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  New Mexico Retreat
"Activate Your Light Body" with Dana Micucci
March 27-30, 2014 
This retreat is SOLD OUT.  Ask to be on wait list!

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs & Spa    
Extend your trip to visit Taos and Santa Fe

During the cold winter months, it will be great to have this to look forward to!  Hot springs, warm weather, YES!

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 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.

 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.  It’s a great place to rejuvenate!    

Also at Ojo, 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 -- Georgia O'Keeffe country, the majestic Taos Pueblo, the "holy dirt" church at Chimayo, lovely inns and restaurants, Native American handicrafts and jewelry, and the beautiful towns of Taos and Santa Fe.

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 and telluric 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 27  
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, relax in the mineral springs, and sleep soundly!

Friday, March 28   9:30-12:30pm: Our retreat begins this morning with award-winning author and healing practitioner Dana Micucci.  After introductions and an opening ceremony, Dana will lead us in a purification ritual in the hot springs.

12:30-1:30pm: Lunch at Ojo’s lovely Artesian restaurant.
2-5pm:   Workshop in the Casa Blanca room.  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, March 29  
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, March 30 
9:30-12:30pm: 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: We will spend time at the beautiful  Medicine Wheel for our closing ceremony, followed by a soak in the springs for integration. 

8-10pm: “Celebration Dinner” at an awesome local restaurant!

Monday, March 31  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 March, sunny and dry, with average temperature around 60 degrees.  Sitting at night in the hot springs will be just perfect!!  Bring a bathing suit or two!!


Conference fee is $495. 
$200 is non-refundable if you cancel, or may be used for another Sacred Journey. 

We recommend that you book as early as possible to get the best airfare to Albuquerque.

$495 by CHECK to Susan Duval, 36 N. Church St, Doylestown PA 18901.
OR pay $510 by credit card here.

We have a discounted group rate at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs
for the North Cottages.  Count on $395 per person TOTAL for the 4 nights, if you share a room.  This includes the resort fees and taxes.   Susan can do her best to match you up with a roommate, or arrange a single if you prefer.

You must make your hotel reservations by February 25 to guarantee you a room at our discounted group rate.  After Feb 25, you may book a room at the regular rate.   To reserve, call Roxanne at 505-583-3240. 
Meals are not included.  If Ojo Caliente is sold out, you may stay at the Taos Trail Inn, which is 5 minutes away.  Use of the mineral springs at Ojo would be a supplement.


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 latest 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!

"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

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

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, or just explore the hiking trails and labyrinth

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!! 


Recommended hotel is the Hotel Santa Fe Hacienda and Spa, the only hotel in Santa Fe owned by Native Americans. Conveniently situated in the heart of town, 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    Photo below.

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.  Ojo Caliente is about 2 hours from the airport. 

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.  
Better yet, get a group of friends and come together!


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