Join spiritual leader and best-selling author Sierra Bender with Dr. Lois Ellen Frank and Walter Whitewater both award winning Native American chefs and shamans in a transformational women’s weekend getaway. You will explore Santa Fe’s landscapes and experience Native American traditions that will purify and connect your body and soul down to the core of your DNA. Align yourself with the healing power and tribal energy of women gathering to pray, join in ceremony and rejoice in our beautiful feminine essence.

You will utilize the Sierra Bender Empowerment Method, a 4 body fit approach based on native intelligence clinically proven to heal and empower women.

You will learn to:

  1. balance the 4 bodies- the spiritual and physical, emotional and intellectual and ethereal and practical
  2. weave these forces together, like a beautifully woven tapestry, in your everyday life’s practice
  3. build and experience a Native American sweatlodge ceremony with a tribe of women to purify and heal your body and soul
  4. prepare Native American ancestral foods “The Magic Eight”
  5. prevent, treat and heal with native herbs

Activities Include: Daily rituals of yoga, hiking, singing, cooking and building a traditional Native American sweatlodge.
Explore on your free time: Downtown Santa Fe’s famous art district, sacred sites and shopping, spa treatment, puppy petting, hot tub and garden trails.


242 Los Pinos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507


(includes $75 material fee SBM Empowerment Testing, Goddess to the Core® book & personal supplies)


Payment can also be broken into two installments:

PAYMENT 1: $425.00 PAYMENT 2 : $425.00


Prices Include Meals

For Room Reservation Call 877.977.8212

To see the accommodations visit :
Contemporary Style Double $225.00 per night per person
Contemporary Style Single $295.00 per night per person
Private Casita Double $275.00 per night per person
Private Casita Single $395.00 per night per person
*Sales Tax, Currently 11% percent in total, gratuity is at the discretion of the guest

Shuttle Service available at SunRise Retreat Call 877-977-8212

Santa Fe Municipal Airport, NM 30 minute drive to SunRise Springs Resort.

Albuquerque International Sunport Airport, NM 45 minute drive to SunRise Springs Resort.

Day 1 Friday 17th
3:00 pm Check In
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Opening Night Dinner
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Workshop (Native Teachings, History & Health)

Day 2 Saturday 18th
6:30 am – 7:30 am Breakfast
8:00 am – 9:00 pm Hike
9:30 am – 12:30 pm Workshop ( Yoga, Sierra Bender Method & Medicine Wheel )
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm Lunch & Spa Service
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm Workshop ( Magic 8 Native Foods, Herbs & Prep & Cook Food )
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Dinner ( Enjoy The Group Cooked Meal )
Free Time Spa Services
Day 3 Sunday 19th
6:30 am – 7:30 am Breakfast
8:00 am – 9:00 pm Hike
9:30 am – 12:30 pm Workshop ( Build Sweatlodge & Prayer Ties )
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm Lunch & Spa Service
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm Workshop ( Build Sweatlodge & Prayer Ties )
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm Workshop ( Purification Sweatlodge Ceremony )
8:30 pm – 10:00 pm Transition to Dining Hall and Dinner
Day 4 Monday 20th
6:30 am – 7:30 am Breakfast
8:00 am – 9:00 pm Hike
9:30 am – 11:30 pm Workshop ( Yoga, Sharing Circle, Prep for Home )
12:00 noon Check out

Full refunds are available (less a $100 processing fee) up to thirty days prior to event.

Non refundable credit toward a future workshop (less a $250 processing fee) is available if you give notice after thirty days. Credit may be applied to any workshop, retreat or training for up to one year following the date of issue. No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the arrival day; if you do not show up; or if you leave a course early for any reason. We strive to provide the highest quality instruction, therefore no refund will be given if you attend a course and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content. Sierra Bender Inc. reserves the right to cancel any workshop at any time due to illness or weather. If Sierra Bender Inc. cancels event clients money will be refunded within 45 days of event.

SunRise Springs Resort Room Reservation

Deposit: A credit card will be taken at the time of reservation and the attendee will be notified that the full amount of the retreat will be charged 31 days prior to arrival.

Cancellation Policy: There is a 30-day cancellation policy on this retreat. All reservations must be cancelled 31 days prior to arrival for a full refund.

      • Cancellations received 30 – 15 days prior to arrival will be subject to a 50% full package cancellation charge
      • Cancellations received 21 days prior to arrival will forfeit the total retreat package cost.

10:00 am – 8:00pm. Last appointment is available at 8:00 pm.
To make a spa appointment, please call 877.977.8212 or visit the spa reception desk. We recommend scheduling spa services prior to your arrival. You will receive a phone call prior to your arrival to answer your questions and customize your stay.

Check In: 3:00 pm Friday
Check Out: 12 noon Monday

Sierra Bender

Sierra is a best-selling author of Goddess to the Core®, internationally renowned speaker and presenter, researcher, creator of the Sierra Bender Method for Personal & Professional Empowerment proven by American University, Washington, DC, and award winning non-profit advocate and leader in the female empowerment movement for over 25 years.
Sierra’s charismatic appeal has been featured internationally, in media outlets including Oprah Radio, CBS, Global, and Univision TV, as well as in USA Today, Marie Claire, Shape, Whole Living Body & Soul, Yoga Journal, Fit Yoga, Destiny and Natural Awakenings Magazines. Sierra’s extensive clientele includes: Harvard Law School; the Vanderbilt Cancer Center and Hospital in Nashville, TN; the Hackensack Hospital in NJ; and Olympic and professional athletes. Sierra has also worked with Wall Street and Fortune 500 executives from companies including Time Warner, Revlon, American Express, Morgan Stanley and the NHL.

Walter Whitewater

Chef Whitewater was awarded the James Lewis Award and was the first Native American chef ever to receive this award in the culinary and hospitality industry. During Chef Whitewater’s professional cooking experiences, he has remained active in many of his Navajo traditional ways at his home in Pinon, Arizona returning each year for ceremonial obligations. Presently, Whitewater teaches cooking classes, at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, on Native American Foods of the Southwest with chef Lois Ellen Frank, Ph.D. (Kiowa). Their cooking classes feature recipes from the James Beard Award winning cookbook, Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations, Ten Speed Press.

Lois Ellen Frank, Ph.D.

Dr. Lois Ellen Frank is a Santa Fe, New Mexico based Native American Chef, a foods historian, culinary anthropologist, James Beard Award winning cookbook author, photographer and organic gardener. She is the owner of Red Mesa Cuisine, LLC a Native American catering company specializing in ancestral Native American cuisine with a modern twist. Dr. Frank spent over 25 years documenting the foods and life ways of Native Americans in the Southwest, which won her the James Beard Award for her cookbook entitled, Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations. Dr. Frank is an adjunct professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA).