Workshops & Retreats

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Courses should be closely aligned with the vision, mission and values of Ghost Ranch.

The Summer/Fall 2019 submission window is closed.

The Winter/Fall 2020 submission window will go live November 1st.

Letter from Executive Director Debra Hepler to Current Instructors

Instructor Overview

We appreciate your interest in teaching at Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center. For 63 years, Ghost Ranch has offered high-quality, transformative programs for guests of all ages from around the world.

We know that the strength of these programs is due in large part to the talented and skilled instructors that come to teach here. We believe that there are few places on the globe that offer as amazing a setting with such receptive students as Ghost Ranch.

Thank you for using our online submission form. As you complete each page and move to the next page (by clicking “next” at the bottom of the page), your answers will be saved automatically. You may not move to previous pages at any point to update or change your responses. Using your back button will cause you to lose some information and you will have to start a new form. You cannot save the form and return to fill it in later. Please note that if you choose to open the proposal on a different device than the one you began with, your answers from the previous form will not appear.

Ghost Ranch receives many teaching proposals. Workshops are selected based on substance, creativity, current interest/need and the instructor’s ability to help promote and fill his/her course. Careful and thorough completion of the proposal form is important for providing us with an accurate picture of your workshop requirements and what you would like your workshop to offer. Please submit one form per workshop. We accept a maximum of two proposals per instructor, per season.

Weeklong Workshops

Participants arrive for week-long workshops on Sunday afternoons (Sunday is considered a travel day). The first course meeting is held on Sunday evening, following a brief Ranch orientation. The final session occurs on Friday evening, and participants depart by 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Instruction time is approximately 20-25 hours plus potential time for field trip(s), studio time or other activities. Typical schedule is as follows:

3:00 p.m.: Check-in begins
5:30-6:30 p.m.: Dinner
6:45-7:45 p.m.: Orientation

7:30-8:30 a.m.: Breakfast
9:00 a.m.-noon: Class time
12:00-1:00 p.m.: Lunch

Afternoon: The afternoon is intended to be free time for guests; however, Open Studio and/or field trips may occur for some hours of the afternoon. The Ranch also often places offerings such as All-Ranch lectures, tours, Outdoor Adventure activities, massage, guided hikes, Intergenerational Worship, etc. during this period.

5:30-6:30 p.m.: Dinner
7:00-8:30 p.m.: Class time (or closing show/event – Friday evening is the final class time for weeklong courses and will include an all-Ranch closing show during the summer. Friday schedule is subject to change depending on concerts and special events.)

7:30-8:30 a.m.: Breakfast
8:30 a.m.: Worship (optional, seasonal)
10:00 a.m.: Checkout time

Weekend Workshops

Weekend programs are offered outside of the summer season.

Basic schedule of a weekend program allows for 18-24 hours of instruction/activities. Typical schedule follows:

3:00 p.m.: Check-in begins
5:30-6:30 p.m.: Dinner
6:45 p.m.: Ranch Orientation
7:00-8:30 p.m.: Class Orientation and first class session

Friday – Sunday
7:30-8:30 a.m.: Breakfast
9:00 a.m.-noon: Class time
12:00-1:00 p.m.: Lunch

Afternoon: Because of the shorter duration of weekend courses, afternoon might include some instruction; however, we encourage you to leave space for some free time, rest and exploration for participants or incorporate these aspects into your course.

In general, offering class during 2 of 3 time blocks daily (9am-noon, 1:30-4:30, 6:45-8pm) will leave room for down time.

5:30-6:30 p.m.: Dinner
7:00-8:30 p.m.: Class time

7:30-8:30 a.m.: Breakfast
10:00 a.m.: Departure. (Please note: lunch is not included for participants)>


When it becomes available, instructors and potential instructors should complete the online proposal form. Be prepared to submit the following:

  • Workshop Title & Description, both a long and shorter version are required
  • Your bio and that of any suggested co-leaders or special guests and high-resolution headshot photos for each. Photos will be cropped to a square. Photos taken by iPhone or tablet are fine as long as they are taken at the highest resolution possible.
  • Any materials needed and fees associated should be noted
  • Although not required at time of submission,it is helpful to include a daily schedule as part of the long description 
  • Any field trip destination location and roundtrip mileage

*If you have questions please contact Stephen Picha, Education Director, at

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