Home Upcoming Events Holistic Photography: Seeing, Sensing, Creating with Randee Lawrence & Cecilia Broder G220841

Holistic Photography: Seeing, Sensing, Creating with Randee Lawrence & Cecilia Broder G220841

In the desert landscape, nature rewards us with a sensuous palette of colors. Ghost Ranch is about slowing down and connecting with the sacredness of the land. Come and explore the red rocks, deep blue skies and mystical petrified trees with your camera. While most photography classes focus on technical competency, this class takes a mindfulness approach, emphasizing intuition and imagination. When we release expectations of how things ought to look, we free ourselves to create artistic images that come from our soul. Imagine an entire week with just you and your camera, surrounded in the beauty of Georgia O’Keeffe’s backyard.

Tap into your intuition, your creative spirit and your five senses. Join kindred spirits at this unique workshop. It will change the way you take photos and it just may change the way you see the world. A series of exercises will be offered each morning to engage the senses and improve your powers of observation and composition.

Guided hikes and field work will be available or participants may choose to work on their own. We will photograph sunrises, sunsets and visit sacred landscapes around Ghost Ranch and the surrounding area. Digital images will be loaded onto a computer for sharing and group reflection. All levels welcome.

At this time masks are optional in indoor spaces. Proof of covid vaccination or negative test within 72 hours of arrival at Ghost Ranch. Both policies are subject to change. Sample: Lodging options for 6-night workshops range from dorm-style $684 to private bath $1,074 which includes room and meals for the first person occupying the room. If you are sharing the room with a family member or trusted travel companion, the second occupant should register for their workshop separately and choose the "commuter" or "2nd+ person sharing a room option" in lieu of a lodging option. This will help ensure that all participants are included in meal counts, and placed in the correct workshop in order to receive the pertinent follow-up information.


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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: During this Covid-19 pandemic period, 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. If the cancellation is Covid-related and is received less than 45 days prior to your start date, your funds will be left on deposit for another ghost ranch workshop or future stay or you can make it a full donation to support us through this unique business period.

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.



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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.

During Covid safety period - single occupancy lodging is the standard
  • During Covid-19 periods, all lodging types will be single occupancy at no additional charge. Of course, you can share a room with a spouse, partner, family or another person that shares your full-time residence. The extra folks that share a room will pay for workshop registration fees and meals.
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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  • Cecilia Broder
    Cecilia Broder

    My life’s tapestry has been interwoven with family, photography and a career focusing on social issues.
    My photography takes the ordinary and moves beyond. Whether it is a landscape, a street scene, an abstract or a candid shot, my images reflect what I am thinking, feeling and seeing at the moment. It’s not solely about the camera, the lens or technical know-how, but about slowing down to see the light, shapes, shadows, the smallest of things; slowing down to listen, to feel, to become part of the moment.
    I am fortunate to have had a long-time career focusing on social issues at the local, state and national level. This work taught me to slow down and truly listen, to be creative in finding new directions and never stop believing. Over time, my career and photography began to connect. Examples of social issues/photographic projects include:
    – Discovery Digital Network Episode: This happened HERE – Who Are “The Disappeared” of Argentina? https://youtu.be/wkwJq_CVVR0
    – EXPOSURE – Homelessness through the lens of art & poetry: A book of art and reflection.
    – Who Will We Be When the Masks Come Off? An installation and video. https://youtu.be/ zF34R5rzCNU

  • Randee Lawrence
    Randee Lawrence

    Randee Lipson Lawrence Ed.D. is an emeritus professor of adult education at National Louis University in Chicago. Now living in Colorado, she is an avid nature photographer. Her work is deeply inspired by the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe and the spirit of northern New Mexico. She teaches workshops on “learning to see” and is the author of “Artistic Ways of Knowing” and several other publications on the topic of learning through the intersections of mind, body, heart and spirit and artistic expression.


Aug 21 - 27 2022



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