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Great Guides of the Beloved: Female Mystics and Spiritual Teachers – G200921

We live in a world that has been and continues to be dominated by male religious figures and hierarchies, as well as masculine ideas of the divine. This retreat will introduce guests to the works and teachings of several female mystics and spiritual guides from various faith traditions. It will also provide retreat participants with feminine archetypes of the divine. This retreat will create a space for people to break free from the bondage of their conditionings with regard to what they have been taught to believe about religion and “God”. For, as the great Christian mystic Meister Eckhart stated, “The Ultimate and Highest leave taking is leaving God for GOD, leaving your notion of God for an Experience of That which transcends all notions.”
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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BONUS: For those who register for both The Way of Thomas Merton and Great Guides of the Beloved, receive one free night, Saturday with three additional meals, and a Sunday guided day trip with Paul to Christ in the Desert Monastary. This retreat will be held at Casa del Sol, a retreat house away from the main ranch that provides quiet and safe space for work that engages spirit and focus, dedicated to deep spiritual and artistic contemplation.

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.


  • Paul Jacob
    Paul Jacob

    Paul W. Jacob (Jake) is an author, college professor, scholar of world religions, and a contemplative guide. He facilitates contemplative retreats and leads spiritual formation groups at centers throughout the United States.

    Jake has been a writer-in-residence for the Stony Point Multi-Faith Center in New York, the Grunewald Guild in Washington state, the InsideOut Literary Arts Project in Detroit, and at La Serrania in Spain. A featured guest on several regional NPR programs and college radio shows, his books have been published by presses in the U.S. and Canada; titles include Blue Collar Nomad, Nomadic Devotion, Falling onto the Ground, and A Wandering Train to Now.

    Jake is a faculty member of the English Department at Lake Washington Institute of Technology and teaches in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Washington.

    Find out more about his work at: nomadicdevotion.com


Sep 13 2020 - Sep 16 2020


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


$450.00 - $835.00
Casa Del Sol


Casa Del Sol
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

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