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Kayenta Connection February 2023

The next edition of the Kayenta Connection will be published the 2nd week of March.

HOA Annual Board Meetings.

Please contact your HOAs for more information on ballot procedures and meeting locations.

Shonto Point • April 1, 2023
Taviawk • March 1, 2023


February 18th-19th • 10am to 5pm each day.

Spend President’s Day weekend with us at the Kayenta February Art Festival. Village galleries and businesses present a smaller, more intimate affair that showcases fine art, home decor, jewelry, design, art inspiration, and music.

Stroll through a gathering of eclectic artists who specialize in media ranging from sculpture to painting, jewelry to ceramics, wood to metal, and more. And then unwind to live music, and culinary delights from festival vendors and Kayenta’s own Xetava Gardens Café, all amidst stunning desert vista.

Kayenta Art Village

Kayenta Art Village Studios and Galleries.

Unique Experiences, Local Perspective, Exceptional Art.

2023 Kayenta Parade or Homes Entry

St George Area Parade of Homes

This year marks the 32nd annual Parade of Homes in southern Utah.

Except for three years, Kayenta has participated in every event.  This annual home show draws tens of thousands of visitors to tour over 30 homes, spread out across Washington County.  It has been a powerful force in terms of marketing home design and construction for decades.  

With mixed feelings, this will be the last year of our participation in the Parade of Homes.  We will be focusing our marketing efforts in new directions as Kayenta moves forward into the future.  

Kayenta’s Parade Home “Southwest Remix”.

Take an excursion to the new southwest! Your trip begins at the base of the soaring red cliffs of Kayenta. Here you will find Southwest Remix: a fusion of desert style that features a modern take on southwest design with some whimsical retro twists.

This spacious modern abode focuses on casual living, indoors and out. Impeccably designed and built, this home features a spacious open-concept floor plan for entertaining, large windows that showcase the spectacular desert surroundings, and a spacious courtyard with a refreshing relaxation pool.

Southwest Remix is 2,509 square feet and features 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, and a 3 car garage. The home was designed by Gulch Design Group, Matt Marten with Interiors by Gulch Design Group, Matt Marten and Teresa Jacobson.

If you would like to volunteer to host this year’s home, please follow the link below.

The dates will be February 17th through the 26th divided up into 2-hour and 15-minute shifts. We will host a volunteer orientation on February 15th at 12:00 PM at the home.  More information will be supplied to hosts when you sign up.

Thank you for your continued support of this wonderful community.

Gala Invite

An evening filled with the
intrigue of Magic and the Temptations of the Tango!

Laugh with Friends, Share a drink or two, join in the Paddle Auction and Dance the night away to a LIVE Jazz Band!!

Enjoy entertainment by our special guests:
Magician, Rhett Guter

Ballroom Dancers, Andy & Jenelle Young

Prepare your taste buds for a delicious array of
Hors D’oeuvres with accompanying Bubbly or Wine.

There will not be an auction of fine art, however, you will still have the opportunity to support our programming through a
fun “Paddle Philanthropic Experience!”

The Kayenta Arts Foundation Annual Gala will be held on

Saturday, February 25th

doors open at 5:30pm, event begins at 6:00pm

Reserve your seats today / $150 per person

Click the link below to purchase your 2023 Kayenta Arts Foundation Gala Tickets.
Guests may book a table for 4, a table for 6, or individual tickets.

Or at the Box Office  – 435-674-ARTS (2787)

 Coyote Gulch Court,  Ivins, Utah, 84738

Kayenta Arts Foundation

Center for the Arts at Kayenta

True West

Final Week

January 26 – February 4th

Just a few days left to see this Sam Shepard masterpiece. This Pulitzer-nominated play explores the dual nature of not just individuals but America itself. Guest actors include Paul Turbiak and David Rosenblatt, both members of the Actors Equity Association with a wide range of film, tv, and professional theater credits. They are joined by beloved and talented members of our local community Douglas Caputo and Kristin DeNure Hunt.

True West

True West is widely understood to be one of Sam Shepard’s most potent plays.

The performance projects a grim slice of Americana, profiling two estranged brothers: a Hollywood screenwriter and a petty thief. The struggle of the American Dream is at the heart of this classic play, and Sam Shepard brings all its ugliness and heartbreak to light.

“Shepard’s masterwork… It tells us a truth, as glimpsed by a 37-year-old genius.”~New York Post

“I wanted to write a play about double nature, one that wouldn’t be symbolic or metaphorical or any of that stuff. I just wanted to give a taste of what it feels like to be two-sided. It’s a real thing, double nature. I think we’re split in a much more devastating way than psychology can ever reveal. It’s not so cute. Not some little thing we can get over. It’s something we’ve got to live with.” – Sam Shepard

Center for the Arts at Kayenta, Voyager Leclture Series

Voyager Lecture Series

Febuary 7 - SOLD OUT

The Voyager Lecture Series–Evenings to Inspire Curiosity & Wonder In our sixth season

A 240 Million Year Geologic History Of St. George, Utah,” Presented By Rick Miller

Have you ever looked around our area and wondered about how and when the lava formations were made, what the colorful layers of rock and sediment are made of, or just marveled at the incredibly diverse landscape and rock formations? Then this lecture is for you!

Center for the Arts at Kayenta, Steam Heat

Steam Heat

February 11

A Night Of Burlesque

CFAK is hosting an evening of tasteful & tease-ful Burlesque to celebrate love for Valentine’s Day. This show is for mature audiences.

ADULTS 18 and over! This show will be in a vaudeville, comedic, variety show style. Hosted by Drag Queen Veronika Lok, Miss Kitty, and other misfits of the burlesque! Come enjoy adult-themed skits, burlesque dance numbers, and lots of laughs!

Center for the Arts at Kayenta, Janson Bonham

Jason Bonham with Master Musicians fro Los Angeles

Febuary 18

Collaboration of top LA performers with some of our best Saint George artists performing

-Faure Piano Quartet
-Beautiful Schubert Fantasy for piano four-hands
-Spectacular Brahms Op. 18 string sextet

Special guest performers from Los Angeles include:
Jason Bonham: Viola, David Lisker: Violin, Evgeny Tonkha: Cello, Christian Regul: Piano

Local artists include:
Christian Bohnenstengel: Piano, Urs Rutishauser: Violin, Ka-Wai Yu: Cello, Linda Ghidossi-DeLuca: Viola

If you have any questions, please contact me at:
David Williams/ Ivins CERT Coordinator

Kayenta Community

The local perspective. Our businesses and residents news and events.

Kayenta Homes and Properties

New Years Open House

We want to thank everyone who joined us for our Holiday Inspired Open House on Thursday January, 19th. 185 guests joined us on a beautiful, crisp winter afternoon to enjoy friendship and delectable treats inside and outside of the Center for the Arts in Kayenta. A special thank you goes out to Victoria Topham and Petite Feast for the delicious food and treats. What’s not to love about a Hot Chocolate Bar? You all showed us the true spirit of Kayenta and why we have chosen to call this incredible place home. Enjoy the slide show below.

Kayenta HOmes & Properties

Our office is open 7-days a week to help with all your Kayenta real estate needs.

Your Kayenta Home and Properties Sales Team:

Jeff Sproul, Principal Broker
Steve McAllister & Naomi Doyle, Sales Agents


Make Space

February Open House

Please join us for some food, fun, and art.

MakeSpace will be open to the public during the Kayenta February Art Festival,
Saturday, February 18 between 11 am – 5 pm

Make Space Open House

Stop by our beautiful warehouse studio and learn more about our school.  Our fabulous instructors will be doing demonstrations throughout the day and volunteers will be available to discuss current and future classes.

MakeSpace welcomes all levels.  Even absolute beginners.  If you ever wanted to try something creative, or just want to try something new, please stop by our open house to learn more.  Or, maybe you are an experienced artist and simply want to enhance your skills while enjoying the camaraderie of fellow artists.  All of this is available right here in our neighborhood!

Please join us for the open house!  You can also check out our website for a complete listing of classes.  You will find everything from sculpture, printmaking, mixed media, encaustics, alcohol ink, fabric arts, and of course painting classes of all types.  Two highlights from classes being offered in February and March:

Upcoming MakeSpace Classes

Let your inner artist create! Make Space has over 23 upcoming classes scheduled through March.

Make Space Gouache Class

Cassandra Wood

Painting with Goauche for Beginners

Instructor: Cassandra Wood
When: February 15 from 2:30 am – 5 pm

This class will introduce you to the beauty and simplicity of painting with gouache. A little like acrylic, and a little like watercolor, this paint will be your new favorite medium. Starting with a few warm-up exercises, you will have plenty of time to create your very own masterpiece celebrating the local flavor of Southern Utah! If you are familiar with Gouache and simply want to come and play, please join us!  All classroom supplies are provided.

Make Apace Abramshe

Margaret Abramshe

Abstract Designs with Fabric

Instructor: Margaret Abramshe
When: February 21 from 10 am – 1 pm

In this class, you will learn to create a unique and dynamic abstract design that can be presented as a wall hanging, stretched on canvas, or framed. Margaret will guide you in how to arrange shapes, textures, and colors in a pleasing composition by using three basic design principles: Contrast, Movement, and Balance.

Make Space Saxton

Darcy Lee Saxton

Fun with Acrylic Pour

Instructor: Darcy Lee Saxton
When: March 8, 10 am – 1 pm

Join us for a morning of art play and exploration as we learn the basics of working with fluid acrylic. This mesmerizing medium is great for anyone wanting to try something new and get their creative juices flowing. In this class, we will overview composition and color as we create small acrylic pour paintings. All supplies are provided.

MakeSpace Kayenta


Bob and Jannell Bassett

Resident Spotlight

Bob and Janell Bassett

As teachers, Bob and Janell Bassett took their four kids on camping trips around the country every summer. One year, an overnight stop in a state park they’d never heard of captured their attention. The beauty of Snow Canyon brought them back again and again. On one of those trips, a visit to Kayenta prompted Bob to remark, “There’s something unusual about this place.” Taking a look at a few homes found them making an offer, the very next day.

That was in 2017. Two years later they retired from Chapman University in Orange, California, and moved here full-time. Bob was the founding dean of Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, now ranked #4 in the nation, and Janell was chair of the Media Arts Division, supervising the PR and advertising, television, broadcast news, documentary, and animation programs. 

Bob began as a cinematographer and teacher, becoming the first full-time film professor hired at Chapman in 1981. In the beginning, he taught all of the classes. He ultimately raised $70-million and built a school with sound stages and the latest technology, managing 1500 students and 250 faculty and staff. Janell began as a magazine writer/editor and went on to teach public relations, writing and design classes at Chapman, while also managing marketing for the growing film school and serving as PR director for the university. Together, they visited film festivals and film schools around the country and the world. Bob created a partnership with a program in Singapore while documentary students made films in locations internationally. He also served on the board of the Napa Valley Film Festival. 

One of the most interesting parts of their jobs was interacting with some of the fascinating people in the film industry. Bob created a filmmaker-in-residence program that brought a filmmaker to campus once a week for a semester to screen films and meet with students. Favorite guests, which included directors, screenwriters, cinematographers, producers, and others, included Dean Devlin (Independence Day) and streaming leader Ted Sarandos (Netflix co-CEO). Bob also recruited industry professionals as faculty, including Academy Award winner David Ward (The Sting) and prolific industry veterans such as John Badham (Saturday Night Fever). For Bob and Janell, one of the most rewarding aspects of nearly four decades in film education has been watching the success of alumni, including the Duffer Brothers, who write and direct Stranger Things, Justin Simien (Dear White People), Carlos Lopez Estrada (Blindspotting), and two who worked on Avatar, The Way of Water.

These days, the Bassetts are continuing their camping adventures and making connections in their new community. Bob is on the Shonto Point HOA board and Janell is involved with the Desert Preservation Initiative, putting her writing skills to work for both the HOA and DPI. And, they are always delighted to welcome film school alumni and old friends to visit Utah and enjoy the peace and quiet and the incredible beauty that brought them here in the first place.

Bob and Jannell Bassett

Editors note. If you know someone that you think should be featured in our monthly Kayenta Connection under our NEW “Resident Spotlight” section please email the Kayenta Connection at Our intent is to focus on the incredible people living in our community– be they seasoned residents or new recruits. 

Life Transition

Bill and Margie Odell

In Loving Memory

William (Bill) Douglas Odell and Margaret Florence (Reilly) Odell

William (Bill) Douglas Odell and Margaret Florence (Reilly) Odell, died at home in Kayenta; Bill on November 22, and Margie the next day, November 23. Bill was 93 years old, and Margie 91. They were inseparable for their 72 years of marriage and passed away within 24 hours of each other.  Take a moment and read about this endeared Kayenta Couple.


Community Alert

Barbed Wire Fencing Bordering Our Community

The historic wild west had always had mixed feelings about fencing-in wide open land but today there is a strong argument for fencing land as a way to keep open spaces open for at least a little while longer.  

Across the west, the barbed wire fence has become an iconic symbol saddled with all kinds of folklore and meaning.  Some folks have gone so far as getting the image of a barbed wire strand tattooed around their bicep! 

The fencing is more than a remnant of the past and still serves a real purpose today.  Traditional barbed wire fencing keeps grazing animals corralled; it also maintains an agricultural tax status that allows for green belt (open space).   With this agricultural status, the land can be held in open space until further plans are made for development.  Without this strategy, the tax burdens would put extreme pressure to quickly sell or develop the land.

The fenced areas are designated “land in agricultural use”.  It is private property and taxed as an agricultural green belt by the county.  Wire fencing is used around our community to fence in livestock that grazes on privately held land.  The fence keeps animals safely contained from roaming onto roads and other privately owned residential properties. 

While someone might think they are being a free spirit by cutting fences to open spaces for exploration, the truth is they are putting the undeveloped areas in jeopardy of losing the green belt status – not to mention they have created danger by letting livestock loose to roam onto public roads and private properties nearby.  

In the open area that has been called Indian Hills (the northwest area of land that borders the Shivwits Reservation), fences were intentionally cut in twenty places over the past few months.  Just recently, repairs were made but the fence was cut again in six locations.  Fence cutting is a class B misdemeanor.

Utah Criminal Code 76-6-206.3. (3) 

“A person is guilty of the class B misdemeanor criminal offense of cutting, destroying, or rendering ineffective the fencing of agricultural or range land if the person willfully cuts, destroys, or renders ineffective any fencing as described under Subsection (2)(b).”

(Class B Misdemeanor carries a 6-month jail time, $1,000 fine, and Civil damages)

We are asking residents to be stewards of this land by keeping an eye out and help law enforcement to identify anyone or group of people who are cutting the fencing.  Ivins Police are aware of the crimes and reports have been filed.  

If you see or suspect a crime has been committed, please contact the Ivins Police. 435-634-5730

Anonymous Tips: 435-673-8488

It is not our intention to keep hikers from enjoying the land.  In fact, there are several spots to enter the property through walk around openings in the fence.  To stop the cutting, we are now installing four spring-loaded gates, in hopes that hikers will be respectful of the fence and the need for it.  For people who use and enjoy the land, we ask that you use extreme caution around livestock, you stay on the dirt roads, and hike the bottom of natural washes. Please no mountain bikes or electric bikes in the Indian Hills open space.  We hope the community will help us be stewards of this land so that we can keep it open to enjoy.  

January 2023 Ivins City Council Update

Mike Scott, Ivins Council Member


There is a lot of bad news about water. Ivins residents will talk about the bad news and steps we are about to take to deal with it at the Mayor’s first Ivins “Talkabout” on Wednesday, February 22nd at 7pm at Rocky Vista University. This Talkabout is devoted to just one topic: Water.

This is the first of four “Talkabouts” scheduled over the next four months. Each meeting will be devoted to just one topic. This gives all of us the opportunity to get more facts about issues and more time for residents to comment and share concerns and ideas.

All of the meetings will be at Rocky Vista University at 7pm so each meeting doesn’t have to be spread over three nights because City Hall can’t accommodate much more than 80 people. Here are the dates and topics: February 22 – Water; March 22 – Housing; April 19 – City Finances; May 17th or 24th – The future of commercial development. Please put them on your calendar. I’ll provide more information about each Talkabout on my website at as I learn more.

Anyway, back to water. We see enough bad news about water almost daily. And we’ll get more of that at the Talkabout. So, let’s take a moment to look at something positive. We don’t have “real time” data on water use, but Chuck Gillette, our Public works Director, gave me monthly data through December 31st.

Per capita water consumption in Ivins has fallen from almost 300 gallons per person a day in 2000 to just over 180 gallons a day last year. Per capita use has fallen partly because of conservation efforts by the city and residents and partly because of technology – the increasing use of water-efficient fixtures, toilets, recirculating pumps and more.

Ivins Monthly Water Used

Even though per capita consumption is lower, Ivins consumes more water now than it did ten or twenty years ago. On average, the city used 39,000,000 gallons a month in the 12 months ending December 2005. That has increased to just under 60,000,000 gallons in the past 12 months. That’s a 50% increase in the amount of water we’ve consumed. But in that same period our population doubled.

Ivins Monthly Water Used

The last chart shows we use a lot more water in the summer. That’s logical. That’s when grass, pools, and water features use the most water. Our water conservation ordinance, passed last June, regulates these and other water uses for new construction. We should start seeing benefits from that this year. In addition, we will update the city’s Water Conservation Plan this year. It was last done in 2018 and most of the goals we set have been met or exceeded.

So now is the time for all of us in southwest Utah to take bolder action on conservation. And it’s time to finally decide what we are going to do with wastewater and do it.

Ivins Monthly Water Used

More information

I try to keep these articles relatively concise. Not doing too well at that. It’s frustrating because there’s so much I want to discuss. So, please email me at for more information about these and other Ivins issues. Also, please tell me what issues in Ivins matter to you. Visit my website at for regular updates.

Petite Feast Dinner Club




SUNDAY, February 26, 2023





Vegetarian entree available as well – contact Victoria through the website to discuss options.


 To reserve your seat at the table please click on the link below.

For the health and safety of all our guests, we request that all guests be fully vaccinated.

About Petite Feast Dinner Club: After 35 years as a restaurateur, caterer, chef and Food and Wine best new chef nominee, Victoria Topham is opening her kitchen to share her unique culinary skills and healthy cooking style with guests just like you. PF Dinner Club offers guests the opportunity to socialize with new friends around a shared table while enjoying deliciously upscale meals. Monthly dinners will feature an hors d’oeuvre hour followed by a multi course dinner where mingling with the chef in the kitchen is encouraged. ** Think – mash-up of a restaurant, dinner party and cooking class. And, she always has a few unplanned courses and surprises for her guests! Events are announced monthly through the website and pricing for each event varies. Victoria is happy to accommodate your special celebration requests and dietary preferences whenever possible. I hope to see you soon.

“Thank you for an amazing Petite Feast – I loved every part of the evening from the food and drink, to the great company at our “single ladies” table.” – Karen Kushner


On frigid winter evenings, I often reach for a chunky, not particularly flattering sweater that my mom gave me years ago. It’s misshapen and not very trendy, but truth be told, it is my ultimate cold weather bff. Nothing can compare to the snuggly warmth of wearing it except perhaps the cozy feeling procured by eating a big bowl of this spicy poblano, corn and potato chowder.

The simple recipe can be quickly put together at the last moment once the minimal shopping has been done. If you are like me and keep a bag or two of frozen corn in your freezer, almost all of the chowder’s ingredients are pantry staples – except for the poblano peppers which can be found year-round at Harmon’s. Tres Amigos Market carries them and also offers a wide variety of tasty and unusual Mexican ingredients. It’s worth the trip to check out what they have – since they’ve completed the revamp of the parking lot, getting in and out of there is not the pain it used to be. Anyway, if you can’t find poblanos, Anaheims, or canned chipotle in adobo make fine substitutions.

But do try the poblanos. They add a unique spicy richness to the soup that is quite delicious. And, the intoxicating aroma that perfumes your kitchen while roasting peppers is totally worth the work involved. For a video tutorial on how to roast peppers on your gas stove burner, check out;

Almost any cooked protein could be added to the finished soup for an extra punch of savory flavor. Crisp bacon, diced grilled chicken breast, roasted pork or even grilled shrimp would go well here if you happen to have any leftovers from last night’s dinner. Garnish the finished chowder with Pico de Gallo, chopped cilantro and a dollop of sour cream and I bet this soup might just be in the running to become your new wintertime bff!

To pour alongside, Tim and Judy recommend a dry white wine with a fairly full body like, Chardonnay, Viognier or Alsace (not California or Italian) Pinot Gris. Tim says these wines have high acidity that will work well with creamy chowder.

If you have not joined the Virtual Dinner Party but would like to dine with us, please prepare this recipe – or any other – and share it with your family, friends and neighbors. It is our group’s firm belief that by preparing something good to eat and sharing it with those we love, we are participating in one of life’s greatest joys. The connection, community and good will that comes from it fills us with joy, hope and gratitude. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.

Thanks for coming to the party. Cook On! – Victoria

Petite Feast


2 T butter
2 poblano peppers, roasted, peeled & coarsely chopped
1/2 large yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 t ground cumin
3 C fresh or frozen corn
1 Idaho potato, peeled and cubed
3 c chicken stock (homemade or high quality store bought)
pinch sugar
1/4 C half and half (optional)
S&P to taste
chopped cilantro
Pico de Gallo
sour cream / Greek yogurt


Heat oven to 350.

Rub peppers all over with 3 T olive oil. Place on rimmed baking sheet and place in preheated oven. Roast until shriveled and charred on all sides. Alternatively, omit the oil & char over gas burner. Place in plastic bag to steam. Video prep: Once peppers are cool, carefully peel off blackened skin. Chop and set aside.

Sauté onion and garlic over medium heat in a large soup pot. Cook 4-5 minutes until translucent. Add ground cumin and sauté for 1 minute. Add corn, potatoes, stock and sugar to pot.

Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Carefully puree the soup in batches in a blender or use an immersion blender. Add chopped poblano peppers and half and half if using and heat through.

Adjust S&P
Garnish with Pico de Gallo, Sour Cream or Greek yogurt

Coyote Tales


Will this be the Coyote Tales event when you say YES to sharing a tale on stage?

The theme is set and we’re taking names for storytellers for March 24th’s Coyote Tales at The Center for the Arts at Kayenta. It’s easier than you think. Read former Coyote Tales storyteller, Stephen Trimbles’ musings on his experience of sharing a story on our stage. If you’re at all curious about participating, please contact Victoria @ We’ll walk you through the process!

The following post was previously published by Stephen Trimble

Buen viaje, mariposas… 

When Victoria Topham asked me to tell a story for Coyote Tales, the lively southwest Utah version of The Moth that she has created, I was delighted. I love the challenge of the storyteller – maximum compression, the mandate to create a full-blown story in just a few minutes. A story with an arc and scenes and telling details. It is a great and useful task for a writer, and it’s also incredibly gratifying to have a live audience rather than those invisible readers of our work who – as much we treasure them – we never see.

The event would be in Ivins City Park, just west of St. George, on an autumn evening. The theme: tradition. This night of storytelling would happen in conjunction with the Ivins City Heritage Days Festival.

So what story to tell?
“Tradition” in Ivins City might lead me to family, to values, to “heritage”. I have lots of potential material from my dad’s family, from time sitting around in Adirondack chairs in my grandparents’ backyard in Washington State, telling stories from the family farm back in North Dakota. Or I could tell stories from our own nuclear family traditions, our Passover dinners, our camping rituals, the eccentric traditions we have – as all families have.

I spun through the possibilities, not quite sure where to land. But then I fully absorbed the date of the storytelling event, September 10th. Just an arbitrary day on the calendar, chosen for convenience. But the next day was not a random day at all. The day after our evening of storytelling would be September 11th. And so I knew exactly what story I would tell.

I could now give you the text of my story. But I won’t. It’s a spoken story. As The Moth puts it, this was a night of true stories, told live, without notes. So you’ll have to listen – and you can do so at (scroll to the bottom of the Coyote Tales page; I was the closer that night, so my audio link comes last).

You can do this!
Get more information on sharing YOUR story on our website.

Everyone has a story – Vic

Xetava Gardens Cafe


Thank you very much for your continued support. Closing at 3: Super Bowl Sunday, Valentine’s Day (to prepare for our special pre-sold dinner service) Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, July 4th, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve

Hours of Operation

coffee/light breakfast 9-11:30
lunch/dinner 11:30-5


coffee/light breakfast 9-11:30
lunch/dinner 11:30-8

brunch 9-12
lunch/dinner 11:30-8

Health, Fitness & Wellness

Kayenta’s locally run gyms, fitness classes, spas,  group workouts, wellness activities and mindful experiences.

“80% of New Year’s exercise resolutions fail by February. Be a 2o percenter and work toward goals that are realistic, maintainable, and enjoyable.”

Kayenta Connection

Elevate Fitness

Jump Start your New Year at Elevate.

A new focus with new classes to inspire and motivate everyone.
Check our website and Facebook page for more details.

Elevate Rise & Shine Intro/beginner Yoga • 8:00 am Tues

Elevate Cardio • 8:00 am Wed

Step & Strength • 8:00 am Thur

ElevateFit • 9:30 am, Mon, Wed, Fri

Ali’s Yoga • 9:30 am Tues

Elevate Yoga • 9:30 am Thur, 10 am Sat

Elevate Zen Stretch • 10:45 am Mon, Fri

Open Gym • 11:30 am – 3:30 pm Tues, Thurs



Elevate Studio Kayenta

Elevate Studio • 435-632-1381 •

Participants MUST be vaccinated. Class size is limited and subject to change. Pre-registration is required.
Be happy. Be healthy. Have a blast!  ELEVATE!

Find Your Joy Yoga

Find Your Joy Yoga

Tuesdays at 9:30 am

At John Yohmans’s Elevate Fitness Studio in Kayenta!

Classes are $15 • Punch cards are available for $75 (5 classes)

No sign-up is required!

I will also be offering Sacred Healing Classes one Saturday morning a month
at my most sacred place, my home.

Classes include:
Sacred Tea Ceremony • Meditation • Yoga
Class/workshop will be 2 hours.
Please email me for a list of upcoming classes and dates.

Vaccination cards are required to attend in-person classes.

Call/text: 435-862-7743

Sacred Space Spa

Body, Skin, and Energy Work

Ask about our add-ons to enhance your treatment! 

Please call or text to schedule or with any questions! Please remember that I am usually booked at least 2 weeks out.

Namaste, Aly Hansen

For a full list of Spa Treatments visit:

Tel: 435-862-7743 •

Trips and Trails

Kayenta Exploration Group

February 20, 2023

Going to Andersons Junction and the Starlight Dance Hall north of St.George

Meet at the Kayenta Design Center at 10 am.

Bring a lunch. No dirt road. Half-day trip.

For details call Charles Dillier at 435-656-1956

Javier’s Massage

Javier Guzman LMT/LMMT

(Kayenta Resident)

Massage is medicine for the body and mind

“I think he is a neighborhood treasure. He has a very nice casita where he works. I love his massage and he is a really nice, thoughtful, considerate, good guy.” ~ Christy Lueders

Call or text for an appointment:

Javier Guzman

Kayenta Home Yoga

Vigorous Vinyasa & Yin/Deep Stretch

Yoga practice leads you in the right direction, while non-attachment allows you to continue the inner journey without getting sidetracked along the way.  The outcome is not the point. It’s the quality of mind that accompanies the work that is of value—the ability to nurture a calm, curious, observant intelligence. (Yoga Sutra 1.12, Yoga Journal)

February Classes

Life is a balance of holding on and letting go:

Vigorous Vinyasa Flow classes help energize the body while calming the mind.

I offer mindful, alignment-based Vinyasa classes which include seated and standing poses, a bit of balance and core work, all leading up to a peak pose (inversions, arm balances for example) to challenge mind and body. You are welcome to level up or down and to skip poses — this is your practice!

Relaxing Yin/Deep Stretch classes open the body and mind, turning awareness inward.  Each pose is held several minutes, allowing time for the tissues to lengthen and inviting the mind to enter a meditative state.  Yin Yoga has been described as an internal massage for the tissues and organs.  Leave feeling relaxed and supple in body and mind!

Wednesdays 9:30-10:45am Vigorous Vinyasa

Thursdays 9:30-10:45am Relaxing Yin/Deep Stretch

$15/class cash/Venmo, or purchase a 4-pack of classes for $50.

Your first class is free! Classes are held at my small Kayenta Home Yoga studio.  Bolsters, blocks, and straps are provided.  Please bring your own yoga mat. 

Questions?  Email or call me for more information and to sign up.

See you on your mat!

Karen Kushner (E-RYT 500)


Karen Kushner (E-RYT 500)

Desert Rose Labyrinth

The labyrinth is sacred ground, a place of rest and renewal.

The Desert Rose Labyrinth & Sculpture Garden is a community resource with the intention that all who walk the labyrinth will be blessed with peace, comfort, and open hearts. The Labyrinth is maintained and funded by Kayenta volunteers. Please be respectful and leave only footprints. For more information or to make group reservations, please contact:

Cheryl Collins: 435-674-1664

Beth Hopwood: 802-922-8905

Kayenta Pickleball Group (KPG)

Pickleball is one of the fast-growing sports in the US.

It helps us stay fit; allows us to meet and make friends in our community and – most importantly – have fun!

Organized drop-in play occurs 4 mornings a week. The start time is currently 10:00, but changes with the seasons.

Mondays-Women’s League,
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays
(Mixed drop-in play).

Currently, there are 30 active players in this thriving group of Kayenta residents. Players are welcome to set up their own matches, do drills and use the courts freely outside of those designated times.

If you would like more information, please contact:
Barbara Vaughn:

Community Advocates

Are you a Kayenta resident? Do you have a cause or passion that you are personally involved with in the St. George area?
If so, let your neighbors know right here.

Desert Preservation Initiative

DPI – Desert Preservation Initiative
Advocate: Chuck Warren 

January 2022 Update

Volunteering to preserve the beauty of Kayenta

Like many, Carole Richard and her husband Steven like to hike and backpack. While checking out some western towns as possible retirement sites, they accidentally discovered Kayenta. “Next thing I know, we are making an offer on a house,” she says. That offer was only the first in a series of discoveries that led Carole to join in the work of the Desert Preservation Initiative. 

Born in Haiti, Carole lived in states all across the U.S. but grew up in New York and considers herself a New Yorker “by attitude.”  Following her career in the early dot-com world and later in finance, Carole and Steven, who also worked in the dot-com industry but retired from the Federal Reserve Bank as a product manager, ultimately moved here because it “offered all the things we planned to do in retirement and all within easy access to hiking, camping and backpacking.” Her interest in hiking led Carole to her current volunteer work with DPI.

On a nature walk led by Chuck Warren, now DPI president, Carole responded to Chuck’s request for help building and maintaining Kayenta trails. Eventually, “tamarisk derangement syndrome” took over she says, tongue in cheek, and DPI was created. While she was once amazed by a super bloom of tamarisk trees on a camping trip in Borrego Springs, Carole soon found out that the temporary beauty of tamarisk is “only skin deep.” Working with DPI to remove tamarisk “we discover native plants that were struggling to survive and now they will have a chance to thrive.  We are making a difference; it matters to the desert what we do in removing invasive plants.”

Carole has since upped her commitment to tamarisk removal by joining the DPI board of directors. She is delighted to find a way to give back while in retirement and enjoys the physical effort required along with the sense of accomplishment. “We have opened up vistas for homeowners and hikers alike,” she says. “It is also very therapeutic and helps reduce aggression by ripping out invasive plants from the ground.”

Looking to the work ahead, “we need more homeowners to allow us to remove their tamarisk and cash donations to continue the work effort of our volunteers,” she adds.  “It’s important that we continue toward our primary goal, to preserve the desert for native species which tamarisk is choking out.”

Carole Richard at work on a recent tamarisk removal site.

Inkas no kill Animal Supporters

INKAS – Ivins No Kill Animal Supporters
Advocate: Lois Hewitt 

Ivins No-Kill Animal Supporters (INKAS) is a 501(c)3 organization and a Registered Utah Charity. It was founded in 2010 with the mission of providing support to Ivins Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, now the Santa Clara-Ivins Animal Shelter. In 2006 our shelter became the first no-kill municipal shelter in the state of Utah. Maintaining a no-kill shelter, as opposed to one that euthanizes animals after a set period of time, is more costly because the animal’s needs must be met at the shelter until they are reclaimed by their owners, adopted, or transferred to an animal rescue organization. Through a memorandum of understanding with Ivins City, INKAS provides support through veterinary care, specialty foods, and other needed supplies. Funds are raised through the sale of merchandise at various local events and through the donations of many generous animal lovers. You can help by designating INKAS as your charity on Amazon Smile or by donating on our website.

Santa Clara-Ivins Animal Shelter

Bailee Mabe, Shelter Manager

474 North 200 West, Ivins


Hours by appointment:
Monday – Saturday, 8am – 3 pm

Dogs and Cats

Ivins Night Sky Initiative
Advocate: Kai Reed

Ivins Night SkyPlease visit the Initiative’s website for more information at or email them at

The mission of the Ivins Night Sky Initiative is to improve, preserve, and protect the night sky over Ivins and our heritage of dark skies through education and information about environmentally responsible outdoor lighting, and to serve as a resource for City officials, residents, and businesses.

Let us know if this Initiative is important to you, if you are willing to get involved, and what else you think we should be doing to improve, preserve, and protect the night skies in Ivins.

Friends of Snow Canyon State Park
Advocates: Lori Capshaw


Live events have returned.  New events will be listed regularly so check our website often.

We’d like to invite all Kayenta residents to join us in supporting Snow Canyon State Park. Our mission is to provide support to Snow Canyon State Park through various means. For more information and to join Friends please visit our web site.

E-mail us at “Like” us on FriendsofSnowCanyon.

Nextdoor Kayenta

Nextdoor Kayenta
Advocate: Ray Borg

Nextdoor is a completely private online website environment for all of the Kayenta Nextdoor neighborhoods. Special thanks to Ray Borg for being our fearless leader.

Community and City Resources

Resident support services, businesses, and education and enrichment programs

Located in the desert community of Kayenta Utah, the Crescent Moon Inn is the perfect place to get away from it all.  The Inn is just a short walk or bike ride from the Kayenta Art Village, where locally-owned art galleries, the Sacred Space Day Spa and the Xetava Garden Cafe add to your unique experience.

For Reservations or Pricing call:

Staying Put in Kayenta is a member-driven organization for Kayenta residents, proactively providing programs and services so members can lead vibrant, active and healthy lives while living in their own homes.

For information contact
Ellen Nathan
Secretary for Staying Put in Kayenta

Looking for a Hair Artist right here in Kayenta?….JENN Hair Artist embodies the artistic creativity and passion of the beauty industry. She thrives in creating natural, sexy cuts and color styles for men and women. She looks forward to pampering you.

924A Art Village Way, Ivins, UT 83455
801 637-0884 (call or text)

Happy2Help is an in home personal concierge service.

Services Include:

• Personal Shopping
• Health Recovery Assistance
• Meal Prep
• Snowbird Service
• Home Organization
• Event Assistance

Call or email Andrea, your trustworthy neighbor at
401-258-9772 or

Kayenta Committees

Board opportunities, landscaping, and ACC & HOA contact information.

Kayenta Deseret ArboretumKayenta Desert Arboretum

Interested in volunteering in the arboretum?  Or just looking for information about the arboretum or our lecture series.  Please contact Roger Head, or 435-632-1814.

kayenta landscape committeeKayenta Landscaping Committee

Please visit the Kayenta HOA website ACC tab for Landscaping documentation. Select Landscaping Regulations Rev 2017 and Landscaping Review Steps 2017.

Kayenta HOAACC & HOA Information

The Kayenta ACC meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month, 2:00 pm in the Kayenta Community Room. A hard copy of the agenda is posted in the Kayenta Homes & Properties office the Thursday before the meeting.

Questions? Ellen Nathan

Phone: 435-652-8333, email:

Shonto Point HOA Meetings
February 15th, 2023, 2 pm, Studio, Center for the Arts at Kayenta

Shonto Point Annual Meeting
April 1st, 2023, 2 pm, Studio, Center for the Arts at Kayenta. Proxy ballots for candidates will be mailed before the meeting

Taviawk Annual Meeting
The Taviawk HOA Annual Meeting will be conducted via mail-in ballot between February 9th and February 26th, 2023. After F1 tabulates the ballots, the Board will hold the 2023 Annual Information Meeting to present the budget for 2023, ongoing HOA developments, and the voting results at the Ivins City Hall Conference Room at 10:00 am on Wednesday, March 1, 2023.

The Kayenta Concept

The Kayenta Concept is a philosophy that has steered the development of our exceptional community since its inception. The standards that underlie that concept are enforced by the Architectural Control Committee (ACC), which serves both the Shonto Point and Taviawk HOAs. The pre-amble to the 2021 ACC Handbook lays out the basics of the architectural rules that have been followed to create the homes and land-scape we live in.

When your home was designed the Kayenta Concept was front and center. The ACC reviewed your design to evaluate whether it followed the rules, and the ACC monitored construction of your home through landscaping and occupation, again, reviewing adherence to design and construction standards. When you received your occupancy permit and construction deposit refund from the ACC, on-going compliance with the Kayenta Con-cept became the responsibility of your HOA Board of Directors. Your Board has the authority to perpetuate the Kayenta Concept into the future and gladly accepts that role.

The Kayenta Concept is worth reviewing to remind us that what we have here has only happened because of the rules Kayenta developer Terry Marten set up to own, build and live in Kayenta. His vision and the governing documents he developed to achieve and maintain that vision established the Kayenta HOAs and gave them the responsibility and authority to enforce the CC&Rs that underlie the beauty and value we all enjoy

Blue Can Recycling

Blue Can Recycling
February 13 & 27

Dumpster Dates 
February 4 & 18

Ivins City

Ivins City Offices are open.

For Appointments with a specific department call:
Administration: 435-628-0606   
: 435-634-9753
Parks or Cemetery: 435-634-7719
Public Works: 435-634-0689
Dispatch: 435-634-5730 or Animal Control: 435-628-1049

Ongoing Events and Activities

Weekly and monthly gatherings

Kayenta Book Lovers

Meetings the 2nd Monday of every month. For more details contact our bookclub

Kayenta Weavers

The Kayenta Weavers groups meets weekly to enjoy the limitless creativity of off-loom weaving.

For information contact Katie at:

Spirit of the Desert Episcopal Church

Spirit of the Desert Episcopal church meets every Sunday at 3 pm at Ivins Unity Park Recreation Room at 350 S 300 W for worship, music, and fellowship. Parking lots are located near the tennis courts and the skate park. We welcome everyone to join us whether you are a visitor, a newcomer, an inquirer, or a member of another church or faith tradition. We are a Christian community that cares for one another, and we’d like to care for you, too.

For additional information or questions, email Father Lee Montgomery at

*Tahri Marpo Ling Tibetan Buddhist Sangha

Weekly Meditation Practices:  OPEN TO ALL

Friday, 10-11 am, Green Tara Practice

Green Tara is known as the Mother of All Buddhas.  We engage in this practice to awaken our capacity for enlightened activity, present in the form of the feminine dimension of the primordial nature of mind.  Green Tara is known for her ability to dispel fear, anxiety and suffering.

Tuesday, 10-11 am, Awakened Mornings

This practice begins with three guided meditations to focus the mind, open the heart, and generate compassion for all sentient beings.  Then, a short form of the Chenrezig practice is led, in English.  Chenrezig is known as the Buddha of Compassion.

Contact Lhamo Khandro by calling or texting 801-671-8758 or emailing

for Zoom instructions for entering this virtual Buddhist sangha.

For more information on classes, weekly meditation practices and retreats, please go to our website:

Tahri Marpo Ling was founded by Lhamo Thupten Dawa Khandro on May 21st of 2017 with the blessing and guidance of Lama Thupten Rinpoche.  Lhamo Khandro has been ordained in both the Zen and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. 



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