New Mexico Women's Retreat,

Guest Houses & Healing Center

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Past Workshop Examples

Below are descriptions of some past Outland retreats. We plan to offer similar workshops in the future.



  Learn How to Build Adobe Homes

     Our wonderful broad-based workshops are unique opportunity for hands-on construction instruction in a woman's context. In a warm, fun and personalized context, we will look at basic construction steps from site selection, through foundation, walls, doors & windows, water & electric, insulation, and roof -- with some focus on pole and frame construction principles as we build an adobe house.

  Part of what makes this and all Woman, Earth & Spirit workshops so special is the range of other activities to encourage Connection, Creativity and that are as important to a full experience as building time.

     To insure this well-rounded full experience, scheduling is some flexible and allows ample opportunity for fun, hiking, connecting, Creating and Healing.   

    There is opportunity for quiet, meditation, yoga, individual or group activities, singing, games, drumming, videos, laughter & more. Ahhhhh . . .

     While basic concepts, skills and tools are important, what women lack more than anything is Self-Confidence and Confidence in Self.

     Our intent is for every woman to return home a bigger Self, enthused and with the confidence to actually start building.

Types of Workshops

     A.  Our ongoing one-week Friday-Friday 7-night Outlandish Adobe House Building Weeks. As part of the entire weekly experience there is also a different Weekend Workshop Exploration focus each week ~ we welcome you to attend whichever workshops tantalize you. 


     Sliding scale for the 7-night stay, 4-day Week Workshop including one 2-night/ 3-day Weekend  Exploration. Price posted when workshops are scheduled.  


     B.  Our One-Week Friday-Friday  Workshop Intensives on Wood Cabin Construction, Home Repair, Sustainable Living, Wholeness/ Self-Healing/Wellness, Creativity, Adobe Plaster. Check in and out on Fridays. Sliding Scale. 


     C.  Our weekly 2-night/ 3-day Weekend Workshop Explorations on a range of Construction, Creativity, and Healing/ Wholeness themes. Check in Friday and check out Sunday with Workshop Exploration Saturday and sometimes Sunday as well. 

 Adobe Building Weeks
Seven incredible nights
 & full-spectrum days 


     Oh what incredible fun — come and build cabins with a wondrous group of other women. Put your hands to the wood and clay and learn by doing.  If you cannot come for the entire week, we invite you to attend our wondrous range of Workshop Weekend Explorations.  

     Adobe Building Workshops and some Weekend Workshops are facilitated by Jae Haggard who has built houses or other buildings for women in a range of designs in several states since 1974. 

     Several talented women facilitate the various Weekend Workshop Explorations on Healing, Creativity or Construction.  Deliciously full weeks.  Included in each Outlandish Adobe week is a review of a range of basic construction principles, safety and tool use to make sure you understand the scope no matter when you attend.   YOU CAN Build a House!  

     Naturally, the basic rhythm of each day includes great meals, relaxation, hot tubs, hikes, singing, games, conversation & more.   A Wonderful Spectrum of Activities & Alone Time To expand your week and each weekend we offer a different  Weekend Workshop Exploration theme.

     You can choose you Workshop Week according to what Weekend Explorations tickle you most.   Or, you are also invited to come just Friday to Sunday to enjoy the Weekend Exploration, great food, fun activities & wonderful women.


B.  One-Week Intensives

     One-week Workshops generally begin with supper & opening circle Friday eve & end with checkout the following Friday morn.


Focus Topics 

Wood Cabin, House Repair, Sustainable Living,

Wholeness / Healing, Clay Floor & Plaster, Projects, Cob, Creativity 


C.  Weekend Explorations


     We offer a marvelous variety of Workshops to further expand ourselves and to really round out your Outlandish Adobe Building Week experience.  Weekend includes Friday check-in, Saturday or Saturday & Sunday Workshop, stay with wonderful meals, access to land, facilities & activities.  

     We offer Construction Principles Weekend Explorations where we focus in more depth on how-to-design-and-build.  We also offer regular Weekend Explorations on  Facets of Construction.  Creativity or Wholeness/ Healing is the focus for most of our other Weekend Experiences. For added dimensions other Weekend Fun Explorations are on topics like Permaculute Your Garden or Exploring Southwest Archaeology.  

     Your 7-night stay begins with Friday check in and includes your Weekend Workshop Experience with a different theme each weekend.

      Or, you may choose to come just for any Weekend Explorations-- opening Circle Friday eve and closing circle Sunday. Workshop Sessions generally run 3-5 hours  on Saturday or Saturday and Sunday.


Gift yourSelf a plentitude of time

To immerse,

Listen to yourSelf

 Enjoy this amazing land

To Connect, Create & Heal


Workshop Goals

Each woman returns home empowered and with

  • A Feeling of Big Self and with the Self-confidence to plan & build our own simple structures or homes. With the Confidence in Self to Listen to and trust our Intuition.  
  • Basic understanding & skills to actually start & to problem solve during construction
  • A sense of the delight & satisfaction of building
  • Expanded skills for building / working cooperatively with other women
  • Resources for further information & skill development
  • Expanded personal development, new friends, a greater sense of Wholeness
  • And, in general, feeling refreshed, appreciated, inspired & energized