HEREKEKE is a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization inquiring into creative sustainable practices in the mountains of Northern New Mexico.  It serves a diverse population that includes nationally and internationally recognized creative professionals, as well as the local community of all ages.

Located on a ranch in the remote community of Lama, 20 miles north of Taos, HEREKEKE offers contemplation and silence among the dramatic landscape of mountains, canyons, forests and semi-arid desert.  It borders Carson National Forest and is in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the southern reaches of the Rocky Mountains.  Overlooking the Rio Grande river valley, HEREKEKE enjoys an abundance of wildlife at 8,200 feet.


The Artist Residency Program provides dedicated time and space for creative professionals at all stages of their career.  The Visiting Artist Program invites exceptional mid-career Artists for recurring stays to advance significant projects.  Herekeke also offers a Retreat Program for individuals searching for inspiration and restoration in a creative environment.

HEREKEKE strives to provide free to low cost Outreach and Local Programs that include music lessons, clay days with home-school learners, and working with colleges to bring young artists to the wilds of New Mexico.

The ranch was placed under conservation easements with the American Farmland Trust by Dr. John ‘Bud’ & Barbara Wilson.  They began a free summer camp, the Sangre de Cristo Youth Ranch, which continues today on the opposite end of the property.

The ranch also hosts a neighborhood goat milking cooperative that Artists can participate in, small numbers of horses, and outdoor experiences for local school students.


View from the top of Lama Mountain

Herekeke does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or age.