Santa Fe, US:
Culturally, Linguistically, and Ecologically
Join Global Education Allies on a transformative 8-day retreat, starting in the tranquil haven of Abiquiu, famously known as the muse of Georgia O'Keeffe, and transitioning to the vibrant and historic heart of Santa Fe and ending with the annual feast day in Pueblo Jemez. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of breathtaking national parks and historical sites, tracing the footsteps of the early Spanish colonizers and the indigenous community that has a deep-rooted history in these regions.
Santa fe main program
July 28th - Aug 4th (8 days); $2790
This retreat promises interactive workshops and discussions, facilitated by a diverse group of experts, aiming to inspire reflection and change in educational approaches. Our discussions will be centered on culturally competent and ecologically responsive classrooms, particularly in context of the indigenous nations in the Southwest. Amidst the natural beauty of the southwestern desert, foster connections with fellow educators while enjoying informal campfire discussions and rejuvenating activities such as yoga and hiking.
Our itinerary offers a rich blend of educational exploration and relaxation in Santa Fe, America's oldest capital city. Experience the enduring legacy of this historic region as we visit significant landmarks including the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Taos Pueblo, a living link to a vibrant ancient civilization. The program culminates in the festive atmosphere of the Pueblo Jemez's annual feast day, offering a glimpse into the vibrant culture nestled in the stunning Jemez Mountains.
Pre-trip to Carlsbad Caverns
July 26th - 28th (3 days); $770
Before embarking on the main program, participants have the opportunity to explore the Carlsbad cave system, a subterranean marvel promising adventure and awe-inspiring sights. Additionally, at the Bat Flight Amphitheater you can witness the breathtaking flight of bats as they swarm out into the twilight sky, a dance of nature that promises to be an unforgettable prelude to the enriching experiences that await us in the Santa Fe area.
Pueblo Jemez indigenous community
We will visit with the Pueblo Jemez, a dynamic indigenous community, located at the gateway to the Cañon de San Diego Jemez Mountain. They open their doors to the outside community only on their annual feast day.
The first European settlers arrived in Santa Fe up the Rio Grande river in 1607, the same year Jamestown colony in Virginia was founded. In addition to Santa Fe being one of the earliest colonies, it is also the oldest capital city in the United States.
Pueblo Jemez Feast Days celebration
Pueblo cultural center
Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
Plein air painting in Abiquiu
Chimayo monastery and pilgrimage site
Palace of the Governors
Casa San Ysidro
Hike in Jimez Springs
Meet with National Park educators
Meet with Pueblo educators
Optional wine tour
Carlsbad cave system
Bat Flight Amphitheater
All interested educators, administrators and community leaders are encouraged to apply. Non-educator guests will be considered based on availability. An additional fee of $150 for non-educators will be charged to cover additional expenses.
Full program: July 26th - Aug 4th
Pre-trip to Carlsbad Caverns; July 26th - 28th (3 days)
Santa Fe Main program: July 28th - Aug 4th (8 days)
July 26 - July 27: Albuquerque
July 27 - July 28: Carlsbad Caverns
July 28-July 29: Albuquerque
July 29-Aug 1: Abiquiu
Aug 1 - Aug 3: Santa Fe
Aug 3-Aug 4: Albuquerque
Our program begins and ends in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where we will spend the first and the last nights of the program. Albuquerque has a busy international airport and it will be easy to arrive to. Our visits, as well as longer stays, will take us to the following locations: Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Abiquiu, Jimez Springs, Pueblo Jimez, Taos Pueblo
Pre-trip to Carlsbad Caverns: $770
Main program to Santa Fe: $2790
*EARLY BIRD SPECIAL:
For applying before NOVEMBER 30th we will offer a special discount
of 5% off the entire package.
*For people applying after the application deadline (if space is still available), we may need to add an additional 5-10% fee over the program cost, to offset the higher prices of late bookings.
Shared accommodations, most meals and program activities (including educational visits, sightseeing and entrance fees), and transportation within the program, are all included in the selected program price.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Airfare to Albuquerque, New Mexico, airport transportation to and from our meeting and ending locations, some meals, travel insurance, and add-on or upgrade options that may be selected (including single rooms).
Early bird special: November 30th
Priority consideration: January 15th
Final deadline: March 1st (if spaces are still available)
Zoom interviews will be held starting mid-November and through mid March and all selection decisions will be made by March 15th. A program deposit of $300 for the main proram and $150 for the pre-trip will be due upon acceptance. Program balance must be paid in full 2 weeks before departure.
Our Southwest home in Abiquiu, New Mexico, for our 4 day of retreat. Our accommodations in Santa Fe and Albuquerque will be comparable.
Questions for dialogue
How can educational institutions actively involve local communities in the development and implementation of a curriculum that reflects their history and culture?
How can educators be better trained to approach local topics with sensitivity, depth, and a nuanced understanding?
How can our schools or classrooms become places that model sustainable practices and look towards the future?
What can we do to instill a love of the outdoors in our students (especially around areas that lack green space)?
How can you design activities or discussions that not only introduce students to different cultures, but also foster a deep sense of empathy and understanding towards those cultural perspectives?
How can we empower indigenous communities through the integration and acknowledgement of indigenous forms of art?
How can we leverage linguistically responsive spaces to create a sense of belonging for all community members?
Join us on our 2024 Santa Fe program as we explore the above questions and more with fellow educators, both local and international.
Program Resources and Continuing Education Credits
The following resources are provided as suggestions for you to explore prior to the program. Watching and/or reading through as many of these as possible will make our discussions, both formal and informal, more extensive and meaningful. We ask that all participants dedicate a minimum of 5 hours to studying these resources. The GEA certificate of completion will recognize these hours towards your continuing education credits. The amount of continuing education credits you receive differs from program to program, with 30 being average for full program participation.
This list is not exhaustive. This is meant as a first stop for some background knowledge of the countries, cultures and classrooms we will be visiting. These resources will provide background knowledge towards our guided inquiry-based discussions (see above for questions for dialogue). Upon the program's conclusion, we will be sharing a folder with some practical tools, resources and lesson plans for your use. If you have something to add, GEA welcomes your ideas.
For more information about our reflective journal during our experiential travel, please visit the curriculum page.
Health and Safety
It is GEA’s goal to always navigate our programs safely and comfortably with our participants and partners in mind. We believe the benefits of travel outweigh the discomfort and possible uncertainty of travel, and also that they can often be appropriately managed. GEA will be doing everything to help our participants feel secure and comfortable. There are also many ways you can personally manage a safe and happy travel experience and GEA will help remind you along the way.
While GEA does not yet have a scholarship program (we plan to in the future), we hope to support you with a carefully curated list of organizations that may offer travel stipends for your travel with us. Some of these have offered stipends for GEA teachers in the past, and some of them regularly do. In addition to the resources listed here, we offer 2 fellowships. You can find more information about these at the bottom of the page. If you hear of additional scholarships please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org!