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  New Mexico Retreat
"Activate Your Light Body" with Dana Micucci
March 31-April 2, 2017
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs & Spa    
Extend your trip to visit Taos and Santa Fe

  There is space available.  Call Susan 215-348-5755
This will be our 4th retreat at Ojo.  People coming from PA, NY, NM, ME.

During the cold winter months, it will be great to have this to look forward to!  Hot springs and warm weather!  Men and women are welcome to attend!  This retreat ALWAYS sells out.  I love this retreat because there is very little driving--you can walk everywhere--and wear your spa robe everywhere, even in the dining room!

This will be our 4th retreat at Ojo Caliente, and it's always so much fun, as well as relaxing and inspiring! Dana and I are looking for another spectacular location for our 2018 retreat, so best to join us in New Mexico in 2017 if you can, as we might not be going back there for awhile--and it's a MUST SEE, MUST DO kind of experience!

The wonderful Dana Micucci will be our retreat leader!  I hosted Dana for a workshop in Doylestown, and was blown away by her knowledge and wisdom, good humor and warmth.  To know her is to love, admire and respect her!

During our three day retreat, we will delve deeply into the ancient mysteries of the world’s wisdom traditions with ritual, meditation, and esoteric teachings and practices, learning how to activate our Light Bodies for higher dimensional living on the New Earth.

Marking the publication of Dana's exquisite new novel The Third Muse--a metaphysical mystery inspired by Renaissance ideals and the goddess archetype of Mary Magdalene--the retreat will include a special segment devoted to the divine feminine mystery teachings of the Magdalene Order. 

From New York to Paris and Florence, The Third Muse is a blend of mystery, suspense, art-world intrigue, history, and spirituality.   The Third Muse, is available on Amazon at 

We will stay at Ojo Caliente  Mineral Springs and Spa,
situated in the remote high desert of northern New Mexico.

Ojo is a sublime sanctuary.  It has been a gathering place and source of healing deemed sacred by the indigenous Native Americans for thousands of years and is the only hot springs in the world with four different types of mineral water.  There is also an awesome MUD BATH!!  It’s a great place to rejuvenate!    

In addition, there are beautiful hiking trails, luxurious spa treatments and a wonderful restaurant-a true feast for the senses. 

If you’d like to extend your stay before and after the retreat, we have provided info below on the historic and sacred sites of northern New Mexico --

the artsy town of Taos, the majestic Taos Pueblo, the "holy dirt" church at Chimayo, lovely inns and restaurants, Native American handicrafts and jewelry, and the beautiful town of Santa Fe.  People also really enjoy visiting Ghost Ranch, where Georgia O'Keeffe lived and painted her masterpieces. 

As Mother Earth continues to shift to a higher frequency, our bodies are also changing at the cellular and molecular levels, so we can hold more light and ascend to higher consciousness.  The goal of ascension is the merging of our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects into a perfected being of light, the ultimate stage of human development.

While powerful cosmic energies are now aiding this alchemical transformation, esoteric practices from ancient wisdom traditions can further assist in raising our light quotient to build and activate our light bodies---an ongoing process whereby our energy fields are gradually infused with and realigned to light.  We don’t have to leave our physical bodies (die) to do this.  We can inhabit our light bodies while operating within ordinary space-time in the here and now.   

The light body is an energy body made of particles of light.  Its sacred geometry is the merkabah (or merkaba)—an Egyptian and Hebrew word for the spinning field of energy, light and information that radiates from the body as a star tetrahedron, or Star of David.  The light body reconnects us to our multidimensional Higher Self in direct alignment with Source/God/All That Is and is able to travel freely between dimensions. 

It is known by many names in various wisdom traditions: the “resurrection body” in the mystical Christian tradition, “the body of bliss” in Kriya yoga, “the diamond body” in Taoism, “the luminous body,” or akh, in ancient Egypt, “the rainbow body” in Tibetan Buddhism, “the golden body” in the alchemical tradition.  
At this retreat, we will learn how to activate our light bodies with breath-work, toning, meditation, visualization, and other experiential practices and teachings gifted to us by  these ancient traditions, the great mystics and ascended masters. 

In the process, we will raise our vibration, unify our chakras, and refine our ability to master our energy and heal ourselves and others.  As a result, we will gain greater access to our gifts and talents; more clearly align with our soul’s purpose; increase our personal power; and tap into new levels of peace, joy, love and abundance.

Like ancient mystery-school adepts, we will aspire to “be in this world but not of it,” as we catalyze the transfiguration from human being to the new, fully embodied, divine human being of light.  

Thurs, March 30
From Albuquerque airport , enjoy a scenic desert 2 hour drive to Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa, where we will spend the next few days!!!

Deemed sacred by indigenous Native Americans of Northern New Mexico, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs has been a gathering place and a source of healing for hundreds, even thousands of years.

The sulphur-free, geothermal mineral waters flow from a subterranean volcanic aquifer. Ojo is the only hot springs in the world with four different types of mineral water, revitalizing those who soak in these legendary, healing waters.

There are ten different pools with temperatures ranging from 80-109 degrees.

Come retreat to this secluded refuge.

Relax with a massage and Ojo’s signature Milagro Wrap.

Rejuvenate in the legendary waters.

Have a fabulous dinner, make new friends, and sleep soundly!

Friday, March 31

9:30-12:30pm: Our retreat begins this morning with award-winning author and healing practitioner Dana Micucci.  After introductions and an opening ceremony, we will "purify ourselves" in the hot springs.

12:30-1:30pm: Lunch at Ojo’s lovely Artesian restaurant.

2-5pm:  With ritual, meditation and esoteric practices, we begin delving deeply into the ancient mysteries of the world’s wisdom traditions, learning how to activate our light bodies for higher dimensional living on the New Earth.

 Saturday, April 1
8:30-11:30am: Today, we continue our work clearing, opening and balancing our energy centers and building our light bodies to accelerate our ascension process.
11:30-12:30pm: Lunch at the Artesian restaurant. 

1-5pm: We carpool to the breathtaking, sacred site of Christ in the Desert Monastery, where Dana will guide us in embodying and anchoring in our Christ Consciousness.

6-8:30: Dinner at the the historic Abiquiu Inn, in the heart of Georgia O’Keeffe country!  Drive back to Ojo. 

Sunday, April 2
8:30-12:30pm: We will do a nice, mostly flat 45-minute hike to the stunning Mica mine for energy downloads and healing work. 

12:30-1:30pm: Lunch at the Artesian restaurant.
2-5pm: Closing ceremony near the river, followed by a soak in the hot springs for integration. 

6:30-8:30pm: “Celebration Dinner” at an awesome local restaurant, the Taos Trail Inn.

Monday, April 3
  Depart Ojo and drive to Santa Fe (75 minutes) or extend your stay in Taos or Santa Fe.


The weather in northern New Mexico is delightful in April, sunny and dry, with average temperature around 65 degrees. 

Sitting at night in the hot springs will be just perfect!!  Bring a bathing suit or two!!


The conference fee is

$550 by check to Susan Duval, 36 N Church St, Doylestown PA 18901.

OR pay $570 by credit card here.


If you are traveling solo, Susan can do her best to match you up with a roommate.

A variety of rooms are available for every budget, at Ojo Caliente and off-site.  Contact Susan for details. 215-348-5755

 Lodging at Ojo Caliente includes full use of the mineral hot springs.  Meals are not included.



A resident of Taos,  Dana has enjoyed a decades-long career as a journalist and author writing about culture, travel and spirituality. 
Her work has appeared in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Chicago Tribune, Town & Country, Architectural Digest and many other well-known publications.  She is also trained in a variety of healing modalities and conducts transformational talks and workshops nationwide.

Her book, Sojourns of the Soul: One Woman’s Journey around the World and into Her Truth (Quest Books), was a gold winner in the 2013 Nautilus Book Awards.  In this popular memoir, Dana takes readers to seven of the world's most exotic, sacred destinations--from the Australian Outback to Angkor in Cambodia, Egypt, Tibet, the Yucatan, New Mexico and Peru-to explore their ancient mysteries and metaphysical teachings. She will be a wonderful retreat leader for us!

Dana will be available March 29-30 and April 3-4, before and after the retreat, for private healing sessions at her home in Taos--Shamanic Soul Retrievals and Extractions, Reconnective Healing, The Reconnection.  For details, go to  http// 
To schedule an appointment, contact Dana directly at  or 575-758-8504.

“I was amazed at Dana’s soul retrieval session. After her blessings and work, my body began to vibrate so strongly it felt as if I might come off the massage table. It was as if I was shivering intensely from the cold yet I wasn't cold. My body felt different after. A minor illness was gone when I woke the next day.

The anxiety in my chest was gone. Dana discussed past experiences that gave perspective to some current issues I had been experiencing. I felt different, more confident in my connection to God. What an improvement she's made on my outlook on life. It's been a true blessing. Thank you, Dana, keep doing what you’re doing. It's making a difference.”  Lisa J., Pennsylvania

“I came to Dana at a crossroads in my career and personal life. During the first Reconnective Healing session, I felt very peaceful. The following sessions and The Reconnection blew me away.  It changed my thinking about how to attract what I want, which I learned can be done simply by changing my energy. I had three big manifestations after the healing sessions.

At one of the sessions, parts of my body even levitated!  I felt like I was floating for days afterwards. My energy had truly shifted into a more positive state, which I had not experienced for a long time. I feel that I connected directly to the power of Source, and my vibration has been altered.”  VJ, New Mexico


“Dana's retreat "Activating the Light Body" was one of the best, if not THE BEST retreat I've ever attended (and believe me I've been to many). Her knowledge of multiple traditions is vast, her explanations of energy flow and activations are relayed in a very simple, easy to understand and fun fashion. The meditations were powerful, and most people feeling immediate shifts. Half the retreat was outdoors, which for me was a delight, as the high desert of NM is nothing short of magical. It was a mini vacation with amazing teachings that will stay with me forever. Dana is someone who truly walks the walk, is full of joy, love and above all humility. Thank you :)”  Cathy NYC

“I really enjoyed the retreat, especially the outdoors parts like the hot mineral springs in Ojo Caliente, Christ in the Desert Monastery, and the mica mine.  Dana has a great way of explaining other cultures, beliefs and meditations in a fun and easy way.”  Yvonne, Ireland.

“Thanks for a wonderful trip, it was nourishing. I feel refreshed.” SS

“Dana, cannot thank you enough (nor quite find the words) to tell you how amazing, meaningful, and light-filled your retreat and teachings were.”   CN

“Dana presented a lot of in-depth spiritual wisdom in an easy-to-understand, accessible way that was also fun.  I found it incredibly interesting, and it was great to be in such a supportive environment surrounded by the beauty of New Mexico.  It was a wonderful, perfect retreat and I thoroughly enjoyed every magical moment!”   La N., PA   

“Dana managed to achieve an exquisite balance of simplicity, profound depth of exploration, silence, laughter, and of course, Love.  It takes a special teacher and Muse to inspire this in others.”  A.B., CT

“It was a truly an awesome blessed to meet such wonderful souls!  Dana and Susan, you are both amazing!”  Janet DiTroia, Warminster PA

“New Mexico 2015. What a great experience! Susan did everything possible to accommodate each person on the trip, no matter what the request. A great organizer and friend to everyone. Our group was lead by Dana who did a great job teaching, sharing her own experiences and helping us grow. The classes were well presented and compressed. It allowed us time to enjoy the spa facilities, too. I know I had an intense release and huge spiritual growth that brought me to tears. Such a blessing to be with this group. Everyone supported each other and celebrated each achievement. Thank you Susan for all you do with all your events. You've enriched my life by bringing wonderful people and places into my experience.” Lisa J., PA

“We learned some new things at the retreat, and enjoyed being with all the pleasant, positive people! The Hot Springs were a very nice experience, and we had great sunny days & warm weather.  All of the meals were tasty at the various places where we ate.  Going to the monastery gave us something different to experience.  It was a very pleasant experience.”  Joann and Joe, NJ

"What an amazing workshop!!!  I felt altered for days afterward.  Thank you so much for sharing your insights and wisdom.  I was captivated with your stories, tranced out with the exercises, and transformed as a result of being there.  It was so interesting, please come back!!!"  Leyla Pinarli, President, Onesource Document Mgmt Inc., Long Island, NY

"Dana's workshop has brought an amazing transformation in my life.  It has helped me to connect peacefully within, enlightened my senses, and encouraged me to manifest my deepest desires." D. Bragg

"Dana's workshop was a dynamic experience, rich with ancient knowledge, personal wisdom, and techniques to activate the energy centers in the body and awaken the consciousness. I enjoyed sharing this unique experience in a group setting with other individuals dedicated to growth under Dana's guidance. She is an engaging storyteller and a skilled facilitator for group learning. She creates a beautiful example of someone bravely stepping into a new age with the ancient teachings as the wind at her back on a journey of discovery."   Martina Comstock, Filmmaker / Yoga Teacher

"Thank you for a most amazing journey today in Santa Fe.  I am so grateful to have been included in the group.  I can only say ... it was meant to be.  Thank you for sharing your many wisdoms with us!  It is my intention to incorporate the practices in my daily rituals."   Chris, Albuquerque, NM

"I feel somehow that I've been initiated into a new realm of supportive care.  The exercises you offered have become daily rituals and I feel more present from my core self."  Cynthia, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, CA

"Dana's travels have allowed her to mine the riches of a wide variety of sacred traditions.  In this workshop, she shares those transformative insights with energy, eloquence-and a joy that is truly infectious!"  Ann Bradley, Writer and Editor, New York, NY

"Your talk today was exceptional.  Most of us have experienced some of what you described, but you are so incredibly articulate, and are able to express feelings and ideas beautifully.  I am just in awe of what you have done, and feel so blessed that you have shared it all with us through your book and talks." Alison, Taos, NM

“Thank you for such a wonderful retreat and trip. I had a wonderful time! Words don't describe the retreat and how thoughtfully everything was handled. Great people, great teacher, deep results. Thanks for making this possible for me.”  Marion F., Doylestown PA

“I loved meeting everyone and so enjoyed everything that we experienced together on the retreat.A magical week!! Thanks for your expert planning and fun spirit! Until we meet again!!”  Ann B. in Illinois

“The time at Ojo Caliente NM was just astounding and a gentle way to open my heart, spirit and mind to the lessons and paths that are so sublime and profound...I will forever be grateful for the NM awakening journey and rebirth that I experienced with Dana, Susan and each of our awesome group members!!!!”  Betty S, near Phila PA

“Susan Duval and Dana Micucci make a strong team able to lead participants through magical realms and reach new heights of spiritual growth. I highly recommend them for retreats, hikes, quests, and adventures of any kind! They pack so much into a few days that it takes awhile to process just how much you have received. Thanks again for the lovely time at Ojo!”  Michelle, Colorado

“Many thanks Susan and Dana for the amazing and enlightening New Mexico retreat.  Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs provided the perfect background to contemplate and internalize the practices and message for this spiritual journey. I truly was touched in many dimensions as Dana's  light and energy surrounded my entire being.”  Elizabeth B, Doylestown PA

"I fully enjoyed Dana's Ascended Masters retreat in the Grand Tetons, Wyoming!  Dana is an energetic, positive, and inspirational Light on the path of awakening at this time of transition. She encouraged us to embrace the 'master in the making' within ourselves. I look forward to attending another retreat with her next year." Ellen W., PA

EXTEND YOUR TRIP--Explore the area of TAOS
You might want to extend your stay before or after the retreat, and visit the artsy mountain town of Taos, an historic artist's and writer's colony that continues to flourish. Check out the shops and galleries! 

If it is open, explore the magical Taos Pueblo, the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years.  Visit with the Pueblo peoples who still live there.

Time permitting, check out the picturesque little town of Arroyo Seco, 15 minutes to the north, not far from where Julia Roberts has lived. 

You'll definitely want to visit the Chimayo church, a healing vortex. El Santuario de Chimayo is a pilgrimage site, famous for its "holy dirt" which has healing properties.  Note that the church closes at 5pm.

Check out Ghost Ranch where Georgia O'Keefe lived and painted.  Make a reservation for a guided visit and horseback ride, or just explore the hiking trails and labyrinth. Affordable lodging on site.

W\In Taos, we recommend accommodations at the charming Casa Benavides Bed and Breakfast (below) 575-758-1772 at 137 Kit Carson Rd, Taos. Photo below.  Taos is just 2.5 hours from Albuquerque airport.


EXTEND YOUR TRIP--Explore the area of SANTA FE
You will love Santa Fe, the country’s oldest capital city, where there are many delightful restaurants, wonderful art galleries and fabulous shops to visit. 

Check out the Loretto Chapel and its legendary mysterious spiral staircase, the world-class Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, and the Native American vendors on the historic Plaza selling their silver /turquoise jewelry and handicrafts. 

Or just relax at a sidewalk café and enjoy the colorful sights of Santa Fe, also known as The City Different, with its rich, centuries-old Spanish, Anglo and Native American heritage.  

Nearby, in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, is the renowned, Japanese-inspired “Ten Thousand Waves Spa,” which you may like to indulge in!! 

There are lots of great hotels in Santa Fe.  See Trip Advisor for ideas. You may want to check out  Hotel Santa Fe Hacienda and Spa, the only hotel in Santa Fe owned by Native Americans. This lovely property offers a unique cultural experience.  You can even have dinner in a teepee!! (  Hotel Sante Fe, 1501 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe  855-825-9876 

Continue to explore Santa Fe, or take an optional excursion to Stardreaming, a sacred stone temple complex and energetic vortex just outside Santa Fe.  Tour of the grounds and do light-code activations at the temples.  You might even meet Stardreaming’s creator, designer and visionary artist, James Jereb.

Drive to the airport in Albuquerque, taking the Turquoise Trail and stopping along the way to see the historic mining villages of Madrid and Cerrillos, now home to eclectic shops, galleries and artist’s studios.  Photo below.

Try to get a later flight if you can, so that you have plenty of time to soak up the wonderful healing energy of The Land of Enchantment before heading home!

Fly into Albuquerque. Check flights on Orbitz, Expedia and Southwest.  Ojo Caliente is about 2 hours from the airport.  To fly from Phila to Albuquerque is about $400 round trip.

Car rentals can be secured for a great rate on by bidding 40% lower.  

Susan can do her best to find someone for you to share a car with and room with.  Better yet, get a group of friends and come together!


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