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Using Art in the Church’s Healing Ministries with Rev. Brenda Grauer – G230244

Renew, Re-Create, Restore!
A Retreat for Pastors and Care-Givers in the Church

April 12 – 16, 2023

The timing of this retreat for church staff and congregational care-givers is intentional. Following the Holy Week and Easter observances, church leaders often feel a need to take some personal time off. What better place than Casa del Sol Retreat House at Ghost Ranch to seek quiet and to renew one’s soul? Here, sequestered in the painted desert – a mile away from the Ghost Ranch campus – the stars twinkle the brightest, and the desert reflects the pinks and golds of ancient cliffs, beckoning us to breathe deeply, walk gently and pause to bask in the newness of Earth’s gifts.
“Renew, Recreate, Restore” will provide space for such quiet: sitting around the fire bowl at evening, sipping coffee and tea during a morning stroll, walking the labyrinth, resting comfortably in rooms equipped for reading and writing. There will be optional times set aside for guided prayer: using traditional Christian practices, mindfulness experiences, and song. And there will be time for artful reflection: as we practice strategies leading toward healing, restoration and wholeness, and as we experiment with new possibilities for engagement with those who walk with us in faith.

Whether you are a clergy person, deacon or parish nurse; whether you provide on-going care for children or adults in your family/church family, these five days at Casa del Sol, will equip you with new energy to return home feeling renewed, restored and re-created with new possibilities for your call to care-giving.

Retreat facilitator: Rev Brenda Grauer earned her theological degree at McCormick Theological Seminary and the Methodist Theological Seminary in Ohio, where she integrated masters level courses in art therapy into pastoral care and counseling studies. For over thirty years she has blended this work as she consults with and guides churches that endeavor to reach out in artful ways to spread the gospel today.

This retreat will be held at Casa del Sol


$1,314 Private Bath Lodging – single occupancy-restroom inside your room $660, $500 tuition, $154 meals package
$1,014 Dorm-style Lodging – single occupancy-restroom outside your room $360 $500 tuition, $154 meals package



Please use the options below to find helpful information regarding Ghost Ranch Workshops and Retreats

If you need shuttle service, please reach out to Kevin at White Buffalo Shuttle 831.359.8077 | nivek@cruzio.com

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: 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 $150 processing charge. No refunds can be processed after that time. We reserve the right to announce a change in leadership or cancel any program 31 days prior to the first day of the workshop. In this 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). If the cancellation is received less than 31 days prior to your start date, your funds can be left on deposit for another Ghost Ranch workshop or future stay during this calendar year, but you must know the exact dates of your next stay. Or you can choose to make it a tax-deductible donation to support Ghost Ranch. This cancellation policy does not apply to January Term.

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.


We understand there are some with special dietary restrictions. In order for us to best serve all, prior notice of any special needs is required.

Because we are a cafeteria style foodservice and our number of guests can be quite large, we are unable to accommodate individual meals for any guest. We are, however, always looking to be sure that we have an option that will fit one or more common and crossover restrictions.

Any severe allergies are taken most seriously, yet we cannot promise there will be no cross contamination in the assembling of products here. We highly recommend some personal option be brought along. We do have a few public refrigerators available, but there is no access to a kitchen or cooking.

We are also unable administer any medication, so please have your personal Epi-Pen” readily available.

We are glad you are planning to visit the ranch, and want your trip from beginning to end to be smooth.We rely on White Buffalo Shuttle for our guests. Kevin Spitzer picks up at the Sage Inn in Santa Fe the afternoon of the first date listed, and returns to the Sage Inn the morning of the last date. His phone number is 831.359.8077. Email is nivek@cruzio.com

The best way to get to Santa Fe Sage Inn is Groome Transportation. They are very helpful in assessing your flight info and getting you on the right shuttle at the right time. 505.474.5696/ groometransportation.com


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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.

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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  • The ranch Dining Hall serves three meals a day on a fixed schedule. We offer a vegetarian option at each meal. While the Dining Hall offers gluten-free items and vegan dishes at some meals, we cannot guarantee that these options will be available for each meal.  Let us know about this need in your registration notes. If it is necessary for a guest to eat a specific diet or if a guest has food allergies, the surest option is to bring personal food items to the ranch. There are refrigerators available for guest use in a few common/public spaces. 
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  • Brenda Grauer
    Brenda Grauer

    A frequent chaplain at Ghost Ranch, Brenda is retired from twenty-three years of liturgical art ministry at In Stitches: Center for Liturgical Art. She is traveled widely, teaching and consulting with churches from multiple denominations, and serving as artistic consultant to numerous national, denominational gatherings. The founding of In Stitches: Academy for the Art of Ministry in Ohio provided a place for worship leaders to study and reflect upon their church’s ministry practices and to bring newness into those practices. During her ministry she and her staff have created thousands of art pieces, currently being used in worship in this country and internationally.


Apr 12 - 16 2023

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