Guided immersion experience journeys
into the heart of the Peoples and the Places.
--Independent traveler option with pre-trip seminar, itinerary planning, CD, reservations with guides
The Colorado Plateau, the second largest plateau in the world, is a place of mysterious beauty. The land is alive with Creation stories exposed in the sinuous canyons which are rugged mountains upside down. Absorb the unearthly luminous qualities of light on rock and vast plateau lands and of brilliant stars at night.
This is a dreamscape sculpted by elemental forces. Radiant with sun, quickened by lightning, resonant with many millennia of human prayer honoring this sacred earth. The wind that shapes the wondrous formations gives voice to the indwelling spirit that Navajos call Nilchi'i, the inner spirit of humans, the mountains, the stars and all of creation.
This Southwest region has the largest concentration of national monuments, parks and spectacular canyon and mesa landscapes anywhere. This is the mythological landscape of living cultures with roots in another time. With one of the clearest atmospheres in the world, we take time to star and moon gaze and to breathe in the stunning sunset and sunrise colors!
Here imagination is stimulated. Who are we? Why are we here now? Pondering, sensing the mysteries of those who came before, we walk among the remote and exquisitely beautiful remains of stone cliff dwellings, pueblo villages and gaze upon other-worldly images left carved and painted on canyon walls. And, in fact, these ancient peoples are still here.
Hopi, Navajo, Zuni and other Native Peoples warmly welcome you as they share their stories, lives, ways, reverence, earth-spirit ways and arts in homes and villages, around the campfire, and in special backcountry places.
We come together in a warm circle of friends from many nations telling our stories. Legends & earth wisdom woven with historic color, nature, geology, archaeology and real people interactions.
"While it may sound a bit corny to say that our trip with you changed our lives, it certainly has had an impact in so many ways. In some way I feel liberated from the idea of putting people into categories, seeing people in a particular light. The Hopis especially have broadened our horizons in these respects. What wonderfully warm, friendly folks they are! They have so little materially but their hearts are bigger than most! Their way of life, while so different from ours, professes love of family and community and their link to the earth and what she gives to us each day is so refreshing, so real. We take so much for granted on this planet and when witnessing the way in which the natives revere the tiniest grains of corn, their sustenance, we are brought back to a realisation that in many ways we get our priorities wrong. They are truly beautiful souls."
Virginia Foley, Toronto, Canada, Jan., 2006