Earl House’s 2016 spring break kicked off with a scenic road trip to Taos, New Mexico. After settling into a traditional adobe-style house, staff and participants gathered in a circle near an outdoor fireplace (traditionally referred to as an adobe hornos) to usher in the Spring Equinox. A positive energy candle and a clearing sage stick set the mood. Each participant wrote their intention on flying wish paper, which was then burned in order to dissipate it into the atmosphere, spreading the intentions throughout the universe.
On the second day, participants had the option of either skiing or snowboarding at Taos Mountain or touring the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. While skiers and boarders shredded the mountainous terrain, the remainder of the group strolled across a bridge that spanned the Rio Grande, all the while viewing and taking photos of the remarkable vista. Before departing the monument, some members of the group shopped at a roadside market where locals displayed authentic stones, jewelry, and paintings.
The next morning, everyone woke up early for the trip to Santa Fe. First stop: Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs! Mineral-enriched pools and mud baths soothed minds and relaxed muscles. After several hours of self-care, the group piled into the vans and headed to Santa Fe. The twelve-acre property that we stayed at had panoramic views of the Santa Fe mountains, particularly the Sangre de Cristo range, which would prove to be a perfect location for day explorations as well as gorgeous sunrises and sunsets.
Wednesday was a brisk, windy day; perfect weather for visiting museums and checking out local boutiques and galleries! Georgia O’Keeffe’s museum in particular was a highlight. On Thursday, participants spent the morning and early afternoon enjoying the tranquil property. Later in the afternoon a few participants opted to attend a painting class, while the remainder of the group remained at the ranch for horseback riding. In the evening, everyone gathered back at the house for dinner, followed by a sober dance party and a celebration of a participant’s nine-month sobriety date capped off the evening.
On the final day, the group drove to the Kashe-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Staff and participants hiked, ventured into a cave created by volcanic activity, and took photos of the numerous and varied rock formations about the park.
For their 2016 Spring Break, the staff and participants of Earl House had a great week-long road trip to Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico! Activities varied; during the week participants had the opportunity to, among other things, ski, hike, horseback ride, and visit museums. What remained constant throughout the week was the overarching sense of camaraderie and, of course, fun!