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"Willa Cather and the Counterculture"—An Immersive Weekend in Taos, New Mexico

"Willa Cather and the Counterculture"—An Immersive Weekend in Taos, New Mexico

Thursday, November 10, 2022 to Sunday, November 13, 2022
Mabel Dodge Luhan House
240 Morada Lane
Taos, NM 87571

What's Included:

What's Included:
What's Included:

Guests may choose from several registration options:

Residents lodging at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House may choose from a Private or a Shared Room; rates shown are per person.  This registration includes Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at the MDLH, breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. Admissions and fees to museums and sites are included. The NWCC will host nightly dinners at local Taos establishments for those who want to experience the food scene, but dinner is not included in the registration cost.

Because most guests will need a car to reach Taos, we will not plan to have group transportation available but instead will plan to caravan or carpool to sites.



The itinerary below is current as of November 5, 2022. Some last minute adjustments to the itinerary may yet occur. 

Day 1 — Thursday, November 10
3:00 p.m. - Check-in to rooms, time to freshen up and grab coffee
3:30 p.m. - Session 1 : Intro to Taos, Mabel Dodge & the Counter Culture (all sessions will be in the classroom in the Juniper House)
5:00 p.m. -  All of our dinner reservations are at 5:00 p.m. SHARP! 

Day 2 — Friday, November 11
8:00 a.m. - Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - Field trip 1: Taos Pueblo
11:30 a.m. - Session 2: Cather in the Southwest
12:30 p.m. - Lunch
1:30 p.m. - Millicent Rogers Museum
3:30 p.m. - Session 3: Cather & Native Cultures
5:00 p.m. - Dinner reservation at 5:00 sharp!

Day 3 — Saturday, November 12
8:00 a.m. - Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - Session 4: Cather and the Catholic Church
10:00 a.m. - Field trip 3: Father Martinez Hacienda
11:30 a.m. - Field trip 3.5: St Francis de Asis
12:30 p.m. - Lunch
1:30 p.m. - Extra time to visit a gallery or the plaza
2:30 p.m. - Field trip 4: Fechin House, Taos Art Museum
5:00 p.m. - Dinner reservation at 5:00 p.m. sharp!

Day 4 — Sunday, November 13
8:00 a.m. - Breakfast
9:30 a.m. - Session 5: Putting It All Together: Cather and Taos
Departure at noon

Reading List

Recommended stops while you're coming or going:

  • Acoma Pueblo (3 hours west)
  • Earthship Biotecture (15 minutes west)
  • Dennis Hopper Tour Stops
  • Rio Grande River Bridge
  • The Harwood Museum of Art
  • The Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway
  • Any of New Mexico's Scenic Byways 

Reading List

Reading List
Reading List

We're looking forward to seeing you all in Taos, and to discussing these broad readings (and videos!) by and about Cather and many important cultural and countercultural figures around Taos. 

Ideally, everyone would have time to read everything on this list, in its entirety, but I realize that may not be possible. What I’ve done, then, is to create a list of everything that I’ve been reading and would like to bring to our discussion with a bold, italicized notation of the most important portion in case you don’t get to everything. I hope you’ll find the readings enlightening as you visit Taos and as you read (or re-read) Cather’s work that is set in the Southwest.

If you come across other readings that you feel are relevant and would like to share with the group, please let me know and I’d be happy to add readings to this list. 

Happy reading!