Our purpose is, in part, to serve as a refuge for animals and for people who have felt disconnected from the natural world, providing sacred space for those who feel called to celebrate the Earth, either through group work or personal retreat. Our workshop season generally runs from May through September, although personal and group retreats may start in April and continue through October.
Our accommodations are intentionally simple, attuning visitors to the land and the sky, supporting deep connection with the natural environment and with the world of spirit. For those who spend time at the Institute, the land comes alive and is perceived as a powerful force that contributes to healing and spiritual opening.
There are six small buildings on the Cuyamungue Institute land built in the traditional adobe style. Kia Lodge has five permanent beds and a sleeping porch that accommodates four people. The Casita has a double bed and Kiva East, which houses our library, also has a queen bed. There are several spaces for tents. Our round, kiva-like structure is partially underground and is the primary site for workshop sessions. The main building has two bathrooms with showers, a full kitchen, and a spacious living-dining room with huge windows looking out over the Sangre de Christo mountains and the Pojoaque valley. In addition, we have a covered outdoor work space for art projects and a dance court that overlooks the mountains and valley. The old adobe house that is permanently rented completes our small enclave.
While we do not have formal paths across the mountain desert terrain of our property, there are several hikes that we encourage people to explore. The journey to Heart Rock takes hikers up across the ridge that looks out over the canada, a dry riverbed beyond which we can see Black Mesa, the lights of Los Alamos, and the Jemez mountains. Heart Rock is a freestanding natural formation in which a heart-shaped rock sits within a niche. It is a place of ceremony on our land. Another hike is to the remains of the old pueblo, although there are scattered spots throughout the land where rock placements indicate the presence of our earlier inhabitants.