Santa Fe Retreat – June 2020


Discover the sources of deep energy and robust immunity while immersed in the stunning natural beauty of the Southwest

Join us for this illuminating and immersive retreat, where we will…

  • Shed light on rare and surprisingly relevant ancient teachings on cultivating resilience and building robust immunity in this time of high-speed, high-pressure modern living
  • Learn from skilled teachers who make Ayurveda easily accessible including Dr. Ramkumar, a renowned and inspiring physician-teacher from India
  • Take in breathtaking red rock scenery on a morning excursion to explore unique rock formations through a twisting slot canyon
  • Feed your spirit with the natural beauty and vibrant cultural arts for which this magical part of the world is famous
  • Experience powerfully restorative practices to nourish our deepest physical tissues and instill lasting and reliable peace of mind
  • Enjoy delicious carefully-prepared fresh food made with local produce and lots of love (as well as some quintessential New Mexican delicacies!)

What is the fountain of youth?

In this modern day, we are confronted with important health questions that don’t have obvious answers…

  • How do we help our bodies resist the various elements that diminish our health?
  • What’s likelier to do more damage: a newly evolved antibiotic-resistant super-bug, the intrusion of harmful chemicals into our food system, or being fearful of either? 
  • What preventative actions can we take to strengthen our body’s vitality and our mental resilience?

“Ojas” is a mysterious and powerful concept taught in the ancient texts of Ayurveda. It refers to the physical and energetic reservoir in the body from which our immunity is sourced. It is said to pool in the heart, while traces of it can be found in tissues throughout the body. 

Ojas is a physical substance, as well as a subtle energy. The quality and quantity of this mysterious resource provides us with a buffer from the depleting impact of life’s physical and emotional challenges.

When ojas is high and of good quality, we remain healthy despite illness in those around us. We feel sustained energy, and we maintain good cheer. When ojas is compromised, we pick up every cough and cold that comes our way. We feel depleted and worn down, even after a full night’s sleep. Somehow we can never refill our tank.

Let’s uncover the rich sources of ojas in our daily lives

On this retreat, we will explore how to support our native immunity, including foods, physical activities, herbs, mental practices – all while immersed in the natural beauty of this mystical land (there’s a hint already!).  

Our mornings will be devoted to educational and experiential teachings on health and Ayurveda, with ample free time to experience the gifts of this remarkable town and it’s surrounding beauty. 

With several optional group activities, you can design your explorations according to your personal passions and interests. You will return home refreshed, inspired and with new clarity about your path to abundant health.


Our Retreat Accommodations

We will be staying at the Santa Fe Sage Inn, located less than a mile from the historic downtown Santa Fe Plaza, and only 3 blocks from the exciting Railyard shopping and dining district. With numerous restaurants, shops, galleries and museums within walking distance, the biggest question will be what to do with your free time!

You have the choice of single accomodation in a King room, or double accommodation in either a King room or a room with 2 Queen beds. Each room is decorated with beautiful locally handcrafted wooden furniture, local macrame art, and Spanish tin accents.

A delicious on-site breakfast includes hot entrees, oatmeal, muffins, and juices. There is also an in-house restaurant and bar, The Social Kitchen, serving lunch and dinner. Whole Foods Market is one block away.

Enjoy free parking, free wi-fi, a small gym room, and a swimming pool on the hotel premises.


Our Retreat Schedule

Wednesday, June 24

  • 4pm: Check in begins
  • 5-7pm: Dinner on your own
  • 7-8pm: Welcome meeting at hotel

Thursday

  • 7-10am: Breakfast at hotel
  • 10am-12:00pm: Workshop at hotel with Ivy
  • 12:30-2pm: Group lunch (included) at nearby restaurant
  • 2-5pm: Optional walking tour of historic Downtown Plaza, St Francis Cathedral, Loretto Chapel, Georgia O’Keefe Museum, or shopping
  • 2-5pm: Optional Ayurveda consultations with Dr. Ramkumar or Jyotisha Vedic Astrology reading with Emily
  • Dinner on your own

Friday

  • 7-7:30am Breakfast at hotel
  • 7:30am: Prompt departure for Tent Rocks canyon excursion
  • 1pm: Group lunch (included)
  • 2:30pm: Return to hotel
  • Afternoon to explore on your own: visit art galleries on Canyon Road, Explore Railyard shops, etc.
  • Optional Ayurveda consultations with Dr. Ramkumar or Jyotisha Vedic Astrology reading
  • Dinner on your own

Saturday

  • 7-9am: Breakfast at hotel
  • 9:30-2:30: Workshop at Vastu house with Dr. Ramkumar
  • ~ Homemade Ayurvedic Lunch (included)
  • 3:00: Return to Hotel
  • Afternoon, dinner, and evening on your own (see a flamenco dance performance, get tickets to Santa Fe Opera, or see a show at the Lensic Theater)

Sunday

  • 7-9am: Breakfast at hotel
  • 9:30-2:30 Workshop at Vastu house with Dr. Ramkumar 
  • ~ Homemade Ayurvedic Lunch (included)
  • 3:00: Return to Hotel
  • 6pm: Closing group dinner (included)

Monday, June 29

  • 11am: Hotel check out (or extend your stay for more solo explorations!)

Meet our Faculty

Ivy Ingram, MA, AP

Ivy is an Ayurveda Practitioner and yoga teacher with a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, based in Durham, North Carolina, USA. She is a former yoga faculty member of the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico under the direction of Dr. Vasant Lad. She has been an Ayurveda Practitioner since 2012 , and received her Practitioner certification from Dr. Lad after an intensive 2-year clinical training program. She also studied Ayurveda in India at Vaidyagrama for 5 months in 2011, and returns every other year. A certified 500-hour advanced yoga teacher, Ivy integrates the principles of Ayurveda and yoga as healing practices. A dedicated student of chanting and Sanskrit, Ivy is fascinated by the power of sound, poetry and the spoken word in healing. 

Dr. Ramkumar

Ramkumar is a student of Ayurveda and other traditional Indian knowledge systems. As a classically trained Ayurveda physician, over the last 2 decades he has given talks and conducted workshops in the Americas, Africa, Europe, Australia and many parts of Asia, promoting health, happiness and contentment. Ramkumar is a Founder-Director of the Punarnava group in Coimbatore, who are committed to “Authentic Ayurveda for Universal Well Being.” Punarnava Ayurveda is currently engaged in the creation of Vaidyagrama, an experimental green self-sustaining authentic Ayurveda healing community on the outskirts of Coimbatore in South India. 

Support Non-Profit Healing Projects in India

A portion of the proceeds from this retreat will financially support the charity projects undertaken by Vaidygrama Healing Village, a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing Ayurveda and caring for members of nearby villages in rural India. Some of the current projects include free medical camps in the villages provided by Vaidyagrama’s physicians, free food programs, a women’s empowerment initiative providing sustainably-made menstrual pads, and a boys home for children whose parents cannot fully care for them.


Creative & Unique Dining

Your retreat will include several meals. All breakfasts will be provided at the hotel and will include vegetarian and non-vegetarian hot buffet items.

On Thursday, our group lunch will be at the fantastic Pasqual’s Restaurant, famous for its creative use of local, fresh produce and meats, and incorporating traditional New Mexican ingredients. Dinner will be on your own.

On Friday, our group lunch will be at Jambo’s Cafe, another delicious restaurant with African and Caribbean fare. Dinner is on your own.

On Saturday and Sunday, our lunches will be delicious homemade vegetarian meals with local seasonal produce, made with love by Ayurveda practitioner/teacher and chef Emily Glaser and her team. Saturday dinner is on your own.

On Sunday, our closing dinner will be at the fantastic award-winning restaurant, The Shed, renowned for its authentic New Mexican specialities. While alcohol will not be covered, you are welcome to pay for drinks to be served.


Optional Individual Consultation Opportunities 

On Thursday and Friday afternoons, you have an opportunity to receive incredibly rare one-on-one consultations….

Ayurveda Consultation with Dr. Ramkumar

  • 30-40 minutes $150
  • Your entire fee will go towards the charity projects of Vaidyagrama Healing Village

Jyotisha Vedic Astrology Reading with Emily Glaser

  • 60 minutes $126

Planning your Travel

Airfare

  • Fly into Albuquerque Sunport and catch the airport shuttle to Santa Fe (Southwest Airlines and all major carriers serve this airport) OR
  • Fly into Santa Fe Airport (American Airlines and United serve this airport)

Ground Transportation

Transportation will be provided to all workshop sessions and our Tent Rocks canyon excursion. All typical downtown tourist activities are within easy walking distance or short Uber rides. In addition, our hotel offers free shuttle service to the Downtown Plaza.

However, if you want to explore further afield outside of Santa Fe during your free time, you may want to rent a car. Compare prices, but it may be cheaper to rent one from the Albuquerque Sunport rather than a location in Santa Fe.


What’s Included in Your Retreat

  • Tuition for all workshop sessions
  • Accommodations for 5 nights (Wednesday – Sunday) 
  • 5 Breakfasts (Thursday – Monday)
  • 4 Lunches (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
  • 1 Dinner (Sunday night)
  • 1 Excursion to Tent Rocks canyon
  • Transportation to all workshop sessions

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare to New Mexico
  • Ground transportation from airport to hotel
  • Ground transportation in and around Santa Fe for optional/solo activities and explorations
  • 3 Dinners (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Alcoholic beverages at included meals
  • Optional individual Ayurveda or Jyotisha Astrology consultations
  • Optional gratuities (i.e., at hotel)

Price

Single Accommodation $2195

Double Accommodation $1995

Early Bird Prices

Single Accommodation $1897

Double Accommodation $1697 per person

(Must be paid in full by May 20, 2020)


How to Register

A $500 deposit will hold your space ($200 of which is non-refundable). The balance must be paid by May 20 for Early Bird rates. Cancellations after this date will be non refundable as room and activity arrangements will be booked.

To register, send Ivy an email here. You will be asked to send a check for the deposit payment. I can’t wait to welcome you to Santa Fe!


Questions?

Send Ivy an email here. I’ll be glad to answer any questions you might have.

I look forward to being with you in this magical place!

~Ivy Ingram, MA, Ayurveda Practitioner