Home Upcoming Events The Road Taken Navigating Paths of Transition in Life’s Journeys G220243

The Road Taken Navigating Paths of Transition in Life’s Journeys G220243

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, (6-nights at the ranch) 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.

Additional Fee: Lodging options range from dorm-style $684 to private bath $1,074 and include 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 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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  • 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.


Feb 20 - 26 2022


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