Workshops & Retreats

Summer Youth Activities

While adults spend mornings and evenings immersed in a workshop of their choice, youth spend mornings and evenings experiencing all kinds of new activities under the guidance of our trained staff. Some adult workshops have afternoon or all-day schedules; please note these times when registering so as to make arrangements for childcare during the periods that have no youth activities. Register for Youth Activities or Senior High Youth Initiative by workshop

Choose an adult workshop as the primary registrant then use the “ADD GUEST” button to choose youth activity from the drop-down. All youth must attend and lodge with an adult parent, grandparent or guardian/supervisor.




For Youth Under Three (3)

Free – The Family Center is a safe, comfortable place for children under the age of 3 to play and rest. Child care is not provided. Spontaneous co-ops of parents and relatives are often organized.

For Youth Ages 3-14 $250 per week

Includes meals | $150 for campers–no meals Children will spend time with others their age to explore and engage.
Activity Themes
Expressive Arts | Peacemaking | Outdoor
Adventure | Spirituality Activities & Discussions
Exploring Cultural Gifts of Northern New Mexico
Creating Community Among Diverse Groups
Environmental Stewardship | Fun & Games

For Youth Agest 15-18 $450 per week

Includes meals | $250 for campers–no meals
Rates above apply to youth grades 10-12. Youth must enroll in one of the following, rates apply to either selection.1. One of our scheduled workshops OR
2. Senior High Youth InitiativeTHEME WEEKS New senior high youth opportunities include leadership development, service learning, cultural awareness and sustainability education, engagement with the arts and lots of outdoor adventure. See page 21 for full details. Senior high youth may also sign up for a scheduled workshop at the same rate.
Sunday, June 18-Friday, June 23 Youth Service Corps – see page 20.
Sunday, June 25-Saturday, July 1 Youth Week – Love Without Borders – see page 34.

  • Sunday, July 2-Saturday, July 8 A Taste of College Staff
  • Sunday, July 9-Saturday, July 15
    1. Senior High Smorgasbord or
    2. Digital Photography Exploration with Liz Arenberg
    Go on hikes, day trips, boating and an overnight to help us learn how to use a digital camera in this photography adventure. All levels of experience welcome! Students must bring a DSLR camera, which can be rented.
  • Sunday, July 16-Saturday, July 22
    1. Senior High Smorgasbord or
    2. Photography Exploration in Black & White with Liz Arenberg
    An introduction to the joys of black & white darkroom printing. Learn how to use an analogue camera and create Ansel Adams-esque prints in the Ghost Ranch darkroom. Learn about composition, capturing light, how to expose and make black & white prints. Some events during the week mixed with all Senior High youth. Bring 35mm camera or you will be able to rent one.
  • Sunday, July 23-Saturday, July 29
  • Sunday, July 30-Saturday, August 5
    Adventure Filmmaking with Peter Walker & OA Staff
    Ghost Ranch is a place where stories happen. Seek out intrigue, humor and tall tales in the most challenging places; From the top of mountains, from the deck of our canoes, on islands in water and hanging from ropes. There will be danger, there will be risk. And yes… there will be stories to tell!

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