Workshops & Retreats


Mita Saldana

Mita Saldana is the owner of Against the Grain Bookbindery located in the mountains outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She holds a BA from Columbia College Chicago and has been teaching the craft of hand

Nicole Salimbene

Nicole Salimbene is a visual artist, working with unconventional materials to explore themes of sustainability, spirituality and archetypal poetics.Her work has been exhibited in juried shows and galleries nationally and internationally, as well as reproduced for publications

Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg is a meditation teacher and New York Times best-selling author. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and has played a crucial role in bringing Asian meditation practices to the

Kathy Sanchez

Kathy Sanchez (Wan Povi) is a community activist from San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico. Kathy has worked women’s issues related to culture, the environment, and social change for most of her life. She was the

Ruth Sandoval

Ruth Sandoval is a Professional Life Coach, Artist and Entrepreneur. Her strong intuition and creative spirit guide her work. Weaving is one of her favorite forms of artistic expression and she weaves in the Rio Grande

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

Dorothy Natonabah Saucedo

Dorothy Natonabah Saucedo (Navajo) is a Deacon in the Episcopal Church, has done intertribal work and is comfortable with both her traditional Navajo ways and her Christianity. Dorothy comes from a large family that includes both

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

Kathe Schaaf

Kathe Schaaf has been guiding and nurturing a transformative conversation at the intersection of women’s leadership and feminine spirituality for more than a decade. She has been involved in birthing and collaboratively leading several women's

Cynthia Scharf

Cynthia Scharf is the current senior strategy director for the Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative. She also serves as a fellow with the Children's Investment Fund Foundation. From 2009-2016, Scharf served as the head of strategic communications and

Lindsey Schneider

Lindsey Schneider is a two spirit, mixed race descendant of the Pembina band of Turtle Mountain Chippewa (Anishinaabe) Indians and of Scandanavian settlers. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest instilled in her a fierce love of the

Janet M. Schreiber

Janet M. Schreiber, Ph.D. was a Professor of Public Health, Director of the Elizabeth Kubler Ross Hospice Training Program and is currently the creator and Director of the Grief, Loss and Trauma certificate program at

Sandra Schroeder

Sandra Schroeder’s vibrant paintings are expressionistic renderings of the land and nature forms, inspired by the high desert of NM, especially Ghost Ranch, where she has painted for 25 years and where she now teaches watercolor.

Linda Schulz

Linda Schultz has been a spiritual director for over 25 years and a supervisor for 10 years. She maintains a private practice of spiritual direction in Playa del Rey, CA, where she works with ecumenical

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

Hope Shand

Hope Shand grew up in San Antonio, Texas where she learned Spanish as a child. She graduated from Duke University and holds a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in City

Rabbi Rami Shapiro

Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award winning author of over thirty books on religion and spirituality. Rami received rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion and holds a Ph.D. from Union Graduate

Jim Sharon

Jim Sharon, Ed.D. is a licensed psychologist and certified life coach. Jim and his wife, Ruth, are in private practice together through Energy for Life in Centennial, CO (SE Denver). Jim has 40 years of professional

Ruth Sharon

Ruth is a licensed, professional counselor, wellness coach and registered yoga teacher. She and her husband, Jim, are in private practice together through Energy for Life in Centennial, CO (SE Denver). Ruth has 40 years

Jim and Ruth Sharon

Jim Sharon, Ed.D. is a licensed psychologist; Ruth Sharon, M.S. is a licensed professional counselor. They are in private practice as Energy for Life in Centennial, CO (SE Denver). During 40 years of professional experience, the Sharons have served thousands

Eileen Shaughnessy

Eileen Shaughnessy is a Lecturer at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque in the Sustainability Studies Program, teaching courses in environmental justice, nuclearism, and racial justice. She has a certificate in Spiritual Guidance and

Carol Shellenberger

Carol Shellenberger graduated from San Francisco Theological Seminary and was ordained to a counseling ministry before becoming an intentional interim pastor. She served as interim pastor for eight congregations in Northern California and joined the

Christine Sherwood

Christine Sherwood has lived in northern New Mexico for over 30 years. She has been in the healing arts since 1991 and has taught healing workshops nationwide since 1995. In 2006, her life trajectory was

Amy Shutt

Amy Shutt has over a decade of formal photography experience. She currently specializes in nature, animal, and commercial photography in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A published photographer, she also teaches various photography classes and workshops throughout

Simon Silva

“In the world today, there is renewed interest in the term, “creativity.” It is no longer a word reserved exclusively for artists, musicians, or scientists. Ushering in a new era in education, the word "creativity"

Amy Simpson

Amy Simpson holds a Masters Degree in Piano Performance from Carnegie Mellon University and has been teaching, performing and serving as professional church musician for over 20 years. Currently, she serves Sewickley Presbyterian Church just outside

Jennifer Sinor

Jennifer Sinor is the author of three books of literary nonfiction, most recently Letters Like the Day: On Reading Georgia O’Keeffe (New Mexico 2017) and Ordinary Trauma: A Memoir (Utah 2017). Her essays have appeared

Allyson Siwik

Allyson Siwik is the director of the Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP), a non-profit environmental organization that promotes community health by protecting the environment and natural resources in southwestern New Mexico. She also serves as the

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

Timothy Slemmons

Timothy Matthew Slemmons is Associate Professor of Homiletics and Worship at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. A past recipient of the David H. C. Read Preacher/Scholar Award (1994), he has served Presbyterian congregations in

Heather Sloan

Heather Sloan holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Percussion Performance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Throughout her career, she has focused on intersections between Avant-garde, Popular and World musics.

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.

Becky Smith

Becky Smith is a spiritual director and small group leader. She currently serves as a facilitator for Stillpoint's Art of Spiritual Direction program in Southern California and in New Mexico. She seeks to live authentically

Ali Smith

Ali Smith co-founded the Holistic Life Foundation in 2001, where he currently serves as Executive Director. He is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and graduate of the Friends School of Baltimore. He attended college at

Atman Smith

Atman Smith is a Co-founder of the Holistic Life Foundation, where after 10 years of serving as Director of Youth Programming, he currently serves as the Director of Fundraising. He is also Co-Founder and Co-CEO

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

Olive Smith

Olive Smith has been a stained glass artist since 1974. She is a member of the International Guild of Glass Artists, Stained Glass Association of America, and New Mexico Glass Artists Association. She is also

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

Katie Snapp

When Katie Snapp first entered the workforce as an electrical engineer, she quickly strived to make herself “one of the boys” and replicated her leadership skills after the men in the business. Years later, loads

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

Erik Speyer

Born in Argentina in 1940, educated in Denmark and the United States, Erik Speyer has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to his art.   As a Navy pilot and director first of Planet Ocean and then

Constance Squires

Constance Squires is the author of the novel Along the Watchtower, which was published by Riverhead/Penguin in 2011, and won the 2012 Oklahoma Book Award for Fiction. She has been nominated three times for the Pushcart

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

Joseph Stabile

The Reverend Joseph Stabile is pastor of Cochran Chapel United Methodist Church, as well as Co-Founder and Animator of Life in the Trinity Ministry, in Dallas, Texas. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member

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

Howard F Stein

Howard F. Stein, Ph.D., an organizational, applied, psychoanalytic, and medical anthropologist, as well as poet, is professor emeritus in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK, where

Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, editor, and feminist activist. She travels in this and other countries as an organizer and lecturer and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality. She is particularly

Silvia Stenitzer

Silvia Stenitzer, MA, LPCC, LMT, has been exploring the body-mind-soul connection for the past twenty years in her private practice “Interactive Bodytherapy.” Silvia is a dedicated psychotherapist, bodyworker, and yogini. She holds a certificate in

David Stephens

David Stephens is a life-long church musician with passions for many different genres of music and liturgical forms. A graduate of Webster University, David is trained in both classical and jazz voice and performs regularly

David Stone

David Stone began his career as an actor in New York, where his credits included Julian in Toys in the Attic and Luke in Tobacco Road at the Hudson Guild, as the narrator in Heritage at Lincoln Center, and the title

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

Susan Gilbertson

Susan Gilbertson is a Clinical Social Worker living and working in Durham, NC. In the early 1980s, she had a life-changing experience when she lived on the Mexico/US border for four years. After graduate school

Deborah Sussex

Deborah's interest in painting and photography began over thirty years ago when she purchased her first camera with a high school art scholarship. At that time, she felt torn between art school and a life

Gladys Swan

Though Gladys Swan has spent most of her career as a writer, having published two novels and seven collections of short fiction, as well as poetry and essays, she has devoted much of the last

Lori Swick

Lori Joan Swick is an adjunct professor of religion, mythology and philosophy at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. She holds a Master of Theological Studies degree from the University of Notre Dame and is

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

Terry Symens-Bucher

Terry Symens-Bucher has been trained in Council practice through the Center for Council, in Nonviolent Communication with Marshall Rosenberg and BayNVC and has studied extensively with Joanna Macy and Bill Plotkin. He has a Master

Anne Symens-Bucher

Anne Symens-Bucher was first introduced to the work of Joanna Macy in 1984 and has served as her executive assistant since 2006. She is deeply immersed in Macy's work and has been facilitating Work That Reconnects

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

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