Workshops & Retreats

Journeying Inward Individual and Group Spiritual Direction Offered at Ghost Ranch

following the path of sacred connections…Spiritual Direction at Ghost Ranch

Spiritual Life Services, Contact Stephen Picha at 505.28.1860 for more information or to schedule an individual or group spiritual direction session.

The Object of Spiritual Direction

“The object of spiritual direction is to cultivate one’s ability to discern God’s presence in one’s life – to notice and appreciate moments of holiness, to maintain an awareness of the interconnectedness of all things, to explore ways to be open to the blessings of the Holy One in challenging and difficult moments as well as in joyful ones. The director serves as a companion and witness, someone who helps you (sometimes with questions, sometimes just by listening) to discern the divine where you might have missed it and to integrate that awareness into your daily life, your prayer, your work for justice and compassion, your study, your ritual practice.”
(edited from a quote by Rabbi Jacob Staub on the Spiritual Directors International website)“Spiritual direction is the contemplative practice of helping another person or group to awaken to the mystery called God in all of life, and to respond to that discovery in a growing relationship of freedom and commitment.” (James Keegan, SJ, on behalf of the 2005 Coordinating Council of Spiritual Directors International)

Individual Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction is not pastoral counseling, nor is its goal “problem solving.” Spiritual direction is not counseling.
Spiritual direction is not therapy.
Spiritual direction is not financial or emotional advice.Instead, through sacred listening – a prayerful practice – your spiritual director listens to you, allowing you to share your experiences. Then, together, you explore how God is calling you to a deeper relationship with the Holy One. Spiritual direction helps you develop spiritual practices like new and renewed ways to pray, meditation, and contemplation. Spiritual life grows through these practices, enriching your life.
Is your soul yearning for a deeper connection with the Spirit?

Group Direction

Through guided conversation and exercises, participants are invited…

  • to reflect on how their courses, personal interactions, and the landscape of Ghost Ranch are nurturing their spirituality
  • to be open to deepening their relationships with the Holy One in new, creative ways, possibly including an expanded definition and experience of prayer
  • to contemplate how the gifts received at Ghost Ranch might be taken back out into the world enabling healing connections with all of God’s creatures and with Creation itself.

Rates & Scheduling Sessions

Please call Spiritual Life Services to ask questions, and to schedule a session with a spiritual director at Ghost Ranch. When you call we will let you know the times that are available and will make your reservation for you. Payments are due at the time of scheduling.

There are several places on the Ranch where spiritual directors meet guests. When you schedule your session, we will share your meeting location.

  • Individual Spiritual Direction
    60-minute session
    $ 50.00 per session
  • Group Spiritual Reflection
    (limited to 10 participants)
    90-minute session $ 25.00 per person

Spiritual Direction Team

At Ghost Ranch there is a team of certified spiritual directors, who share in leading Spiritual Life Services for guests and staff throughout the year – contemplative prayer, guided labyrinth walks, Morning Blessings, hosting at Casa del Sol Retreat House at Ghost Ranch, as well as offering spiritual direction.

Each spiritual director has completed an intensive program of study in spiritual direction, is certified by Spiritual Directors International, and is eager to accompany you on your spiritual journey while you are at Ghost Ranch. Some guests schedule one session during their stay, other persons request regular sessions throughout their residence here. Please know that we will do all we can to provide caring spiritual companionship during your stay.

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