One of the best surprises on our road trip to Las Vegas, NM, out of an entire day that was full of surprises, was the Dwan Light Temple. Located on the campus of the United World College in Montezuma, NM, just outside of Las Vegas, the temple is there for anyone who wants to use it. It sits on the grounds of what used to be a luxurious hotel and spa, up high above some hot springs, seemingly quietly waiting to be discovered.
Kim knew about it from previous visits and was happy to introduce it to me. Designed by Virginia Dwan, Charles Ross, and Laban Wingert in 1996, “The circular building features twelve large prisms in the apses and ceiling which spread rainbows across the floor and walls of the interior” (and outside the windows, turning trees and clouds into rainbows of color).
It is there for the college as well as the public, serving as an accessible meditative space for quiet contemplation. The Dwan Light Sanctuary also provides space for weekly yoga, summer concerts (classical and meditative guitar), special concerts throughout the year, memorials, religious ceremonies and celebrations (Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Native American, and Sufi), sound healing and poetry readings.
It is a remarkable resource for the community and for any of us who visit the area. It offered a quiet, magical respite from a full day and I left there refreshed and restored.
Love to you all,
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