Workshops & Retreats


Janis Newman

Janis Cooke Newman is the author of the LA Times Book Prize Finalist and USA Today’s Historical Novel of the Year,  Mary; Mrs. A. Lincoln, as well as the SF Chronicle Best Book of 2015,

Kathleen Roberts

Kathleen spent the majority of her career in social service program management as well as being a Certified Personal Coach. Since her retirement in 2014, she has focused her skills and experience in the areas

Joe Bova

Joe Bova has taught workshops around the globe, including Ghost Ranch. Others are the NY State College of Ceramics at Alfred, University of Georgia’s Cortona Italy Program, Rhode Island School of Design, Penland School of

Julie Wildman

Julie Wildman graduated in 1987 with a BA in graphic design from Columbia College in Chicago, and began her career with a small design firm until going on her own as a freelance designer in

Marcia Aldrich

Marcia Aldrich is the author of the free memoir Girl Rearing, published by W.W. Norton and selected as a Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers Series. She has been the editor of Fourth Genre: Explorations

Anita Amstutz

Reverend Anita Amstutz is an ordained Mennonite minister who has led congregations in the Rio Grande watershed and Rocky Mountain region for over 16 years. Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, she works ecumenically with the

Colleen Anderson

Colleen Anderson is a graphic designer, writer, and singer/songwriter who lives in West Virginia. Her interest in paper art and craft dates back to childhood, but she became a dedicated origami enthusiast about 15 years

Laura Apol

Dr. Laura Apol is an associate professor at Michigan State University, where she teaches poetry, writing, and literature in face-to-face, international, and online environments. In addition to numerous professional publications, she is the author of

Diane Arenberg

Diane Arenberg is a fine artist who enjoys the rewards of working in many mediums: Pastel, Oil, Printmaking, Encaustic, and Metalsmithing. She is an artist member of the Palette and Chisel in Chicago, Illinois and a signature

Liz Arenberg

"Liz Arenberg is a photographer and educator living in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA in Photographer at Parsons School of Design in 2007, where she received honorable mention for the DataColor Scholarship for

Ronnie Ashford

Rogene E. Ashford “Ronnie” from Tulsa, OK, has created “Art” since early childhood. At about eight years old, she got into trouble for creating a very large mural in charcoal on the side of the

Gerry Aylward

Gerry Aylward has an M.Div and M.A. in Spirituality from Loyola University, Chicago and an M.S. in Orthodontia from Northwestern University. He has trained in nature based retreat work with the Animas Valley Institute and

Devreaux Baker

Devreaux Baker’s awards include the 2017 Outermost National Poetry award, the 2019 and 2014 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Prize from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, the 2011 PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Poetry Award, three California

Michael Bancroft

Michael Bancroft was born in Cortez, Colorado to Kenneth and Veronica Bancroft. Michael’s father was Ute Mountain Ute from Towaco, Colorado. His mother is Tewa from Ohkay Owingeh, (formerly San Juan Pueblo) New Mexico. Michael

Valerie Bashaw

Valerie Doran Bashaw, of Grandview, Missouri, is a fiber/mixed media artist and fine arts educator. She received her Bachelors Degree from the Kansas City Art Institute and her Masters Degree from the University of Michigan.

Karen Basquez

Karen Basquez is a retired special education teacher and spiritual director. She serves on both the California and Ghost Ranch faculty of Stillpoint: The Center for Christian Spirituality. She is a facilitator and trainer for

Jeanette Baust

Dr. Jeanette Baust continues her journey through evangelical, mainline, new thought and interfaith circles and has participated in church circles “forever.” She is one of many today who is exploring possible future paths for the

Alta Begay-Piechowski

Dr. Alta Begay-Piechowski, Diné, lives in Utah and Arizona. She grew up in a traditional home where Navajo culture and language were taught. Her extended family members are rooted in Navajo traditional healing practices and

Marian Berg

Marian has loved creating art since childhood. She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College and the University of New Mexico. She became enchanted with the land and people of

Annie Bloom

Annie Bloom is a naturalist for humanity ~ seeking and tending that which is essentially wild and untamed in all of our hearts. A gifted wilderness guide, she has taken people into places of extraordinary

Dona Bolding

Dona Bolding is an ardent traveler and writer who has been leading hikes at Ghost Ranch since 2001. She is a former lawyer, Bible teacher and Ghost Ranch garbage worker.

Adam Booth

Adam Booth was born and raised in the hills of West Virginia, so he tells stories that blend and share generations of Appalachian and Jewish heritage with life lessons and a little bit of mischief. He is

Kent Bowser

Kent Bowser lives in Santa Fe, NM and holds a BA in history of art; BS and MA, photography from Ohio State University; and has 26 years of experience in landscape photography. Humility, passion and

Cynthia Brix

Rev. Cynthia Brix, M.Div, PhD (hon) is co-director of Satyana Institute and co-founder of the Gender Equity and Reconciliation International project, which has organized more than 100 workshops and trainings in nine countries for healing

Susan Brown

Susan L. Brown has been an artist since her childhood, winning awards as a student in Ohio and in Chicago, at Northwestern University. Moving to CA in 1978, she continued studying drawing and painting at

Joanne Brown

Joanne Brown is a poet, writer, and writing teacher working with the Amherst Writers & Artists method. She turned her passion for writing into an award-winning career in corporate communications, helping large and small businesses

Valerie Brown

Valerie Brown is a leadership coach, leadership educator, and retreat leader and the Principal of Lead Smart Coaching, LLC.  She trained at the national Center for Transformational Leadership, Center for Courage & Renewal, and the

Elizabeth Buckley

Elizabeth J. Buckley is a second-generation weaver of over 40 years and a lifelong artist who teaches and works in several media: drawing, watercolor, and hand woven French tapestry. For over 30 years, Elizabeth has

Connie Burkhart

Connie Burkhart is a true Renaissance woman who has sculpted her life to include all the passions of her heart and soul. She is a metal design artist, singer-songwriter, musician, southwest wilderness guide, worship leader,

Jeri Burzin

Jeri Burzin says, “Sailing in the Caribbean first sparked my interest in photography. A desire to bring back beautiful images from these trips was my motivation as they were in stark contrast from my NY

Karen Butts

Karen Butts is the Tours and Education Manager at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico where she develops curriculum for our tours, train guides and leads interpretive tours and walks. She became interested in Georgia O’Keeffe

Helen Byers

Helen Byers is an award-winning artist and educator who has taught at Ghost Ranch since 2005. She has also taught at Tower Hill Botanic Garden (near Boston) since 2012, the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, and

Kim Caird

Kim Caird  is a native New Mexican and honors graduate of UNM. Kim has a passion for nature, learning, and retreat work that facilitates human growth and spiritual transformation. Her encounters with the Dominican Sisters’

Barbara Campbell

Barbara Campbell is an experienced potter whose beautiful work can be seen in galleries throughout the area and on the El Rito Studio Tour. She teaches regularly and has been selling her work at the

Nancy Candea

An activist in the global health revolution, Nancy is committed to practicing the best version of herself every day, and to using her talents to contribute to the upliftment of humankind. Nancy’s ongoing journey is

Joseph Cavalieri

Joseph Cavalieri's aim is to merge contemporary imagery with the time-honored processes of painted, stained glass, a material with a powerful spiritual history. Cavalieri is an award winning native New York artist and educator. His

Margo Chavez

Margo Chavez was born in Las Cruces and now lives in Santa Fe. She teaches interdisciplinary classes in the Honors College at UNM in Albuquerque. She has taught Spanish and French at the Santa Fe

Peg Chemberlin

Peg Chemberlin began her interfaith pilgrimage when invited to join Feminists of Faith in 1984. As a Christian she would live and work with people of other faiths in all she did. Whether in her

Michelle Chrisman

 Michelle Chrisman is a graduate of The School of Visual Arts in New York City and she studied painting at the Art Student’s Leagues of New York City and Denver, CO. Michelle has been an

Tom Christian

Tom Christian is a scholar of religion, spirituality, and depth psychology. He holds a Ph.D. in the field of Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Depth Psychology. Tom’s dissertation research focused upon the cultural and

Annie Cicale

The world of books has captivated Annie Cicale since she was a child. Fascinated by writing, her first Osmiroid fountain pen led her to the world of calligraphy. After a short stint as a chemical

Lucy Clark

Lucy Clark is an award winning, hand build ceramic artist who utilizes the coil method. She studied with a master potter in St. Augustine, Florida, beginning in 2009. After almost 20 years as a Massage

Mitch Coggin

Mitch Coggin is the Transitional Pastor at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Victoria, British Columbia. Celebrating the 40th year of his ordination, he has been a hospital chaplain, installed pastor, and transitional pastor. Mitch is a

Kate Coleman

Kate Coleman fell in love with Ghost Ranch during her visit in 1964. After raising three "little women" and a career in government service, she is living the dream as a tour guide at Ghost

Steve Cox

Steve Cox makes his living as a Biologist, studying birds for over 25 years. He not only studies birds' professional, he is also an avid birder. Steve has taught bird identification classes for the University of

Juliana Crownover

Juliana Crownover is an award-winning pastelist who has been painting in pastels for over 20 years and teaching for 10 years. She has a BA from Austin College in biology, art, and environmental studies. A

Nancy Culmone

Nancy Culmone's childhood love of lettering and drawing was refined at The Cooper Union School of Art where she studied painting, printmaking and calligraphy. She teaches these disciplines as a language of creative expression in

Gregg Daigle

Gregg Daigle has been teaching and performing professionally since he moved to New Mexico in 1995.  Previous to that time, he had earned a music degree at the University of Lowell in Massachusetts.  He also

Susan Daugherty

Susan Daugherty, a native of Texas now living in New Mexico, has been fascinated by color and light for as long as she can remember.  After many years of painting with oils and watercolor, Susan

John Dear

John Dear is a priest and passionate champion of the gospel of nonviolence for over thirty years. He is a peace activist, organizer, lecturer, retreat leader and author/editor of more than 20 books on peace and

Guillermo Delgado

Guillermo Delgado is an interdisciplinary artist with a history of art creation and teaching since 1994. He shares his passion for art, literacy, and writing with children, college students, adults, incarcerated youth and adults, and educators

Doug DeLind

Doug has been a professional artist for the past 35 years, selling his work at art fairs and galleries throughout the United States and Canada. He has a BFA in sculpture from Michigan State University

Laura DeLind

Laura B. DeLind has been cutting and hand-printing linocuts for over 30 years. She enjoys the challenge of black and white design and the interactions of positive and negative space. She is also fascinated by

George DeLoache

George DeLoache is a master portrait artist, a legend of portraiture who has been commissioned by discriminating clients for over 40 years. The awards, accolades and honors that George has received are too many to list

Bill Derrevere

Bill Derrevere is a metalsmith, jeweler and Associate Professor of Art at Tulsa Community College who works primarily in metal – pewter sculptural works as well as silver jewelry. Of pewter, he states, “To work

Patty Donaldson

Patty Donaldson started practicing yoga in 1999 and earned her certification in 2000. She has continued to study and practice yoga and meditation under masters from all over the country. Her unique slow, breath focused

Beverly Donofrio

Beverly Donofrio’s memoir, the New York Times bestseller, Riding in Cars with Boys, was made into a popular movie. Looking for Mary and Astonished are much praised, as are her three children’s books; the latest,

Alex Downs

Alex Downs is in his 17th year as Curator of Paleontology for the Museums at Ghost Ranch. Alex engages learners of all ages in the fascinating interplay of bones, rocks and stars. He was trained

Ryan Drickey

Ryan Drickey recently spent a year with a Fulbright in Sweden studying traditional Swedish fiddle styles. Rooted in bluegrass and old-time, he won the Rockygrass fiddle competition in 2007, and played and taught across the

Nicole Dunn

Nicole Dunn is an award winning fiber artist with quilts published in Quilt magazine, Patchwork Tsushin and most recently in the Australian Patchwork and Quilting magazine. She began quilting with the birth of her first

Marla Durden

Marla Durden is an artist, healer, teacher and entrepreneur. She has facilitated circles and transformational life experiences for individuals and groups for 20 years as a wisdom-centered coach + healer in private practice. An InterPlay

Cornelius Eady

Cornelius Eady is the author of several books of poetry, including the critically acclaimed Hardheaded Weather, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, Victims of the Latest Dance Craze, winner of the 1985 Lamont

Sharon Edwards

Sharon H. Edwards is a spiritual director, pastor, retreat leader, yoga instructor, musician and offers opportunities for growth and healing through BodySoulSpace. She is a graduate of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Stillpoint Center for Christian

Judith Favor

Rev. Judith Favor is a seasoned spiritual director, ordained in the United Church of Christ, and teaches at Stillpoint and the Claremont School of Theology. She worships with Quakers, is a grandmother, and lives with

Mike Finders

Mike Finders a singer, songwriter, guitar-picker and professional educator transplanted to Colorado from Iowa, where he was born and raised. He has played guitar since he was 7 yrs. old, growing up in the middle

James Findlay

Rev. Dr. James D. Findlay has his doctoral training in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, but his skills and interests are wide ranging. He has taught college and graduate level courses in the History of Christianity, both Testaments

Kelly O. Finnerty

Kelly O. Finnerty, LMFT is an artist, educator and psychotherapist with a deep appreciation for the inspiring power of the northern New Mexico landscape that she has enjoyed exploring for many years. Dedicated to the healing

Erin Fish

Erin Fish is a 400-hr certified yoga teacher and manager of a plant-based cafe in Orlando, Florida. She fell in love with the Southwest on a cross-country road trip in 2009 and with Ghost Ranch

Jesse Fisher

Jesse is a life-timer of the ranch, having visited every summer for several weeks since he was 6 months old. Growing up through the youth program has transformed Jesse’s world views and passions, one of

Matt Flinner

Matt Flinner has made a career out of playing acoustic music in new ways. Starting out as a banjo prodigy who was playing bluegrass festivals before he entered his teens, Flinner later took up the

Sharon Franco

Sharon Franco has lived in the Southwest for over 30 years.  She was born in Chicago and also lived in Mexico for five years working as a translator of films and articles. She currently teaches at

Tim Gibbs-Zehnder

Relentlessly optimistic, Tim brings his down-home folk-singing upbringing from the hills of West L.A. to a sincere interest in progressive thought, sound and visuals. Most of the time he’s plucking bass or cracking doumbek, but

Jessie Gray

Jessie Gray has over 35 years of theatrical credits from coast-to-coast as an actor, director, producer and choreographer. She's the founder of Flying Pig Improv in Wichita, KS, and she's the current Improv & Theater

Jaime Grechika

Jaime Grechika is a writer and mother of two who lives in Santa Fe, NM. She is a graduate student at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe working on an MFA

Stephanie Gretchen

Stephanie Gretchen is a certified spiritual director, life coach, and retreat leader working with clients around the country. She is the owner of Stephanie Gretchen Coaching and Retreats. She is a graduate of the Hesychia

Louise Grunewald

Louise Grunewald is a visual artist living and working in Durango, Colorado where she maintains her studio, Western Hands.She graduated from college in 1974 with a BA in Fine Arts/Art Education and her first job

Margaret Guelker

Margaret Guelker lives in Andover, MN and is the executive pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Blaine, MN. Her interest in the healing aspects of the desert have led her to Ghost Ranch. She is

Andrew Gulliford

Andrew Gulliford, Ph.D. is a writer and historian with deep ties to the American West. He writes and edits non-fiction and personal essays about all aspects of the West with particular emphasis on the Southwest

Kelsea Habecker

Kelsea Habecker is a poet, writer, and teacher. In 2007, her book of poetry, Hollow Out, was selected by U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic for publication. For five years, she was a teacher in an

Christine Simoneau Hales

Christine Simoneau Hales, after earning a BFA in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art and painting in NYC for twenty plus years, now has an Icon studio in the Hudson Valley. She teaches Icon

Pomona Hallenbeck

Pomona Hallenbeck is active in illustration, textile design, paper-making, hand book binding, Pomona established the atelier Alleyworks in Austin, Texas. This award-winning, internationally-known artist resides at Ghost Ranch. For more information about her, see

Jamie Halpern

Jamie Halpern is an accomplished silversmith, lapidary artist and metalsmith instructor. His work reflects southwestern art and jewelry-making styles and is influenced by travels throughout the United States, the South Pacific and Europe. Working with

Suzanne Halvorson

Suzanne Halvorson has been a weaver since the early 1970's, and has her BSFA from Valparaiso University. She is well known for her innovative double weave scarves and stoles, as well as for her hand-woven liturgical

Steve Harris

Steve Harris describes his career as that of a "River Worker", centered on the Rio Grande as it courses through the desert Southwest. He is a river outfitter and guide, a river and flood rescue

Melanie Harris

Dr. Melanie L. Harris is Associate Professor of Religion and Ethics at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas where she teaches in the areas of Christian Social Ethics, Womanist Religious Thought, African American Literature

Jeanine Hathaway

Jeanine Hathaway, professor emerita, taught creative writing and literature at Wichita State University. She was poetry mentor in Seattle Pacific University’s MFA Program. Hathaway‘s publications include the autobiographical novel Motherhouse (1992), the 2001 Vassar Miller

John Hayden

John Hayden, Tijeras, NM, is a retired forest ranger who knows the natural and human history of Northern New Mexico like few others. He shares his love for God through appreciation of His creation and

Joe Heithaus

Instructor: Joe Heithaus, Professor of English Literature and Writing at DePauw University, is the author of Poison Sonnets (David Robert Books 2012), which grew out of his group of sonnets about poison plants that are

Kim Henkel

Kim Henkel is the featured artist at KHStudio. She holds an MFA in sculpture and currently teaches Fine Art at UNM Taos Branch. Her passion for the outdoors and creative object making go hand in

Tom Hirt

Tom Hirt has been making hats for thirty-plus years, starting out as apprentice under Art Henderson at the Wether Hat Shop in Colorado Springs. Known as the hatmaker for the movies, he designed and created

Carol Ho

Carol Ho is a current tour specialist, leading O'Keeffe Landscape Tours and Ghost Ranch History Tours. As an art instructor, Carol has traveled, and studied, and instructed students in beginning to advanced techniques. As a

Chuck Hoffman

Chuck Hoffman has passion for the spiritual in art. He finds inspiration in the transcending connection of art, prayer and faith regardless of a person’s cultural background or religious tradition. Time spent living on the

Vivianne Holmes, Ph.D.

  Vivianne Holmes, Ph.D. is a Mainer whose love of metal and stone is fed by learning and working with other women in the beauty of the Southwest. Vivianne has learned and taught silversmithing at Ghost Ranch

Christopher Howell

Christopher is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Registered Yoga Therapist-200. He takes pride in providing clients with the opportunity to activate the deep self-healing properties which are available when clients are afforded optimal conditions, using

Ina Hughs

Ina Hughs is a newspaper columnist, having spent over 30 years writing personal narratives. She is the author of three books and her work has appeared in anthologies, magazines, journals, genre publications and public radio

Colter Jackson

Colter Jackson is the author and illustrator of the picture book Elephants Make Fine Friends (Penguin 2015). Her writing and illustrations appear in The New York Times, Epoch Magazine, Bellevue Literary Review, Hippocampus Magazine, GOOD

Paul W. Jacob

Paul W. Jacob (Jake) is an author, college professor, scholar of world religions, and a contemplative guide. He facilitates contemplative retreats and leads spiritual formation groups at centers throughout the United States. Jake has been a

Katrina Jameson

Katrina has always loved art. As a child, she learned to draw and paint from her parents and grandparents. In college she studied pottery and airbrush painting. She worked for six summers as a camp

Serene Jones

The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones will focus on religion in America today from her perspective as President of Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She  is the sixteenth and first woman president of Union

Cynthia Jurs

Cynthia Jurs is a Tibetan Buddhist lama and a Dharmacharya in the Order of Interbeing of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh whose source of refuge and spiritual inspiration is Mother Earth; Gaia. In 1990, she made

David Kadlec

David Kadlec is a career artist and fabricator, who discovered his love of how things work at the elbow of his dad, Jack, a mechanical engineer and passionate builder. From the early days of determining

Sandra Kaplan

Sandra Kaplan is a professional photographer whose work has developed over 40 years. Her work reflects light, shade and color that dazzles, excites, provokes and inspires her students and collectors alike. Her knowledge and love

Robin Keck

Robin Keck learned stone carving at Ghost Ranch almost 20 years ago, and has been teaching here since 2005. She is delving into the southwest traditions of stone carving (the meanings of animals, colors, directions

William Keepin

William Keepin, PhD is a mathematical physicist and practitioner on the path of divine love for 35 years. Author of 40 research articles and four books, he is co-founder of Satyana Institute and Gender Equity

Kathryn Kirby

Kathryn believes strongly in the healing power of the arts, and works with people of all ages and stages of life, using art as a means of self-expression and understanding. She received her undergraduate degree from

Jacqueline Kocer

Jacqueline Kocer is a native New Mexican with interests both in the American Southwest and the Great Plains. Working under the direction of Dr. Patricia Crown she received her Master’s from the University of New

Karena Koeberle-Wells

Karena Koeberle-Wells is a fiber artist who has been sewing for as long as she can remember. A graduate of the University of Colorado, Karena has enhanced her knowledge of fiber arts while traveling the

Anna Koster

Anna Koster has enjoyed a full life focused on art. In 1976, she had the opportunity to serve as Georgia O’Keeffe’s weekend companion. She went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree and

Jennifer Hope Kottler

Rev. Jennifer Hope Kottler is a transitional ministry specialist, certified life and leadership coach, writer, retreat leader, yoga teacher and preacher who is passionate about assisting others to deepen their walk of faith and discover what

Steve Wikviya LaRance

Steve Wikviya LaRance is an acclaimed artist of Hopi descent. He has studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe NM. He has exhibited his work and won numerous awards at some of

Linda Larkin

Linda Larkin maintains an active harp studio in Santa Fe, where she composes, performs and teaches harp. As founding director of High Desert Harps, she produced a CD with that group and has published numerous works

Randee Lawrence

Randee Lipson Lawrence Ed.D. is an emeritus professor of adult education at National Louis University in Chicago. Now living in Colorado, she is an avid nature photographer. Her work is deeply inspired by the paintings

Thaddeus Liebert

Thaddeus Liebert received his Master’s in Public Archaeology in 2016 with Dr. Bruce Huckell at the University of New Mexico. He has worked on numerous projects throughout the west, with a specific interest in hunter-gatherer

Joan Logghe

Joan Logghe, La Puebla, NM Joan works at poetry in community, off the academic grid in La Puebla, NM, where she and her husband, Michael, raised three children and built three houses. Awards include a

Victoria Loorz

Victoria Loorz, MDiv, Pastor and certified Spiritual Director, Victoria has been leading spiritual formation for over 25 years, inviting people deeper into their true identities and there discover a more intimate experience of God. Director

Crea Lynn

Crea Lynn moved to Santa Fe in 1990 from Cape Cod, MA. She graduated from the School of Fashion Design in Boston with an Associates Degree in Fashion Design and has taken various art classes at

Cal Mahin

Cal Mahin is an art educator and artist who has been teaching and making art the past forty years. Collage and assemblage are the media of choice for this artist. The unique use of hand-formed

Larry Malone

Larry Malone has been a psychotherapist for over forty years, working in diverse settings including juvenile corrections, chemical dependency, conscious masculinity, and marriage and family therapy. He has an acute interest in experiential teaching in

Shelley Mann-Lev

Shelley Mann-Lev is the Policy Co-Chair of the New Mexico Public Health Association and has a passion of public health and social justice. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Health and served Northern New

Jessica Maxwell

Jessica Maxwell is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Journalism, and the author of books on flyfishing, adventure travel, and natural medicine. Roll Around Heaven is her unbidden debut into the spiritual genre and the foundation

Christopher McCauley

Christopher McCauley is the Executive Director, Stillpoint: The Center for Christian Spirituality, in Pasadena, California. He is also a spiritual director, worships in the Episcopal Church, and leads interfaith pilgrimages. Christopher is the former chair of

Dorian Mcglannan

Pastor Dorian McGlannan has been an Episcopal priest for more than 25 years. Her ministry has included many retreats for women of all ages. Early in 2010, she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. Following almost

Lynda Reeves McIntyre

Lynda Reeves McIntyre was trained as a painter and a dancer at the University of Massachusetts, Hunter College and Yale University. She holds a Doctorate in Aesthetics. She weaves her training in painting, dance, Buddhist

Elizabeth McKee

Elizabeth McKee is an award-winning book artist. Her nomad’s life has carried her from New Guinea to Australia, Iowa, Japan, Zambia, Canada, Malaysia, Florida, Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, Maryland, Russia and Albuquerque. Not exactly in that

Brian McLaren

Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity, ” just, generous, and working with

Tim McLaughlin

Timothy P. McLaughlin is a poet, spoken word artist, and teacher. He founded the Spoken Word Program at the Santa Fe Indian School and he and his students received numerous awards and were featured in

Marty Meade

Marty Meade has been a glass artist since 1973, studying traditional stained glass with Judy Raffael, (now known as Judy North). In 1981, she traveled to Chartres France to study with Roger Darricarrere. In 2008, she

Carol Mell

Carol Mell is a fine art photographer and digital artist who received her Bachelor of Fine Art in Dance from The Juilliard School in New York City, New York and currently lives and works in

Wayne Mell

Rev. Wayne Mell served 25 years as a Presbyterian minister until his retirement in 2014. He pastored churches on the Navajo reservation and the Mexican border in Arizona. From 2001 to 2014 Wayne served as

Carol Merrill

C.S. Merrill met Georgia O’Keeffe in August, 1973. For the following seven years she served O’Keeffe as librarian, secretary, cook, nurse, companion, confidante, reader, and caregiver. During the experience Merrill kept detailed accounts in her

Lisa Miles

Lisa Miles is a papermaker and visual artist who creates one-of-a-kind and limited edition artist books under the imprint Dutchess Press. Her work focuses on plant-based processes – primarily hand-beaten bark papers that are imbued

TraceyJoy Miller

TraceyJoy is a certified InterPlay leader with 20 years of InterPlay experience. Her leadership is grounded in mindful presence, curious awareness and connection to the Divine. She is committed to co-creating affirming environments which support

Sylvia Miller-Mutia

Sylvia Miller-Mutia is a priest in the Episcopal Church and recently accepted a call to serve as assisting clergy at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Albuquerque, NM with a focus on outreach, evangelism, and family

Louise Minks

Louise Minks is a professional artist, author and historian who is in love with the New Mexico landscape. She teaches workshops specializing in acrylics in New England and New Mexico. She is represented in galleries

Robert Mirabal

Registration in these workshops also includes the Robert Mirabal concert. Celebrate Spring Equinox with Music Under the Stars packages - dinner/concert, concert only, or weekend package  Online booking coming soon. Composer, songwriter and musician. Robert Mirabal has won many

Maisie Morris

After retiring from the business world, Maisie became interested in Archaeology. From 1986 to 1991, Maisie worked in various field excavations, including work in California, New Mexico and Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California. Maisie found

Becky Myers

Rebecca Myers received her BFA and MA in studio art and Native American art history. For many years, she has taught the techniques and styles of painting, sculpture, architecture and craft arts from all historical

Marian Naranjo

Marian Naranjo is the founder and director of Honor Our Pueblo Existence (HOPE), a community-based organization located at Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. She is the mother of four and grandmother of eight, and a

Ali Newell

Ali Newell is a Church of Scotland minister and serves as Associate Chaplain at the University of Edinburgh. She and her husband John Philip Newell are parents of four children and live in Edinburgh.

John Philip Newell

The Rev. Dr. John Philip Newell, the celebrated author of Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality, is one of the most prominent Christian teachers of spirituality in the Western world. Formerly Warden of Iona Abbey

Christine Ng

Rev. Christine Ng is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, church pastor, chaplain, spiritual director, and a retired appellate lawyer. Chris serves on the Ghost Ranch faculty of Stillpoint and is the

Tom Nichols

Tom Nichols, holder of an MA from Texas Tech University, worked in the recycling industry for over 30 years. Designing and building art structures using recycled materials are his favorite projects. His studio is in

Jacqueline Norheim

Jacqueline Sherlock Norheim is an artist, designer and illustrator from Oakland, California. Her artwork has shown in San Francisco, Chicago, Oakland, and New York. She is a recipient of the Gertrude Murphy Fellowship and Helene


Jacqueline Norheim is an artist, painter, designer and illustrator, currently based in San Francisco, California. She received her Bachelor in Fine Arts degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and also studied painting at Scuola

Todd O'Neal

Pastor Todd O'Neal and his wife Linda share responsibilities at the House of Joy Christian Ministry in Cincinnati. Pastor Todd received his Master of Divinity from Methodist Theological School in Delaware, Ohio and a Bachelor of Art and Music from Kentucky State University.

Linda O'Neal

Linda O'Neal graduated from Lincoln High, East, St. Louis, Illinois, and Kentucky State University with a BS in Music Education. She is married to The Rev. Todd Emerson O'Neal. They have four children. Together they

Ron Olowin

Ron Olowin is a professor at St. Mary's College, Department of Physics and Astronomy, specializing in courses in Observational Cosmology and High Energy Astrophysics as well as in Archaeoastronomy and Themes in Science and Religion.

Ann Painter

Ann Painter has taught drawing and painting at Ghost Ranch for the past 7 years. She is a professional artist, living and working in Santa Fe. Ann's knowledge of Ghost Ranch, Georgia O'Keeffe's life and

Carol Pallesen

I was born on a snowy Christmas night many years ago. As a child, I loved to write and make little books and cards for my dolls. At the University of Nevada, I studied math,

Melanie Pesata

Melanie Pesata is a Jicarilla Apache traditional artist who has a lifetime of experience in Jicarilla basketry, micacious pottery, bead work, and leather work among other traditional skills. Melanie comes from a family full of

Willie Picaro

Willie Picaro, hike leader and story teller extraordinaire, was a fixture at Ghost Ranch for almost 35 years. Originally from New Jersey, he initially came to the ranch for a January term in 1977. It

Stephen Picha

Stephen Picha is a leader and teacher with more than twenty-five years of experience in both nonprofit and for-profit organizations as well as in the public school system.  He currently serves as Education Director here

Terrell Piechowski

Terrell Piechowski has lived and worked on the Navajo Nation as a school counselor and school psychologist for the past thirty years. Terrell utilizes Native American Pathways for his own personal inner peace and for

Courtney Pinkerton

Courtney Pinkerton, M.Div & M.PP, is a holistic life and leadership coach and the founder of Bird in Hand Coaching. She holds dual masters degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Kennedy School, is the

Daren Pitts Redman

Daren Pitts Redman uses the quilt as her art medium. She represents abstract landscapes with the endless colors of the leaves, grasses, tree trunks, and moss. The Indiana landscape, the Grand Canyon and her travels in the

Winona Poole

Winona Poole is the new Education Manager at Ghost Ranch. To this newly defined position, Winona brings a rich history with the Presbyterian denomination and Ghost Ranch, a Masters in Theological Studies, a background in Celtic

David Poole

David Poole is a writer and composer, a teacher of singing, and the founder and director of the men's choral ensemble de Profundis. He also served for 27 years as Director of Music at La

Nina Rao

Nina Rao learned traditional chants (bhajans) from her grandfather in a village in south India when she nine years old. The chants quietly stayed with her until she rediscovered chanting with Krishna Das in New

Larry Rasmussen

Larry Rasmussen is Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus, Union Theological Seminary and author of the award-winning volume Earth-Honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key. He is the organizer of Ghost Ranch’s decade project on Earth-honoring Faith. 

Jim Reale

Jim Reale has been teaching contemplative practices since 1995. He first traveled to India in 1996 and has returned there on numerous occasions to continue his studies integrating eastern wisdom practices into western spirituality. Within

Elizabeth I. Rechter

The Rev. Elizabeth I. Rechter has been an Episcopal priest serving in parish ministry since 1991.  She is an experienced teacher and retreat leader, and currently serves as the Executive Director of Stillpoint: the Center

Steve Roache

Estaban Roache has been a ceramic artist and teacher for 38 years, graduating in 1982 with an MFA from the University of Washington. In 1983, he established ARUBA Pottery & Tileworks to promote the use

Jay Rock

Jay T. Rock grew up in a secular home within a multi-religious extended family. His first intentional foray into interreligious relations came when helping to organize a hunger walk in Stokcton, CA, in 1976, while

Billie Rogers

Billie Rogers is a former educator from Southern California. Billie, who also enjoys singing and writing, was a high school counselor. She has been coming to Ghost Ranch for 20-plus years.

Matt Rohn

Matt Rohn retired in June 2019 from St. Olaf College where he taught Art History, American Studies, and Environmental Studies. His books, articles he’s authored and the exhibitions he has curated have centered on modern

Carl Rohrs

Carl Rohrs has been a lettering artist and sign painter in Santa Cruz, CA since 1977. He is a teacher of Lettering and Typography and Graphic Design at Cabrillo College since 1984. He has led

Martha Romero

Martha Romero, Kwahtenbay (Rainbow), is from the Pueblo of Nambe. Her mother Rose Alice Garcia-Baca was a creative force in her life and she learned many art forms from her including; jewelry making, pottery making

Charlie Romney-Brown

Cheryl "Charlie" Romney-Brown was born in Salt Lake City, Utah of a founding Mormon Pioneer heritage. In 1976, she returned to school and obtained her B.A. in English from the University of California at Berkeley.

Rose Vigil

Little did she know that her marriage to Eugene would lead to a love of Spanish traditional textiles. She began her study in 1989 with a course taught by Kristina Wilson and Rachel Brown at

Deborah Rubin

"Why do I love to teach at Ghost Ranch? Fab students, fab staff, fab food, and FABULOUS scenery!" Deborah Rubin paints in watercolor and occasionally acrylic and gouache. She has been pushing the boundaries of photo-realism

Madi Sato McLaughlin

Madi Sato McLaughlin is a Japanese-American singer/songwriter, sound healer, and choir director. She has performed and recorded music in many styles and genres, ranging from blues and jazz to sacred world music, and created three

Susie Sawin

Susie Sawin is an artist, dentist, and mom.  She started her study of silversmithing and lapidary arts under the wonderful instruction of Dale Smith and Judith Foster here at Ghost Ranch. Over the past 8

Mark Schumann

Mark first picked up a camera as a ninth-grader in 1972 photographing sports and other events for the local newspaper. After college, he pursued a career in journalism working for several newspapers around Florida. He

Anita Skeen

Anita Skeen is currently Professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University where she is the Director of The Center for Poetry. She has been a Fellow at the

Dennis Smith

Dennis Smith is a former educators from Southern California. Dennis was a secondary choral music teacher and is working on his second novel.

Bryan Smith

Rev. Bryan Smith is a pastor in the PC (USA) denomination, an ICF certified life coach and an Animas Valley Institute certified nature-based human development guide. Bryan’s passion is to help people discover, develop and

Dale Smith

Dale Smith is a retired federal executive. He has been an active silversmith instructor at Ghost Ranch since 1986 and is a past president and current member of the National Ghost Ranch Foundation. For more

Melissa Smith-Wilkinson

Melissa Smith-Wilkinson, Yoga Alliance ERYT® 500 in Yoga Therapeutics, Restorative and Sustainable Yoga Teacher Trainer, International Retreat Leader, Alzheimers and other Dementias caregiver advocate, and Mindfulness in Schools Educator. Native Texan, Melissa currently lives in

Kate Snodgrass

Kate Snodgrass is the Artistic Director of Boston Playwrights' Theatre and co-founder of the award-winning Boston Theater Marathon. A former actor, Kate studied at LAMDA in NYC; she runs the Graduate Program in Playwriting at

Eneida Somarriba

Eneida Somarriba has 25 years teaching experience working with elementary school children and adults. She holds a BA in Graphic Design from The American University and a Masters in Art Education from Notre Dame. As

Jorge Somarriba

Originally from Nicaragua, Jorge is a US citizen who has lived in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area for the last 45 years. He holds an Associate Degree in Community Studies and, a BA in Studio

Jorge Somarriba

Jorge Somarriba is a professional Elementary and Secondary school art educator with a teaching career of 30 years. Originally from Nicaragua, Jorge is a US citizen who has lived in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area

Eneida Somarriba

Eneida Somarriba has 25 years teaching experience working with elementary school children and adults. She holds a BA in Graphic Design from The American University and a Masters in Art Education from Notre Dame. As

Suzanne Stabile

Suzanne Stabile is an Enneagram Master Teacher. Known as a “priceless source of wisdom” and a “grace-filled truth teller,” Suzanne has been a student of the Enneagram for more than 30 years. Her winsome, narrative

Brian Stafford

Brian Stafford, MD, MPH is mentor, guide, writer, speaker, and cultural change agent. Brian trained as a psychiatrist in academic medicine as an endowed chair in psychiatry. Then, he left medicine and academia in service to the

Carol Stalcup

Dr. Carol Stalcup is a lover of words, dreams and journeys, a storyteller who creates safe spaces for others to narrate the stories of their lives. She has practiced the art and science of psychology for over

Mirabai Starr

Mirabai Starr writes creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. She taught Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years and now teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and

Barbara Stavola

Barbara J. Stavola is a Certified Core Synchronism Practitioner and Instructor as well as a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Clinic Supervisor and Teacher. She also is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Natural Therapeutic Specialist. Barbara’s personal

Carola Stearns

Carola Stearns, Ph.D, from Santa Fe NM, is a field geologist whose research and experience includes teaching at the University of Michigan, working as a seismic interpreter in the petroleum industry, two seasons as a

John Strubberg

John Strubberg has a master’s degree in Counseling Education and has over 38 years’ experience in public education working with students & parents in coaching sports, personal growth, parent training and stress management. He has

Rina Swentzell

Dr. Rina Swentzell earned her B. A. in Education from New Mexico Highlands University, as well as her M. A. in Architecture in 1976 and her Ph. D. in American Studies in 1982 at the University

Matt Syrdal

Rev. Matt Syrdal is a pastor at Grace Presbyterian Church in Denver, CO where he founded Wilder- Soul, and launched Church of Lost Walls in the Front Range area of Colorado. Matt’s passion is guiding

Claudia Tammen

Claudia Tammen is an outdoor and event photographer and a former Ghost Ranch staffer. She has published two books now sold at the Ghost Ranch Trading Post: "Ghost Ranch Vistas & Visions," a book of

Bill Tammeus

Bill Tammeus, former award-winning Faith columnist for "The Kansas City Star," is a long-time Ghost Ranch instructor. Among his latestest books are Woodstock: A Story of Middle Americans  and They Were Just People: Stories of Rescue

Merrick Tate

Merrick Tate is Red House Clan, born for Red Running into the Water Clan. Originally from Ts'ah Bii'kin (Inscription House), AZ, Merrick has lived in Albuquerque, NM since 2003. Merrick is a silversmith apprentice, feather fan

Jane Taylor

Jane Taylor is a poet with a special interest in creative collaboration. Her first book was a duet with poet, Judith Tate O’Brien, By the Grace of Ghosts. In 2007, Jane partnered with poet, Anita

Chandra Taylor-Smith

Chandra Taylor-Smith, the former Vice President for Research at the Council for Opportunity in Education and Director of The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education, is the National Audubon's Vice President

Kathy Thaden

Kathy Thaden links her art to her faith -- expressing awe at creation and the Creator -- whether abstract pieces, liturgical commissions or mosaic sculpture. The possibilities are infinite -- working with thousands of bits

Michael Thornton

Michael Ray Thornton is a master potter and art teacher whose work expresses his affinity with Oriental pottery traditions and aesthetics. He has studied his art for over 30 years in America and Japan with

Peter Traben Haas

Peter Traben Haas is founder and editor of and is a certified Centering Prayer instructor and retreat leader. He is the author of numerous books on contemplative prayer, including Centering Prayers: A One Year

Lisa Trujillo

Lisa Trujillo, an award-winning weaver from Chimayo, NM, is known for her work in the Rio Grande weaving tradition, her spinning and dyeing, and for her stunningly unique designs. She and her husband, Irvin Trujillo, a

Camilla Trujillo

Camilla Trujillo has been studying traditional regional pottery techniques for over 25 years and instructing for 18 years. A native New Mexican, her love for micaceous clay and traditional firing techniques has infused her own

Beata Tsosie-Peña

Beata Tsosie-Peña, B.A. from Española, NM, is an active community organizer, advocate and educator, as well as a local dancer, poet and artist. Beata currently facilitates Environmental Health and Justice Focus groups for Tewa Women United and instructs poetry and writing workshops for teen groups in the Española

Karen Ulvestad

Karen Ulvestad is a professional photographer, author, and Reiki Master Teacher. She blends her talents into her latest project Color Therapy Squared, a series of macro floral images created for uses with meditation and spiritual

Pam Uschuk

Political activist and wilderness advocate Pam Uschuk has howled out six books of poems, including "Crazy Love," winner of a 2010 American Book Award, "Finding Peaches In The Desert" (Tucson/Pima Literaature Award), "Blood Flower, Wings

Ravi Verma

Ravi Verma is a spiritual director and has worked professionally with churches and lay leaders for over twenty-five years. Ravi’s passion is to work with individuals and groups to build bridges between parts of ourselves, with

Adam Waite

Adam Waite, conductor, composer and pianist, is the Minister of Music at Denver Colorado’s historic Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church. In addition to overseeing the church’s broad musical and artistic programming, Adam also conducts Montview’s Westminster Choir: an

Leena Waite

Leena Waite enjoys a career in both nonprofit work and music, seeking different ways of making a difference. She is the Member & Program Coordinator of The Nonprofit Centers Network (NCN), which helps nonprofits improve

Cindy Walton

Cindy Walton, a committed artist from childhood, and a native of St. Petersburg, Florida, moved to Asheville in 1988. She earned a BA in art from Salem College, and returned to UNCA for her BFA.

Nahum Ward-Lev

Rabbi Nahum Ward-Lev founded and leads Beit Midrash of Santa Fe, a multi-faith sacred learning community. He has led workshops at retreat centers, synagogues, churches and seminaries across the United States, including Union Theological Seminary,

Catherine Watson

Catherine Watson is an award-winning travel writer, editor, photographer and writing coach who teaches university-level workshops in the U.S. and abroad. Her national awards include the top two in travel writing, the Lowell Thomas Travel

Susan Weber

Susan Weber  BA, Lic. MT, is a popular yoga teacher at Ghost Ranch, and also teaches aboard National Geographic Lindblad Expedition cruise ships. She is also a licensed massage therapist, practicing here at the Ranch, privately

Ky Weekly

Ky Weekly is a retired Presbyterian Pastor who has been coming to the ranch a long time. Eight years ago he decided to do somethingthat "exercised the right side of his brain," and signed up

Brandon Wert

Brandon Wert has served as the associate pastor at Southside Presbyterian Church and is the Site Coordinator for the Tucson/Borderlands site of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Young Adult Volunteer Program. An avid outdoorsman, he is

Mary White

Mary B. White is a California Bay Area sculptor/art educator, active with the Board of WEAD (Women Eco Artists Dialogue). Her current focus is to link art making and environmental issues. Mary started working in glass

Richard Wilkinson

I’ve been formally trained in Power Vinyasa Yoga by Frog Lotus Yoga in Massachusetts USA. I have taken additional Yoga Teacher Training from; Maureen Rae (Vinyasa Yoga), Jennifer Reis (Yoga Nidra), Alina Calinescu (Yin Yoga),

Terry Tempest Williams

Terry Tempest Williams author of Refuge, Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert, and When Women Were Birds, is the Annie Clark Tanner Scholar in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah. Tempest Williams has been

Margaret Wood

Margaret Wood worked as a companion to Georgia O’Keeffe from 1977 to 1982 when the painter was in her nineties.  Ms. Wood later wrote “A Painter’s Kitchen: Recipes from the Kitchen of Georgia O’Keeffe,” and

Brenda Worsham

Brenda Worsham is a spiritual director trained through St. Thomas Theological Seminary in Denver and Stillpoint at Ghost Ranch. Brenda professionally serves as a school counselor in public schools and has spent nearly 30 years

Bill Wylie

Bill Wylie is the Land and Facilities Manager for Ghost Ranch. Bill has fished in northern New Mexico since 1992 when he and his family first started coming to the Ranch as summer program participants.

Martha Yates

Dr. Martha Yates served as District Archaeologist for the Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico for many years and has taught at UCLA, the University of California Santa Barbara and the University of Vermont. She received

Flo Yepa

Florence (Flo) Yepa is a teacher, healer, and artist from the New Mexico Jemez Springs Pueblo. Born in old Laguna Pueblo West of Albuquerque, her father is full-blooded Laguna. When Flo was 16 years old she

Sal Yepa

Sal Yepa is a teacher and artist from Pueblo of Jemez Springs. Together with his wife and fellow artist Flo Yepa, they represent the Fire and Sun clans. Sal is happy to share traditional ways,

Laura Young

Laura Young is an abstract painter whose work can be seen in many corporate and private collections. She shows nationally and internationally and is retired from teaching in the School of Art and Art History

David Young

David Young was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, where he spent long southern summers wading in neighborhood creeks. He attended Duke University and the University of Vermont, where he was enrolled in the Environmental Studies

Erin Youngberg

Erin Youngberg, Fort Collins, CO, has been playing upright bass since age 9 with her banjo pickin’ daddy growing up in Wyoming.  She has toured, recorded, instructed and performed all over the country with various

Aaron Youngberg

Aaron Youngberg is a banjo and pedal steel performer, bluegrass coach, and a professional recording engineer. He has been teaching private banjo lessons for over 10 years, has coached & produced many up-and-coming bluegrass bands

Rene Zamora

René Zamora was born in Santa Fe on August 22nd, 1955, with a family lineage on his mother’s side tracing back to Don Diego de Vargas. Zamora traces his artistic heritage back to his grandfather,

Tom Zehnder

Tom Zehnder plays guitar and djembe. Tom Zehnder holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music composition summa cum laude from UCLA.  With his twin, Tim Gibbs-Zehnder, he forms a duo based in Los Angeles. For more

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