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Unique things to do in New Mexico
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Unique things to do in New Mexico

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Freestyle Weaving
1. We will take a look at my woven fabrics and get ideas for techniques you want to try. We also look for color combinations that appeal to you. 2. Next, you fill a basket with your yarn choices. Choose your color and texture palette! 3. We will learn to wind yarn onto bobbins, so you can begin your creation. 4. We always start simple and learn the basic steps of weaving. Shuttle, feet, beat! 5. As you get comfortable, we can start adding texture, colors, and design with different techniques. 6. When you near the end of your time, we will take your piece off the loom and finish the ends by knotting the warp. 7. You will walk out the door with your woven creation! Other things to note: I am flexible, write me if you have a special time or another request. We might be able to work something out. Eat or snack before you come, eating while weaving is difficult!
Stained Glass Art Experience - Hidden Santa Fe Gem
How often do you get to dabble in an art form that began in the 600's AD? Our experience invites participants into century's-old techniques to create glass suncatcher ornaments. You'll get to choose a design to create, select from dozens of types of art glass, then learn how to break, shape, and utilize techniques developed by Tiffany and others to bind the glass pieces together into a finished suncatcher ornament to bring home with you. (And yes, you can take it on a plane.) Absolute novices welcome!
Strings in the Mountains w Award Winning Violinist Santa Fe
Imagine taking in a classical music concert from an award winning violinist while you walk in a stunning natural landscape? I'll take you on the only morning nature and acoustic music immersion and meditation experience currently in New Mexico. We'll start at a local trailhead, greenbelt, private green space or nature spot and I'll lead you in a short meditation and breath work experience along with music from my violin and possibly the guitar too! You'll learn a few fun and interesting facts about history, nature, and scenery. Since the group is less then 10, you'll have an opportunity to make new friends and feel a sense of connection with others as well as nature. We want all people to feel welcome to attend, feel free to ask me about sliding scale admission or volunteering in exchange. If there's a date or time you'd like, but its not available on our calendar, reach out to me. Most of the time we can accommodate your preferred date. Event times are scheduled so you get to see a gorgeous New Mexico sunset. We love working with companies and and have lots of experience hosting corporate team-building. This experience is great great for groups and company retreats. We include activities that bring the group together to foster fun and communication.
Wine tasting from the source
Join me for a tour of Noisy Water Winery’s 5 acre property, venue, and working production facility at Enchanted Vine in Alto, just 15 min. from Midtown Ruidoso! Throughout this experience you will receive several tank samples, a barrel sample and get an exclusive look behind the scenes of an active winemaking facility and operation, maybe even a chance to chat with one of the winemakers (if they’ve got a few minutes to break away)! We’ll talk about about the history of Noisy Water and winemaking in New Mexico, and the wine of course will be flowing! If you are looking for a specific date that isn’t available please just send in a request and if we are able to accommodate we will!
Willa Cather's Santa Fe
On this 2.5-hour walking tour, we’ll explore how author Willa Cather was inspired to write her "best book" (her words), "Death Comes for the Archbishop" by retracing her steps through Santa Fe in 1925 and 1926. We'll gather at the Plaza opposite La Fonda, the hotel where Cather and her partner Edith Lewis stayed during their visits. Cather has become an LGBTQ+ icon since the publication of her letters in 2013, and during this experience we will read from her letters, interviews, and articles, in addition to seeing historic footage of Santa Fe. Our walking route covers about 1.5 miles, mostly on sidewalks, but also climbs a hill to the Cross of the Martyrs with its outstanding view of the city below. During our time together, we'll explore aspects of the novel, such as Kit Carson, Padre Antonio José Martínez, and of course Archbishop Jean-Baptiste Lamy, New Mexico's first Catholic archbishop and the real-life inspiration for the fictional Bishop Latour in Cather's book. We will learn about Sister Blandina Segale who helped set up a hospital in Lamy's house, and visit the last remnant of Lamy's six-acre garden behind the St. Francis Cathedral in the peaceful Stations of the Cross Prayer Garden. Whether you are a local or a visitor, you will see Santa Fe in an entirely different light. And you may well find yourself part of the community known as "Cather People."
Pottery Class
Great for individuals, families, and groups of any size. Fun corporate team-building! Our pottery "experiences" are taught by local ceramic artists who volunteer their time. Paseo Pottery has joined the rank of a growing number of businesses embracing a radical form of conscious capitalism: cover costs, then donate rest to improve society. We start each pottery class by doling out drinks (we’ve got a variety of beverages to choose from, and you’re welcome to BYOB as well). Then we take students on a tour of our studio where over a dozen Santa Fe ceramic artists come to create. Paseo Pottery has been part of the local art scene for three decades. All of our classes are one-time, two-hour classes that prioritize the experience of touching, forming, and manipulating clay into expressions of art. The classes are experience-based, meaning that at the end of each session students recycle their work back into the clay mound. Students do not, however, walk away empty handed as they receive a $15 credit to chose a piece of pottery from the gallery, which is full of pottery handcrafted by local Santa Fe artists. All experiences listed here are wheel-throwing (think Ghost), but if you'd like to schedule a hand-building experience, please message us.
Brewery and Distillery Tour
Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery Production space tour and tasting of our hand crafted beers, spirits and cocktails. Participants are given a tour of our production space where a guide will explain how we make our unique beers and spirits. From base ingredients to the brew house and fermenters to distillation, aging and packaging. After the tour, guests are treated to a flight of beers or spirits in our tasting room. This experience takes place at our production space: 32 Bisbee Court Santa Fe, NM 87507
Creative Soul Scavenger Hunts of Santa Fe
Get ready for a whole new adventure in 2024! Step into the vibrant and historic Santa Fe Plaza area, where something exciting awaits. Meet Tara, your scavenger hunt game show host, who will curate a unique adventure for you. Embark on an extraordinary journey with a twist! This is not your typical scavenger hunt; it's a creative and immersive departure from the ordinary. Come with an open mind, a big smile, and leave all expectations behind. Unleash your inner detective, artist, and storyteller as you delve into the heart of Santa Fe. Engage with friendly locals, discover intriguing tales of Santa Fe's history, and capture the essence of the city through photos, videos, and audio files. Whether you're a couple or part of a large group, this game is for everyone. Young or old, explorer or artist, it's designed to inspire and entertain all who love to discover and create. This is a perfect chance to connect with your teammates in a fun and light-hearted way. Let your imagination run wild, as you team up to unravel the missions and solve clues . It's a co-creation between you and your interactive host,Santa Fe itself and you, the hunters, making the experience truly unique. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Santa Fe and experience this captivating way to explore a new place. The hunt is on, and adventure awaits you!
Experience a Shamanic Healing in a Sacred Sanctuary
Join Shan as she conducts a Shamanic Energy Healing on you while accessing all the tools she has mastered over 35 years. She accesses your energetic field, and performs a healing based on your needs, which may include clearing of your auric field, ethereal, emotional and physical fields, energetic blocks, negative energy and old patterning, and an infusion of light energy to balance your Chakra system using Sacred Geometry. During the spiritual mentoring, Shan utilizes the channeled messages in a co-creative experience with you, to guide you through whatever block, challenge or life struggle you are experiencing.
Explore Santa Fe's Historic Railyard
On this 2-hour walking tour, we’ll make our way along the historic railroad tracks, sidings, and warehouses as we explore how the railroad changed Santa Fe when it arrived in 1880 - and how this vibrant arts and historic district has become Santa Fe's "living room." We'll gather under the Railyard's 40,000-gallon water tower to learn about how the railroad came to the Southwest and connected the region to the rest of the country - and opened it up to tourism. You'll learn about Prohibition-era brothels and the murder of the chief of police, and how the Railyard evolved from a transportation hub into an arts and cultural center. Our walking route covers about 1 mile on sidewalks and features two historic depots, warehouses, a slough of railroad buildings dating to the 1880s along Guadalupe Street, the Santuario de Guadalupe - the oldest shrine in the United States - and the historic lumberyard of the Sanbusco center (now New Mexico School for the Arts), which supplied building materials for the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos during World War II. Bring your camera and good walking shoes. The Railyard has considerable urban charm, numerous art galleries, restaurants, and hosts the city's farmers market. This experience is great for groups, teams, and team-building!
Nature Writing Workshop with Taos Author
Nature Writing is a way to tune in more deeply with our self, the environment, and our connection with nature. Taos has a rich literary history of authors from around the world who found creative inspiration in our beautiful and unique surroundings, including D.H. Lawrence, Aldo Leopold and Willa Cather. My class will teach you my unique method of generating inspired writing, which includes guided meditation, creative visualization and experiencing nature firsthand. We will meet at the lush and beautiful Fred Baca Park early in the morning and begin with an orientation where I will guide you to create your own personal intention for the day. After a guided meditation to ground and center, we might take a mindful walk along a nature trail (less than a mile on a flat path), allowing time and space to open all our senses to the natural world around us. Following the walk, we will gather in the shade to write. I will discuss the craft of nature writing to give you tools to work with and I will read from some of my favorite nature writers. Writing exercises are interspersed with short guided meditations to bring us back to our bodies and back to nature. All writing is stream-of-consciousness and free of judgement. No writing experience needed, only an open mind and the desire to create. Contact me to book additional dates/times or if you are interested in yoga or Reiki session.
Afternoons with Christian An experiential tour of Santa Fe
Join Christian for a fun and informative walk through thousands of years of history and adventure! Native culture, Spanish and Mexican influences, and the pioneering spirit all blend together in an intoxicating mixture that is Santa Fe. Call, text, or email with your date and group size.
Santa Fe Haunted Spirits Tour
Haunted "Spirits" Tour is an opportunity to sample great cocktails served with incredible stories of Santa Fe and New Mexico's strange happenings all rooted in actual people and events as you walk through downtown Santa Fe. Victor is great for offering other great suggestions from dinner, day trips, in and outs of things to do in Santa Fe or the surrounding area.
Creative Soul Scavenger Hunts of Taos
Get ready for the most epic scavenger hunt Taos has ever seen! This ain't your great great grandma's stale old scavenger hunt - we're bringing the adventure and seriously fun challenges that will transform your Taos experience. Our hunt master Tara has conspired with the spirits of Taos to concoct a one-of-a-kind adventure that will unleash your inner explorer. This adventure was made for fun lovers, creative types, and laughing adventurers of all kinds - couples, families, groups of friends. Get those investigative juices flowing as you hunt for answers to unique clues and collaborate with your teammates. Our challenges are designed to let your creativity shine while you experience Taos in a whole new light. You won't just complete tasks; you'll step into an interactive story that blends fantasy, culture and adventure. Let the Huntmaster Tara and the magic of Taos guide you on an expedition you'll never forget! The hunt is on - are you ready to take the ultimate challenge and curate an experience unlike any other?
Forest Bathing with Local Nature Therapy Guide
Forest bathing is a slow wander and highly sensory experience through a green space, usually not walking more than half a mile in two hours. We begin with an introduction to each other and to Forest Bathing. Learn what it is, how it originated and the benefits of this practice, including lowering blood pressure, decreasing inflammation, reducing cortisol levels and increasing calm, focus and creativity. We will then quietly close our eyes and tune into our senses and the natural world around us before slowly walking and noticing what is in motion all around us. The guide will continue to give invitations that will open your senses to the wonders of the world around you in ways that you have never experienced nature before even if you are a lifetime outdoorsman. Slow down, quiet your mind, tune in, become one with nature and feel better. After each invitation, we have a brief optional share with the group. We end by gathering together for a cup of forest tea. This experience is accessible to all ability levels. Contact me personally about pets and children.