With the LEED Gold-certified Santa Fe Community Convention Center providing 40,000 square feet of versatile high-tech space, diverse sanctuaries around the city welcome delegates looking to unplug, unwind and reboot.
Combining the essential principles of yoga and hiking, Yogihiker offers guided programs in the Santa Fe National Forest and Sangre de Cristo Mountains, plus the 3 Elements Day Tour, combining a hike on sacred pueblo lands, yoga in a yurt and meditation in a hand-carved “art” cave.
Rooted in Japanese mountain hot springs tradition, Ten Thousand Waves is a cherished “elder” of the Santa Fe wellness scene, featuring a spa with outdoor hot tubs, upscale Izanami restaurant and 13-room Houses of the Moon lodging.
New Mexico State Parks ranger and award-winning astro-photographer Peter Lipscomb, owner of Astronomy Adventures, entertains corporate groups with educational guided night sky tours, while Santa Fe Walkabouts offers customized hiking, scenic, off-road, winter and other private guided excursions.
Surrounded by mountain views from its spot on historic Museum Hill, the Santa Fe Botanical Garden offers facility buyouts or individual garden spaces for events. Under 30 minutes from downtown Santa Fe, the magical Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, featuring 7 million-year-old volcanic formations, is an awe-inspiring choice for self-guided hiking, photography, birdwatching and more.
About an hour north of Santa Fe, this fabled mountain escape is a world unto itself, with ancient tradition, creative inspiration and rejuvenation infusing the very (clean) air.
“Quite simply, Taos is totally unique,” said Ana Karina Armijo, director of marketing and tourism for the Town of Taos. “Even though it’s off-the-beaten-path, people have been making their way here for a very long time for relaxation, inspiration and renewal.”
With its own legacy as an art colony, Taos offers a hotbed of new ideas, perspective and possibilities for groups. Tours of the UNESCO-listed Taos Pueblo, continuously inhabited for over 1,000 years, offer a singular showcase of the “old school” approach to sustainability, collaboration and group dynamics. Started in 1994 as a pioneering eco-initiative in “radical sustainability,” The Greater World Community features 80-plus “Earthships.” Fashioned almost entirely from recycled materials, these remarkable off-the-grid homes, with minimal reliance on public utilities and fossil fuels, can be rented for overnight stays. Tours and hands-on learning programs are also available.
Albuquerque may get all the attention for its annual International Balloon Fiesta, but as Armijo noted, “it’s not uncommon to see these silent beauties floating peacefully above the mountains in Taos, with guided balloon excursions offering an exceptional experience for groups.” Other liberating activities include high-altitude skiing, plein air painting, fly-fishing, guided mountain climbing and horseback riding.
Spa culture is also hot in Taos. At the 84-room El Monte Sagrado (“Holy Mountain”), which offers 7,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, the award-winning Living Spa offers comprehensive spa, wellness and fitness treatments, including remedies based on ancient rituals and oxygen therapy and featuring locally sourced organic ingredients. Groups can also take yoga and stretch classes in the Sacred Circle, a tree-circled outdoor area inspired by local Taos tribes.
Opened in 1868, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, 40 miles to the west, is one of the nation’s oldest natural health resorts, featuring mineral-rich pools frequented for thousands of years by ancient people. Flexible meeting spaces include the 1924-built Adobe Round Barn, Artesian Restaurant and historic Santa Cruz de Ojo Caliente Chapel. Ojo Caliente, which is currently remodeling its Main Bathhouse, has a new sister property in Santa Fe, Sunrise Springs Integrative Wellness Resort.