Santa Fe Ghost Ranch | Navajo Weaving | Ace Camps Travel

Learn to weave the Navajo way. This hands-on workshop is lead by master weavers Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Read On!


 Ghost Ranch

Ghost Ranch

About the trip:

This 7 day Ace Camp is a hands-on introduction to traditional Navajo Weaving in the dramatic settings of Santa Fe + Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, taught by Award winning Navajo Weavers, two of the best in the world ~ Lynda Teller Pete and her sister Barbara Teller Ornelas.

We start our trip with a visit to the world famous Santa Fe Indian Market. The Santa Fe Indian Market happens one weekend a year and is the largest and most prestigious juried Native arts show in the world. The Indian Market provides a rare opportunity to meet Native artists and learn about contemporary Indian arts and cultures. 

Santa Fe, New Mexico is the oldest capital city in the U.S. It is a beautiful city set in the high desert mountains at 7000 feet. This town is filled with history, culture, world class cuisine, and incredible ancient traditional and contemporary art. 

From Santa Fe, we travel 70 miles north to the tiny community of Abiquiu where we will spend the next 4 days exploring the region and learning to weave with Lynda and Barbara surrounded by the visually stunning landscapes of Ghost Ranch that captivated and influenced the work of Georgia O'Keeffe. 

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Located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, we spend our first night at a hotel that sits adjacent to St. Francis Cathedral & 2 blocks from Santa Fe's main Plaza, where the Indian Market is located. The neighbourhood is filled with restaurants and shops to explore.

We spend our next five nights in the heart of Georgia O'Keeffe country, in the tiny community of Abiquiu in Northern New Mexico. The rooms at our Inn provide broad mountain views and lovely sunsets. Relax by the Kiva fireplace or enjoy the scenery and peacefulness of the Chama Valley on the outdoor porch.

This Ace Camp includes:

  • 6 nights* (1 night in Santa Fe + 5 nights in Abiquiu) 
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 5 dinners
  • 3 day Navajo Weaving workshop with Lynda Teller Pete + Barbara Teller Ornelas
  • A visit to the Santa Fe Indian Market
  • Landscape tour of Ghost Ranch
  • Tour of Georgia O'Keeffe's historic home and studio in Abiquiu
  • All transportation during tours and to and from Santa Fe to Abiquiu/Ghost Ranch
  • All admissions to sites during the tours

This Ace Camp is limited to 12 people.

*Rooms are shared with one other guest. 

Fee:  $2549.00 USD - airfare not included

Deposit:  $1549.00 - due when place in workshop is confirmed 

Final Payment of $1000.00 due June 01, 2018

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According to Navajo oral tradition two holy people, Spider Woman and Spider Man, introduced weaving to the Navajo. Spider Man constructed the first loom, which was composed of sunshine, lightning, and rain; and Spider Woman taught the people how to weave on it. Spider Woman was discovered by the Holy Twins, the culture heroes of the Navajo Creation Story, in a small opening in the earth surrounded by an array of beautiful weavings. Entering her dwelling, the Holy Twins descended a ladder made of yarn, whereupon Spider Woman offered them knowledge of the world of weaving.




Lynda Teller Pete and her sister Barbara Teller Ornelas are award-winning fifth-generation Navajo weavers. They are Tabaaha (Water Edge Clan) and born for the To’aheedliinii (Two Waters Flow Together Clan) from the Newcomb and Two Grey Hills area on the Navajo Nation. They have been teaching Navajo weaving together for over twenty years. 



Weaving is a legacy in the Teller family. For over five generations, 
Grandmothers, mothers, sisters, aunts, and cousins have produced award-
winning rugs and have been featured in numerous publications.

Lynda and Barbara's mother, Ruth Teller's rug's were so prized that collectors often purchased them right off the loom. Needless to say, as  children, Lynda & Barbara learned through observation. Their maternal Grandmother, Susie Tom and their paternal grandmother, Nellie Peshlakai Teller made sure their daughters and granddaughters learned the art of weaving. They emphasized many practices, such as respecting the loom, preparing one’s own wool via shearing, carding and spinning, the production and proper care of weaving tools, and paying attention to design elements, always emphasizing the importance of intricate patterns and colour combinations. 

From a very young age, it was instilled in them the belief that beauty and harmony should be woven into every rug. Lynda and Barbara are known for weaving rugs in the traditional Two Grey Hills pattern. Identified primarily by a double-diamond layout, intricate geometric design using natural coloured, hand-carded and hand-spun wool. These finely woven rugs are known for their high weft counts.

During the workshop~

This Navajo weaving class incorporates five generations of Navajo weaving traditions from one Navajo weaving family. It is a living art, it is challenging skill set, and you are immersed in their family stories as you explore this art form. Many students find creative links to their own families as they listen to stories of the “Navajo Way”. Each of their tapestries tell a story. They are imbued with their hopes, their dreams, their tears, and their laughter.


"Dinosaurs once walked the soggy wetlands that became the arid high desert of Ghost Ranch. Millions of years later Navajos and various other tribes roamed the valley. The Spaniards settled here and then came the cattle rustlers, the wranglers and the dudes. Arthur Pack, one of the country's first environmentalists, bought the Ranch and sold a little piece of it to Georgia O'Keeffe. Scientists took respite time here from the stresses of building the nuclear bomb at Los Alamos. Famous guests have included Charles Lindbergh, Ansel Adams and John Wayne. 

Ghost Ranch gave O'Keeffe the freedom to paint what she saw and felt. Knowledgeable visitors can look around and identify many of the scenes she painted. Red and gray hills like those across from the roadside park south of the Ranch headquarters were frequent subjects. Kitchen Mesa at the upper end of the valley is an example of the red and yellow cliffs she painted many times. Pedernal, the flat-topped mountain to the south, was probably her favorite subject. “It’s my private mountain,” she said. 'God told me if I painted it often enough I could have it.' ” - On behalf of Ghost Ranch

We will spend three days here at Ghost Ranch weaving amongst the red rocks and white cliffs, gathering inspiration from the landscape around us. 


ACE CAMPS  will email you when it is time to make your travel arrangements. This email will always be sent 60 days or more before your trip departs unless you book within 60 prior to the camp. If this Ace Camp fills prior to 60 days we will let you know right away so you can plan. 

You may choose to arrive at either Santa Fe Regional airport or fly into Albuquerque International airport and take the Sandia Shuttle direct to Santa Fe in about an hour. 

There will be no refunds for this Ace Camp due to the planning and logistics involved. 


Santa Fe has a very dry, high desert climate with intense sunlight. August sees average high temperatures hover in the mid-80s, with infrequent afternoon showers and comfortably cooler nights.

Santa Fe's high altitude (7,000 feet above sea level) means air is rarefied, thinner. It usually takes about 48 hours to adjust and staying hydrated helps.



The ACE CAMP TOUR LEADER is a part of your group and are there to look out for your safety, to help resolve issues, and to make sure you get what you want from your vacation. The Tour Leader will make sure that everyone who wants company has it, including dinners when no group meal is scheduled.

They also work with the local guides to insure the right combination of pace, information, and duration - and, well...keep the ball rolling.



Travel Day 

Make your way to our hotel in central Santa Fe.  We can provide suggestions for transportation to the hotel after your travel plans have been sent to us.

This evening we have a meet + greet welcome dinner.


Breakfast at the hotel

We start this morning by visiting the world famous Indian Market at the Santa Fe Plaza. Unrivaled in both size and prestige, with over 1,000 artists representing over 100 tribes: we hope you'll find inspiration and maybe even a treasure or two to take home. 

Lunch TBD

This afternoon you are welcome to continue browsing the Indian Market or for those interested we can take the city shuttle to visit the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture. This museum is premier repository of Native art and material culture and tells the stories of the people of the Southwest from pre-history through contemporary art. 

Other museums and art galleries to consider visiting if you arrive in town early include the Museum of International Folk Art, Meow Wolf (an explorable, immersive art installation filled with technology, and fantastic environments), and the Georgia O'Keeffe museum. 

Early evening we leave Santa Fe and travel about an hour by private shuttle to Abiquiu. We stay here for the next five nights.

Dinner - Abiquiu


Breakfast at hotel      

This morning we travel a few minutes down the road to the historic adobe home and studio of Georgia O'Keeffe. This tour offers an experience of the environment in which she lived and worked. The house inspired more than two dozen paintings: a door through the patio wall attracted her attention on a daily bases and she painted it more than twenty times. Similarly, the cottonwood trees, growing in the Chama River Valley below her studio, were the subject of more than two dozen paintings.

Lunch - we will make a stop at a small market for you to pick up some snacks and lunch (on your own) 

This afternoon we continue exploring the area and the life of Georgia O'Keeffe as well as the history of Ghost Ranch.  We visit the ranch to see through your own eyes the scenes and actual locations of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings interwoven with stories of her fifty years spent living here, and learn about the history of the area, geology, flora and fauna.

Mid-to-late afternoon we return to our Inn and the rest of the day is free time. Perhaps you might like to relax with a book in the garden, or a glass of wine and watch the sunset from your patio.

Dinner - on your own + at your leisure ( our location is somewhat remote, however there is a restaurant at our Inn, or you may prefer to pick up some food items during our market stop at lunch).



Breakfast at hotel      

Today we began the first day of our Navajo weaving workshop with Barbara and Lynda at Ghost Ranch. Our workshop will be outside, under shade tents unless the summer rains come, when we will move inside. 

You will learn the traditional method of Navajo weaving. The majority of the class will be spent designing and learning how to weave a 6.5” high X 8.5” wide rug on an upright Navajo Loom. Lynda's husband Belvin spends hours hand crafting each loom we will work on. 

Lunch - Ghost Ranch

Afternoon, continue with our weaving workshop.

Dinner - Abiquiu


Breakfast at hotel    

Today we continue with our Navajo Weaving Workshop, we will immerse ourselves in our work, inspired by our surroundings.

Lunch - Ghost Ranch

Afternoon, continue with our weaving workshop.

Dinner - Abiquiu


Breakfast at hotel    

Today is the final day of our hands-on Navajo weaving workshop at Ghost Ranch. 

Lunch - Ghost Ranch

Afternoon, continue with our weavings. At the end of the day we will pull our creations off the looms and admire and appreciate everyone's journey through the workshop.

Dinner - Abiquiu


Breakfast at hotel      

Departure day: After breakfast, we drive back to Santa Fe. 

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Nota Bene: this is a prospective itinerary. It is subject to modest modifications, dependent on local weather, new opportunities and the desires of the group.