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God’s Dwelling Place: A Desert Interfaith Pilgrimage – G201121CDS

Please note that the dates have changed to November 1-6. At the heart of all religions is a deep interplay between spiritual grounding and spiritual journey. Ghost Ranch, situated in a stunning high desert landscape and within a rich confluence of cultures and religions stretching back to prehistoric times, affords a perfect setting for exploring both place and pilgrimage. We will do just that in this retreat, centered in the intimate setting of the Ranch’s retreat house, Casa del Sol. We will spend time there in structured reflection and sharing our own stories. We will also journey from there to visit spiritual sites and communities reflecting the interfaith diversity of northern New Mexico, including the iconic pilgrimage shrine of Santuario de Chimayo.
This retreat takes place at Casa del Sol, away from the main ranch, which provides quiet and safe space for work that engages spirit and focus, dedicated to deep spiritual and artistic contemplation.
Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate.

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During this Covid-19 Pandemic Period, full refunds will be given as requested for workshops scheduled through May. This period may be extended or refunds considered per request. Please consider leaving your funds on deposit for another Ghost Ranch workshop or future stay. Or, consider donating a portion to help us through this unique business period.

Traditional Policy: 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 $100 processing charge. No refunds will be processed after that time. We reserve the right to announce a change in leadership or cancel any program 45 days prior to the first day of the workshop. In that 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. This cancellation policy does not apply to January Term – see below.

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What day/time does the workshop start and end?

 Workshops always 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..

What is double occupancy and single occupancy lodging?
  • All-inclusive rates include double occupancy lodging, meaning that we will have two participants per room in most cases.If you do not specify a roommate, you will be assigned a roommate of the same gender
  • In the off-season (late October-May), participants may choose to upgrade to single occupancy lodging for an additional $50 per night. Guarantee single occupancy lodging by paying the single occupancy upgrade.
  • During our busy summer seasons, late June-July and late September-early October, participants who register alone should expect to have a roommate assigned to their room. In some limited circumstances, a single occupancy upgrade will be available at $100 per night.
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 refers to the type of bathroom, not single occupancy
    • Private: There is a bathroom in that one room that is not shared between or with any other rooms.
    • Semi-private/shared: There is a bathroom in between two rooms that is shared by the occupants of the two rooms.
    • Communal/dorm: There is a communal bathroom/showers in the lodging building (or in a proximate building, for some upper mesa dorm rooms), and participants will need to exit their room to reach these facilities.


  • Carol Mell
    Carol Mell

    Carol Mell is a fine art photographer and digital artist who received her Bachelor of Fine Art in Dance from The Juilliard School in New York City, New York and currently lives and works in Taos, New Mexico. Originally from Oregon, she has lived in the Southwest including the Navajo Nation and along the Arizona-Mexico border. Mell’s painterly landscape photography is in two New Mexico galleries, and some are on exhibition in New York, Florida, and Colorado.

    With her training as a dancer and choreographer, Carol Mell infuses energy and spirit into her digital landscape photography by combining slow shutter speeds with camera movement in what she calls a “camera dance.” Having grown up in the large landscapes of the West, she considers the trees, rivers, mountains, and big sky to be familial characters in her life’s journey. Her innovative camera techniques produce vibrant color images of nature that invoke mood, presence, and spiritual interconnection. She prints her photographs on fine art and metallicized paper, canvas, and aluminum.

  • Rev. Wayne Mell
    Rev. Wayne Mell

    Rev. Wayne Mell served 25 years as a Presbyterian minister until his retirement in 2014. He pastored churches on the Navajo reservation and the Mexican border in Arizona. From 2001 to 2014 Wayne served as pastor of two churches in Taos and Ranchos de Taos, in northern New Mexico, and has long been an active student, volunteer advisor, and teacher at Ghost Ranch, the nearby Presbyterian Conference Center. He continues to preach and teach at Presbyterian churches in the area.

    Before entering the ministry, Rev. Mell received a doctorate in history from the University of Oregon. He taught at Wayne State College in Nebraska, then worked five years for the Oregon Committee for the Humanities in Portland until entering San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1985.

    Wayne and his wife Carol, an accomplished art photographer, live in Rio Rancho, near Albuquerque. They enjoy exploring the natural beauty and rich cultural heritage of the Southwest, which includes deep-felt listening to people from diverse spiritual and cultural traditions in quest of our shared wonder in the mystery of creation. They also delight in frequent family gatherings and evenings spent with Wayne’s guitar and a mother lode of folksongs.


Nov 01 2020 - Nov 06 2020


Arrival & Departure Dates - Check-in & Check-out times
3:00 pm - 9:00 am


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