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Sabbath Soul Tending and the Heart of Creativity – G2007112CDS

This summer, give your soul the gift of time, the solace of silence and lasting connection of spiritual friends, do a little Sabbath soul tending. Through art and creativity, nature-based experiences, prayer, hospitality, play, you will explore and reimagine your work and life in the world, both solo and with other retreatants. Based upon the 2018 book by Rev. Anita Amstutz, Soul Tending: Journey into the Heart of Sabbath (Skylight Paths Publishing, Barnes & Noble/Indy/Amazon) you will be guided into a Sabbath rhythm. In Anita’s words, “In that dry, droughty space between joyful living and the soul sickness of too much work, I learned to recover Sabbath Mind over and over as a place of healing, whole hearted living and shalom.” Soul Tenders will be based at retreat house Casa del Sol which inspires the imagination and calls forth a deep solace just by the sheer magnificence of the soaring painted cliffs and intimate riparian canyons around it. You will find yourself revived and restored in community with human and non-human alike. Facilitators: Anita Amstutz, M.Div, MA, Speaks at the intersection of Mennonite practicality and Catholic Spirituality. She has served in congregational ministry along the Rocky Mountain region over 17 years, and teaches spiritual formation at the Center for Action and Contemplation. You can visit her website at https://afamstutz.com Maureen O’Neill, received her BFA in Painting from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her MFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, with an Award in Excellence for outstanding work. Currently she is Director of Exhibitions and Educational Programming at Barton Art Galleries, Barton College, North Carolina. 

Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate.

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$20 Materials Fee Casa del Sol retreat house is away from the main ranch and provides a 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.


  • Reverend Anita Amstutz

    Reverend Anita Amstutz is an ordained Mennonite minister who has led congregations in the Rio Grande watershed and Rocky Mountain region for over 16 years. Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, she works ecumenically with the Center for Action and Contemplation and their on-line spirituality classes. At the intersection of Catholic and Jewish mysticism and Mennonite practicality, she creates and leads liturgy and worship, teaches spiritual formation, preaches, counsels, is a hospice chaplain and has personally wrestled with what it means to live from Sabbath Mind.


Jul 12 2020 - Jul 18 2020


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


$775.00 - $1,540.00
Casa Del Sol


Casa Del Sol
David Michael Kennedy Photography

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