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JULY-August 2024


Santa Fe, US:

Culturally, Linguistically, and Ecologically 

Responsive Classrooms

This program focuses on the following components of happiness: Belonging and peace. 


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. 

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Program Curriculum and Continuing Education Credits/Units

Explore the Santa Fe curriculum, designed to introduce key concepts we will explore while traveling in the region.

Reflective Journal

This section outlines GEA's approach to critical reflection during our visits, to ensure that participants maximize their exploratory experience.

Teacher Funding

Learn about funding opportunities for teachers. At GEA we hope to support your educational projects and professional development endeavors.


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. 


santa fe

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. 

Cultural Highlights

Santa fe

Carlsbad caverns

  • Pueblo Jemez Feast Days celebration

  • Taos Pueblo

  • 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 

  • Flamenco performance 

  • 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
Total:  $3560

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.
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.

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.

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