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Summer Gatherings in New Mexico 2024



Summer/Fall Gatherings in the Walking Way

Four 9-Day Gatherings

June 14-22

Aug 23-August 31

Sept 20-28

Oct 18-26



Here’s the plan. Classes will begin on the morning of the first day. The day before, we will pick you up at the ABQ airport. Classes will end in the evening on the last day. On the day after the retreat, we will take you to the airport. The airport is 2 and a half hours from the retreat house. Travel to and from the airport is included in the cost of tuition. If you arrive after the retreat begins or leave before the retreat ends, we cannot promise to pick you up or drop you off. It is always best when we all begin together and end together.

We will study for 4 days and then take a day off. People will be free to go where they like. We will organize expeditions to Santa Fe and to Taos. Taos has great rafting down the Rio Grande and wonderful museums. Santa Fe has incredible art galleries and fantastic restaurants. Then, we will study for 4 more days.

Each day will begin with breakfast, then a full morning of classes and a short morning walk. We will explore in depth the physiology of walking, the psychology of walking, the ecology of walking and the theology of walking, in other words, walking as a way of life. Lunch will be the main meal. We will have a long siesta, then pack food and drive to a “trail of beauty” where we will walk. Walks will not be too long nor too difficult. The Walking Way is not about physical prowess. It is about living a physically contemplative life, about physical attunement. When we get home, there will be desserts waiting for us! One afternoon, we will treat ourselves and after a walk will luxuriate at Ojo Caliente, a mineral springs resort. Your time at the spa is included in your tuition.

Classes will be small, somewhere between 6 and 12 students. I will have an experienced and talented assistant teaching with me at every retreat. We cannot accommodate more students. There will be room for 6 students in the retreat house, two people per room. Accommodations will be simple but beautiful. We will also house 6 students at the Abiquiu Inn.

Tuition, room, board, spa, and airport pick up and drop off –


Already 40 people have told me they plan on attending!!! We have room for 48 participants.

Our guest house can receive 6 people per retreat.

The guest house for August is full but there is room for six people at the Abiquiu Inn.

There is one opening in the Guest House in June, six opening at the Inn.

In September there are 4 openings in the Guest House and 4 openings at the Inn.

And in October there are three openings in the Guest House and no openings at the Inn.

For those of you who wish to have your own room, there are additional spaces available at the Inn.


If you are thinking about attending, the first step is to get yourself on my list of interested people by sending me an email ASAP at bf@brucefertman.com.

To reserve a space in the Guest House, a deposit of $250 is due now. Acceptance is on a first come/first serve bases. 

Tell me your first and second choice for the gathering you wish to attend.


Here are some of the places under consideration for our journeyings.

Make sure to click on every link.

You will think I live on another planet!









Here is what D.H. Lawrence had to say about New Mexico.

“I think New Mexico was the greatest experience from the outside world that I have ever had. It certainly changed me for ever. Curious as it may sound, it was New Mexico that liberated me from the present era of civilization, the great era of material and mechanical development. Months spent in holy Kandy, in Ceylon, the holy of holies of southern Buddhism, had not touched the great psyche of materialism and idealism which dominated me. And years, even in the exquisite beauty of Sicily, right among the old Greek paganism that still lives there, had not shattered the essential Christianity on which my character was established. Australia was a sort of dream or trance, like being under a spell, the self remaining unchanged, so long as the trance did not last too long. Tahiti, in a mere glimpse, repelled me: and so did California, after a stay of a few weeks. There seemed a strange brutality in the spirit of the western coast, and I felt: O, let me get away!

But the moment I saw the brilliant, proud morning shine up over the deserts of Santa Fe, something stood still in my soul, and I started to attend. There was a certain magnificence in the high-up day, a certain eagle-like royalty, so different from the equally pure, equally pristine and lovely morning of Australia, which is so soft, so utterly pure in its softness, and betrayed by green parrot flying. But in the lovely morning of Australia one went into a dream. In the magnificent fierce morning of New Mexico one sprang awake, a new part of the soul woke up suddenly, and the old world gave way to a new.”

Consider joining me. Bring your friends and family.

Help support the building of our new retreat center that, hopefully, will be here for all of us for years to come.

Bruce Fertman

A Few Photos From Our First New Mexico Gathering in 2000.


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