Returned. Changed.

“If you’re a truly lucky traveler, you won’t be the same person when you get home.” ~(reader submitted quote to the New York Times)

How do I even begin to blog about the trip to Taos, New Mexico last week?!?  A dear friend of mine would answer that question with this one: How do you eat an elephant?…. answer: one bite at a time.  So in the coming days I will share our time in Taos with you  here bit by bit, story by story, day by day.  There is much to tell.  Magic, new friendships, big skies, bigger dreams, art-making with the spirit in mind, amazing food, nourishing laughter (all the way from the gut)… and more.

But it all started with a few meetings at the Art Academy of Cincinnati in the weeks leading up to the trip.  (Special thanks to Julie, workshop participant, willing assistant, reiki master and fast new friend, for most of the photos below, as well as many to come in future posts.)

We explored available art supplies to find those we wanted to bring to our travel journal experience and began to ready our sketchbooks for the trip.  I call this pre-trip time ‘priming the pump’.  We must be in practice when we hit the road so that keeping an illuminated journal will feel second nature to us.  We met 4 weeks in a row (which I think may have been 1 too many after all!) and by the end of this time we had a sense of community among the students.  We were ready!

…. and then we were off!  Travel to Taos is the classic ‘planes, trains and automobiles’ type of thing.  We landed in Albuquerque, rented a car and drove north toward Santa Fe and on and on to a place called Ojo Caliente….

where we soaked our weary bones in hot springs alive with healing mineral waters that bubble up from deep inside the earth.

It is at Ojo that time began to bend and we proceeded to ascend toward Taos where Mabel’s awaited….

But that is a story for another day.  Stay tuned, I’ll keep you posted.


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