Home Upcoming Events Celebrate Women; Flourishing as We Age with Susan Weber & Kelly Finnerty – G231044

Celebrate Women; Flourishing as We Age with Susan Weber & Kelly Finnerty – G231044

The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly  and without fear for newer and richer experience.” Eleanor Roosevelt 

As we age often our enthusiasm for growth hope and renewal wanes as life and the aging  process offers up losses and challenges of many kinds for ourselves and loved ones. And we  live in a culture that that too often ignores the wisdom of aging and glorifies youth.  

This week will focus on coming together in community and camaraderie with other women to  share and acknowledge our joys, sorrows, grief and challenges. Together we will explore how  our lives may be changing, whether through retirement, children leaving home, caring for aging  parents, and our own aging process. Hopefully we will learn and experience new ways of  approaching this chapter of our lives; to move forward with hope and courage and perhaps  acquire new skills to energize, heal, accept and even flourish with grace and intention, this “new  stretch.”  

Our time together will include thought provoking and inspired readings/poetry, journaling,  moving our bodies with yoga and dance, guided visualizations, meditation, hikes/walks in  nature, a labyrinth, art projects and ritual that express and mark this joyous and challenging  time, and possibly a visit to local hot springs.  

The only thing necessary to bring is a journal (5×7 minimum), and willingness to be open to the  experience. Through sharing, we can learn, grow, and celebrate together as we navigate this  part of our life’s amazing journey!  

*Suggested book reading: Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher

5-Night Program Package Price (Includes Lodging, Tuition and Meals):

  • Private Room – $1,696
  • Semi-Private Room – $1,596
  • Dorm – $1,321
  • Suite – $1,871 to $2,371
  • Campsite/RV – $1,046 to $1,096

*Pricing for Single Occupancy



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If you need shuttle service, please reach out to Kevin at White Buffalo Shuttle 831.359.8077 | nivek@cruzio.com

Virtual Events: Payments made for Virtual Events are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend the event, recordings will be made available to you after the event. For events with multiple sessions, every attempt will be made to make the session(s) available to you before the next scheduled session.

In-person events: Written notification must be received no later than 45 days prior to the start date of your workshop in order to receive a refund, minus a $150 processing charge. No refunds can be processed after that time. We reserve the right to announce a change in leadership or cancel any program 31 days prior to the first day of the workshop. In this event, you may transfer to another workshop without charge or we will refund the full workshop payment. (Many participants have found it helpful to purchase travel insurance). If the cancellation is received less than 31 days prior to your start date, your funds can be left on deposit for another Ghost Ranch workshop or future stay during this calendar year, but you must know the exact dates of your next stay. Or you can choose to make it a tax-deductible donation to support Ghost Ranch. This cancellation policy does not apply to January Term.

Ghost Ranch Scholarship Request

Thank you for your interest in applying for a Ghost Ranch scholarship. The typical scholarship amount is $100-350. We are able to grant more scholarships in the winter, spring and late fall seasons than we are in the summer months. 

You will receive a copy of your scholarship form after you submit it and should hear back from Ghost Ranch about your application within a 10 working days. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Robin Keck, robingk@ghostranch.org.


We understand there are some with special dietary restrictions. In order for us to best serve all, prior notice of any special needs is required.

Because we are a cafeteria style foodservice and our number of guests can be quite large, we are unable to accommodate individual meals for any guest. We are, however, always looking to be sure that we have an option that will fit one or more common and crossover restrictions.

Any severe allergies are taken most seriously, yet we cannot promise there will be no cross contamination in the assembling of products here. We highly recommend some personal option be brought along. We do have a few public refrigerators available, but there is no access to a kitchen or cooking.

We are also unable administer any medication, so please have your personal Epi-Pen” readily available.

We are glad you are planning to visit the ranch, and want your trip from beginning to end to be smooth.We rely on White Buffalo Shuttle for our guests. Kevin Spitzer picks up at the Sage Inn in Santa Fe the afternoon of the first date listed, and returns to the Sage Inn the morning of the last date. His phone number is 831.359.8077. Email is nivek@cruzio.com

The best way to get to Santa Fe Sage Inn is Groome Transportation. They are very helpful in assessing your flight info and getting you on the right shuttle at the right time. 505.474.5696/ groometransportation.com


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What day/time does the workshop start and end?

In-person workshops begin with check-in at 3:00 p.m. and a ranch orientation in the evening on the first date listed for the course and end at 10:00 a.m. with checkout on the last date listed.

Virtual workshops will have a varied schedule that is identified within each workshop description.

What is the difference between a room with private bath, a room with semi-private or shared bath, and a room with communal/dorm bath?

Private bath refers to the type of bathroom, not single occupancy

Private Bath Room: There is a bathroom in that one room that is not shared between or with any other rooms. The highest rate tier of Ghost Ranch lodging.

Semi-private/shared: There is a bathroom between two rooms that is shared by the occupants of the two adjoining sleeping rooms. These rooms will only be used as family or group suites, not to be shared by unknown neighbors as in the past.

Communal/dorm: There is a communal bathroom/shower in the lodging building and participants will need to exit their room to reach these facilities.

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  • The ranch Dining Hall serves three meals a day on a fixed schedule. We offer a vegetarian option at each meal. While the Dining Hall offers gluten-free items and vegan dishes at some meals, we cannot guarantee that these options will be available for each meal.  Let us know about this need in your registration notes. If it is necessary for a guest to eat a specific diet or if a guest has food allergies, the surest option is to bring personal food items to the ranch. There are refrigerators available for guest use in a few common/public spaces. 


  • Kelly Finnerty
    Kelly 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 power of creative expression, Kelly has more than 25 years of experience facilitating creative self-expression for adults and children in schools, nature centers, museums and therapeutic settings.

    Her creativity is expressed through personal art making, facilitating therapy groups using art and movement and in leading development of museum exhibits and public art projects. Her current projects emphasize the importance of creativity and connection to nature for physical and mental health.

  • Susan Weber
    Susan Weber

    In the late 80’s, I traveled to the SW to study the healing arts in Santa Fe after a ten year career in social work, in N Michigan. Falling in love with the mountains, mesas, and wide open spaces, allowed my spirit to soar and led me in a new direction for my own healing and new career as a massage therapist. I had been practicing yoga and studied to become a teacher a few years later, then moving to the Abiquiu area on the Chama River in the mid 90’s, put Ghost Ranch on my radar. I helped start the massage and wellness program there in 1997, eventually adding yoga classes, guided hikes, teaching a course for Jan term, and then my own week-long workshops. This all adds up to a total of 23 years of involvement at Ghost Ranch I am happy and proud to say!


Oct 22 - 27 2023

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