Meditation Retreat at Vallecitos Ranch, New Mexico

On August 16, after 14 years I returned to Vallecitos Ranch deep in the heart of the Carson National Forest in New Mexico. This is a beautiful, undisturbed wilderness ranch where meditation retreats are conducted about 6 months of each year. Because of the rural and rugged location, Vallecitos is off grid and there is no cell phone coverage at all. I took a break from my everyday life for 7 days to practice here with a group of deep and dedicated practitioners. I also had the opportunity to teach with Wes Nisker, Trudy Goodman, Grove Burnett and on the last evening, special guest Jack Kornfield. Jack hadn’t been to the ranch in 15 years, so it was a bit of a homecoming for him as well.

Of course, I wouldn’t miss an opportunity to shoot some photos of this beautiful land. My camera battery ran out on the second day at the ranch, and without a charger, I had to switch to my iPhone. Most of the following photos were taken with my iPhone. You can click on any of the photos to get a full page view.

Evening Walking Meditation

Evening Walking Meditation

Early Morning Mist

Early Morning Mist

Pond with Cattails

Pond with Cattails

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Just Before Sunrise

Field of Yellow

Field of Yellow

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Hummingbird Moth!

Morning Clouds

Morning Clouds

Looking Down

Looking Down

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Climbing UP

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Up River View

 

Heading Home

Heading Home

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2 thoughts on “Meditation Retreat at Vallecitos Ranch, New Mexico

  1. Wow, you are so lucky to have had this wonderful experience in this wonderful setting. I too love the practice of mindfulness and meditation, since falling ill I’ve discovered both and both have changed my world! Wishing you a wonderfully peaceful day.

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