Spaniards first arrived in 1691 and established missions, and decades later, in 1752, established the first Presidio town of Tubac, which is now a popular art colony. The rich and colorful blend of Native American, Spanish Colonial, Mexican, and Anglo cultures is still present to visitors who come to enjoy the galleries, old ruins, architecture and the clean high desert air of this valley. Here, it seems the sky is larger and the stars shine brighter.
Why I Love Kenyon Ranch Barbara Findeisen
Many years ago I became aware that there were times when my clients needed something more than an hour’s therapy session. They needed a break from their stress filled lives. They weren’t mentally ill, they were exhausted. They needed a place, a sanctuary of peace and protection where they would have the time to explore their issues with therapeutic support. I thought of bird sanctuaries, wolf sanctuaries, sanctuaries for critters of many kinds. Why not a “people sanctuary”? I decided I would create one. I wanted it to be surrounded by nature, but easy to reach. Kenyon Ranch met all my requirements. Here the Sonoran desert landscape blends with the cluster of Casitas made from the adobe and stones from the Ranch. They feel solid and welcoming. The paths around them lead to places of rest to contemplate, meditate, have a private conversation, read a book or just enjoy the clean desert air and the dramatic views. Since the Ranch is located between two mountain ranges when the sun rises and sets beams of sunlight spread over the horizon and dance on the valleys and peaks. On Kenyon Ranch the earth is not cased in concrete, but studded with mesquite trees and cactus. We acknowledge the contemporary need for high tech and have a Lodge to accommodate audio visual needs such as Power point and video presentations and high speed internet. The Lodge also accommodates yoga groups, mystery schools, women’s healing journeys, men’s empowerment initiations, writers, filmmakers and much more. We are also hosts to weddings and organizational galas. Another benefit of the Ranch is the Art Room open for guests to go and express their creativity or just play with art materials and supplies. On the land one can sense the spirit and energy of the Native Americans who lived in the valley and rode their ponies in the arroyos and the peaks of the mountains. Kenyon Ranch is a sanctuary for body and soul.