In northern New Mexico, Santa Fe is nestled in the high desert mountains called the Sangre de Cristos — the “Blood of Christ.” The desert historically has been a place of renewal, spiritual empowerment and transformation. In the desert landscape surrounding Santa Fe there is a long history of native peoples living in the canyons and mesas. The region is known for its ability to inspire as the sky is vast and there are wide, open spaces. Artists, healers and spiritual seekers alike have been drawn to Santa Fe for its inspiration and peaceful atmosphere. The town is known for its healing properties given the light, penetrating blue skies, vast mountains and long-standing traditions of the Pueblo Indians. All construction within the Santa Fe limits is in the adobe (mud plaster) style, so the architecture, including the Prajna Temple is made to blend into the desert landscape. Santa Fe is an ideal landscape for pilgrimage–one that is conducive to opening your mind, heart and spirit.
Whether you prefer to stay in a classic adobe casita or a more modern hotel, there are many options for accommodations. Please read about lodging and transportation in Santa Fe here.
While you will certainly be immersed in intensive study all day long at the Prajna temple, maybe you’d like to do a little exploring on your own. Santafe.org has a great list of self-guided tours that will lead you to some of the favorites for eating and sightseeing.
The Mountain Cloud Zen Center and Upaya Zen Center are both excellent places to continue your education in Zen mediation while in Santa Fe. Dharma talks are an important weekly feature at both centers. Check the Upaya schedule and the Mountain Cloud schedule for the speaker and times.
Take advantage of the Japanese baths at Ten Thousand Waves or rejuvenating spas at Ojo Caliente. Looking for more yoga classes to supplement your training at Prajna Yoga? We recommend Body, YogaSource, or the MogaDao.
Lastly, a few favorite places to eat: Harry’s Roadhouse is right around the corner from the Temple. Shohko Café and Izanami are two delicious Japanese restaurants. Try SweetWater Harvest Kitchen for organic farm-to-table, or Tune-Up Café for the local’s favorite fare. Rasa and Verde are both yummy raw/vegan spots to get fresh juice or a light meal. The Santa Fe Farmer’s Market happens every Tuesday and Saturday morning in the Railyard district.