Date and Time Details: Registration opens at 3:00 on the first day of the retreat. The retreat will close shortly after breakfast on the last day.

Price: The price for this retreat is $775. This is not a dana based retreat. (Learn more)

Shuttle: Shuttle service is not available for this retreat.

  • Casita – $775.00
  • Yurt – $775.00

Please note that outstanding balances will be automatically charged 30 days prior to your retreat. Please see our Registration Information to learn more.

Wisdom of No Technology

With Dyanna Taylor and Don Usner

May 27 - June 2, 2017

Our worlds are often demanding and competitive, a tangle of unrelenting pressures compounded by the pace new technologies demand while trying to give our best to our work and personal lives. Seldom is there time to stop, take stock of where we are and rediscover the gifts of our extraordinary senses, the depths of the night sky, the peace of a pristine mountain valley, periods of true silence.

This retreat offers us a chance to unwind and recharge the capacity to create, to remember our unique gifts and return to the roots of perception and inspiration.

During extended day hikes and quiet walks – in spacious meadows that edge the crystal clear Vallecitos River, and in forests, home to elk, wild horses and giant pines – silent sitting and writing (with paper and pencil!) we will find the path back to what truly guides our lives. In the evenings, we’ll enjoy delicious meals and relaxed fireside talk as we hear from each other and explore what can manifest when we take time away from the over-stimulation and demands of contemporary life.

Rediscover what is possible when we leave our tech – our devices, even our cameras behind and let the early summer alchemy of New Mexico’s wild Tusas Mountains guide, revitalize and restore our inspired selves. This rare “time out” is open to all professionals, creatives, students, artists and educators. Join us for the 7th annual “wisdom of no technology” retreat.

About the Teachers


Dyanna Taylor

Dyanna Taylor has co-led media/film and unplugged retreats for eleven years and for the last seven co-led the Wisdom of No Technology retreats at Vallecitos.  A film director and veteran cinematographer for 38 years, she brings a uniquely personal angle for guiding this retreat.  The combination of her career in the film business with its […]

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Don Usner

Don Usner is a writer, photographer and New Mexico native who focuses on natural and cultural history. His books include The Natural History of Big Sur, Sabino’s Map: Life in Chimayo’s Old Plaza, and Valles Caldera: A Vision for New Mexico’s Newest National Preserve.

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