American’s Southwest is filled with vast sprawling landscapes and colorful floral oases that can be mistaken for mirages. New Mexico has an added air of Wild West and Butch Cassidy fused with healers and art galleries that make it unique in it’s own right. We’re packing our bags and heading there in October. Whether you can join us or go on your own, here are 5 ways to get your wellness in New Mexico.
Physical Activity: Rock Climbing
With over 300 days of sunshine a year, rock climbing is a year round sport in Taos (though morning shade is the best time to get started). Test your skills with the vertical to low angle granite cliffs in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, which offer beginners and experienced climbers bolted routes or multi-pitch climbs. Pack your gear and set out for an adventure on these un-crowded cliffs that offer magical panoramic vistas.
Stress Reduction: Absolute Nirvana
Located in a quaint B&B and run by an ex-pat French who were inspired after numerous trips to Bali, this spa has an other worldly feel. Spas and healing treatments are available on every corner in Santa Fe; to stand out, Absolute Nirvana only works with Master level therapists (that’s 17+ years of experience) and only use green, chemical-free massage products. I’d give you more details, but I only remember being expertly rubbed down and coming out of the room feeling like jelly.
Food Education: Santa Fe School of Cooking
In its 25th year, the award-winning Santa Fe School of Cooking led the charge toward a local sustainable lifestyle tradition when it opened in the late 1980’s. Offering more than just hands-on cooking classes, you can make reservations for a restaurant walking tour or sit down and enjoy the spoils from a demonstration class. If you don’t have time for any of the above, just swing by for the market place and stock up on clay pots, cookbooks (written by the founders of course), and Southwestern spices.
Spiritual Connection: Ojo Caliente Hot Springs
Tranquilo. The sacred hot springs of Ojo Caliente have long been a gathering place for healing and rejuvenation. One of the oldest natural health resorts in the U.S., these springs have been generating geothermal mineral waters for thousands of years. The cliff side pools have transfixing, meditative views and the mud baths allow you to bake out the toxins under the desert sun.
Cultural Involvement: Taos Pueblo
As the only living Native American community, this UNESCO World Heritage site is worth a visit. Local residents will give you a tour through the village and walk you through their oral history. The adobe buildings date back to 1000 A.D. with most of the structures having been preserved from their discovery in the 16th century. Take time to chat with some of the 1900 Taos Indians residents about their thoughts on advancement of modernization and how it will impact their cultural heritage. - Linden Schaffer
Pravassa’s 5-tenet wellness philosophy is rooted in these core concepts: physical activity, stress reduction, food education, spiritual connection, and cultural involvement. These principle concepts have guided our company’s wellness practices from inception and are the foundation on which we build our travel vacations and educational content.