Join us in Taos
for the journey of a lifetime
Who Are We?
The Community Learning Network is a collaborative of passionate, caring community members who want to support a better future for our world. The Community Learning Network is a grassroots 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization born out of this communal intention and global need. We are a web of real-people in real-places who work together to provide transformational real-life learning opportunities that inspire responsible, respectful, relational living and that nurture your most beauty-full, brilliant, joyful, and balanced self. We are committed to your well-being and the well-being of our community, our families, and our future generations.
Weyakpa Najin Win, Woman Stands Shining
Pat McCabe, known as Woman Stands Shining, is a Dine' (Navajo) mother, grandmother, activist, artist, writer, ceremonial leader and international speaker. She is a voice for global peace, and her paintings are created as tools for individual, earth, and global healing. She has appeared in two documentary films: SEEDing Change and Journeying to Turtle Island and has presented at numerous conferences, events, and indigenous gatherings around the world including Bali, Belgium, Chile, Ecuador, England, India, Italy, Mexico City, Peru, Scotland, Sri Lanka, and in the U.S., as well as the national BIoneers Conference and the International Healing Conference in Bali. She lives in Taos, New Mexico, and hopes all peoples of the earth "can learn from Indigenous experience and re-member themselves and their own birth-right relationship with this Mother Earth." She draws upon the deep Indigenous sciences of thriving life to reframe inquiries about sustainability and balance, and she is devoted to supporting the next generations, the “Women’s Nation” and the “Men’s Nation” in being functional members of the “Hoop of Life" and upholding the honor of being human.
The Science of Right Relation and The Feminine Design
Pat believes what the elders have been speaking to: “what we are suffering from at this time on the planet is a crisis of relationship.” She points to the “Ways of Knowing” in indigenous culture as the key to sustainability and restoration of the Planet. McCabe also teaches the role of the feminine in Indigenous practices of spiritually and in relationship to community.
Pat believes that how Indigenous Peoples understand and heal their disrupted ways of living will have everything to do with the solutions the Global Community is seeking. As she participates in these conversations at Global Indigenous gatherings she hopes to be a part of bridging within Indigenous community: youth and elders, western trained and traditional tribal members, tribal identity and global citizenship.
She believes her work can help to bring about global healing, fostering a commitment on all parts to create a Global community which reveres planetary well-being and the re-membering of joyous and harmonious existence for all life on Mother Earth.
"The Science of Right Relations and Sustainability” explores:
Where Are We?
Tucked in the north-central region of the state of New Mexico, known as the Land of Enchantment, Taos is a small town in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains named after the nearby Native American village of Taos Pueblo, meaning "place of red willows." The adobe village of Taos Pueblo, inhabited for over a thousand years, is still a living community and was proclaimed by the United Nations as a world-heritage site.
"There is a timeless and eternal sense of peace and stillness here...something palatable yet invisible...
an indescribable yet irrisistible relief for the world-weary" JCC
As on of our recent visitors noted " Taos os a place where the land is constantly churcning, burning, pulsing under your feet. Those who join the dance...who find fluidity in the movement of being...who know how to be still while being pulled...who find excitement instead of fear in the flux of its rhythm...these brave raw seeking soul flourish and thrive in its transformatory splendor" Sharna Langlais
What We Do
We're on a mission to connect you with inspirational and transformational educational opportunities
for real-life learning in real-life places with real-life people.
We want you to be your most beauty-full, balanced, joyful, and brilliant self!
The mind creates the abyss, the heart crosses it.
-- Sri Nisargadatta
Feminine Design and Revitalization
A Women's Retreat
Slow down, unplug, and reconnect with your most beauty-full, brilliant, balanced, and joyful self. Explore the feminine design and indigenous framework of thriving life and steep in the medicine of the natural world in the epic beauty of northern New Mexico, known as the Land of Enchantment.
The Science of Right Relations
A Gathering for Restoration
Remembering the "Hoop of Life" and our place within Creation to restore the balance and rediscover our sense of belonging. A gathering designed to nourish our relationship with our selves, with each other, and with the Earth and a hands-n, real-life exploration of what it means to live and walk in harmony, balance, and beauty.
"As we plunge ahead to build empires and race for supremacy
we should stop and listen to [the female] song of life.
For without the female there is no life."
Oren R. Lyons, Spokesman,
Traditional Circle of Elders, Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan,
Onondaga Council of Chiefs of the Hau de no sau nee
See. Hear. Smell. Taste. Feel. Do.
HIghlights from our Region and our Experiences!
Epic Natural Wonder
A deep breathe of clean air and natural beauty!
Follow the desert trails, view the Rio Grande, watch the light dance on the mountains and canyon walls, walk through the juniper and pinon forrests. Experience the medicine of the Earth and sky.
Relax and steep in a space of well-being!
Relax in a place made of earth and water. Enjoy to soft adobe landscape and southwest charm. Eat amazing healthy food and try traditional local favorites like red and green chile.
A Taste of Resiliency
Look beyond ourselves!
Learn from a place where people live close to the land and care about clean air, fresh water, healthy food, and sacred earth. A place where people have survived and thrived for hundreds of years. Explore indigenous world views and ways of being that nurture life and honor our kinship with all of creation.
A Timeless Pace
"There is time enough and space enough, have another Ice tea"!
Over a thousand years of history and heritage is waiting for you to explore in a place of old adobes and historic mission churches, where noone rushes or hurries and where daily life is colored by the cycles of nature, the seasons, and the needs of the community, Where commitment to family and community, and the land and water are still paramount.
Don't be afraid to reach out. You + us = awesome.
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Key Photos by local and visiting photographers and Jennifer Case Nevarez.