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Earth Goddess Hike: Medicine Wheel

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 39 reviews.Santa Fe, United States

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Experience hosted by Cheryl

3 hours
Includes food, transport, equipment
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We'll hike one of my all-time favorite hikes, Chamisa trail. This is a gorgeous 2.5 mile loop trail through Rocky Mountain juniper, Ponderosa Pines and Douglas Firs. Depending on the season there's also a creek that we'll follow -- it's been running most of the year and the whole forest is lush with all the rain.

It's a moderate hike, one that most people can do even if coming from sea level. It has a 600 ft. elevation gain, starting at 7,800 and going up to 8,400 feet. It's challenging enough to get your heart going, with enough flat spots to catch your breath. At the halfway point we'll go off-trail to meditate at the community medicine wheel, where you can add your own touch to this beautiful space. This is an area that most Santa Feans don't even know about and it's a lovely place to take a moment and let the beauty of the land fully penetrate our hearts and bodies.

Throughout our hike, I'll weave together ecology and psychology (born of my ecotherapy interest) and use nature as a lens for us to look at our lives and things that may be challenging at the moment. I also love to share the history of the area, particularly that of the Native American tribes of New Mexico (I was born on the Navajo/Dine reservation and work with a number of Dine friends when bringing guests to Canyon de Chelly).

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We'll hike one of my all-time favorite hikes, Chamisa trail. This is a gorgeous 2.5 mile loop trail through Rocky Mountain juniper, Ponderosa Pines and Douglas Firs. Depending on the season there's also a creek that we'll follow -- it's been running most of the year and the whole forest is lush with all the rain.

It's a moderate hike, one that most people can do even if coming from sea level. It has a 600 ft. elevation gain, start…

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What's included

  • Food
    We'll have healthy organic snacks for our hike.
  • Transport
    Transportation to the trailhead, though you're also welcome to follow me in...
  • Equipment
    Hiking poles year round; yak trax/crampons in the winter. Note that during...
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Meet your host, Cheryl

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 39 Reviews
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Hi nature-lovers! I’m Cheryl, a small-business-owner-turned-outdoor-leader based in Santa Fe. I co-founded Lead Feather as a way to create deep experiences in nature for personal growth and collective healing. I love helping people connect with nature, and I’ve seen how beautiful, powerful, and fun it can be. Being in the trees and mountains can help us rediscover our place in the world, feel more grounded and present, and reconnect with the people and dreams that are most important to us.

I've guided hundreds of people—including many newcomers to nature—on camping trips, hikes, solos, vision quests, creativity programs, talking circles, and other adventures. I'm trained in wilderness first aid, CPR, and ecotherapy, and I have a permit with the Santa Fe National Forest that allows me to take groups into these beautiful wooded mountains.
Hi nature-lovers! I’m Cheryl, a small-business-owner-turned-outdoor-leader based in Santa Fe. I co-founded Lead Feather as a way to create deep experiences in nature for personal growth and collective healing. I love helping people connect with nature, and I’ve seen how beautiful, powerful, and fun it can be. Being in the trees and mountains can help us rediscover our place in the world, feel more grounded and present, and reconnect with the people and dreams that are most important to us.…
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About the organisation: Lead Feather



Lead Feather (www.leadfeather.org) is a nonprofit founded in 2008 to help heal the separation between people and mother earth, in part through partnerships with Native American healers and firekeepers. We bring people into nature for hikes, meditation, art, conversation, ceremony, and silence. We work with Ojibwa, Diné (Navajo), Kenyan, and other partners to create bridges between cultures.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Lead Feather.

Where you'll be

The Santa Fe National Forest is only ten minutes from the plaza but is a true mountain wilderness: fresh, pinon-scented air; beautiful views of the three mountain ranges; and of course fabulous hikes. Chamisa trail is one of my all-time favorites, lined with ponderosas and steep-sided ravines. The trail is only moderately difficult, and there's a medicine wheel off-trail on a ridge-line where we'll stop and meditate midway through.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 39 reviews.

Dorothy
January 2020
My friend and I enjoyed this experience. We were fortunate to get something different than what we were expecting- in a good way. It snowed the entire time we were hiking and that was magical! Got some good photos. Larry was our guide. We couldn’t have found the trail without him. Additionally, he was very open to the frequent stops I had to make to catch my breath. Traversing through a foot of snow made this a little more difficult for me but Larry made sure I could pause when I needed to. Additionally, I would just like to mention that don’t plan anything after it with a time stamp. Your time could go over. Great time was had!
My friend and I enjoyed this experience. We were fortunate to get something different than what we were expecting- in a good way. It snowed the entire time we were hiking and that…
Meagan
January 2020
Wow absolutely had a magical time on this hike! It was snowing and WONDERFUL...Cheryl became ill but was very informative on following up and placing us in the hands of her wonderful business partner Larry. His sense of the land and connection within us all was truly uplifting and knowledgeable. I felt inspired by the words he spoke that I took away with me after the experience. The hike itself was gorgeous in the snow and not too strenuous, at all. Very easy to keep your pace and enjoy all the glory nature has provided us. 10/10!
Wow absolutely had a magical time on this hike! It was snowing and WONDERFUL...Cheryl became ill but was very informative on following up and placing us in the hands of her wonderf…
Jarvie
December 2019
Trust your intuition, just go for it. Connect with nature! Let Cheryl take you to the magical mountains of Santa fe. Happy Earthing!
Rosemary
December 2019
Great experience! Cheryl was brilliant and had a beautiful connection to the landscape. She was also uber prepared for us to hike in the unexpected snow. Would highly recommend!
Malini
December 2019
Cheryl and Larry were great-the hike was wonderful and Cheryl came so well prepared with crampons for all, extra backpacks and a healthy snack. The experience was very special, certainly different than if we had done the hike by ourselves. For example we would not have recognized the medicine wheel for what it is. Both Larry and Cheryl carry a deep connection with nature and that was very evident. we also got a lot of tips on Santa Fe restaurants and other nearby places of note, which was so helpful.
Cheryl and Larry were great-the hike was wonderful and Cheryl came so well prepared with crampons for all, extra backpacks and a healthy snack. The experience was very special, cer…
K. Venkatesh
December 2019
Cheryl's staged a magical outdoor hiking experience we will always remember cherish. She lived up to and in many ways exceeded all that she describes in her Experience description. To me it was how well she blended the stories or the local flora (mostly, though she did touch on the fauna) with the timeless spirit of the outdoors. Every twig and branch had story. I came looking to blend the infinite within with the infinite outside and I found it - thanks to Cheryl.
Cheryl's staged a magical outdoor hiking experience we will always remember cherish. She lived up to and in many ways exceeded all that she describes in her Experience description…

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    Up to 4 guests of all ages can attend.

    More tips

    Earth Goddess Hikes are open to all genders. My hiking partner, Larry Glover, also leads Earth Goddess hikes. We're permitted with the SFNF and trained in Wilderness First Aid and CPR. Come with good shoes and an open heart, ready to receive nature's gifts. Check out all our Earth Goddess hikes!

    What to bring

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