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Art, Agriculture, Architecture and Dreams for a Healthier Future in The Land of Enchantment

Friday July 20 – Saturday July 28, 2012 Guided Tour

bioneersNew Mexico is a state rich in history, culture and innovation. During your journey you will experience the best of its past, present, and future. Your travels will sweep you away to different locations highlighting the striking landscapes unique to Northern New Mexico. While exploring each destination you will have the opportunity to meet some of New Mexico's most talented and passionate innovators, artists, conservationists and culinary experts dedicated to bringing about restorative ecological change and social transformation.

With each passing day of the tour your eyes will be opened and soul expanded as you experience New Mexico as expressed through her art, nature, and architecture. You will be personally escorted by local experts through each leg of the journey. Each day brings anticipation, excitement and new memories as you lodge in historic hotels, indulge in some of the region's most distinctive cuisine and see first-hand some of the world's most innovative sustainable projects – and that's just the first few days!

Day One: Friday, July 20


• Arrive at Albuquerque International Airport. Transfer to Hotel Andaluz by taxi or shuttle for check-in and tour orientation.


• 5-7 PM Lecture by Loretta Hall on earth-sheltered construction in the desert Southwest. Loretta Hall is the author of Underground Buildings: More than Meets the Eye. The book explains the advantages and challenges of designing and constructing earth-sheltered buildings, and illustrates the concepts with photos and descriptions of more than 100 modern American examples. Loretta is certified as a Green Building Technical Professional.


• 7:30 PM Dinner at Lucia Restaurant at Hotel Andaluz.

• Cultural activities and sightseeing or free time to relax for guests arriving early.


Day Two: Saturday, July 21

Morning: Nora Naranjo-Morse

• Breakfast at hotel

• Albuquerque Museum of Art and History – Nora Naranjo-Morse will guide us through her Land Art installation: Numbe Whageh, a complex art piece with historical and environmental undertones important to understanding the project. The piece provides a Native response to 500-year observance of Don Juan de Oñate's arrival in New Mexico. Nora is a Tewa Native acclaimed artists and filmmaker from Santa Clara Pueblo.


• Lunch on your own in Albuquerque Old Town near historic San Felipe de Neri Church. Guests: Nora Naranjo-Morse petroglyphand Porter Swentzell.


• 1:30-3:00 PM Visit to Petroglyph National Monument guided by Native expert Porter Swentzell. Site includes thousands of images carved by Ancestral Puebloans and early Spanish settlers on volcanic rock displaying stories of life during the ancient period.

• 3:30-4:30 PM. At CLUI New Mexico Exhibit Unit, The Center for Land Use Interpretation, for the exhibition Acequia Space: Water Democracy in the Middle Rio Grande, curated by Chesney Floyd and Jesse Vogler, focusing on the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District as an example of the large scale, scientific administration of water resources in the West. Established in 1925

• Depart for Santa Fe to check in at Hotel St.Francis near the Plaza.


• Dinner on your own at the hotel's restaurant or one of the many locations around town.


Day Three: Sunday, July 22

• Breakfast at the hotel rafting the Rio Grande

• 8:00 AM A Native Cultural Feast and Float River trip on a tranquil section of the Rio Grande near Bernalillo. This adventure starts in a beautiful cotton wood grove on an old Spanish Land Grant. Soon after launching we enter the Pueblo of Santa Ana lands with beautiful vistas of the volcanic mesas and the dramatic cliffs of the Sandia Crest. A Native American guide shares his unique culture and history as you float the calm refreshing water of the historic Rio Grande. Depending on water levels the float is between one to one and a half hours long, approximately 5 miles. The float ends at the Coronado State Monument Museum, near the ruins of an ancient pueblo. This small museum has unique artifacts from ancient peoples who inhabited the area, as well as the early Spanish Conquistadores and colonists. On the museum grounds the family of your Native guide has prepared a traditional "Feast Meal" for you to enjoy and experience. Often skilled potters, jewelers, and other craftsmen show off their wares in this area. 1:00 PM Return to hotel


• Traditional native lunch prepared on-site by native family


• 2:45 – 3:45 PM Navigate the famous Canyon Road Art Walk once used by donkeys to transport firewood from the Canyon Roadcanyon. Along the way we will visit Red Dot Art Gallery managed by the staff and students of Santa Fe Community College. The first artists who came to Santa Fe in the early 20th century built simple adobe homes in this locale. Art galleries featuring western, contemporary, and Native American art can be found on both sides of Canyon Road.


• 4:00-6:00 PM Private reception at Patina Gallery. Considered one of the most beautiful galleries in Santa Fe, Patina represents more than 100 American and European artists working in contemporary jewelry, clay, fiber and wood. For gallery owners Allison and Ivan Barnett, Patina is an expression of their creative visions, their love of the organic and authentic, rich surface and understated beauty. Now in its 13th year, Patina is dedicated to the exhibition of "Soul Stirring" works.

Dinner: • On your own


Day Four: Monday, July 23

• Breakfast at hotel Institute American Indian Arts

• Participate in the Art Race, a treasure hunt adventure through downtown museums and galleries for a fun and unique way to discover the area's vibrant art scene.


• Eat at a traditional local diner on our way to IAIA campus.


• Guided tour of the Institute of American Indian Arts campus including the architecturally advanced contemporary and sustainable buildings and state of the art studios. Digital dome

• Continue the tour with a visit to the Digital Dome, the only articulating dome that can move 90 degrees and be positioned in multiple locations. Visit also includes presentation and viewing of various artists' works.


• Dinner at The Pink Adobe, historic restaurant loved by locals.


Day Five: Tuesday, July 24

• Breakfast at hotel

• 8:30 AM leave for Taos as we follow the canyon along the Rio Grande River until reaching the magnificent plateau where Taos sits at the base of the highest mountains in the entire state.

• Visit Harwood Museum to see Taos Modernist Bea Mandelman's collage work presented in conjunction with the centennial celebration of her birth.

CornDance• Corn Dance at Taos Pueblo. This is one of the most famous ceremonial dances performed to honor the crops and ask for a rich harvest. The pueblo is the best preserved, dating back one thousand years and still lived in today. It is on UNESCO's World Heritage List.


• Enjoy lunch at a local green restaurant. On your own. Owner will join us to discuss her food philosophy and practices. Earthship


• On our way to Earthships Biotecture Green Buildings for a guided visit we will stop at the beautiful iron bridge for a look down into the Gorge, the canyon excavated by the Rio Grande River in millions of years.


• Cooking class and dinner held at picturesque ranch in town featuring the distinctive cuisine of New Mexico using all organic ingredients.

• Return to hotel approximately 10 PM


Day Six: Wednesday, July 25

• Breakfast at hotel

Star Axis• 8:30 AM travel one and a half hour for guided tour of Star Axis followed by Q&A session. This unique structure, located at the top of a mesa where the Sangre de Cristo Mountains meet the eastern plains, is a work-in-progress by Land Art artist Charles Ross. The monumental naked-eye observatory, a kind of modern Stonehenge, is designed to illustrate the 26,000 year precession of the Earth on its axis as represented by the location and path of Polaris, the Pole star, through different eras. Other portions of the structure illustrate the movement of stars in an hour and the position of the sun at the equinox and solstices.


• On your own at Real Food Nation, a lovely restaurant specializing in fresh farm-to-table organic cuisine.

Afternoon: More Real?

• Take a private tour of SITE Santa Fe's cutting edge summer exhibition, More Real? Art in the Age of Truthiness, featuring work by Ai Weiwei, Vik Muniz, Thomas Demand. This exhibition takes Stephen Colbert's coined term truthiness—instinctive knowledge, without regard to fact or logic—as its starting point to explore the unstable relationship between fact and fiction in the 21st century. Through diverse media and in unexpected ways, this exhibition explores the impact and role of deception, play, memory, power, simulation, and new technologies on art and everyday life.

• A city tour with a twist: visit the city's More Real? side and get to know what is real
and what is not.


• On your own

Day Seven: Thursday, July 26

• Breakfast at hotel

Bioneers• Travel to nearby Pueblo outside Santa Fe to a highly diverse organic farm hosted by "Bioneers" Dreaming New Mexico Project.

• Dreaming New Mexico tour begins with welcome and hike led by Native guide who will discuss the surrounding landscapes and history of the Pueblo from an indigenous perspective.

• Visit to a Pueblo farm that combines traditional and biodynamic farming practices followed by lecture covering diversity, traditional seeds and seed conservation.


• On-site lunch includes traditional and local foods


• Enjoy a presentation of the Dreaming New Mexico Project: Local Foodsheds and A Fair Trade State. Envisioning and implementing a healthier, more local food system at the state levels with an emphasis on Biocultural crops and traditional farming. All guests will receive Dreaming New Mexico materials.

• Q &A and group discussion on local foods.

• Tour ends with opportunity to meet and talk with local Pueblo artists. Guests will be able to purchase locally Pueblo Farmhandcrafted pottery, jewelry and paintings.


• 6:00 PM Dinner with Bioneers at the home of renowned Native chef. Participants will receive a lecture on the Native cuisine of the region and then experience a dinner with multiple courses, prepared by chefs Lois Ellen Frank, Ph.D (Kiowa) and Walter Whitewater (Diné) featuring ancient ingredients with a modern twist.

Day Eight: Friday, July 27


• Breakfast on your own at hotel

Swentzell• 9:00 AM until after lunch - visit to RoxanneSwentzell's Tower Gallery in Pojoaque Pueblo tribal land. Experience will be hosted by Roxanne and her daughter Rose Simpson. Both are celebrated Native artists with their own unique sense of style. Roxanne is a Towa Native artist with an extraordinary family of artists and scholars. She is a famed clay sculptor whose incredibly creative life took off on her native soil, the land that carries her stories and history. Rose participates in many artistic activities including ceramic sculpture, drawing, printmaking, writing, music, and dance. Today's theme is mud! We will play with mud along with the two artists guiding us through the process as we create a Pueblo vessel. At the same time we will help in the preparation of traditional Pueblo bread and the cooking in a typical mud oven, called a "horno." Throughout, we will be able to listen to stories about Pueblo life, both ancient and contemporary, about the artists' experiences in the art world, and their engagement in permaculture projects.


• Freshly prepared lunch near the Tower Gallery where Roxanne will share some of her unique pieces. Pojoaque


• Free time in Santa Fe for spa treatments or shopping!

• Arrive back at hotel approximately 5:00 PM.


• 6:00 PM Leave the hotel to enjoy a tradition of Santa Fe summers, a Tailgate Dinner in the parking lot of Santa Fe Opera.

• 8:30 PM Show begins: "Maometto II" by Gioacchino Rossini.


Day Nine: Saturday, July 28


• Say goodbye to Santa Fe and transfer to Albuquerque International Airport to return home. Arrival at airport by 10am.

• For guests leaving earlier or later the regular shuttle can pick you up at the hotel. It takes 1 hour and ten minutes to Albuquerque International Airport.


$ 3,300 per person in double room; value based on full trip, 15 people

Single Supplement $792


Price includes: 1 night at Hotel Andaluz in Albuquerque and 7 nights at Hotel St.Francis in Santa Fe, all breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners including a cooking class, private transportation, private guide, admissions to pueblo and museums, all activities and tours mentioned in the program, and

Price does not include: airfares or other transportation to and from meeting location, spa services and activities non included in the program, alcoholic beverages, personal expenses, gratuities for guides, and insurance of any kind.


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$600 deposit per person is due at booking, payable by check or using the PayPal link on this website. 80% of deposit is refundable if cancellation is made by written notice 50 days prior to departure (June 1, 2012). Deposits are applied to payment of the program price. Full refund for cancellations made by Seven Directions Tours.

Check payable to: Seven Directions LLC. 1027B Canyon Road. Santa Fe, NM 87501. USA.

Balance due upon invoicing, 45 days (June 6, 2012) prior to departure.

If you are traveling alone and wish to share a room, we will do our best to find someone on the tour. If a roommate cannot be found, the single supplement will be charged.

Travel and Life & Health insurances are recommended. An “Indemnification and Hold Harmless” agreement has to be signed by each participant before starting the trip.


Information about restaurants and available activities in Albuquerque will be provided upon receipt of booking.

To make a reservation for the shuttle from Albuquerque International Airport to Andaluz Hotel, contact the Sunport Shuttle at

Weather and clothing: Prepare for warm and sunny weather. Afternoon showers are possible, as this is New Mexico's monsoon season.

Bring comfortable shoes for walking in the fields, along with hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses. It's always a good idea to bring along a scarf and a light jacket.

For the evenings and the Opera no formal dress is required, but you may enjoy dressing up. Don't forget your camera!

All equipment for the float trip is provided by the organization.

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