Wonderful Dia de los Muertos Celebration!

Dia de los Muertos Celebration!
--an awesome day together--


Thanks to all who made our Dia de los Muertos celebration on November 2 so full of good spirits. The space was filled with beauty, the altar lovingly prepared. Your presence, and all you brought - food, stories, talent, willingness to share, your warmth - made the evening positive and poignant. 

This enduring tradition originated in Mexico - a blend of Spanish, Aztec, and earlier traditions - and is celebrated worldwide. It is heartening to share the celebration in Questa. 


Thank you to Annie Mattingley for leading her "letters to the dead" workshop, and special thanks Rachel Leon, Questa schools' music and Mariachi teacher, and the musicians who joined her, and to all the cooks. Special thanks to Wendy Medina for the amazing pan de muerto and massive prune pies! Thank you to our community members and friends who volunteered their time to prepare art materials, bake bread and pies, paint sugar skulls on our faces, make sugar skulls and royal icing (now enduring decorations), and to all who cleaned up, and careful packed away after the festivities.


To volunteer or contribute next year, contact Gaea at gaeamcgahee@gmail.com or call (575) 224-2102.

Winter Yoga Updates & Announcements

Yoga classes at OCHO have resumed in the front gallery.

Here are some special yoga announcements:

  • No classes on Thursday, November 23 - celebrating the feast day! Please join us during Thanksgiving week on Tuesday or Saturday instead (pre- or post-feasting).
  • Another reason to celebrate - December 6 marks one year of holding yoga at OCHO and we’re happy you keep sharing your practice. Passes do not expire, so come use yours, and filled passes go into a jar for a drawing.
  • In outreach news - Meghan has been teaching yoga at Questa Junior and Senior High! All yoga classes are free for junior and senior high school students to attend (ages 13-17) at OCHO. Let someone you know get in on this offer! 
  • Full moon community yoga class will be held Sunday, December 3, 5-6pm. Called the Cold Moon, it's the only visible supermoon this year!
  • December 21 is winter solstice and we’ll draw a name from the jar (of your filled-up passes). Free yoga is the prize!

Community yoga classes are offered for free/by donation; all donations made for these classes go to purchase mats.Some of our mats remain at OCHO, and others go on to be used by students in Questa. Your support is valuable and totally tangible.

Warm up your winter with Hot Stone & Tone at SAGE

Warm up your winter with Hot Stone & Tone at SAGE Acutonics® & Massage.  Barrie Andrews, MFA, LMT has sixteen years experience using hot and cold stones and crystals in massage.  Her signature twist is using Acutonics tuning forks with the stones, combining penetrating heat with sound.



You might catch Barrie whispering to the stones.  That's because her hot stone teacher's mentor was a Cherokee/Scottish medicine woman who taught that the stones have spirits.  They certainly deserve reverence: they help reduce pain, increase circulation, move chi (energy) and can work out those kinks from shoveling snow, but Barrie says they are good "teachers" and transport you to another realm.  Hot stones may make their way one or two at a time into any session, but there is an additional charge for the nirvana of a whole hot stone session.  

Barrie blends East and West with Acutonics sound healing, Shiatsu and medical massage, and has certifications in Oncology and Sports massage. 

Call Barrie for details and appointments at 575-779-9357.

Sun. Oct. 22, 2 pm: Stress Less with Ellen Wood

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Ellen Wood presents
Stress Less: The Simplest Secret for a Happy Life

Sunday, October 22, 2-3:30 pm

In small doses stress can make us feel more alive and creative, but chronic stress can erase joy from our lives if we lack the tools to handle our challenges. Experts call stress the number one aging factor and in our fast-paced, uncertain world, there’s plenty to stress about. In her presentation Ellen Wood combines humor with practical action steps for combatting stress, growing younger and living happy.

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Her talk is seasoned with stories of how seven mind/body/spirit habits dramatically and permanently transformed her life, including reversing Alzheimer’s and surviving deep depression. Ellen is an inspirational speaker, columnist and award-winning author and will introduce her new book, Joy! Joy! Joy

More about Ellen Wood: 

Sun. October 8, 2 pm: Annie Mattingley's Book Release Party

Book Release Party and After-Death Communication Talking Circle

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OCHO, #8, NM State Hwy 38,
Just east of the Questa traffic light

In celebration of the release of her new book, The After Death Chronicles True Stories of Comfort, Guidance, and Wisdom from Beyond the Veil, Annie will read, sign books, and share some of her own spontaneous contact experiences.

Please bring your questions and experiences for the Talking Circle. Refreshments will be served.

Learn more about Annie Mattingly and her new book:

ww.AnnieMattingley.com, email: mattingleyannie@gmail.com, phone: ­­(575) 586-1792


Local author, Annie Mattingley’s, The After Death Chronicles: True Stories of Comfort, Guidance, and Wisdom from Beyond the Veil, is about ordinary people—plumbers, artistsand accountants, bakers and beauticians, teachers and lawyers (many of them from Taos and Santa Fe County)—who have been able to receive communication from loved ones who have died. The book includes accounts from over eighty people across the continent who have had spontaneous contact with their beloved dead through the diaphanous veil that separates them from the living.

The After Death Chronicles begins with the transformative story of how the author’s daughter, who died in 2010, began speaking to her within weeks in the early morning hours of day after day after day.When she cautiously told people about this contact, she was shocked to find that nearly everyone responded with an experience of their own. This led her to the realization that after-death communication is much more common than is usually assumed. Mattingley was inspired to seek out others to interview who have had similar experiences and to write this book, a hybrid of memoir and research.

The book’s chapters are organized around specific kinds of after-death communication. These include dreams (the most common), verbatim conversations, synchronous experiences, contacts through nature, electrical and physical manifestations, descriptions of the healing results of these occurrences, and suggestions on how to open up to receiving after-death communication. The book inspires in the reader reassurance, courage, grief-healing, and a sense of wonder. It is useful for those in grief, and to those who work with them, and to anyone with questions about death or the afterlife, or whether consciousness continues beyond the grave.

Annie Mattingley has lived in Taos County for more than twenty years. She has an MA in Interdisciplinary Consciousness Studies and has been adjunct faculty at UNM Taos (in the Holistic Health and Healing Arts Department) and at John F. Kennedy University. She has taught writing there and privately, mostly as a tool for personal development and self-healing. She’s been a magazine publisher, a hospice volunteer, worked for the Taos Talking Picture Festival, and been a weaver. She lives in the mountains north of Questa, NM with her husband Spencer Floyd.

Hampton Roads Publishing will release The After Death Chronicles on October 6th to honor the seventh anniversary of the author’s daughter’s death. There will be two Taos County Book Release Parties, the first in Taos at SOMOS on Saturday, October 7th at 2 pm and a second the next day, Sunday, October 8th, at OCHO in Questa, also at 2 pm. Both events will include author readings and signings, as well as Talking Circles on After-Death Communication (bring your personal experiences and questions), and refreshments.   

Winter Yoga at OCHO: Tues., Thurs. & Sat.

OCHO Winter Yoga Schedule
Download HERE


Download Winter Yoga Flyer HERE

Class descriptions and more about our yoga teachers HERE

Materials: We have blankets, blocks, straps, bolsters and some mats; you are welcome to bring your own. 

The winter yoga schedule reflects one change from the Fall Schedule: Alice's Sunday morning class is no longer being offered.

If you haven't had the chance to come to yoga yet, we'd like to offer you your first class for free.

Pricing: 1 hour classes: $6; 1.5 hour classes: drop-in $12 / 4-class pass $40 / 12-class pass $96

Yoga Contact: 575-224-2102 or gaea.mcgahee@gmail.com
Location: OCHO #8 State Hwy 38, Questa, NM

Sat. & Sun, Aug. 19 - 20: Questa Studio Tour

Questa Studio Tour Returns!

August 19-20 from 10-5
Questa Galleries and Home Studios
El Rito/Latir Hub

The Studio Tour is back for 2017 for another successful year. It will be the first of the art and crafts tours in the high country of Northern New Mexico. Last year's tour saw lots of folks from Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, Red River, Texas, Arizona, Colorado and quite a few from the east and west coasts. As usual the Tour will include the communities ofQuesta, Cerro, Sunshine Valley and El Rito/Latir. Come experience the beauty of the Sange de Christo mountains and the San Luis valley.  Visit our art hubs at OCHO, Art Questa and Rael's Market as well as artists studios. We welcome you to experience the best in Woodworking, Woodcarving, Quilting, Pottery, Painting, Drawing, Stained Glass,  and Historical and Traditional crafts.

Featured Artists at OCHO:

Barrie Andrews - printmaking

Claire Coté - watercolors/cards/various

Beverly Pollock - knitting/weaving

Betsy Peirce - prints/painting

Nina Anthony - manipulated photographs

Jean Frey - printmaking

Izeria Geise - soaps

Sunday, August 27: Live Classical Music, 12 noon

Come for yoga with Alice Z. (10 - 11:30 am) at OCHO and stay for a classical music concert at noon, featuring works for violin, cello, and piano by romantic composer Enrique Granados and that classical guy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Delicious desserts and coffee to follow. Andrea Gore-violin, Rebecca Caron-cello, and Martha Shepp-piano are the musicians comprising the group TRIO OCHO.

Fall Yoga at OCHO: Tues., Thurs., Sat. & Sun.

OCHO Fall Yoga Schedule

Download Fall Yoga Flyer HERE

Class descriptions and more about our yoga teachers HERE

Materials: We have blankets, blocks, straps, bolsters and some mats; you are welcome to bring your own. 

This fall yoga schedule reflect a few changes in classes and class times from our summer class offerings, based on our observation of popular times of attendance.

Alice's Sunday morning class in this schedule now better coincides with the Questa Farmers Market. (The market is across the street from OCHO in the visitor center parking area and, though it officially opens at noon, I'm there with my goods much ahead). Gaea makes coffee, tea, and treats and she's giving all Sunday yogis a treat or drink following practice. Come on by! 💚

If you haven't had the chance to come to yoga yet, we'd like to offer you your first class for free.

Pricing: 1 hour classes: $6; 1.5 hour classes: drop-in $12 / 4-class pass $40 / 12-class pass $96

Yoga Contact: 575-224-2102 or gaea.mcgahee@gmail.com
Location: OCHO #8 State Hwy 38, Questa, NM

Summer Yoga at OCHO: Tues., Wed., Thurs., Sat. & Sun.

OCHO Summer Yoga Schedule

Download Yoga Flyer HERE

Class descriptions and more about our yoga teachers HERE

Materials: We have blankets, blocks, straps, bolsters and some mats; you are welcome to bring your own.

We’ve updated our summer schedule in response to what you’ve told us; we have a Sunday class, some later evening classes, we’ve added several 1-hour classes and there are a few changes to a couple of our familiar classes (the Saturday morning class is earlier, the Thursday evening class is later, no Monday class). 

Our updated schedule also reflects a lovely happening at OCHO - the space will serve as a gallery for the "Wild Rivers Plein Air Paint-Out: Places we love in the Questa Area" show from June 24-July 23 with gallery hours Friday to Sunday from 11-5pm. 

If you haven't had the chance to come to yoga yet, we'd like to offer you your first class for free.

Pricing: 1 hour classes: $6; 1.5 hour classes: drop-in $12 / 4-class pass $40 / 12-class pass $96

Yoga Contact: 575-224-2102 or gaea.mcgahee@gmail.com
Location: OCHO #8 State Hwy 38, Questa, NM

Memorable Prints: Big and Little Stories, May 27-28

Can you reshape a quotation, a loved one’s life, a point of view into a collage or a book?  

In this memorable class, Memorial Day weekend, we will make large prints (maybe more) with a template and turn them into keepsake book forms.  There will be three forms to choose from and time to practice, with encouragement to alter the forms.

Emphasis will be on the evolution or sequencing of images as it strengthens the ideas.  Coaching from artist Barrie Andrews will help marry the message with the form.  Even dreams have a relatable, if nonsensical, sequence.  Perhaps you have a recurring dream that loops?

All materials will be supplied.  We will use non-toxic water based inks, collage materials, monotype and drypoint.  Materials include: high quality artist papers, printers, sewing machines, encaustic wax and tools for drypoint and stencils, and printmaking joy.

Experience will be helpful but the focus is on content; simple procedures will be adapted for those with little or no printmaking experience.  Bring lunches; some snacks and drinks available for purchase.

Barrie Andrews, MFA, LMT, Instructor

May 27-28, 2017

Saturday 9-6

Sunday 10-4

Fee: $144


Sunday, March 19: Spring Equinox Yoga

What: Spring Equinox Yoga Practice at OCHO
When: Sunday, March 19, 10 am
Cost: pay-by-donation class

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We invite you to celebrate the Spring Equinox at OCHO with a special Sunday yoga practice March 19th beginning at 10am. This is a pay-by-donation class and all funds raised will go to the purchase of big, useful bolsters (great aids in gentle, restorative postures).

Come usher in spring and mark the equinox with 108 sun salutations! This number might sound daunting, but not to worry - we do nine sets of 12, take breaks, dance, get creative, and tell stories. Sun salutations can be done in chairs; we can form teams, work with partners, take turns, and together – collectively – we’ll do the auspicious 108.

 The Sun crosses the celestial equator at 4:29 am MDT on March 20th. To honor this change we’ll celebrate, collectively, the Sunday just before.

We look forward to more yoga with all of you, in all of the seasons!

Yoga at OCHO on Mon. Tues. Thurs. & Sat.

Yoga Classes at OCHO: February 1 - April 25, 2017

Weekly Schedule

Monday evening, 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Restorative, all levels
Yoga teacher, Alice Zorthian

Tuesday morning, 9 - 10:30 am
Flow and Restore, all levels
Yoga teacher, Gaea McGahee

Thursday morning, 9 - 10:30 am 
Gentle Basic Yoga
Yoga Teacher, Meghan Mason

Thursday evening, 5 - 6:30 pm
Half Flow / Half Yin, all levels
Yoga teacher, Meghan Mason

Saturday morning, 10 - 11:30 am
Flow, all levels
Yoga teacher, Meghan Mason

Class descriptions and more about our yoga teachers HERE.

Cost: $40 for a 4-class punch card, $96 for a 12-class punch card (card options paid in full at the time of purchase), $12 pay-per-class (drop-in)

Materials: We have some mats, blankets, blocks and straps; you are welcome to bring your own.

These are our current yoga offerings at OCHO, continuing through April and hopefully beyond. What other yoga classes would you like to attend at OCHO? We’d like to know. Kids yoga? More gentle classes, more strength-building, more mornings, or evenings? We’d like to offer classes that people want and need. To add to or refine our class schedule, we need your feedback. We’re taking suggestions and input.

Please contact Gaea with input, ideas or questions about yoga at OCHO: gaea.mcgahee@gmail.com, (575) 224-2102

Download Yoga Flyer below HERE.