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Summer/Fall Gatherings in New Mexico 2024

 

WALKING AS A WAY OF LIFE

Summer/Fall Gatherings in the Walking Way

Four 9-Day Gatherings

June 14-22

Aug 23-August 31

Sept 20-28

Oct 18-26

2024

 Schedule

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.

PICK UP

Kevin Spitzer will be waiting to pick you up at the ABQ airport on the day before your Gathering begins. That will be one of these four dates: June 13, August 22, September 19, or October 17. He will leave the airport at 6pm and drive you to where you will be staying. Have some food with you as it is a long drive to Coyote. If your flight arrives too late to meet Kevin at 6pm, then you will need to arrive the day before, stay over at one of the airport hotels and spend a day in Albuquerque. If you have already booked your flight and meeting Kevin is not possible, write to me at bruce@brucefertman.com and let me know. 

DROP OFF

Kevin will drop you off on the day after your Gathering ends. That will be one of these four dates: June 23, September 1, September 29, October 27. He will arrive at the airport at 11:30am. You need to provide 90 minutes for check in. That is ample time as it is a small airport. If your flight leaves before 1pm, then it will be necessary to stay in Albuquerque overnight and leave the next morning. If you have already booked your flight and this is not possible, write to me at bruce@brucefertman.com and let me know. 

WHAT OUR TIME TOGETHER WILL BE LIKE

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 followed by a full morning of classes. 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 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 have found some places nearby where we can house people as well.

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

 $2300.

Right now, 39 of us will be partaking in the Walking Way Gatherings this year.
The guest house is full in June and August.
One place remains open in the guest house in September and one in October.
With the spaces I found nearby, I can accommodate, in total, 8 more people. 

Acceptance is on a first come/first serve bases. 

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

DAILY EXCURSIONS

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!

GHOST RANCH

BISTI

CHACO CANYON

PUYE CLIFFS

ABIQUIU LAKE

TENT ROCKS

RIO GRANDE RAFTING

OJO CALIENTE

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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