Long before the Spanish came, the Ancient Ones knew the majestic Cerro Pedernal and the basin it dominates was a sacred space of peace and spiritual power. At Ghost Ranch, held tightly within the embrace of 230 million-year-old red and yellow cliff walls, many feel a sense of belonging, a timeless connection, a feeling of coming home.
In such a setting, 60 years is barely a blink of the cosmic eye, but still we celebrate this milestone. We celebrate the stories of the people who have come and gone, all sharing a questing spirit, a sense of adventure and an openness to the compelling beauty and spiritual power-united by land, people have come here for exploration, renewal and transformation.
We’ve collected stories, most from past Ghost Ranch Journals, some from the book Ghost Ranch by Lesley Poling-Kempes and others from storytellers who have graced us with their vantage points.
We invite you into this celebration of timelessness.
GHOST RANCH – THE FIRST 65 YEARS
A New Way Forward
Debra Hepler retires
Designation Adds Ghost Ranch to the National Register of Historic Places
Ghost Ranch Reorganization
First Annual Ghost Ranch Community Camp
Ghost Ranch closes its Santa Fe facility
Ghost Ranch begins a 10-year retreat series dedicated to Earth Honoring Faith
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Ends Financial Support
Casa del Sol Center Opens
Joe Keesecker Resigns
Ghost Ranch Governing Board is established
Quakers meet at Ghost Ranch
Jim Hall dies at his home
Coelophysis quarry designated as a National Natural Landmark
Festival of Arts and Crafts
National Ghost Ranch Foundation (NGRF) is established
March on Ghost Ranch requesting return of land
National Guard housed at Ghost Ranch
Winter Grazing Program begins
Dude ranch is to become a Presbyterian Study Center
Arthur and Phoebe Pack give Ghost Ranch to the Presbyterian Church
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