We love to welcome visitors to the Lama Foundation! However, we are sometimes in retreat, whether summer or winter, so it is very important to call us before planning a visit.
Visitors can tour the land, share a meal or even stay a few nights. Day visits are by donation and overnight visits** have a per-night requested donation of $25 to $50, sliding scale.
We offer a public Shabbat service and dinner weekly on Friday during the summer. There is Zikr (Sufi Ceremony of Divine Remembrance) or Dances of Universal Peace on most Thursday evenings, and the Maqbara (gravesites) of Murshid Samuel Lewis and Murshida Vera Corda are always open to their followers for day visits. Please call to confirm times for Shabbat and Thursday evening activities before heading up the Mountain - times change with the seasons, and are sometimes dependent on what events are currently occurring at the Foundation.
**In the summer months (mid-May to mid-September), overnight visitors need to bring a tent and sleeping equipment; at other times, overnight visitors must request indoor facilities based on available space. Summer or winter, the mountain weather is colder than at lower elevations, so please bring appropriate clothing and sleeping equipment.
If you are interested in spending time at Lama, there are several different ways to do so. We can welcome you for an hour, a day, a week, or a year or more. We have a wide variety of programs to offer. Here is a brief overview.
At times the road is not passable or requires 4-wheel drive. During winter/spring or times of heavy rain, it is important to call before attempting to drive up the Mountain.
Go north of Taos on NM Highway 522 or south from Colorado. Look for the small green "Lama" township sign, which is just before our turnoff, immediately north of the 15-mile marker coming from Taos, or about 4 miles south of Questa. Turn east (toward the mountains) on Taos County Road B-014 or La Lama Road, drive over the cattle guard and follow the road east for about a mile. The road will curve to the left; continue for 1/2 mile and turn right on Upper Lama Rd. Then turn right at the next fork onto Lama Foundation Rd. Continue straight for about 2 miles, then follow the road as it turns left; you'll encounter some sharp S-curves, go past them and continue for another few miles until you reach the Lama Foundation.
The nearest major airport is Albuquerque. From the Albuquerque Airport, Twin Hearts shuttle (1-800-654-9456) offers service to Lama or the Taos area. You can also take the Rail Runner http://www.nmrailrunner.com from Albuquerque to Santa Fe and then take the Taos Express http://taosexpress.com/ or the Blue Bus http://www.ncrtd.org from Santa Fe to Taos. Please arrange for someone to pick you up in Taos if your ride does not take you directly to Lama. Twin Hearts shuttle (800-654-9456) will take you directly to Lama Foundation from Taos or Santa Fe. Please note that Lama does not provide pickup in Taos.
The closest Amtrak station is Lamy, NM, about 18 miles from Santa Fe. From the train station, Twin Hearts shuttle (800-654-9456) will take you directly to Lama Foundation. The shuttle service has limited departure times and you must call ahead and make a reservation. There is also shuttle service from the Lamy train station to Santa Fe operated by Lamy Shuttle and Tours (505-982-8829). Please make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance to ensure service.
Taos.org also has some helpful tips for getting to Taos, NM. http://taos.org/visit/getting-to-taos?/item/357/Transportation
If you are coming from Denver, here are some options to consider: http://www.rome2rio.com/s/Denver/Taos