Enchanted Retreat New Mexico 2016

  • Jemez Springs, NM, United States
  • Aug 14 - 20, 2016
  • Trip Size: 5 - 20 people



I've taught at the Bodhi Zen Center in Jemez Springs, New Mexico for 27 years. It is like a second home for me. The Bodhi is rustic and magical in its simplicity. It is in the heart of the red mesas that make New Mexico so "enchanted."

Come experience this high altitude Zen center with it's natural hot springs, clear clear arid night skies, beautiful Sutra Hall, and town that is a little over three blocks long. August is warm, with afternoon thundershowers, hummingbirds, and meteor showers. Morning and evening yoga sessions, meditation practice, and outings to local pueblos and hiking trails.


The Bodhi Zen Center is a little over an hour from the Albuquerque Airport. Shuttle from the Zen Center is optional for an additional fee. We will start with a casual dinner on Sunday, August 14th and end at lunch on August 20th. Santa Fe is another hour north from Jemez Springs. August in Santa Fe means the Santa Fe Opera is in full swing and that Indian Market is happening. If you've not been I would encourage a visit... Or, if you have more of an edge about traveling, then vist Breaking Bad country and tour Albuquerque!

I would also like to introduce to you my dear brother and friend, Wolf Martinez. We have taught together and have sat in sweat lodges and circles through many life times. He is both a Shiatsu massage therapist and a healer in the shamanic-Native American traditions.

Wolf will be joining us. His presence will just be one more element in the many magical experiences we are bound to share during this gathering. Sessions with Wolf are not included in the retreat registration fee and will be paid directly to him. For an hour and a half session the cost is $125.00.

Indian Market is the following weekend in Santa Fe, August 20-21, 2016, and one of the biggest events for the city. So book early if you plan to swing by after retreat.

What's Included

Typical Day:

Silent Practice
Dinacharya: Ayurvedic Self-Care Practices
Lite Breakfast
Morning Asana Practice
Karma Yoga/Community Service for Bodhi Zen Center
Free time
Late Afternoon Restorative Practice/Yoga Nidra
Community Gathering
Star Gazing from hot springs. (Clothing optional)

Not Included

Shuttle from the Zen Center is optional for an additional fee
Sessions with Wolf Martinez are not included in the retreat registration fee and will be paid directly to him. For an hour and a half session the cost is $125.00

Before You Go

Please plan on bringing your favorite yoga props with you. Some bolsters and mats available.

Single occupancy includes (for the most part) private bath. In a few cases there is a shared bath conveniently located. These are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Shared occupancy can be 3 – 4 beds per room with a shared bathroom.

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  • Aug. 22, 2016

    This trip was a transformative experience - an opportunity to truly unplug, restore and refresh. Excellent food and beverage, prepared from farm fresh ingredients according to ayurvedic principles, two top notch yoga practices per day, luxurious hot springs on property, and two outstanding excursions to enjoy the New Mexico landscape - one to Bandelier National Monument - an "only in New Mexico" experience. Not only is David Moreno a yoga master, but his self care suggestions, and depth of wisdom create a new consciousness about one's body and wellness. The Bodhi Zen Center creates a rhythmic, meditative environment in which to connect with others, and oneself. I would definitely jump at the chance to return.

    Donna Sabbatani Donna Sabbatani
  • Aug. 23, 2016

    Maureen McGraw Maureen McGraw
  • Aug. 24, 2016

    Hi Abhi, I'm just writing to say thank you for such an extraordinary week. I'm still processing it all. And still doing the dinacharya routine (or some of it) each day! - and meditating in the mornings. Am already missing your yoga classes. Mark said something wonderful about the sequence of classes you taught over the course of the week - that they were like parts of a long serial poem, which was the whole week of practice. I agree. Hugs and love and gratitude - see you back in Oakland sometime soon Namaste Suzanne For anyone thinking of doing a retreat with David - you just won't find a sweeter, more expansively knowledgable teacher anywhere. He's the best.

    Suzanne Stein Suzanne Stein
  • Oct. 12, 2016

    Truthfully, Jordan was not a region of the world I thought I'd be visiting, but I can't possibly describe how happy I am I said yes. David orchestrated such a safe, rich and rewarding experience in such a truly amazing place. The balance of daily asana practice with perfectly curated cultural experiences (Dead Sea! Petra!! Camel ride by starlight!!! Yoga in a Bedouin tent!!!!), and - ohmygawd - the food! There's not a day since my return that I haven't marveled at just how lucky I am to have been in the right place at the right time to receive all the gifts this trip offered...

    Amy, Oakland Amy, Oakland
  • Oct. 12, 2016

    My personal highlight of the trip was the famed Wadi Rum desert stay with an early morning camel ride with the Bedouins and an exquisite "glamping" private tent stay. Every moment was like a dream, steeped in age old history and beauty beyond explanation...

    Kevin, Seattle Kevin, Seattle
  • Oct. 12, 2016

    David's trip "Journey to Petra" was an unforgettable trip that was so much more than Petra. The community, the yoga, the food, the sights, the time spent walking the roads of ancient civilizations put so much of my daily life into better perspective. This was some combination of retreat and adventure in a land that holds history of mythic proportion. Seeing this part of the world was also a humbling experience that brought me compassion and understanding for past and present political, religious and social events. I am changed and I would do this Journey again in a heartbeat.

    Ceri, Dallas Ceri, Dallas
  • Nov. 08, 2016

    Abhimanyu (David,) I’m glad I waited to tell you about my experience in New Mexico, because I wasn’t aware of how much it would affect me now that I’ve returned to my “normal life.” There was a sadness that I think we all felt when we had to say goodbye to our magical alternate reality we shared, and you helped create for us, in those mountains full of deep wisdom. But since I left the retreat I’ve felt a return to something that I forgot, or missed within me. I’ve taken so many tools for my own spiritual practice from this that I honestly did not expect, I’m so grateful. And like Wolf said, “so inspired by you!” I feel a deep connection with everyone who shared this experience with me, and I think they would agree that this was a transformative experience, to say the least. I would sincerely encourage anyone to do something like this. Going into this I was in a particularly worn down place, emotionally, but yoga has allowed me to transcend that and be in the moment, and cultivate a practice, both spiritually and physically that is nothing short of amazing. Like my mom said, this is a turning point for me, and I didn’t even realize it at the time, but my practice is bolstered by, and draws upon the truly transformative experience I’ve had at the Jemez retreat. I am eternally grateful! THANK YOU! From the bottom of my heart, much love.

    Marlowe Kent, Berkeley Marlowe Kent, Berkeley