Santa Fe, New Mexico:

Nature, Spa & Yoga Retreat

With Melissa Smith-Wilkinson + Richard Wilkinson

SEPTEMBER 16 - 20, 2020

Nestled at the foot of the rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains at 7200 feet in the New Mexican desert highlands, join us as we explore enchanting Santa Fe, “The City Different”. 

Join Melissa and Richard as they offer vibrant, mindful flow classes in the morning. Melissa’s offering are both therapeutic and focus on building strength and flexility. Her classes will be a combination of slow, strong flow with modifications for injuries or sensitivity in the body, finishing with long held prop supported postures (restorative yoga). Learn to listen to body through the marriage of breath and movement as we explore moving through postures with grace and strength. These sessions will intertwine mantra, pranayama, mindful vinyasa flow and finish with restful postures.

We have carefully crafted an itinerary of the best of the best of Santa Fe. From a luxurious spa day and dining at Ten Thousand Waves to a cooking class at world-renowned Santa Fe Cooking School. An award winning Flamenco Dance Show at a Santa Fe institution around since the mid-1800’s to a specialized tour of Ghost Ranch where Georgia O’Keeffe painted her most provocative landscapes. This retreat has every detail thought of- including welcoming yoga classes. The yoga will be suitable for anyone and combine slow, strength building mindful movement with yoga nidra. 
We cannot wait to share our favorite city gems with you. Book today to save your space. This retreat has a wait list and will sell out quickly!
The Yoga
This retreat will be a return to the sacred self and renewal of the heart. We will explore the therapeutic healing benefits of yoga with daily all levels classes that are both accessible and designed to be sustainable long after the retreat. We will explore through guided yoga nidra meditation, the 4 qualities of the heart in cultivating peaceful relationship within yourself and others. Those qualities are: kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity.  The sessions will be a progression, so you won’t want to miss any!  Sessions may include mantras for exploring your voice, movement to revive the body, meditation to quiet the mind, and restorative poses to cultivate stillness. Each one will vary and possibly offer community discussions, some partner movement or postures, or quiet guided yoga nidra meditation. 
Santa Fe Cooking School
The Santa Fe Cooking School is an internationally acclaimed, recreational cooking school and market specializing in foods of the southwest for over 27 years.  We have a private and custom designed cooking class and lunch with a wonderful Soutwestern flared menu selected exclusively for our group. 
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
O’Keeffe is an artist who began with familiar objects and then explored and re-explored them until they led her into the unknown. The O’Keeffe Museum has a collection of immediately-recognizable works, as well as rare, lesser-known gems that may give one a fuller picture of Georgia’s creative life. We’ll explore the museum in a self-guided tour and marvel together at her influential works of art. 

"When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.” 

Georgia O’Keffee 

Ten Thousand Waves
Among piñons and junipers are beautiful outdoor hot tubs and spa suites, world-class bodywork & skin care, and the amazing izanami restaurant. Ten Thousand Waves is dedicated to providing a Japanese sense of serenity and relaxation. Everything--from the gardens to the woodwork, from the therapies to the therapists--has been constantly and thoughtfully refined over the last 38 years. We will enjoy a communal pool and sauna followed by a special treatment included in your retreat package. After our time in the spa, we’ll enjoy lunch at izanami. 
izanami is an izakaya serving upscale japanese bar food. We’ll enjoy small plates meant for sharing, creatively prepared locally-sourced meat and produce with an emphasis on seasonality, all accompanied by unique libations. Don’t expect the usual. There is NO SUSHI (we're a thousand miles from the ocean). No soggy tempura. Definitely none of the sickly-sweet, hot sake that has given sake such a bad rap.
Gruet Winery
Wine Tasting at famed Santa Fe Tasting Room of the Gruet Winery. New Mexico is where it all started for Gruet’s American venture. Bone-dry sandy soils, very high elevations, a dramatic day-to-night temperature swing for great acidity and a history of monastic winemaking dating back more than 400 years make this a special region. Our vintage wines all proudly bear the New Mexico appellation. Founded in 1984, Gruet Winery specializes in Methode Champenoise sparkling wines. Family owned and run, the New Mexico-based winery produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay-based sparkling wines and a small collection of still wines, with roots originating from Gilbert Gruet’s Champagne house in Bethon, France. More than 25 vintages later, Gruet Winery has achieved unprecedented acclaim and remains a favorite of the nation’s top sommeliers. Take a break from exploring the Santa Fe Plaza and enjoy a Wine Sampling or a glass of their famed Brut Rosé. 
El Farol Flamenco Dinner Show
We have reserved group seating for dinner at 6:30pm. Performance is from 8pm. Cover per person is included. Drinks & dinner is not included.
Ghost Ranch
Red canyons, majestic mesas and amazing skies
Ghost Ranch is a 20,000-acre educational retreat operated by the Presbyterian Church an hour outside of Santa Fe. The drive from Santa Fe to Ghost Ranch is a marvel in and of itself. There’s really no way to describe it other than it's like combining the best of the American desert and the vistas of the Rocky Mountains. You’ll watch shadows of clouds pass over red rocks, backed by snow-capped peaks so high that at first you will think they are clouds. Every bend in the road brings a new vista. The Rio Chama valley is a majestic desert landscape, rich in geological, anthropological, political, and cultural history. 
On our private guided tour we will experience amazing views of many of Georgia O’Keeffe’s favorite sites from which she painted and the vast beauty of Abiquiu. After our tour we’ll enjoy a cozy campy meal in the cafeteria on site provided by the retreat center, explore a hike (any experience level hike available) and an afternoon outdoor yoga in our tranquil setting. After our adventure, we’ll enjoy views of the Sangre de Christo Mountains that are stunning.

"It was all so far away - there was quiet and an untouched feel to the country and I could work as I pleased.”

~ Georgia O'Keeffe

Wednesday, September 16th
Plan your flight and transportation to arrive to Santa Fe by 2pm & settle into your loft.
If you arrive prior to 2pm, enjoy free time to explore the Santa Fe Plaza, Museum Hill, Canyon Road or the Rail-Yard galleries.
3-5pm Welcome circle & yoga practice, then dinner on your own 
Thursday, September 17th
Early morning yoga
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum (self-guided tour)
Santa Fe Cooking School class & lunch with world renowned chef
Free time to explore the Plaza 
Wine tasting at Santa Fe Tasting Room of the Gruet Winery just off the Plaza
Dinner on your own 
Friday, September 18th
Early morning yoga
Ten Thousand Waves: private pool/sauna, spa treatment, and lunch at 5 star Izanami 
Explore Canyon Road galleries on your own
Flamenco Dinner Show at El Farol 
Saturday, September 19th
Early morning yoga
Ghost Ranch private Landscape Tour & lunch
Free time to hike and explore rustic Ghost Ranch
Outdoor Yoga session (weather permitting)
Dinner at Paper Dosa Indian Restaurant 
Bonfire & sipping the Yoga Sutras
Sunday, September 20th
Early morning yoga and closing circle
Artist Market at the rail-yard
11:30am check out & departures 
Early arrivals and extended stays in the lofts may be available when you book early. Email Melissa for rates and availability. Additional massage/spa treatments during your free time is available upon request, pre-booking required. Email Melissa for info.

Santa Fe is one of earth’s must-visit cities. The City Different achieved the fifth highest score in the world from Conde Nast Traveler readers last year, and this year, National Geographic awarded Santa Fe first place in the highly-competitive Sense of Place category in their prestigious World Legacy Awards.

What’s Included
  • 4 nights accommodations in brand new, beautifully decorated lofts in the Rail-Yard Santa Fe within walking distance of the Plaza and Site Santa Fe
  • Light continental breakfasts with your customized preferences in your own private kitchens within your personal loft
  • All yoga sessions
  • Georgia O’Keeffe Museum entrance fee
  • Santa Fe Cooking School lesson & lunch with world renowned chef
  • Wine tasting at famed Santa Fe Tasting Room of the Gruet Winery
  • Private landscape tour at Ghost Ranch
  • Lunch at Ghost Ranch
  • Hiking & yoga at Ghost Ranch
  • Dinner at Paper Dosa 
  • Drinks and bonfire evening
  • Full 1/2 day spa package, including communal pool and sauna + treatment at Ten Thousand Waves Spa 
  • Lunch at 5 star izanami Japanese restaurant at Ten Thousand Waves 
  • El Farol Flamenco Dinner Show entrance fee 
  • Transportation to and from: Ten Thousand Waves Spa, El Farol and Abiquiu (Ghost Ranch)
What's Not Included
  • Airfare and airport transfers 
  • Rental car or Uber / Lift rides
  • Additional gratuities for tours, dinner show or concert
  • Some meals are on your own (Wednesday and Thursday*)
  • Meal and drinks at El Farol
  • Alcohol 
  • Shopping excursions
  • Additional treatments and gratuity at Ten Thousand Waves
*suggestions for individual restaurant reservations for Wednesday and Thursday will be offered once you register. There are so many wonderful places to explore! Friday’s dinner is optional and on your own at El Farol prior to the Flamenco Show.
All lofts are located in the trendy art district of the Rail-Yard Santa Fe within walking distance from the plaza, the train station, Site Santa Fe / rail yard galleries, the artist’s market (Sundays), restaurants and a Whole Foods. Each loft has a well equipped kitchen and personal laundry facilities. All units have a shared bed (queen size) and some units (3 and 4 person) have fold-out couches. 3 and 4 person shared rooms will be filled by request first. There is an additional charge for a private loft (for a single person) or reduced sharing options. (For example, for 2 persons taking a 3 person shared room, there will be a uncharge of $500 per person.) Roommate section is first come, first served and may be at the discretion of the host, Melissa. (I promise to match you well!) All units are equally gorgeous- I don’t envy you having to choose one!
Which Loft is best for you and your group?
You and a friend: choose Loft 2 or 4
Group of 3*: choose Loft 1 or 7
Group of 4*: choose Loft 3 
If you are own your own or have a group of 2, we will place additional yogi or 2 in your room as registrations are made. If you're upgrading, the early discount is not available
Loft 1: Blue Jay


3 person sharing

This lovely second story corner loft unit is set in mid-century modern design adorned with blue and gray tones. It has a queen bed upstairs and a small sectional couch downstairs with a pullout twin bed. There is a bathroom upstairs and one downstairs.

$1646 per person
Loft 2: Roadrunner

2 person sharing

This second story corner loft has a playful take on the modern-west and features windows to the ceiling. It is located within walking distance from the plaza, the train station, restaurants, museums and a Whole Foods. It has a queen bed upstairs and a sectional couch downstairs. There are TVs in the bedroom and in the living room. There is a bathrooms upstairs and one downstairs, both with tub/shower.

$1946 per person
Loft 3: Hummingbird 

4 person sharing

This second story, cozy loft, featuring a stunning emerald wall, is set in gem tones with mix of a mid-century modern and western furnishings and handmade textile details. It has a king bed upstairs and a pullout couch downstairs. There is a bathroom upstairs and a half bath downstairs.

$1486 per person
Loft 4: Morning Dove

2 person sharing

This tranquil retreat, a second story loft, has an 'O'Keeffe minimalist' style, windows for days, and a light and airy feeling. It has a king sized bed upstairs and a small sectional couch downstairs. There is a bathroom upstairs and one downstairs, both with tub/shower.

$1946 per person
Loft 5: Magpie

4 person sharing

A wall of windows illuminates this second story loft adorned in 'desert-deco' with mid-century furnishings and pops of color. It has a king bed upstairs and a crafty fold down couch downstairs. There is a TV upstairs as well as downstairs. This is a bathroom upstairs and half-bath downstairs.

$1486 per person