About Laurel Kallenbach

I specialize in writing about travel and all its wonders, including sustainable tourism, regional foods, sacred sites, local arts, cultural observations, wellness retreats and spas, and outdoor adventures.

Please visit my website to read more of my writing and view some of my favorite travel photos: www.LaurelKallenbach.com


  • My ideal day would involve spending at least half the day reading and writing.
  • I’m currently inching my way through my first novel.
  • Since I was 13, I’ve played the bassoon in orchestras, both professionally and as a volunteer. I love the focus and thrill of coming together with talented musicians to create a symphony.
  • I enjoy doing yoga, dancing in NIA class and hiking along the many trails near my Boulder, Colo., home.
  • My favorite travel destinations are places with a sense of history and cultures with a slower sense of time. I’m fascinated by ancient civilizations, prehistoric megaliths and historical locations.

    Here I am at a megalithic sacred stone construction called a "dolmen" in Pembrokeshire Wales.

    Laurel at a megalithic sacred stone construction called a "dolmen" in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

5 thoughts on “About Laurel Kallenbach

  1. Hi Laurel, I’m so glad I found you here! Thanks to the statue of soon to be saint in Santa Fe, where I live! Have you been to New Mexico? I’d love to show you around!
    Since you are particularly interested in sustainable travel I would like to show you my latest tour (http://www.sevendirections.net/art-sus.html ). I want to develop similar tours not sustainable per se but engaging travelers in learning about it.
    Hope to hear from you!

  2. Dear Sir or Madam

    recently we checked all the links referring to our website http://www.visitvalais.ch. Due to this control we found a link on your website which refers to our ancient website:
    https://www.laurelkallenbach.com/lkblog/?p=1251—> has got a link on http://www.valais.ch/en/welcome.cfm (this link which originally is a link of our ancient website, refers temporarily on our new website http://www.visitvalais.ch. Actually, this solution is not ideal concerning the Search Engine Optimization, because such links are quoted negatively).

    Would you please replace the link
    http://www.valais.ch/en/welcome.cfm by http://www.visitvalais.ch? A regular check and actualisation of your links has a positive effect for your Search Engine Optimization as well, because Google rates better links that are up-to-date.

    Thank you very much for your adaptations. Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Kind regards
    Delia Inniger

  3. Hi Laurel, this is Frank, a writer from Germany. I´m currently writing a book for a Berlin publisher about Ireland in general, and I am still in need of nice illustrations free of copyright. Would you mind if I choose a couple of your images (of dolmens, wishing trees or sheela-na-gigs), not more than four, and use them with your name mentioned? Please answer me to franktzumbach@aol.com. Thanks a Million, Frank

    • Hello Laurel! A friend of mine took a photo of the Saint Kateri statue in Santa Fe because she knew of my interest in Kateri. I have a children’s picture book about her: SAINT KATERI TEKAKWITHA , LILY OF THE MOHAWKS? It won a Catholic Book Award in 2012, and is available in English and French versions. The illustrations by Kevin Davidson are rich and well researched. I think it may be a great addition to your store. Here is information from the publisher:

      Here are some reviews of the book:
      A review on the book’s Amazon page:

      5.0 out of 5 stars
      Neuberger beautifully shares the incredible tale of St
      Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2017
      A fascinating tale of differing cultures, faith, and the Holy Spirit’s movement. Anne E. Neuberger beautifully shares the incredible tale of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American to be canonized in the Catholic Church. St. Kateri’s story will resonate with young readers because of her persistence in following her beliefs in the face of many challenges. But perhaps more importantly, St. Kateri’s is an important story to share, particularly in teaching about Native Americans and colonization when students can easily form overly-simplistic opinions if not challenged to think critically about more complex and nuanced stories. Her story provides a way of starting conversations about people’s cultural beliefs from around the world and how people, then and now, can express their stories and traditions to others.

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