High Desert Wellness Glamping Retreat

THREE Nights & TWO Days All-Inclusive “Luxuriously Wild” Glamping Wellness Retreat

$3200 per person + tax for shared luxury clamping tent | $3850 per person + tax for private luxury glamping tent

2022 | Saturday, November 5 thru Tuesday, November 8

Start & End El Monte Sagrado Resort in Taos, NM

8 ppl min | 12 ppl max


“TO WALK A SACRED PATH IS TO DISCOVER OUR INNER SACRED SPACE: THAT CORE FEELING THAT IS WAITING TO HAVE LIFE BREATHED BACK INTO IT THROUGH SYMBOLS, ARCHETYPAL FORMS LIKE THE LABYRINTH, RITUALS, STORIES AND MYTHS. UNDERSTANDING THE INVISIBLE WORLD, THE WORLD OF PATTERNS AND PROCESS, OPENS US UP TO THE MOVEMENT OF THE SPIRIT.”

~ LAUREN ARTRESS, WALKING A SACRED PATH

H.I. Wellness offers incredibly poignant experiences designed to connect our guests to the stillness of our land, the cadence of ancient practices, and the sanctuary of self-discovery. Read more about it in this interview with H.I. CEO + Inspired Guide Angelisa Espinoza Murray – Entering the Mandala: The Journey to Radical Self-Care with Heritage Inspirations

Our High Desert Wellness Retreat is an intuitive journey of unearthing designed to peel back the layers of the year and connect you with your center and your own inner wisdom. We invite you to slow down, unplug, and be nourished by the elements of earth, air, fire, and water as you immerse in sacred rituals and practices of radical self care. Set in one of the most mystical settings on earth, our inspired guides and teachers will illuminate the path back to the center of yourself through yoga, spa options, sound healing therapy, nutritious meals and elixirs, labyrinth walks, aromatherapy, and observance of celestial movements including the lunar eclipse. Inspired by the 52 acres of beauty and solitude of Casita Arrebol, we seek to create a sacred space for reflection, stillness, and nourishment that will translate into your life in meaningful ways long after you leave. Our retreat is New Mexico’s love letter to you.


Immerse in the stillness of our wildlands, the power of ancient traditions, and the inspired luxury of our glamping experiences on the path to radical self care.

DAY ONE ~ Earth

After gathering at the H.I. Hub at El Monte Sagrado and meeting our Inspired Guides we will drive along the Rio Grande and Ojo Caliente valley towards the Abiquiu region also known as Tewa Country. Our first stop will be at the otherworldly luminescent spires of Plaza Blanca. There we will take a few moments to set our intentions for the retreat and recalibrate to the time of the eternal, what indigenous people refer to as the sacred hoop. Invigorated, we will settle into the charm of Abiquiu Café for a tasty lunch surrounded by the art of local artists.

Traveling north of Abiquiu you will be introduced to the retreat property Casita de Arrebol and the life and beauty of southwestern glamping with H.I.. Our afternoon spa menu offers “Essence Portraits,” Earth Mud Masks, and Earth Element Yoga, and an aromatherapy lounge. After enjoying a savory dinner, you have the rare opportunity to walk our own private labyrinth under the light of the moon. 

DAY TWO ~ Air

We begin the morning with a delicious elixir designed to balance and ground the body, (coffee and tea will also be available). Then you will be guided in a sunrise meditation with Kari connecting you to the stillness and pristine skies of the desert. After enjoying a nourishing plant based breakfast, we will visit Christ Church Monastery along the Rio Chama. The monastery is surrounded by acres of protected land and has been a draw for those seeking the solitude of monastic life. A silent walk through the lovingly tended gardens and red-rock riverscape will revive the soul.

That afternoon we continue to flow with the serenity of the Rio Chama as we enjoy a beautiful meditative space outfitted with native blankets, camp chairs, and a pack lunch. You will have an opportunity to soak in rose hued canyon walls and the timeless currents of the emerald river as you read, sketch, paint or simply take in the living sculpture of the Chama canyon.

Back at camp you will have time to reflect, center, and breath. A massage option will be available. As afternoon sun guilds the desert horizon, Kari will lead an Air element yoga meditation. After dinner, a sound healing circle that will recalibrate your soul as the stars blaze across inky darkness of the night sky.

DAY THREE ~ Fire

Again we start the day with a fortifying elixir, (tea and coffee will be available).  A sunrise yoga meditation with Kari invoking the fire element will be offered. Following breakfast you will immerse in a day of experiences designed to center and cleanse: Canvas Art guided sessions, Sagebrush smudge stick builds, and partner cardinal direction smudge, and “Essence Portraits” with Calli. All of the activities are designed to align you with the rhythms and magic of nature.

In the afternoon you will have quality time to reflect, write in your journal, read, and enjoy the privacy of your gorgeous tent. Massage options available. As the sun dips below the horizon, a session of “Fire Element Yoga” with Kari sets the intention for that evening’s Kiva Fire Sweat removing the year’s unwanted burdens into the fire.

Moonlit Labyrinth Ceremony (Sunset)

A labyrinth is an ancient symbol of wholeness. As the sun sets, Valarie will be leading us in a sacred labyrinth ceremony honoring each person’s journey. Viewing life as a process of change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding into each person’s vision of what is possible.

The labyrinth is a tool which teaches us to see clearly, and deeply, as we listen to our intuition.

Walking the archetypal path of the labyrinth, an ancient design originated in the Celtic tradition, reflect’s the passages of  life’s journey. The labyrinth creates a sacred space known as “That Which is Within”.  We are all on the path, exactly where we need to be.

DAY FOUR ~ Water

We honor and enjoy the beauty of the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse with a once in a lifetime yoga session and Labyrinth ceremony in the pre-dawn desert (coffee and tea will be available).  After greeting the day you will enjoy an elixir and breakfast. Once our bags are packed we will participate in a closing ceremony of thanks and gratitude.

Then we are off to the Chama River for a water element ritual, and a picnic taking in the tranquil views riverside.We then head back to the H.I. Hub at the El Monte Sagrado for farewells.

Our Abiquiu Glamping Wellness Retreat is as much about enjoyment as it is about transformation. On one level every moment of our time together will reflect the four elements: the red Earth of the desert, the pristine Air of our startling blue skies and starry nights, the Fire of our Kiva Sweats and Tapas Yoga, and the Watery dimension of the Rio Chama. But this retreat is also about the transformation you feel when you return home. A day, a week, a life could be changed because of your sacred time in the desert. Reserve your spot for this once in a lifetime opportunity today.

OUR INSPIRED WELLNESS GUIDES


Valarie Budayr
VALARIE BUDAYR is the founder of the Mongata Healing Center in Santa Fe, as well as an award winning author, teacher, and composer. Valarie was born in the US but firmly embraces her ancestral heritage from the island of Gotland, Sweden. She incorporates the North Karelian traditions and culture into her sound healing and labyrinth rituals. “I use verbal cues, once the sound portion of our breath and sound experience begins, it’s the instruments themselves which offer “cues”. My instruments are overtone-emitting instruments, such as crystal bowls, monocords, tuning forks, the wave, himalayan singing bowls, chimes, gongs, steel drums, icelandic harps, etc. The sound is ‘guiding’ the meditation. Engaging in the practice of deep listening impacts our overall well-being bringing balance, relaxation, and a sense of wholeness to our body.”

ARI MALEN
KARI MALEN A Yoga and Fitness Instructor based in Taos, NM, Kari was led to yoga as a compliment to athletic endeavors in her youth. Since the beginning of career Kari has been a trusted adviser to her students. Her Yoga schooling began in Mysore, India under Yogacharya Barath Shetty, a disciple of B.K.S. Iyengar, in the IndeaYoga Practice where she earned her first teaching certificate in 2012. IndeaYoga combines Hatha, Ashtanga, and Iyengar styles including elements of meditation and breath work with movement aimed at improving mobility, balance, and self awareness.

Further studies led to a focus on body specific care such as: Hip Bliss, Shoulder Recovery, Myofascial Release, and Yoga and the Aging Body. Kari challenges her students to develop strength and resilience through awareness and to get stale energy moving through and out of the body with classes such as Yoga for Stressed Bodies, Fundamentals for all Level yogis, Cardio Yoga Sculpt, Vinyasa Flow, Mindful Morning, Restore & Relax and more.

Angelisa Murray
ANGELISA ESPINOZA MURRAY Retreat Visionary, Wellness Coordinator, and Glamping Designer. After the culmination of Angelisa’s life’s experience in the field and in this state, she has cultivated Heritage Inspirations LLC, New Mexico’s Premier Travel Company. Composed of a tribe of similar heartfelt folks who have rooted themselves in New Mexico. The H.I. family prides itself on cultural relevance, being relational and localized, honoring the Earth, and trailblazing the state’s spirit. Our High Desert Glamping Desert Retreat is Angelisa’s curated vision for radical self care and nourishment through ancient spiritual practices, innovative wellness offerings, and immersion into the sacred lands of New Mexico.

CALLI TA'NOUS
CALLI TA’NOUS is a photographer & filmmaker based in Taos, New Mexico. Her gift is showcasing her subjects’ true essence, as she sees soul in all things. Her work is inspired by a living connection to the Earth, accessible through the ethereal imagery she channels to remind us that we are each a unique and perfect aspect of all that is.

Cal’s Essence Sessions are a collaboration between her vision and your mind, body & spirit. Together you will create a portrait that documents the light and experience cultivated during your glamping retreat.

INSPIRED CHEF

JOSH WILLETTE


Josh grew up in Taos but traveled around the West as he developed his culinary career. In Napa, Josh ran a catering company called Smoke Open Fire Catering. The premise of the company was to cook in front of the guests, using only local meats and vegetables, on an open fire and in a rustic outdoor setting. These dinners were often held at wineries and served as extravagant wine paired meals. “I got to work very closely with not only the wineries, but with the growers and farmers in the area, to create experiences that combined a rustic feel with the elevated quality of fine dining. The experience is similar to what we create with the glamping excursions at H.I.,” Josh explains.

Luxury Glamping ACCOMMODATIONS

Glamping at Casita de Arrebol


Heritage Inspirations has reimagined the Glamping Experience with the creative details, luxury amenities, and a deep respect for the wildlands of New Mexico. No opportunity is missed to create beauty and soulful connection. From our beautifully designed glamping canvas tents  to “Bedouin” style communal spaces, we have reinvented what it means to be in nature. While at the same time, Casita de Arrebol’s  main house will serve as our hub for cooking, restrooms, sanctuary, and evening fires.

Casita de Arrebol is nestled in the Chama River Valley minutes from Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu. Homesteaded on 52 secluded acres, this straw bale adobe casita blends classical New Mexico style with modern touches and comforts.  Every element  in the casita was created with a focus on design, sustainability, and support for local artists, artisans, and the greater community. Casita de Arrebol is the perfect setting to find stillness, recharge, and connect with the eternal.

Go Luxuriously Wild

What’s Included in Your Journey


Comfortable transport pick-up & drop off at El Monte Sagrado, Taos NM

Luggage delivery service at Glamping Location

H.I. Expert Wellness Guide Team

All Gourmet Healthy Meals including breakfast, lunch & dinner

Glamping Luxury Accommodations at Casita de Arrebol

H.I. Insulated Aluminum Water Bottle

H.I. Canvas Glamping Drawstring Tote

H.I. Canvas Tote with Local Travel Snacks

H.I. Glamping Eye Mask

H.I. Glamping Taos Lighting Goods Travel Candle

Locally made Smudge Stick

Local Natural Deodorant Bar

Entrance to Plaza Blanca

Visit to Monastery of Christ in the desert

Guided Yoga, Meditations + Movement Sessions

Guided Sound Healing + Moonlit Labyrinth Ceremony

Essence Photography Session

Daily Snapshots for your Tour Itinerary

Discounts on your Pre & Post Hotel Accommodations at El Monte Sagrado Resort