On Our Way Home: Finding a resting place within

—  JANUARY 25-28, 2018  —
with Jan Birchfield


a framework for understanding the layers of the self
ancestral work
meditation and chant
shamanic journeying
sweat lodge
fire ceremony
time in the high desert of Taos

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The retreat will begin on Thursday night, January 25th. We will have an opening session at 5:30 and dinner at 7:00. We will end on the evening of January 28th. We ask that people stay to the end, so that we can hold a tight container for all, departing Taos on Monday, January 29th, or after.


417 La Lomita Road
Taos, New Mexico 87571


We will share three meals daily. The amazing Dillon Tisdel will serve as our Chef. If you have food allergies or restrictions please let us know.


There are a number of Air B and B options and a Bed and Breakfast within walking distance of us. Please contact me for information on housing. We do have one casita that will be available for rent at the cost of $125 a night.


(including 10 meals)


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Jan’s work weaves psychology, spirituality, shamanic and
contemplative practice. She has an undergraduate degree in
philosophy and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. She had the
honor of working under the tutelage of the late David LaChapelle, drawing on his broad and deep knowledge of spiritual traditions and practices from around the world. In 2007, David initiated Jan into a shamanic practice. She then attended the Four Winds Residential Energy Training Program to augment this work. In 1995 Jan co-founded the Center for Advanced Emotional Intelligence. In 2011, she founded Contemplative Leadership Development and opened a retreat center in Taos. She serves as an advisor for Silent Leaders, a nonprofit organization in South Africa that brings contemplative leadership practices to the underprivileged. She presently blogs for the Huffington Post, Huffington Post/Brazil, and Thrive Global. She has written several articles for Forbes and recently published a book titled Silent Leaders.


The Retreat Center

Our retreat center sits on five acres of land within half a mile of downtown Taos. 
We meet in a spacious, sunny room on the top floor of the facility, overlooking Taos mountain. 

Dining Area
& Kitchen

Our dining area is on the ground floor of the retreat center and offers a teaching kitchen.

All meals are provided by Dillon Tisdel, a private chef trained at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City and a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. 

Food and Accommodations

We serve delicious, organic and, whenever possible, locally grown produce. 


Taos, New Mexico

If you have the time to come to northern New Mexico a day early, or to stay a day later, we strongly encourage you to do so. We will also take advantage of the beauty of Taos and the surrounding mountains, spending some time in nature. There will be opportunities to read, write, hike, and rest.