Three Days Of Wellness Santa Fe

Raquel Baldelomar has a finance degree from the MBA-modeled Business Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin and began her career managing private equity portfolios as a financial analyst for JP Morgan Private Bank. From there, she developed the advertising program for Luxury Travel Magazine and negotiated over 200 advertising contracts worldwide. In 2003, Raquel launched Quaintise, a national marketing, branding, and advertising agency. Quaintise produces award-winning multi-media content for clients in the health, wellness and hospitality sectors. In 2015, Raquel decided to devote more time to one of her passions —changing the conversation of healthcare from sick care management to disease prevention. She cowrote the book Sugar Crush: How to Reduce Inflammation, Reverse Nerve Damage and Reclaim Good Health.


She also produces multi-media content that focuses on health and wellness with an adventure travel twist. Her goal is to provide content that includes videos, photo galleries and compelling stories to educate people on how pausing leads to a different kind of productivity, creativity, and wellness.

Santa Fe became the capital of the New Mexico province in 1610, making it the oldest state capital in the United States. In the early 1900s, it adopted a unified building style–the Spanish Pueblo Revival look–to the keep the city distinctive, which is why, even today, you may feel like you have entered a different country or time period as you stroll through the streets downtown. Add to that the mystique of Santa Fe, stemming from its Native American and Spanish roots combined with the current mystical nature of the city, which boasts churches of all denominations, New Age institutes, Zen centers, Tibetan shrines and yoga centers, and it’s no surprise that it is viewed as a spiritual mecca. The following three-day itinerary will help business leaders hone in on ways to relax, find inspiration and learn from the artisans of Santa Fe.

There is creative inspiration everywhere. Leaders simply need to slow down and be present. One of the best ways to do this, whether you are on vacation or a business trip, is to stay in unique hotels. Look for places that can inspire you as you walk to and from your room. One such place is the Inn of the Five Graces, which is a 24-room hotel located on a quiet street near the Santa Fe River in the historic district. Each room transports guests to the Middle East with its handcrafted furniture and one-of-a-kind works of art. The owners Ira and Sylvia Seret lived in Afghanistan for 10 years and collected furniture and artwork while travelling throughout Central and South Asia. They relocated to Santa Fe and opened a furniture store, Seret & Sons, in the 1970s. The local clientele was unsure how to incorporate the ornate furniture and artwork from Asia and the Middle East into the adobe-style houses of Santa Fe. So, Ira and Sylvia decided to open a hotel as a way to showcase the furnishings in an actual living room or bedroom. It was a huge risk that, ultimately, paid off. Today, guests can enjoy the lush and exotic surroundings while treating themselves to a massage in the High-Mountain Tibetan treatment room or an ancient Indian Ayurvedic-inspired spa treatment.

Another place where business leaders can be inspired is the Jambo Café. It serves a fusion of African and Caribbean cuisine and is located in an unassuming strip mall. The food is exquisite and the story of its owner, Chef Ahmed M. Obo, is truly remarkable. He grew up fishing off the coastal waters of Lamu Island, Kenya. As a teenager, he took tourists fishing and, afterwards, cooked the fish they caught for them. After coming to the United States, he found work as a line cook and sous chef at a couple of restaurants where he honed his culinary skills before venturing out and opening Jambo Café in 2009. Then, in 2013, he launched the Jambo Kids Foundation as a way to help children in need and honor his roots. The foundation brings much-needed healthcare and education to the citizens of Lamu Island, which is a settlement of nearly 100,000 people that is considered to be one of the oldest Swahili settlements in East Africa. His story demonstrates the impact you can have on the world with hard work, determination and a generous spirit. You never know where you will find a unique business solution or the inspiration to be better. Strike up conversations, ask questions and learn from the business leaders around you.

Santa Fe is a spiritual city. You don’t have to have the same belief system to find inspiration, serenity or beauty in the traditions of other cultures. For example, El Santuario de Chimayo is a small chapel in Chimayo, New Mexico, about 30 miles outside of Santa Fe, that is known as one of the most important Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world. It is believed that dirt from the small chapel has curative powers and can help heal physical or emotional illnesses. The site was a place of worship even before the church was built in 1813. Each year, more than 300,000 people visit the church to pray or take a small amount of “holy dirt.” It has been reported that during Holy Week some pilgrims walk from Albuquerque, about 90 miles away. Similarly, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs is a location where people have gathered for centuries to reflect and heal their mind and body. For nearly 3,000 years, Northern Pueblo tribal communities have considered the waters at Ojo Caliente sacred. Take a moment to experience the beauty of a place. Allow your mind to rest and breathe in your surroundings. It’s important to turn off your mind, so you can be fully recharged and productive when you get back to work.

Sazón for a contemporary take on traditional Mexican dishes. Chef Fernando Olea, originally from Mexico City, is challenging the preconceived notion that many Americans have about mole—namely, that mole sauces are all made with hot chilies and rich chocolate. In Mexico, mole recipes are often handed down generation-by-generation and some recipes contain more than thirty ingredients. Turns out not all moles contain chocolate. In order to better educate his clientele, Olea offers customers complimentary toast points served with six different types of mole sauces instead of the traditional bread and butter. It’s important to put yourself in your customer’s shoes to see how they are viewing the experience. Even though Olea knew that moles are all different, he realized his customer’s didn’t understand that distinction and didn’t order those dishes because of preconceived notions. He found a way to educate his customers. As a result, his patrons are now trying the entrees served with mole. Sometimes in order to change customer behavior, you need to first look at how you can change the experience.