Spider Rock Canyon de Chelly
Join Earth Walks September 8-11, 2016 on this both inner and outer journey to Canyon de Chelly. Thursday, September 8 we travel by carpool from Santa Fe, past Shiprock, NM:
From there we cross the Chuska mountains to the town of Chinle. Dine (Navajo) friend Daniel Staley and his family will guide us into the spectacular red sandstone canyon to his family land where we will be camping. Those who wish will hike to the site; others can ride vehicles which will be carrying our camping gear. The first evening we will participate in sweat lodge, a powerful way to begin our stay in this land which has been sacred to local people for so many generations. (Those who wish can stay outside the sweat and assist with the fire and prayers.) Meals in the canyon will be a group activity (preparation and clean up.)
Friday, September 9 we travel by truck to the Spider Rock for contemplation and time alone in the quiet of the canyon.
Saturday, September 10 we visit Kathryn Pemala who has been a long time weaver on her family farm in the canyon. An important element of every Earth Walks is “service learning”–learning about traditional cultures while we offer service and “return the gift” of living in this great land. We may be clearing weeds from farm land and orchards, helping with the animals, doing repairs or a variety of other activities. Kathryn will share her method and meaning of weaving with us and we will share lunch together as well.
Kathryn Pemala, Dine (Navajo) weaver
Our final evening, participants have the option of staying at the Sacred Canyon Lodge near the entrance of the canyon. There is free camping available adjacent to the Lodge. We depart on Sunday, September 11.
Cost: $420 Includes guiding fees, meals while in the campground, sweatlodge preparation and materials, transportation in and out of the canyon.
Deposit: $140 due August 8, 2016. After this date, deposit is nonrefundable due to obligations with guides and those making arrangements from out of New Mexico. Remainder of fee due August 22.
Not included in cost: Carpooling to and from Canyon de Chelly, personal snacks/food, last night at motel ($113 per room, double occupancy–each person paying half of this amount; single supplement available); last night meal
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Walk in Beauty!