Home Upcoming Events The Road Taken: Navigating Paths of Transition in Life’s Journey – G210851

The Road Taken: Navigating Paths of Transition in Life’s Journey – G210851

Course will be held at Casa del Sol (Ghost Ranch Retreat House)

Emerging from the pandemic, absorbing a difficult diagnosis, making a transition from working to retirement, loss of a loved one? These are times when we look to solutions that may not be readily available. In Robert Frost’s poem, The Road Not Taken, the reader assumes we willingly take path choices.

This 5-day class will explore the pathways, by choice or by default, that have brought you to this moment in time, and how to navigate the more difficult ones while appreciating those which are easily navigated.

As the country begins to emerge from a stay-at-home season of the coronavirus pandemic, it will not be a return to normal, but a different kind of life in the “new normal.” What might that new normal be, and how can we address it?

Quaker educator and spiritual director Jeannie Bowman will lead the class through practical and useful strategies for coping, spiritual practices for releasing and healing the past, recognizing the in-between times, rituals for letting go, meditation, and writing. Supporting the physical, mental, and spiritual approaches will be helpful in maneuvering successful passage through these transitions.

Note: This course is also offered Sunday-Friday, June 27 – July 2


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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.

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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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  • Jeannie Bowman
    Jeannie Bowman

    Jeannie Bowman is a wife, a mother, a contemplative — happily living in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Her background includes Quaker educator, practice as spiritual companion, worship and retreat leader, and spiritual formation teacher.  She is a graduate of the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction, Tucson, AZ.

    Prayer, scripture studies, Quaker clearance committees, liturgy, and sacred music have developed her heart for holy listening and discernment of the Spirit at work in herself and in the lives of those with whom she is engaged in spiritual direction experiences.  Journaling is a part of her daily spiritual discipline.

    She is a member of Spiritual Directors International, an Elder in the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), enjoys facilitating cancer support workshop A New Song to Sing (Linda L. Loving), is a Ghost Ranch faculty member, and an avid handbell ringer.  When she is not teaching, singing or ringing, you will likely find her walking a familiar trail, working in her garden, or having tea with a friend.


Aug 29 2021 - Sep 03 2021



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