Bioneers 2017 Kinship Circle Journey

We are thrilled to invite you to join us on this year’s Kinship Circle Journey, a once-in-a-lifetime experience to visit ancestral landscapes sacred to the tribal peoples who’ve inhabited the Colorado Plateau since time immemorial.

The dates are August 29th through September 5th (arrive August 29th and depart September 5th).

The Colorado Plateau is home to the oldest continually inhabited Native American villages in North America and to some of its most beautiful, and fragile landscapes. Since time immemorial, the Indigenous Peoples of this region have maintained a careful balance with nature through through cultural knowledge-based land management and their spiritual connection to land, life and each other.

For over a century, these First People have resisted extractive industries, genocide and cultural assault, while maintaining thriving living cultures. Over the past decade, an intertribal group of elders, community leaders, traditional farmers, and culture bearers have come together to merge traditional knowledge with contemporary practices and groundbreaking policy to stop the desecration of this sacred landscape and to renew their lifeways.

On this once-in-a-lifetime Kinship Journey, we’ll spend quality deep time with these incredible leaders and visit sacred sites, Indigenous restoration projects, traditional farms and communities where land management and economic development are braided together with an Indigenous worldview for modern times. It’s a vision-in-action, grounded in Native language, wisdom, and spirituality.

Starting in Flagstaff, Arizona, we’ll visit the Grand Canyon from an Indigenous perspective, experience Navajo and Hopi lands during traditional harvest time, and end our journey in magical Sedona, the ancestral territory of the Yavapai Apache. We offer especially deep gratitude to our Indigenous colleagues, and several of our activities would not otherwise be open to outsiders to these communities.

Since Bioneers’ inception, Indigeneity has been a central force in our work, and over the past several years we’ve been honored to enter into a deep working relationship with our partners and friends of the Colorado Plateau Intertribal Conversations Group (CPIC), including our new project helping bring Rights of Nature legal frameworks to Indian Country. We’re also deeply grateful to our Indigenous staff members who direct our Indigeneity Program, Cara Romero and Alexis Bunten, and who organized this journey.

With our CPIC colleagues, we’ll experience the Four Corners from an insider’s, Indigenous perspective. Each day is carefully curated to offer a unique learning experience whose lessons will impact us far beyond the journey itself. In addition to one-of-a-kind excursions, we’ll enter into deep dialogue with Indigenous leaders to learn about contemporary struggles, successes and deep insight into tangible, Indigenous solutions to cultural, ecological and political regeneration.

We’ve built in meaningful time for reflection, socializing and deep dialogue. If you’ve been on a prior Kinship Journey, you know that you’ll never forget the remarkable people who are our most ardent allies and supporters, and likely you’ll make lifelong friendships. We call it “Kinship” for a reason! And together, we’ll take what we learn and convert it into both visionary and practical action.

And we take care of all the details (except your flights to/from Flagstaff), including all transportation, lodging and most meals. Then you can focus on a totally immersive and welcoming transformational experience in one of the world’s most iconic destinations with some of the world’s most visionary leaders and activists.



Tuesday, August 29

We begin the journey in Flagstaff, Arizona, where our Indigeneity staff will personally greet you at the airport and bring you to our well-appointed hotel. Early arrivers will have the opportunity to take a guided excursion to Walnut Canyon National Monument to experience ancient cliff dwellings, or you can just relax at the hotel. We’ll come together for a welcome dinner program hosted by our partners with the Colorado Plateau Intertribal Conversations Group and Diné Hozho, who will share the amazing work they are doing to combine cultural revitalization with environmental protection. You’ll learn how to introduce yourself “the Native way” as we all get to know each other over a meal.

Overnight in Flagstaff at Hilton DoubleTree
*Breakfast and lunch on your own
Dinner included


Wednesday, August 30

After breakfast in Flagstaff, we’ll travel together to experience the Grand Canyon as a sacred landscape that connects all the Indigenous peoples of the Four Corners. Over the day, we’ll visit sacred sites where our Navajo and Havasupai hosts will share origin stories embedded in the landscape. We’ll learn about resistance to threats such as ongoing uranium mining, how tribal peoples and their allies are working together to protect the land, and how culture connects tribal leaders to steward these places for future generations. Highlights include meeting with Navajo artists and dinner storytelling in a traditional working hogan.

Overnight in Moenkopi at the Moenkopi Legacy Inn and Suites
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


Thursday, August 31

Today, we’ll experience the rich Navajo culture in the heart of Navajoland. After breakfast, we’ll visit a Navajo grandmother whose traditional methods yield the highest crops on the plateau with a single watering. After a picnic lunch, we’ll return to our hotel for a “free” afternoon to relax by the pool, or take an optional nearby hike led by a Navajo youth activist. We’ll come back together in the evening for a dinner session at the Learning Center, the hub of the Navajo cultural revitalization.

Overnight in Moenkopi at the Moenkopi Legacy Inn and Suites
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


Friday, September 1

Early risers will be invited to join a sunrise prayer run/walk to open the day in the traditional Hopi way. After breakfast, we will experience legendary Hopi hospitality through a traditional foods workshop and demonstration at a Third Mesa home where lunch will be served. After lunch, we’ll visit the Hopi Permaculture Project, where we will learn how ancient Hopi practices and heirloom crops are being passed on to ensure sustainable living on the plateau for generations to come. We’ll end our day in Sedona, where we will have dinner and check into our final luxury accommodations.

Overnight in Sedona at L’Aberge de Sedona
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


Saturday, September 2

Led by Intertribal Gathering members, we’ll learn about the Colorado Plateau Intertribal Conversations Group’s ongoing initiatives to protect sacred sites, restore watersheds, and improve community health and well-being. Through lively presentations, you’ll learn about the power of gathering from the story about how the group brought together intertribal coalitions of farmers, elders, youth, and tribal leaders to solve the issues facing the Four Corners region. At the end of the half-day workshop, you will be inspired and empowered with concrete ideas based in indigenous approaches to community movement building and Rights of Nature.

Overnight in Sedona at L’Aberge de Sedona
Breakfast and lunch included
*Dinner on your own


Sunday, September 3

We’ll take a day to reflect and visit with each other and our hosts on what it means to care for ourselves and to work toward Rights of Nature legal frameworks. What are our obligations to each other as human beings living in harmony with nature on Mother Earth? What is our responsibility as members of the human tribe to our plant and animal relations? To each other? Through talking circles facilitated by Bioneers leadership and our hosts, we’ll come closer to understanding how Indigenous ways of knowing can help us to refine our purpose on this journey and beyond. After a free afternoon to explore Sedona on your own or join our Indigeneity staff on a hike, we’ll come back together for dinner where one of our all-time favorite traditional Native storytellers will delight us with magical tales.

Overnight in Sedona at L’Aberge de Sedona
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


Monday, September 4

For our final day, we’ll start with a leisurely breakfast together followed by a late morning talking circle focused on the question: “How can we take the lessons of Navajo and Hopi home?” After lunch, a Yavapai Apache elder will guide us on a “traditional medicines” ethnobotany walk to learn about the healing properties embedded in the Sedona ecosystem and landscape. Optional afternoon excursions include exploring town, famous for its distinctive arts and boutique shopping, or taking a dip in a swimming hole. We’ll come back together for a closing dinner event to reflect on our experience and say our goodbyes.

Overnight in Sedona at L’Aberge de Sedona
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


Tuesday, September 5

Hotel check out, unless you decide to stay longer. Staff will be available to transport you to Flagstaff Airport to return home from the Kinship Journey.

*meals on your own

Cost for this Once-in-a-lifetime journey:

  •      Single Traveler: $4,995*
  •      Two Travelers with Double Occupancy: $9,000*

*Airfare not included. For assistance in booking travel arrangements, please contact Aquila Travel at 505-828-9113

To register for this incredible experience, please visit or contact Chelsea Leonard at or 415-508-3360 ext. 205.

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