Eat Pray Love 3 Day | 2 Night Summer Solstice Journey
Summer Solstice Special June 18th – 20th 2021
Two Nights & Three Days All-Inclusive Active and Cultural Guided Tour
$3800 per person + tax Private Room | $3200 per person + tax Shared Room
“Unveil the Unimaginable!”
~ Angelisa Murray
Our Eat Pray Love tour is a journey of intuitive unearthing, intentionally designed to align with the Summer Solstice, which symbolizes ascension of light, prosperity and elation as we enter the longest days of the year. Summer Solstice marks the beginning of a season that contains the utmost bounty, abundance, and beauty. What better way to start that season than by going inward and setting intentions (sharing seeds) that will blossom as the season unfolds. This tour is New Mexico’s love letter to you. You’ll taste New Mexican flavors, hike and explore the inspiring adventurous landscapes, soak in nourishing mineral hot springs, meditate prayerfully, find solace in historic captivating sanctuaries, and commune with others on this sacred earth.
Allow yourself to indulge, connect and rejuvenate throughout this 3-day all-inclusive offering. We take care of all of the details including all meals, interpretive guided activities and gear, logistics and discounted hotel reservations at El Monte Sagrado in Taos. The Eat Pray Love tour is fashioned just for your adventurous and soulful spirit!
In crafting this tour, our intention is to not only share the highlights that make this region so unique and special, but provide the tools for you to go on a self-nurturing, intuitive exploration of self.
Our Trip Design
We’ll do all the logistical planning. From the moment you meet your guide we’ll have all your needs met. Allow yourself to indulge, connect and rejuvenate throughout this 3-day all inclusive offering. While we have a suggested itinerary, it can be specifically tweaked and crafted for each trip and each season. All tours provide discounted accommodations in Taos’ El Monte Sagrado Resort, including all meals, interpretive guided activities and gear, transportation and discounted hotel reservations. The Eat Pray Love tour is fashioned just for your adventurous and curious spirit!
In crafting this tour, our intention is to not only share the highlights that make this region so unique and special but provide the tools for you to go on a self-nurturing, intuitive expedition of self.
“I want God to play in my bloodstream the way sunlight amuses itself on the water.”
~ Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
Friday, June 19th, 2020 ~ Day One | The Grounding of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Earths | Let Your Intentions Be Heard
Santa Fe to Plaza Blanca to Ojo Caliente to Taos – Grounding | Planting Seeds (Intentions) | Mineral Soaking Bones – Water + Earth
Day one is about grounding and planting Seeds (intentions) for the eat, pray, love tour and it begins with connecting to the mineral earthy elements of New Mexico. You’ll see how dynamic geological forces imprinted this land and learn about the differing layered ancient earth of the Ojo Caliente Valley, Rio Grande Rift Zone, Northern Pueblo regions, and outlying historic villages.
After a scenic drive through Northern New Mexico to O’Keeffe Country you will arrive at the famous Plaza Blanca, or White Palace. We begin the journey with a traditional Sage blessing and grounding ceremony among the majestic white sandstone cliffs to create balance, connect with mother nature and prepare you for our intention setting hike through the breathtaking scenery. You will be gifted a beautiful leather journal handmade in Taos to document your journey. Journals in hand, you will enjoy a rejuvenating meditative morning hike in Plaza Blanca, led by Willamaire.
Willamarie is the Heritage Inspirations wellness guide, a certified yoga instructor, and a Life Balance Coach. She leads people in immersive, transformative experiences through mindfulness practices in Writing, Art, Yoga, and Nature with her signature program, WAYiN. Through a combination of these practices people “Go WAYiN to find their way out” of unhealthy patterns and habits. Her program works to get you calm, gain clarity, and build the courage to make lasting and sustainable changes in your life.
You will be inspired by the 60-foot obelisks, otherworldly spires and slot canyons that you will have to squeeze through as you begin your inward journey of self-love. Nurtured by stunning landscape and ceremony, you will set your intentions for the 3-day journey.
Feeling fresh and grounded after our hike, you will journey on a short scenic drive to Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs and Organic Farm. Upon arrival, you will be treated to scrumptious farm to table lunch where you will meet the farmer and learn about farming practices in Northern New Mexico and heritage seeds. Here you will be gifted an earthen pottery vessel with ancient Anasazi seeds accompanied by a scroll illuminating your seed intention mantra. After lunch we will meet in the Ojo Caliente gazebo for a grounding session with Willamarie.
Pamper yourself with a private soaking bath by the pinon fireside. Then you’ll get to explore the therapeutic natural hot springs on your own allowing you time to immerse yourself in clay, whereby it will draw out toxins and cleanse your skin and spirit. Then, rinse off with naturally hot mineral fed waters.
You’ll finish off your journey North to Taos with a visit to the Taos Bridge and the stunning Rio Grande Gorge. The seventh tallest bridge in the U.S., you’ll behold the spectacular vistas of the Rio Grande Rift created by the river of the same name. The bridge towers 565 feet above the free-flowing river and boasts great views of Taos. Pick fresh sprigs of sage around these sacred lands in order to make your own personal smudge stick.
This evening’s dining experience will be a decadent farm to table meal at the local Taos gem and brainchild of Jennifer Hart, the Love Apple. This quaint restaurant is nestled in a historic adobe church where you can savor the flavors of Taos. We will finish dinner with a closing toast where we relish in the concept of arriving and slowing down.
Stay at El Monte Sagrado Resort
Saturday, June 20th, 2020 ~ Day Two | The Heritage, Feasts & Artisans of Taos
Connect with Heritage (pueblo) Feasts- Horno Baking | Artisans of Taos | Sunset Elemental Hike | Dinner Cooking Experience with Chef – Baking + Breaking Bread – Elements + Senses+ Local Flavor
Day two centers on connecting with the Heritage of the Native Americans, the artisans of Taos, local foods, and nature. Elements + Senses + Local Flavor
Launch your day’s escapades by going to Taos Pueblo. A World Heritage UNESCO site, the multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously occupied for over 1,000 years and is one of the oldest inhabited communities in the United States. Following the docent led tour, you’ll meet Taos Pueblo tribal member Geronimo Romero for an expert introduction to original horno construction and an explanation of how the horno has been adapted and cultivated within the Taos Puebloan structure. You’ll hear all about how his cooking and baking skills have been perfected over his lifetime by using both indigenous and contemporary ingredients and techniques. His late mother, Crucita Romero, passed family recipes down to him and his siblings, from many generations of knowledge and skill, and his desire is to create and share inspired and healthy food alternatives for his community and visitors alike.
With insights into the science of horno utilization, the containment practice of heat, and the importance of hornos throughout Puebloan cuisine, you’ll be geared up and ready to bake your own loaf, all while learning about the horno’s importance in cultural traditions, like feast days and special events.
After baking bread, you’ll enjoy a traditional Puebloan lunch at Bertha’s Al’Thloo’s Café. Al’Thloo means grandmother in Tiwa and reflects the locally inspired home-made specialties like chicken stuffed fry bread and pinon coffee.
During the afternoon, you’ll glean an insider’s perspective to Taos’ hidden art gems and small batch makers, as you walk the back roads of downtown Taos. Weave in and out of winding alleyways exploring the historical context while you pause to mix with the local art scene on our Small Batch Makers Tour. The tour gives you an insider’s perspective of the living story of culture and heritage in Taos and illustrates the vibrancy, color and character of the artists who have contributed so much to Taos’ eccentric story. Follow in the artists’ footsteps while we visit a variety of studios, engaging with their inventive creators and appreciating their inspired creations.
In the evening Willow will guide us through a Sunset Meditative & Elemental Rim Walk at Rio Grande. Surrounded by natural beauty as the longest day of the year comes to a close, prepares you to accept the beauty, abundance and prosperity of the coming season.
Willow is the Heritage Inspirations Taos wellness guide, leading groups in yoga and on meditative hikes. She is a certified yoga teacher and healer with a holistic approach towards wellness. She believes that yoga can be a guide to life. Attempting the physical posture with an open mind and willingness to experience something different helps people learn to move through life with grace and ease.
Following the hike we are delighted to partner with Chef Cristina Martinez, the Executive Chef at El Monte Sagrado Resort, for a unique dinner and cooking experience. This Native New Mexican has been cooking all of her life. She opened her own catering company at 18 years old and went on to augment’ her skill set studying at Le Cordon Bleu in California, where she graduated with honors. She then brough her talents back to New Mexico where she worked in Albuquerque before settling in Taos. Her culinary influences were mostly nurtured by her maternal grandmother’s amazing cooking. Her grandparents had a beautiful farm in the south valley of Albuquerque and the family ate fresh meat and produce from the farm. “Every day she had stacks of homemade tortillas, beans and some kind of chile with meat. She was always ready for anyone just stopping in. I will never forget how special that was and how amazing her cooking was,” remembers Martinez. She is currently working on the farm at the resort and adding ingredients to our Farm to Table experiences!
Stay at El Monte Sagrado Resort
Sunday June 21st 2020 ~ Day Three | Heal and Reflect
Summer Solstice – The High Road to Santa Fe | Sound Healing Bath on Taos Mesa with Jvala Moonfire | Healing Dirt at Santuario de Chimayo | Farm To Table Lunch with Chef Marianne | Solstice Ceremony with Willamarie Forest Bathing
We begin our last day with a visit to a Taos Mesa Sanctuary situated on a sea of sagebrush which inspires a healing energy. Once we arrive there we will be greeted by Jvala Moonfires, who will lead us in a Solstice Sound Healing ceremony designed to share the transformational power of sound to affect consciousness and invoke healing, as she guides people into a deeply regenerative meditative state thru activated mantra, toning and the powerful vibrations of the crystal singing bowls. Then we will say farewell to the Taos Mesa with a sage bundling ceremony allowing you to take a piece of the Mesa home with you.
Then we continue our journey to Santa Fe along the Orilla Verde section along the Rio Grande south towards the Espanola. Enjoy the scenery of the free-flowing river and be mindful of the journey, the beauty, the energy and how it nourishes and gives back to your energy.
We will make a detour at El Santuario de Chimayo, a traditional historic adobe shrine. Considered a very sacred place, it is said to offer holy dirt with healing properties for the lame and sick. Every Easter the shrine inspires thousands of Catholics on a walking pilgrimage, some starting as far away as 90 miles South in Albuquerque.
Coming full circle to Santa Fe you will be treated to a Farm to Table Lunch with Chef Marianne in the intimacy of her Santa Fe home. Chef Marianne has always wanted in on this business of making people feel happy, nourished, and cared for through food. After graduating from The French Culinary Institute in New York City in 2002, Marianne worked her way up through opportunities with famed Chefs and coveted restaurant positions, participating in the menu creating process and eventually focusing in on sustainable, locally resourced ingredients centered around globally inspired dishes. With decades of success, her dream of moving to New Mexico came true in 2016. You’ll be blessed to experience that powerful sharing a portal of sorts through food that is a passageway towards thankfulness, peacefulness, thoughtfulness, forgiveness, and even love.
After lunch, we will wind our way up into aspens, pine trees, hemlocks, and wildflowers in the Santa Fe National Forest. Willamarie will guide a Forest Bathing Hike in Aspen Vista for our final wandering with nature where we can gather in ceremony to honor all that we cultivated through our seeding and intention setting. Reflect on these past three days and notice the sounds of your breath, the elongation of your exhale and be in gratitude for this time of self-care.
At 5pm we will say our farewells back at Hotel St. Francis feeling invigorated and refreshed and ready for the summer season of bounty, abundance, and beauty.
End at Hotel St. Francis
What’s Included in Your Journey
Heritage Inspirations Insulated Aluminum Water Bottle
Handmade Leather Journal
Earthen Pottery Seed Vessel with Anasazi Corn and Mantra Scroll
Vessel for Chimayo Healing Dirt & Chile
Luxury Room Accommodations at El Monte Sagrado Resort
Guided Meditative Hike & Intention Setting with Willamarie & Forest Bathing Closing Ceremony in the Aspens
Farm to Table Lunch at Ojo Farm
Private Soak & Mud Bath at Ojo Caliente
Dinner at The Love Apple in Taos
All Breakfasts at The Gardens Restaurant in El Monte Sagrado
Horno Baking Tour Experience in Taos Pueblo, Entry into Taos Pueblo, Authentic Puebloan Meal
Curated Taos Artisan Small Batch Makers Tour
Guided Meditative Sunset Hike at the Rio Grande Rim Trail with Willow
Sound Healing Bath & Mantra with Jvala Moonfire in Taos Mesa Sanctuary & Home for Summer Solstice
Visit to Santuario de Chimayo
Farm to Table Lunch with Chef Marianne at her Home
“One must always be prepared for riotous and endless waves of transformation.”
~ Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
Eat earthy goodness and native spreads, pray and play with elemental earthy substances in sacred spaces, and love the nurturing exploratory time you’ll give yourself on this tour! This is a time for you and a time of joyful self-care. Let us pamper you while you embrace the abundance of art, intuit earthly messages, and bask in the outdoor glory of Northern New Mexico. This intimate, immersive and all-inclusive journey will be truly special and memorable.
WELLNESS INSPIRED GUIDE
Willamarie still remembers the first time she flew into New Mexico — from her window seat in the airplane, she wondered, “Are we landing on the moon?!” Though she had traveled and lived in distant parts of the world by that time in her life, including Europe, Japan, China, Cambodia, Vietnam, and the Philippines, the high desert of the Southwestern U.S. was nothing like she had ever experienced before. After her first few days of exploring Northern NM she knew deep in her heart that someday she would live here.
Fast forward a couple of decades, including multiple trips back to New Mexico for weeklong visits at a time, the Land of Enchantment finally called her back for good. Since 2015, Willamarie has called New Mexico home and delights in the opportunity to share it with others. Based in Santa Fe, she leads people in immersive, transformative experiences through mindfulness practices in Writing, Art, Yoga, and Nature with her signature program, WAYiN. Through a combination of these practices people “Go WAYiN to find their way out” of unhealthy patterns and habits. Her program works to get them calm, gain clarity, and build the courage to make lasting and sustainable changes in their lives.
Willamarie is Heritage Inspirations’ phenomenal wellness guide. She adds a spiritual / healing dimension to our Glamping program and can also be requested for the tailored needs and desires of our guests.
We are delighted to partner with the Executive Chef at El Monte Sagrado Resort for our Immersive Dinner Experience. This Native New Mexican opened her own catering company at 18 years old. Martinez’ skill set was augmented at Le Cordon Bleu in California, where she graduated with honors. Bringing her talents back to New Mexico she worked in a culinary capacity at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, The Lodge at Santa Fe, Pueblo Harvest Cafe, and most recently, served as the Executive Chef of Albuquerque’s Artichoke Cafe for four years before she came to Taos.
Martinez’ culinary influences were mostly nurtured by her maternal grandmother’s amazing cooking. Her grandparents had a beautiful farm and property in the south valley of Albuquerque. “There we got to eat farm fresh eggs, fresh produce and farm raised meat slaughtered by my grandfather and prepared beautifully by my grandmother. Every day she had stacks of homemade tortillas, beans and some kind of chile with meat. She was always ready for anyone just stopping in. I will never forget how special that was and how amazing her cooking was,” remembers Martinez.
Now Martinez and her husband, who she met as her sous chef at Albuquerque’s Artichoke Café and is now the head Chef at the Historic Taos Inn, are settled into Taos. They enjoy the quiet life while being the big fish in a small pond. Martinez is currently working on the farm at the resort and adding ingredients to our Farm to Table experiences!
EL MONTE SAGRADO RESORT
Just three blocks from Taos Plaza, El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa offers a secluded yet indulgent sanctuary. In harmonious coexistence with its natural setting, their Taos luxury spa and resort is surrounded by towering mountains and rustic high desert, sunlit, fish-filled streams, tropical flora and the sounds of calming waterfalls. Guests are inspired by the nurturing ambiance and mystique of their luxury Taos Mountain rooms.
Our mission is to provide you with an inspirational and immersive experience that elevates your sensations, palate and spiritual encounter with the diversity of the Land of Enchantment! From the moment we meet and start our tour together, your guide will take care of your every need or request. We offer you all the details, timing, what to expect and all information necessary to prepare you for each day and activity.
With small groups we are able to really focus in on each participant and engage every interest you have along the way. Our tours are designed to provide an unforgettably extraordinary opportunity exploring and discovering the regions highlighted so that you walk away feeling a personal relationship with the people and places visited.