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Rio Grande Pueblo Winter Solstices Feasts & Dances – G1810273

Workshop ID: G1810273
Dates: December 23 - December 28
Price: $600.00 - $1,275.00

Winter Solstice in the seasonal cycle is the time for the seeds to rest, when the shortest days pass into the longer, when thanks are given for the change of dark into light. It is a revered time for the Rio Grande Pueblos. See the Rio Grande Pueblo Winter Solstices Feasts & Dances. Among the possibilities are the Buffalo dance at Jemez Pueblo, the Deer Dance at Taos Pueblo, Comanche Dance at Tesuque Pueblo and the Turtle Dance at Ohkay-Owingeh Pueblo. Schedules are often shifted by the Pueblos within a day’s notice. Click on the Itinerary tab for more details.


Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$1,275.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Semi-Private Bath$1,255.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Dorm-Style Communal Bath$855.00
Commuter (includes lunches)$600.00
Martha Yates

Martha Yates, Ph.D. lives in Vallecitos, NM. Martha is a professional archaeologist working as an interpretive guide and teacher. She is a published poet, leader of writing groups, photographer and scholar, and teaches classes for colleges, universities and public schools. She can



Rio Grande Pueblo Winter Solstice Feasts & Dances

at Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM

December 23-28, 2018

Dr. Martha Yates



Sunday DECEMBER 23    Arrival and Evening Orientation

Check-in after 3pm at the Welcome Center

                        5:30pm-6:30pm: Dinner

                        6:45pm: Orientation in Agape Gathering Room


Monday DECEMBER 24 Pueblo Christmas Eve, Taos or Ohkay pueblos

                        Breakfast: 7:30am-8:30am

9:00am: Background presentations: Cultural History/Pueblo Dances

Noon – 1pm: Lunch at the Ranch

1pm- 3:00pm: Free Time

Depart for Taos or Ohkay-Owinge Pueblo for their Christmas Eve procession. Take sack dinners/snacks. Meet behind dining hall.

Return to Ghost Ranch



                        Deer dance at Taos Pueblo or Buffalo & Eagle Dances at Santa Clara Pueblo

9am: Depart from behind the dining hall. Bring sack lunches

5:30pm: Christmas dinner at the Ranch


Wednesday DECEMBER 26 Turtle Dance, Ohkay-Owinge Pueblo

8:30am: Depart from behind dining hall. Bring sack lunches

5:30-6:30pm: Dinner at the Ranch


Thursday DECEMBER 27   Corn Dance at Santo Domingo or San Felipe Pueblo

8:15am: Depart from behind dining hall. Bring sack lunches

5:30-6:30pm: Dinner at the Ranch

Evening: Final discussion and farewell.


Friday DECEMBER 28

                        Departures from the Ranch.

                        Check-out by 10am 


Please note that the Pueblos can change their dance schedule and weather considerations may affect our travel destination, but this rarely happens and there are good alternatives.

Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate. Prices are presented for each of the types of lodging available for the workshop you select. Some art workshops will have an additional list of course materials and supplies that can be purchased or you will be asked to bring with you.
  • Note:  Some courses (especially studio courses and plein air painting courses) can carry an additional material list or expense.
All rates are Per Person, Double Occupancy unless otherwise specified. Single Occupancy: Single occupancy rooms may be reserved for an additional $50 per night when space is available. The fee will be charged when space is confirmed. Single occupancy lodging is generally not available during June and July. If you are a single person and do not specify a roommate, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to share your lodging space or you can request the single occupancy and be charged the supplement of an additional $50 per night (based on availability). For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar's Office at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1001 ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available SundayFriday8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.

Three ways to register:

  1. Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, 280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to:
  2. Register by telephone at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678, ext. 4155 or ext. 4121 — available Monday-Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. MST.
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