For over twenty years Recursos de Santa Fe / Royal Road Tours has offered educational programming, including workshops for writers and scholarly conferences. The mainstay of our business has been, and continues to be, unforgettable, idea-driven trips throughout the greater Southwest, Latin America, and beyond. Our staff—working as Royal Road Tours—brings years of expertise, academic and scholarly fluency, and an unerring instinct for getting beyond the ordinary itinerary to something extraordinary. Clients such as The School for Advanced Research, The Smithsonian, The American Museum of Natural History, Harvard University, Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University, and others agree.
Ellen Bradbury Reid grew up in Los Alamos, where her father worked on the Manhattan Project. She became an art historian, and worked on Mabel Dodge Lujan’s papers at the Beinecke Library, Yale University. She served as Curator of Primitive Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and also as the Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe (now the NM Museum of Art). She has published several books, including From the Far Away Nearby (on Georgia O’Keeffe); Contemporary Mexican Art and Design; and I Wear the Morning Star, a catalogue of material culture related to the Native American Ghost Dance of the 1890s. More recently she has been working on the history and legacy of the Manhattan Project, serving as a consultant for Race for the World’s First Atomic Bomb: A Thousand Days of Fear (PBS/BBC, 2015). She has published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, and recently organized the conference, “Legacies of the Manhattan Project,” held in 2015 at the Santa Fe Institute.
Tari Carlson grew up in the Philadelphia area but has traveled and lived all over the place. She studied languages and art history at university and spent a year living and studying in Munich, Germany. Having married a landscape architect, and growing up the daughter of an avid gardener and blue ribbon winner at the Philadelphia Flower Show, naturally she developed an interest in floral and landscape design. She started a floral and design business and has been running that as well as working with Royal Road Tours for the past twenty years. Tari has designed botanical tours for the company and hopes to share her love of the flowers and landscapes around the world with travelers.
An award-winning writer, poet, and advisor, Peter BG Shoemaker has spent the last twenty years exploring cultural boundaries and the ways art, experience design, and entrepreneurialism can bridge them. A former early medieval historian and archaeologist, with graduate degrees from universities in the US and Europe, he has published on funerary archaeology, architecture, agricultural practices, late Roman ethics, Native American art, indigenous cuisines, rock art, and early Southwestern history. His advisory work—on the intersection of social and cultural practices with emerging technologies--has included engagements for private companies and national governments as well as testimony to policymaking bodies. His contemporary writing, criticism, and scholarship has appeared in magazines and newspapers on behalf of organizations such as the United States National Endowment for the Humanities, the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, Colby College, Brandeis University, the University of York. Mr. Shoemaker is a contributing member of The Long Now Foundation and serves as a Special Advisor to the Climate Parliament (Brussels).