Visiting Santa Fe for sage & spirituality

August 30, 2013
White sage for smudging

White sage for smudging

When we booked a week in Santa Fe, it seemed so for off in the distance, and yet, here we are, only a month away. I’m….excited! I remember my very first trip to Santa Fe, some time around 1990. I went with a Latina girlfriend and it was all about buying and cooking chile peppers that she brought back in a suitcase specially purchased to carry these aromatic veggies.  We rented a small condo and the place just reeked of them as she cooked. So did the trunk of our rental car; I felt sorry for the next driver.

  It was a great trip and the first time I’d spent any time in the Southwest.


Buddhists & Hindus have their version of the Catholic rosary. Sort of. Same concept.

We’ll spend five or six days in Santa Fe, where we’ll visit with friends we haven’t seen in three decades. And do a special tour of Georgia O’Keefe’s home.

I’ll also visit a longtime writer friend I haven’t seen in a few years.
I’m particularly interested in steeping myself in the spiritual traditions of the area. There’s a fantastic new age bookstore called The Ark, and I intend to spend some time there for certain.

In the six or seven times I’ve visited since, Santa Fe became one of my favorite spots. Native American culture is very strong and it’s got an electric energy all its own.

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

The Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque is where we’ll spend our last day. We’ve both been to it before, but not in a long time and not together.

If you’ve got a recommendation for something fun to do while we’re in the area, let me know in the comments. Would love to hear your favorite spots.

12 comments on “Visiting Santa Fe for sage & spirituality
  1. Frances D says:

    This post was my first read of the morning. Bright and beautiful images. A destination – New Mexico – that”s on my travel wish list. Seeing friends for the first time in years. This one has it all. Wishing you a safe and wonderous journey.

  2. I’ve never been to New Mexico, and this post makes me want to go right now. The pictures are gorgeous, and I love the spirituality that comes through. Have a great trip. Can’t wait to hear about it!

  3. beth says:

    love georgia o’keeffe…..lucky lady you are to go to her home! Isn’t there a museum too?

  4. Carolyn Jourdan says:

    I loved staying at the Ghost Ranch for a week and looking at the locations O’Keefe painted. She lived in several area houses. A couple in Abiquiu and one on the Ghost Ranch. Ghost Ranch has the fake cabin used in the film “City Slickers”. : ) And a view of Pedernal, Changing Woman, that Hillerman wrote about. Wish I was going and we’d have a meal together and laugh. : )

    • admin says:

      Me, too. But I’m meeting Carole, the other writer I met at our Iowan workshop. she lives there and I’ve seen her there from time to time. We’ll hoist one for you. Probably coffee. 😉

  5. How timely this post is, as you know, with us going to NM soon. It’s getting me more excited reading your post!

    We will have to compare notes. As a newbie to NM, I am interested in what your readers are commenting on as well.

    A friend who is a college professor is taking a sabbatical to Ghost Ranch. It looks amazing.

  6. Susan Cooper says:

    What a beautiful area. I would love to visit Santa Fe the hot air balloon festival. All the beautiful colors sailing against the sky….. Breath taking. 🙂

  7. Barbara says:

    Yep – love, love, love visiting Santa Fe and out to O’Keeffe’s ghost ranch and her studio. I enjoyed her gallery in town too. We took a tapas class at the Santa Fe Culinary School and took one of their walking restaurant tours as well. As I recall, there were 3 or 4 of those to choose from, depending on your taste preference. Both the tapas class and the tour were memorable, delicious and worth the $$.

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