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If you’re a federally-employed woman, or in other public service professions who is at a crossroads and desires to restore your joy, activate your power, and manifest the life of your dreams fueled by passion and purpose, then join us for a miraculous journey to clarity and restoration.





Riding through the foothills of New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains, you feel a weight being lifted, a clearing of the noise of office politics and the chatter of your day-to-day.  You think, “Finally, a space to get quiet and go within.” You feel giddy on the inside because you see an opening in the fog.


As you approach the resort, you hear the soothing trickle of the natural springs pond and are enveloped in the fresh scent of sage, eucalyptus and lavender.  Greeted by indigenous-inspired interior design with a contemporary flare, you feel grounded and “at home.”


That evening, after a sumptuous dinner watching the glorious, alpenglow sunset, you stand, arms uplifted, surrounded by a loving community of women who get it. Then suddenly, a sigh of relief escapes your chest having been seen, heard and valued for the brilliant soul that you are.


The fog has lifted, and you emerge AWAKENED to your power and the vast possibilities ahead, invigorated by the joy of your passion and purpose pulling you forward.


Welcome to The Awakening!

Why Join Us



why join us?

How would it feel to hit the pause button on life and open space to explore what your heart truly desires? …Like a breath of life-saving air! 


In the spacious beauty of Santa Fe, you will explore the power of meditation to connect with your heart to allow your deepest desires to spring forth like a rose in the desert.


What would it feel like to wake up every morning, full of joy with a clear plan, steps ordered and trusting the process?... Out of this world!


Through an exploration of my 5 Keys to Designing a Life of Magic, Miracles and Abundance, you will leave with a tangible and clear plan for moving forward with your amazing life, knowing each step you make is purposeful and empowered.


No longer will you dread that morning commute or walking in to that meeting.  No longer will you have to sacrifice your physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing for your career!


Through a tour of your heart and soul, guided by sacred art, body-centered meditations and sacred releasing ceremonies, you will walk away having restored the parts of yourself that you’ve forgotten and so profoundly connected to your truth that you live life confident in your ability to manifest every one of your innermost desires.




A new narrative about who you are and what's possible.


 to those difficult questions like “what’s next?” and “how do I get there?”


for attracting greater opportunities


to access joy that will withstand every draining meeting and difficult co-worker

you will return home with:

the destination

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Nestled in the Sangre de Cristo (“Blood of Christ”) mountains, southernmost subrange of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Santa Fe is known as a jewel for travelers seeking healing, beauty, inspiration and transformation. A coalescing blend of Native American, Spanish and Anglo history, culture, art and trade emerged against the backdrop of a high desert landscape revered as sacred ground to the local native tribes.


With more than 320 days of sunshine, Santa Fe, New Mexico is a magical, exuberant, colorful land at any time of year. Founded in the early 1600s, it is the oldest capital city in the United States boasting a wealth of prestigious museums, world-renowned opera and hundreds of fine art galleries and distinctive shops making it the 3rd largest art market in the country outside of New York City and Los Angeles.


We will be resting, creating and luxuriating for five days and four nights at the award-winning Sunrise Springs Spa Resort. Sunrise Springs, known for its legendary waters, has been a sacred gathering place and source of rejuvenation for travelers for millennia.


Set on 70-acres, Sunrise Springs Spa Resort is intentionally-designed for your wellness with natural spring-fed ponds, gardens, paths and walking trails.  The property includes an integrative spa, art and fitness studios to meet your holistic needs.


“Simplistic luxury” are the words used to describe the accommodations at the Resort.  With its unique character marked by a fusion of indigenous artisan and contemporary designs, each guest room includes signature amenities made with local plant and herbs, mini-refrigerator, in-room coffee and tea service, spa robes and complimentary wifi internet connection.

the cuisine

Relaxation and rejuvenation are infused in every aspect of our retreat, even the meals. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner overlooking the sights and sounds of the Sunrise Springs pond gathered from Santa Fe’s healing mineral springs in the newly-renovated Blue Heron restaurant.  Indoor and outdoor patio seating options available.  


Organic meals with flavors fresh from the greenhouse gardens.  Executive Chef Rocky Durham believes food is a “potent elixir for the body and mind.” With this mantra, he boasts a vibrant menu with classic American, Latin and Mediterranean dishes created with locally-sourced, seasonal herbs, fruits, and vegetables.


Then you’ll have the option to dine out one afternoon or night while on excursion in Downtown Santa Fe. There you will have your choice of the innovative Southwestern fare created by award-winning chefs that have earned their place on the world’s culinary map.  Not a fan of the southwestern cuisine?  No problem, options for all palates and eating plans.


The Blue Heron even has Maryland blue crab. Yum!

the experience

Be whisked away from the airport with VIP treatment.  Upon arrival to the resort, get settled in enjoy the grounds.  Then join us for dinner and the opening ceremony.


Get grounded and set your intentions for this AWAKENING experience through reflection and body-based meditative practice and experiential learning. 


Revitalize your body, mind and soul on the masseuse table for a spa treatment customized to your body’s unique needs. Afterward you float down to the mineral-infused soaking tub and feel all the stress and anxiety melt away. 


A day of reflection, planning and creative exploration in downtown Santa Fe.


Return home feeling renewed, rejuvenated and ready to take on the world with a new sense of vitality and joy.


What's included?

  • Five days and four nights of exploration, reflection, and relaxation at the award-winning Sunrise Springs Resort

  • Four days of personal and professional LeadHERship training + experiential learning activities

  • All onsite meals beginning with dinner on Monday and ending with lunch on Friday in at the Blue Heron resort restaurant + snacks

  • $187 Spa credit toward a treatment of your choice and private mineral springs soak

  • Half-day exploration in downtown Santa Fe

  • VIP transportation to and from ABQ airport on September 30th and October 4th (at designated times only)

  • Program materials

  • Special surprise bonuses

What's not?

  • Roundtrip airfare from your home

  • Transportation to your local airport

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Other non-included items would include souvenir shopping, off-site meals/snacks, personal phone calls, extra spa services, taxis, laundry, bell-boys, and tips for housekeeping

  • Personal, medical or trip cancellation insurance

and because we love you so much you will also receive:

  • A Clarity Call – 30 minutes of 1:1 time with Ariel so she can get to know you personally and best support you on your journey

  • Access to a Private Retreat Facebook Group – so we can connect pre-trip so you can ask questions and receive update-to-date trip info.

  • Pre-Trip Group Call – you’ll have the chance to meet everyone in the group, share your intent and learn how to best prepare yourself!

  • Post-Trip Group Call – we’ll gather to help integrate your learnings once back at home!

your host

Ariel M.Kirkland

Women’s LeadHERship Catalyst and Holistic Lifestyle Coach

A dynamic, visionary thought leader, speaker, and transformational coach, Ariel’s mission is to inspire and develop courageous leaders who walk boldly in their purpose and design the life of their dreams, on their terms. Her motto is “live life by design, not default,” which is based on her fundamental belief that happiness and fulfilment come from getting clear on who you are at your core, what you want out of life, and boldly pursuing your passions- even if it goes against the status quo. As a trained evidence-based leadership coach and facilitator, she helps her audience reframe their challenges into opportunities by challenging their assumptions and limited beliefs.


As a workshop and retreat facilitator, Ariel uses her 15+ years’ experience as a transformational learning designer and nonprofit program manager providing leadership development and curriculum design those in higher education and public service.


As a workplace wellness advocate, Ariel pulls on her academic research in human and organizational development to work with companies to create environments that are human-centered, knowing that organizational change comes from changed leaders.

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