The Power of Prayer & Purification Thru Native Song, Food & Ceremony
Friday, February 17 – Monday, February 20, 2017

Join spiritual leader and best-selling author Sierra Bender with Dr. Lois Ellen Frank and Walter Whitewater both award winning Native American chefs 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.


  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 Sweat Lodge 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 Sweat Lodge ceremony.
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.

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).

All-inclusive, overnight accommodations provide:

  • Choice of a spacious casita with local artisan touches, or a resort-style guest room
  • Healthy farm-fresh gourmet meals
  • Daily activities including yoga, meditation, fitness, puppy play, horticulture, culinary and expressive arts classes
  • Pre-dinner reception with sparkling waters, local beer and wine, and light appetizers
  • Tickets to day workshops
  • Parking
  • Wi-Fi

To Book Room Reservations & More Information Please Call:  877.977.8212

Accommodations Available
Resort-style Queen Bed Single
Resort-style Double       

Private Casita King Single 
Private Casita, extra room with a double bed
***Group rate prices per person, per stay for this event.

Travelers fly into Santa Fe, NM Airport or Albuquerque, NM Airport
Shuttle Service available


Day 1 Friday 17th
Opening Night
5:00 pm -6:00 pm       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 am     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 am     Hike
9:30 am-12:30 pm      Workshop (Build Sweat Lodge & Prayer Ties)
12:30 pm-2:30 pm      Lunch & Spa Service
2:30 pm- 5:30 pm       Workshop (Build Sweat Lodge & Prayer Ties)
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm     Workshop (Purification Sweat Lodge Ceremony)
8:30 pm -10:00 pm     Transition to Dining Hall and Dinner

Day 4 Monday 20th
6:30am -7:30 am        Breakfast
8:00 am – 9:00 am     Hike
9:30-11:30 am            Workshop (Yoga, Sharing Circle, Prep for Home)
Lunch Optional

For more information, contact Sierra Bender:
Call: 888-794-3330

For reservations at the host resort, contact Sunrise Springs CALL 877.977.8212