Sacred Politics: Finding Your Center in a Polarized World in Taos, NM June 30-July 2, 2018

with Glenn Aparicio Parry and Susan Kaiulani Stanton

June 30th-July 2nd, 2018

at the historic Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, NM

The Mabel Dodge Luhan House

The Mabel Dodge Luhan House


The dance of politics, like the dance of life, can feel complicated. Opposites may seem like the enemy, but they don’t have to be.

How do we find our center in a polarized world? Can we transform opposites into complementary partners, like women and men do in a successful marriage?

Yes, we can, but it is also inevitable that things will break down at some point; they do even in the best of marriages, causing a crisis. This is what is happening in America today. We are in crisis mode.

Every crisis poses both danger and opportunity – but to find the opportunity we must be patient. A desperate attempt to immediately exit the crisis only worsens it. Something like this happens when a nation chooses totalitarianism, attempting to clarify national identity by excluding certain types of people.

There are more effective ways through a crisis – in which diverse people and practices are welcomed and included in the circle; in which different views are listened to for the purpose of understanding, not to defend a position; and out of which a higher level of peace and harmony is created.

For peace and harmony to abide, however, we must go beyond the human level and connect to the wisdom that bubbles up from the land herself. It is this underground spring of perennial wisdom that was originally transmitted to Native Americans, who then transmitted it to our founding fathers. The founders may have started us on a good path, but their work was not finished; they left it up to the people to form a more perfect union.

Come join us, as we use utilize powerful tools of water, fire, and pipe ceremony; deep dialogue; prayer; labyrinth walk and “forest bathing” (conscious Nature walking); and dreamwork, all helping to create our own more perfect union by including and embodying the diverse beauty of the group together with the sacred founding principles of America.

About the Leaders

Glenn Aparicio Parry, PhD, is the author of the Nautilus award-winning book Original Thinking: A Radical Revisioning of Time, Humanity, and Nature (North Atlantic Books, 2015), and the forthcoming Sacred Politics (Select Books, 2019). He is also an educator, speaker, and ecopsychologist whose life-long passion is to reform thinking into a coherent, cohesive, whole. The founder and past president of the SEED Institute, Parry is currently the director of a grass-roots think tank, the Circle for Original Thinking. .

Susan Kaiulani Stanton (Mohawk/Native Hawaiian) is the founder of Grandmothers Circle the Earth Foundation, an international organization that travels the world in service of Mother Earth and future generations, giving birth to new grandmother councils all over the planet. Susan has been a delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, and has also participated in United Nations forums on Indigenous rights. She is currently the Director of the River Sidon Peace with Justice Project, working to protect, preserve, and perpetuate Mississippi watersheds.

Online Registration

Retreat Tuition: (Includes 2 Night’s Lodging at Mabel Dodge Luhan House, First Night’s Dinner, Two Breakfasts and Lunch)

Private Room: $550.00 per person
Shared Room: $450.00 per person
Commuter Rate (without lodging but still includes meals): $250.00 per person

Lodging is handled by Circle for Original Thinking, not Mabel Dodge Luhan House, and booked at time of registration subject to availability on first come first served basis.

Please click the appropriate payment button below. If you are registering multiple people, you will have to return to this page and register each person separately.

$550.00 (Includes two nights private lodging and meals)
$450.00 (Includes two nights shared lodging and meals)
$250.00 (No lodging, but still includes meals)

If you prefer to register by mail, please send your check payable to Circle for Original Thinking to:

Circle for Original Thinking
12231 Academy NE #307-244
Albuquerque, NM 87111

For questions, more information, or specific lodging requests call:
(505) 480-8000

Schedule of Events

Saturday, June 30th
4pm: Opening ceremony
5pm: Dinner/Opening Prayer and Blessing
7:30pm: Sacred Walking of Labyrinth, Introduction to Ceremony from Susan – Fire Ceremony
Introductions and Storytelling by the Fire

Sunday, July 1st
8am: Breakfast
9am-10am: Susan: Water Ceremony
10-11:15am Glenn: Toward a Sacred Politics
11:15-11:30am Break
11:30-12:30 Susan: Role of Native Women in Sacred Community
12:30-1:30pm Lunch
2-5:30pm Dialogue:
6pm Dinner
7:30-9:30pm Dream Group/Drum Journey into Dreamland

Monday, July 2nd
8am: Breakfast
9-9:30am: Check out of rooms
9:30am-12:30pm Dialogue/Questions/Closing Pipe Ceremony

* Schedule of events subject to minor changes