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The Way of Thomas Merton – G200912CDS

Thomas Merton is one of the most famous and influential Christian writers who ever lived. As we reflect in The Way of Thomas Merton, we inquire into the spiritual evolution of his life, which includes excerpts from several of his books and documentaries on his life. Learn about his early bohemian life, including the many places and mythical symbols that came to have an impact on his vocation as a monk and an author. Explore the impact of the tragic losses of his mother, father, and brother upon his evolution and struggles to find a home. Venture into his years as a Trappist monk, including his deep questions on community and solitude. Engage his inter-religious dialog, mystical experiences and his travels. Through Thomas Merton’s spiritual journey, we shall inquire into the nature of our own paths and where we currently are in the present.

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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 Monastery. 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.

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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 09 2020 - Sep 12 2020


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3:00 pm - 9:00 am


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