Join Jennifer Lenhart on a 6-day spiritual retreat in magical Taos, New Mexico. Bounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and at an elevation of 6,969, Taos is located in the high desert of northern New Mexico. Along with breathtaking natural beauty, hiking, and mineral hot springs, Taos is known for historic adobe buildings (including Taos Pueblo). As a longtime artist colony, the town offers many galleries and museums showcasing local and regional artwork. Our retreat accommodations are a charming adobe-style lodge built-in 1925.
Taos is also home to the Baba Neem Karoli Ashram & Hanuman Temple. Baba Neem Karoli (known to his devotees as Mahara-ji) was the beloved guru of Ram Dass. Auspiciously, our retreat in the “Land of Enchantment” coincides with the July full moon and the holiday Guru Purnima, a traditional celebration dedicated to gurus, or enlightened spiritual masters. On this day, seekers offer gratitude and devotion to their gurus and receive their blessings. Visiting the Baba Neem Karoli Ashram will be one of the optional excursions offered to our group.
Retreats offer us a chance to step away from the busyness of daily life in order to reconnect with nature and ourselves, to build community with like-minded seekers, and to work on our spiritual practice in an immersive and intentional way. Our retreat will include daily breath-centered and mindful Jivamukti yoga asana practice; dharma talks and discussion focusing on the teachings of Ram Dass and Mahara-ji; seated guided and seated silent meditation; walking meditation (on the retreat center’s outdoor labyrinth); pranayama (breathing exercises); chanting mantras accompanied by the harmonium; singing bowls; a karma yoga service project; and nourishing home-cooked plant-based meals. There will also be plenty of free time for resting, enjoying the pool and hot tub at the retreat center, and exploring nature and the town of Taos.
- 6 nights accommodations
- 3 meals per day starting with dinner on the first night and ending with breakfast on the last day
- Daily yoga practices
- Personal retreat time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)
Prepare to be surrounded by mountains and colorful sky that stretch for miles as you explore the enchanted beauty of Taos, New Mexico. Stunning mountain views and peaceful desert landscapes on 3.5 acres with plenty of garden space and nature to explore. Historic architecture made in Adobe style, offering the best of both worlds – historic charm with all of the comfort and convenience of modern day accommodations.
Take a scenic hike up Devisadero trail or relax in a nearby mineral springs. Explore the rich art community of Taos, full of art galleries, museums, and ancient history. Grab a bike, take a hike, gaze at stars, watch for birds or just relax by the pool. There is something to do for everyone.
The Chef prepares every meal from scratch putting lots of love and care into each dish. The smell of fresh baked bread is sure to catch your nose as it is served warm from the oven.
Jennifer Lenhart is a certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher and is recognized by Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500. She stepped onto the yoga path in 1994 and began teaching in 2009 after graduating from Marni Task’s Jivasara Yoga Teacher Training program. She is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP); a certified Thai Yoga Massage practitioner; has led residential yoga & meditation retreats locally and internationally; is a certified Y12SR: Yoga of 12-Step Recovery Leader; and holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature. In her classes, expect to hear eclectic music, practice some devotional chanting, consider how the teachings and philosophy of yoga can be applied to modern life, be asked to bring awareness to the breath, be encouraged to find optimal alignment in the asanas, and experience skillful hands-on assists. And probably enjoy some laughter, too.
“I love attending Jen’s classes! She fosters a sense of community in her yoga classes that is welcoming and kind. Her adjustments are fantastic and her explanations are helpful. For beginners or advanced yogis, Jen’s classes are a great experience.”
“Jennifer is open and friendly and has a light-hearted feel to her classes. She is not the ‘practice at the front of the room and everyone else should follow’ teacher–she is the teacher who explains, very specifically, what the class is to do and demos only as needed (e.g. for newer students or complicated poses). She is all over the room doing hands-on adjustments and her savasana massages are divine. Sequencing is clearly planned for best practice, and students are often challenged (but never forced) to try new or more complicated poses. Spiritually founded classes that are not too heavy on the spiritual stuff but remind the student that it’s there–as it should be–check her out.”
“Jennifer helped me understand mindfulness when I started practicing yoga years ago. She is such a warm, wise, and loving woman, and she is an excellent yoga instructor. She lives a true yogi life. I completely trust and honor Jennifer.”
“Jennifer is a wonderful teacher that guides students through a slow engaging flow. She provides plenty of options for all levels, and her classes are welcoming to a beginner yet provide a challenge to an experienced yogi. She teaches mindful awareness to the core and helps students to build core strength in any pose. She brings laughter to the practice and the joy of being human on our mats. I highly recommend Jennifer to people new to the mat and long-time yogis as well.”
The 1200 sq ft meeting room combines as a yoga space and features a fireplace with an aroma of burnt sage when lit. There is also a yoga yurt located in the garden that has a beautiful sky view. Take a dip in the pool, sweat it out in the sweat lodge, or enjoy a walk on the labyrinth mediation path. Disconnect from technology and enjoy all that is offered on this enchanted space.
While on your retreat you will also have the opportunity to take part in adventure activities and wonderful excursions. Some of the possible options include:
- Mountain biking
- Llama trekking
- White-water rafting
- And more!
*Price of some activities are not included in tuition unless free or listed under inclusions. Availability subject to change.
Paying your initial deposit of $350 will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip. A non-refundable $35 Payment Processing Fee will be added to the tuition rate upon registration.
For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.
The closest airport is Santa Fe Regional Airport (SAF). Before booking tickets, please be sure you have received your official confirmation note that the retreat has met its minimums. You will be responsible for your own transportation to the center. The drive time to the center is approximately 1.5 hours.
Check-In: 3:00 pm
Check Out: 11:00 am
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