Enriching Experiences on New Art and Sustainability Exploration by Seven Directions Tours

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A deeply profound experience in the striking landscapes unique to Northern New Mexico, a state rich in history, culture and innovation. A daylong excursion with Bioneers, a visit to the land art work StarAxis, a Native-led river trip, SITE Santa Fe, Earthship Biotecture homes, the world's only Digital Dome, Corn Dance at Taos Pueblo, private reception at Santa Fe's premier Patina Gallery, and experiences with world-acclaimed Native artists among the highlights. While exploring each destination Seven Directions Custom Tours offers guests the opportunity to meet some of New Mexico's most talented and passionate innovators, artists, conservationists and culinary experts dedicated to bringing about restorative ecological change and social transformation.

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Into the fields.

A tour that changes the perspective about the world and oneself.

Deeply personal and profound experiences are usually the impetus for change in a person’s life. These are the moments that transform and unlock inner potential. Seven Directions New Mexico tours are unique because of the level of personal engagement that is involved in visiting and interacting with luminary artists and high desert natives who live in a meaningful relationship with their environment. Their latest tour, which runs from July 20-28, takes guests on a one-of-a-kind art and eco-awareness journey through New Mexico. To call this latest program a tour is an injustice. It’s an authentic experience that impacts people for the rest of their lives.

Patrizia Antonicelli, owner and manager of Seven Directions LLC explains, “Our tours are much more than entertainment and learning about eco-friendly practices and other cultures. They provide the framework by which guests experience the art and sustainability of the beautiful Southwest, not just with their eyes and ears, but with their heart and soul.

“I’ve had many clients tell me the experience changed the way they lived their lives. The people they encountered and places they visited caused them to see the world through an entirely different lens. It changed their perspective about the world and themselves. It’s those types of stories I hear that tell me we’re impacting people and making a difference.” Antonicelli went on to say it’s the connection between people, places and purpose that provide the authentic experience.

The 10-day tour takes guests through various parts of Northern New Mexico, including Santa Fe. One of the highlights is a daylong excursion with the world-renowned Bioneers (the word comes from a combination of terms: biology + pioneers) who are known for their innovative solutions to address the earth’s environmental and social issues. By experiencing the lifestyles of people who live cooperatively with nature and one another, guests will gain insight into the shared humanity, in contrast with the dominant competitive model that most of the people know, which brings about depleted resources, both natural and interpersonal. This is the foundation of the Native American approach - to take the long view to protect the next seven generations - and New Mexico lies at the heart of this ancient wisdom.

Guests will also be inspired and amazed by a visit to the land art architectural sculpture StarAxis, approximately 80 miles outside of Santa Fe. Famed artist and StarAxis creator Charles Ross conceived the idea for StarAxis in 1971. The earthwork is on an Egyptian scale and includes a fascinating solar pyramid. Guests will be allowed to go inside the pyramid and view an entire hour of the earth’s rotation.

The central component of StarAxis is the star tunnel, which is literally cut into the side of the mesa along with an ascending 60-meter staircase in perfect alignment with the earth’s axis. As each visitor ascends the stairs, they are able to pass through over 25,000 years of the earth’s history with the stars. Ross explains, “Each element of Star Axis, every shape, every measure, every angle, was first discovered by astronomical observation and then brought down into the land – star geometry anchored in earth and rock.” After the tour, guests will have the opportunity to discuss the sculpture with creator Charles Ross.

Other highlights of the tour include:

  •     World-acclaimed Native Artists
  •     The Land Art installation Numbe Whageh at Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
  •     Petroglyph National Monument
  •     Harwood Museum: Bea Mandelman “Collage” exhibit
  •     Earthship Biotecture homes
  •     Material based fine crafts and jewelry at Santa Fe's Patina Gallery
  •     SITE Santa Fe: a private tour of the cutting edge summer exhibition
  •     Canyon Road Art Walk
  •     Inside the Digital Dome at I.A.I.A. campus
  •     Native-led rafting trip on the Rio Grande
  •     Pueblo Corn Dance at Taos Pueblo
  •     Opera in the Desert
  •     Art Race through Galleries and Museums

Not only do guests get to spend time with famous artists and sustainability experts such as Roxanne Swentzell, Charles Ross, and Nora Naranjo-Morse, but they will form deep bonds with one another.

The all-inclusive tour runs from Friday, July 20 – Saturday, July 28.

For further information and media inquiries: Patrizia Antonicelli – Tel.505.820.3305

About Seven Directions Tours:
Seven Directions Cultural and Sustainable Tours has established itself as one of the finest sustainable tour operators in the Southwest. They facilitate exceptional tours that create a memorable and authentic experience that is relaxing and profound in every respect. Seven Directions Tours caters to a wide-ranging audience that seeks a hands-on experience by putting them in touch with the landscape and the people. Clients learn salient information in the comfort of a tour they can customize. Seven Directions Tours can accommodate large and small groups, and individuals. They also specialize in Fly & Drive programs that clients can take on by themselves. To learn more about Seven Directions visit them at http://www.sevendirections.net.

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