The dogs and I left sweet Santa Fe and headed to Toas, NM. There are a few good wineries to visit along the way if you take the high road. The reds are ok but the champagne and port seem to be the best productions coming out of NM vineyards thus far. What a beautiful drive worth the extra time. When I arrived to my airbnb rental it was a disaster of a location, directly behind a loud car-wash with the sound of vacuums running non-stop. After calling airbnb corporate office, I decided not to wait around and instantly found an earthship for rent, 11 minutes away in El Prado. I had no idea how amazed I would be by this community and way of living!
An earthship is a type of passive solar house that is made of both natural and up-cycled materials such as earth-packed tires. Architect Michael Reynolds pioneered this invention to address six principles:
Read my travel blog of the epic journeys with my 2 pitbull mix breed dogs in a Volvo C-30 from Asheville NC to Sedona AZ and back. The goal is to not only relax and rejuvenate but also to absorb operational pros and cons from my most admired spas, seek out small unique spas especially off the grid and eco friendly architecture, and soak in as many hotspring mineral waters as possible. This valuable information collected will be integrated in enhancing my spa, "Mantra" in Cashiers NC, and my consultant skills for my new boutique spa solutions company in the making.
Blue Desert Hale a Retreat and Learning Center
Escabosa, New Mexico
Mission: Attend a 4 day cranial sacral intensive specific to working with the sphenoid bone. Consult with owner regarding business development, Social media enhancements, logo work and future retreat expansion and fundraising possibilities.
My arrival at Blue Desert Hale felt like going through the gateway to the real west after my long drive from Hot Springs Arkansas (See Previous Blog). Escabosa is about 30 minutes outside of Albuquerque. A rural desert oasis with long range views that slope gradually down which almost mimic an ocean view in the distance. After a very long gravel road drive in, I was immediately drawn to the eclectic off the grid home and greenhouse, solar panels glistening in the sun. My dogs popped out of the car quick and made friends with the local pack of canines and we all instantly felt a deep state of peace. The retreat is owned by license...