My days in Santa Fe


I love Santa Fe – the light is spectacular clear and crisp, with sharp shadows falling on the ground. The  Adobe style houses blend with the earth around, and the nights are dark with no air pollution.


A haiku vanished

in the darkness of the night

breathing in and out





For several years now, I come to the Upaya Zen center to participate at a haiku Seminar. This year, I added a 5 day silent retreat called sesshin.

Although there is hardly time to walk and do something else, I could still explore the area and enjoy the beauty.



Upaya Zen Center



The Farolita house, the place where I am staying at Upaya.





Inside of Farolita



Frozen water fountain



Path along the creek



Patches of white snow –

cover the desert ground

a crow in the air





Somebody sweeping –

memories of Shikoku

enlighten my path




Ice and water








Frozen apples




The first dandelion




Going for a hike with my wonderful friend Erica




Meeting new friends with whom I went to the 10 000  Waves Spa, a Japanese treat!


Now, my silent zen retreat starts, with mainly sitting on a cushion in meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin) and working (samu).


Born and raised in a village along the Danube in Austria, Traude Wild soon ventured out into the world. After a two-year program for tourism in Klesheim/Salzburg, she spent nearly a year in South Africa and Namibia. By returning back to Austria, she acquired a Master of Economics at the University of Vienna. After moving to the United States with her four children, she studied Art History at Arizona State University and stayed in the United States for fourteen years. Here, she was teaching Art History in several Universities like Webster University and University of Missouri-St. Louis. Now, she lives partially in Arizona and Vienna and works together with her husband for the University of South-Carolina, Moore School of business as Adjunct Professor organising and leading Study tours in Central Europe. She also teaches at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna. Since 1999, she is practicing Zen meditation in the lineage of Katagiri Roshi. She loves to hike and to write and is a student of Natalie Goldberg. During her often many weeks long hikes she brings her awareness into the Here and Now, describing her experiences in an authentic way. She loves to walk pilgrimages. The longest hike so far was the 1,400 km long 88 Temple pilgrimage in Shikoku, Japan in 2016.

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  1. I love your photographs! and your zest for life. Would like to learn more about your “simplyjustwalking experiences . Looking forward to your Salon talk at the Spirit of the Senses in March!
    Meri Friedman

    • Looking so much forward seing you in March, dear Meri! Simply just walking is for me not only literately walking but a way of life…. Zen practice is also part of it! Love, Traude


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