourself to sleep.
Walk about town. Breathe fresh mountain desert air. Nap in your room. Get a massage. Feel the sun on your skin. Cuddle up in front of the fireplace.
Do what feels Good.
Hiking and Horses
In addition to your body-loving daily schedule, you'll have two more opportunities to connect viscerally with this extraordinary place.
One, a moderate hike led by a local geologist, enhancing your experience and broadening your perspective of the ground beneath your feet.
Two, a day with horses.
In Equus work, your coach and a horse partner up to help you get a deeply felt understanding of how you're showing up in the world, where you're getting stuck, and how it feels to move with empowered integrity.
Equus work doesn't involve horseback riding; rather, it's a chance for a horse to help you to see - and even better, to feel - how you connect energetically with other beings. With Jennifer's support, your time with a horse will help you get clarity around your energetic entanglements.
Under vast New Mexican skies, and in the artists' haven of Taos, your sense of What's Possible will expand.
You'll begin to receive the flashes of insight, inspiration, and intuitive knowing that come when you take time to Be.
To support this Soul connection, you're invited to join me for three creative, coachey group sessions throughout the week, each offering you a different way to hear your Inner Voice.
You'll also find ample venues for inspiration in Taos itself.
From Mabel's house, it's an easy walk to the pretty village full of galleries, boutiques, and a small plaza.
And it's a short drive to Taos Pueblo, where you can invest in a guided tour of a living Native American community.
So important: throughout the retreat, you will have plenty of choices and ample free time. You're encouraged to do whatever brings you energy: resting and reflecting, adventuring with fellow retreaters, participating in workshops and outings, or cuddling up at the house with your knitting.
Being Yourself, In Community
Last year, my vibrant group of Taos retreaters coined a term to describe what it is we did together:
We "enMabeled" - that is, we became more and more confident in both our generosity and our self-assertion. We got more and more comfortable doing what we felt like doing. We spoke our minds, we shared the last cookie, we were courageous adventurers and also luxuriating homebodies.
Throughout the retreat, we'll endeavor to do what Mabel's guests have done for almost 100 years: become more fully ourselves, together, by giving each other both space and support.
* 7 days, 6 nights lodging
* all breakfasts, all lunches, and 5 dinners at Mabel's: all healthy, delicious, and accommodating your food sensitivities
* morning meditation & journaling and daily yoga with Natalie
* three creative, coachey Self-connection workshops with Natalie
* a moderate hiking excursion, led by a local geologist
* an Equus coaching session with Jennifer Voss and Jen Johnsen
We begin Sunday evening with dinner, and close the following Saturday morning with early practice and a farewell breakfast.
Fly in to Albuquerque or Santa Fe, then have a beautiful drive to Taos, either by shuttle or rented car.
Albuquerque is about 2.5 hours away; Santa Fe a little less than 2 hours. Most folks arrive in New Mexico in the morning, to make their way to Mabel's in the early afternoon. (Rooms are ready around 3p, though you're welcome to arrive before then. Arrive by 6p for dinner, please!).
We are happy to connect retreaters interested in sharing a car ride or coordinating a shuttle, so that you can make travel plans together.
There are two homes nestled on the grounds: the Historic (Main) House, and little Juniper House. Both are sweet and full of character.
Here, have a look at the marvelous rooms!
First retreat registrants get first room choices; you're invited to share your top three picks, and we'll do our best to get you what you want.
Private Rooms (queen or full bed, en suite bath)
3 payments of $950 (first upon registering, second on May 1, third on Sept 1)
Shared Rooms (for two people; two twins or one queen bed with en suite bath)
3 payments of $800 (first upon registering, second on May 1, third on Sept 1)
You may request a roommate (let us know if you want twins or a queen), OR we are happy to place you with someone.
Payment & Policies
Payment is via mailed check or online with ACH bank transfer (much preferred!) or credit card.
If you opt for paying in three installments, you'll receive invoices for the second and third payments about a week before they're due.
Payment is required to secure your spot and confirm your room choice.
Cancellations & Refunds
My commitment to Mabel's House makes me unable to offer any refunds.
If you need to cancel, I do invite you to find another participant to fill your spot.
If you're concerned about this no-refunds policy, please consider purchasing travel insurance.
Three Reasons To Register Now
1. To get the room you really really want!
2. To know that this year, as we journey toward Winter, you'll look forward to a whole bright week to recharge your Being, body and soul.
3. To join an amazing group of people and try out enMabelment for yourself.
Say Yes / Ask Questions
"Up here under the sky, winter and summer, one can lie in the sunshine and bathe in it until 'untied are the knots in the heart,' for there is nothing like the sun for smoothing out all difficulties."
- Mabel Dodge Luhan, Winter in Taos