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Educational Tours & Yoga Retreats

International Adventures

Join OLLI at the University of New Mexico for guided international tours presented in partnership with Premier World Discovery. Discover breathtaking scenery and architecture against a rich tapestry of art, food and cultural experiences. Trips include roundtrip airfare and a booking discount. Contact Maralie Waterman-BeLonge at belonge@unm.edu or (505) 277-6179 for details. Space is limited, so reserve soon.

Scotland & Northern Ireland Explorer

Belfast, Glasgow and Edinburgh

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland Scotland & Northern Ireland Explorer destinations

Explore the legendary rock patterns at The Giant's Causeway, fishing villages and historic cities. Step through time while visiting the Eilean Donan and Edinburgh castles. Cruise Loch Lomond, see the sights at the famous Loch Ness, and more. You'll enjoy authentic dinners and evening entertainment along the way.

Tour Dates: October 14-22, 2019

Cost: From $3895 per person double/$700 single supplement

For details, please contact Maralie Waterman-BeLonge, Program Supervisor, at belonge@unm.edu or (505) 277-6179.

Reserve now, space is limited


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Local Expeditions

Cottonwood Gulch Base Camp
metalworking at Cottonwood Gulch
mountain biking at Cottonwood Gulch

In partnership with Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions, these weekend events include transportation to Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions Base Camp from Albuquerque, lodging in Cottonwood Gulch's rustic cabins (sleeping bag rental available for an additional $15), and New Mexican-inspired meals. Materials fees vary for each course and are collected at the time of enrollment. All ages are welcome 16+. Courses start at 2:00 PM on Friday and end Sunday evening.

Educational Tours - Upcoming Classes

Class Name

Join our seasoned instructors for an adventurous weekend of rock climbing and canyoneering. No experience necessary, just a willingness to learn! One day will focus on top roped climbing, movement, rappelling skills, and gear management; the other day will teach canyoneering basics, movement through tight slot canyons, and risk management essentials in canyon country. All gear necessary (i.e. helmets, harnesses, climbing shoes, etc.) will be provided; personal climbing equipment will be allowed with instructor approval and inspection. NOTE: Must be 16+ yrs to registrer. Courses start at 2 PM on Friday and end at 5 PM on Sunday. All transportation, meals, and lodging are included‐‐sleeping bag rentals are available for an additional $15.

Note: There is no electricity in base camp cabins. The beds are a plywood platform with a 3 inch foam mattress on them. Sleeping bags may be rented for a small fee. Limited UNM Tuition Remission Eligible for $115.50. Not eligible for transportation, food or materials.

Section SPA‐PE

00493
$275
4/26/2019 - 4/28/2019
Sun, Fri, Sat 2:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM
Tori Baker White
Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions

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Learn the building blocks of metal smithing and create your own metal masterpieces with an expert metal smith. Learn basic surface and texture manipulation, soldering techniques, stone setting and finishing work. Come prepared for a unique unplugged experience in a beautiful rustic studio. In addition to pieces, participants will be able to take home a basic set of tools at the end of the weekend. (Tentative plans for inclusion of a Hopi overlay workshop are in the works ‐ stay tuned). Home‐cooked, New Mexican‐inspired meals and lodging in our rustic cabins is included in the price.

Note: There is no electricity in base camp cabins. The beds are a plywood platform with a 3 inch foam mattress on them. Sleeping bags may be rented for a small fee. Limited UNM Tuition Remission Eligible for $136.50. Not eligible for transportation, food or materials.

Section SPA‐PE

00496
$275
4/26/2019 - 4/28/2019
Sun, Fri, Sat 2:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM
Tori Baker White
Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions

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Treat yourself to a weekend of relaxation with yoga and meditation, as you connect with nature in the beautiful Zuni Mountains. Begin each day with an early morning rise‐in nature yoga session, led by an experienced yoga instructor. Afternoons will be spent with a trained naturalist and an experienced Southwest herbalist. Learn about native and medicinal plants, hike the land and build your plant identification skills, learn how to be sustainable in wild‐crafting. Spend time rejuvenating and reflecting in a beautiful atmosphere surrounded by nature. Enjoy evenings around a campfire with new found friends or take a walk under a star filled sky. At the end of the weekend, you'll leave for home rested, rejuvenated and reconnected to nature! All levels welcome for yoga sessions. Home‐cooked, New Mexican‐inspired meals and lodging in our rustic cabins is included in the price. NOTE: Class Location: Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions Base Camp located in the Zuni Mountains outside of Thoreau, New Mexico.The camp is rustic. Must be 16 yrs + to enroll. Tuition includes transportation, lodging and meals (sleeping bag rental available). Courses start at 2 PM on Friday and end at 5 PM on Sunday. All transportation, meals, and lodging are included‐‐sleeping bag rentals are available for an additional $15.

Note: NOTE: Eligible for Limited UNM Tuition Remission of $115.50. Not eligible are transportation, meals and non‐educational activities. The group will leave from UNMCE on Friday afternoon at 2:00 PM and return Sunday at 4:00 PM. Tuition includes transportation, lodging and meals (sleeping bag rental available).

Section SPA‐PE

00463
$275
5/3/2019 - 5/5/2019
Sun, Fri, Sat 2:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM
Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions
Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions

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Beadwork is an art form that is practiced in many Native American tribes, with each tribe often having particular colors, patterns, or techniques. Come and learn the basics of beadwork with a local expert in a beautiful rustic studio. Spend the weekend unplugged and experiencing a beautiful natural setting in the Zuni Mountains. NOTE: Courses start at 2 PM on Friday and end at 5 PM on Sunday. All transportation, meals, and lodging are included‐‐sleeping bag rentals are available for an additional $15.

Note: There is no electricity in base camp cabins. The beds are a plywood platform with a 3 inch foam mattress on them. Sleeping bags may be rented for a small fee. Limited UNM Tuition Remission Eligible for $136.50 under Personal Enrichment.

Section SPA‐PE

00684
$275
5/3/2019 - 5/5/2019
Sun, Fri, Sat 2:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM
Tori Baker White
Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions

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Treat yourself to an enriching weekend workshop and enter the enchanting world of weaving and fiber arts with local Navajo weavers. We will start the weekend attending the Crownpoint Navajo Rug Auction. You will learn basic wool cleaning, carding, thigh spinning, warping, traditional weaving techniques and patterns, taking off, and more. Participants will be able to take home a basic weaving kit with a small loom at the end of the weekend. NOTE: Class Location: Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions Base Camp located in the Zuni Mountains outside of Thoreau, New Mexico The camp is rustic. Must be 16 yrs + to enroll. This course includes transportation, lodging and meals (sleeping bag rental available). Courses start at 2 PM on Friday and end at 5 PM on Sunday. All transportation, meals, and lodging are included‐‐sleeping bag rentals are available for an additional $15. NOTE: Eligible for Limited UNM Tuition Remission of $115.50. Not eligible are transportation, meals and non‐educational activities.

Note: There is no electricity in base camp cabins. The beds are a plywood platform with a 3 inch foam mattress on them. Sleeping bags may be rented for a small fee. NOTE: Eligible for Limited UNM Tuition Remission of $115.50. Not eligible are transportation, meals and non‐educational activities. This course will includes transportation, lodging and meals at camp. (Rental Sleeping bags available). The group will leave from UNMCE on Friday afternoon by 2:00PM.

Section SPA‐PE

00483
$275
5/10/2019 - 5/12/2019
Sun, Fri, Sat 2:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM
Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions
Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions

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Join our seasoned instructors and learn to ride the beautiful desert and forest trails. You will learn basic bike fitting, skills in trail assessment, cornering, braking, climbing, shifting, descending, pressure control, roll downs, the ready position and basic navigation. An overview of basic field bike repair and considerations regarding injury and first aid will be discussed. We will ride trails appropriate to the participants and camp out together in the evening. A pre‐planning meeting will be scheduled prior to the trip. Participants can bring their own bikes or we can assist with a rental option. NOTE: Class Location: Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions Base Camp located in the Zuni Mountains outside of Thoreau, New Mexico.The camp is rustic. Must be 16 yrs + to enroll. Tuition includes transportation, lodging and meals (sleeping bag rental available). Courses start at 2 PM on Friday and end at 5 PM on Sunday. All transportation, meals, and lodging are included‐‐sleeping bag rentals are available for an additional $15.

Note: Limited UNM Tuition Remission Eligible for $115.50. Not eligible is transportation, food or materials. Must be 16+ yr or older to register.

Section SPA‐PE

00481
$275
5/10/2019 - 5/12/2019
Sun, Fri, Sat 2:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM
Tori Baker White
Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions

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Explore the wealth of archaeology and geology found in the Southwest with local and knowledgeable experts. Western New Mexico offers unique opportunities to walk through geologic time and explore the question of how the geology of an area affects the biology of the region. Learn about the relationship between the Ancestral Puebloans and this land. Explore vast vistas that tell the natural history of a region defined by volcanoes and ancient oceans while walking the same areas as the dinosaurs. Enjoy full moon evenings, campfire chats and night hikes as well. This weekend workshop will be both at base camp and ''on the road.'' NOTE: Class Location: Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions Base Camp located in the Zuni Mountains outside of Thoreau, New Mexico.The camp is rustic. Courses start at 2 PM on Friday and end at 5 PM on Sunday. All transportation, meals, and lodging are included‐‐sleeping bag rentals are available for an additional $15. NOTE: Eligible for Limited UNM Tuition Remission of $115.50. Not eligible are transportation, meals and non‐educational activities.

Note: Limited UNM Tuition Remission Eligiblefor $115.50. Not eligible are transportation, food or materials.

Section SPA‐PE

00482
$275
5/10/2019 - 5/12/2019
Sun, Fri, Sat 2:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM
Tori Baker White
Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions

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Explore the Zuni Mountains at a time of optimal bird activity, right before the summer heat sets in. Cottonwood Gulch's 540 acre nature preserve has been used by birders for many years and has a diverse ecosystem including cottonwoods, ponderosa forests, and pinyon juniper groves. Additionally, our staff may utilize other nearby areas to find birding hotspots along creeks, mountains, and canyons in the Zuni Mountains! See many different species with our expert ornithologist. NOTE: Courses start at 2 PM on Friday and end at 5 PM on Sunday. All transportation, meals, and lodging are included‐‐sleeping bag rentals are available for an additional $15.

Note: There is no electricity in base camp cabins. The beds are a plywood platform with a 3 inch foam mattress on them. Sleeping bags may be rented for a small fee. Limited UNM Tuition Remission Eligible for $115.50. Not eligible for transportation, food or materials.

Section SPA‐PE

00484
$275
5/17/2019 - 5/19/2019
Sun, Fri, Sat 2:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM
Tori Baker White
Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions

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Get your hands muddy and learn basic handbuilding techniques including pinch, coil, slab, burnishing, use of underglaze and stains, and local pit fire techniques. Limited kick‐wheel time is also an option. In addition to pottery pieces, participants will be able to take home a basic set of tools at the end of the weekend. Home‐cooked, New Mexican‐inspired meals and lodging in our rustic cabins is included in the price

Note: Limited UNM Tuition Remission for $136.50. Not eligible for transportation, food or materials.

Section SPA‐PE

00492
$275
5/17/2019 - 5/19/2019
Sun, Fri, Sat 2:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM
Tori Baker White
Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions

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