Message from Paul Fogg Regarding Coronavirus
March 26 Update – Tonic for the Soul
During times like these, maintaining our spiritual health and well-being are just as important as our physical wellness. 65 years ago, Arthur and Phoebe Pack gifted to the world what we know and love as Ghost Ranch to that end.
Since 1955, we have hosted Cowboy Camp with beloved former director Jim Hall, been designated as a National Natural
Landmark by National Park Foundation for our paleontology artifacts, hosted numerous symposia like Discerning the Signs
of the Times social and earth-care issues and taught many an aspiring artist and writer.
So many of us have been touched by the arts, science and spirituality found at Ghost Ranch, either by intentional experience or chance encounter. Whether attending a retreat or a wedding, hiking or praying and meditating, learning a new skill, seeing where Georgia O’Keeffe created masterpieces or just visiting for the day, we’ve all experienced something magical in this
Who would have guessed that something called COVID-19 would challenge our ability to travel and gather in the ways that we normally take for granted?
We should not forget the words of theologian and historian Thomas Fuller, “it is always darkest just before the day dawneth.” And, there’s no doubt the sun will continue to rise every day at Ghost Ranch.
Things are changing rapidly here: just days after we voluntarily closed the ranch to outside guests, the governor of New Mexico issued a stay-at-home order, so the staff is in limbo. Your support will allow us to protect Ghost Ranch, the place and the people, our community. Please stay tuned to our website ghostranch.org as our staff – many of whom you consider family – provides tips, virtual visits and mini-lessons from our deep bench of instructors as tonic for the soul in these trying times.
In order to do so, and keep Ghost Ranch a place to which you can return, we will need your financial support to get us through this challenging time. Your gift — large or small — is greatly appreciated.
Just as the sun will continue to rise on the shining cliffs, we will continue to provide a peace-filled and nurturing space once the storm has passed. Our 21,000 acres of inspiring southwest landscape is medicine for the soul. We thank you for your support these last 65 years, as we look forward to the next 65.
With your help, Ghost Ranch will always be here for you — for this too shall pass, and the sun will rise.
March 19 Update – Closure Information
More cases of Covid-19 have reached New Mexico, most have been confirmed as travel-related or by association with someone who has traveled into NM. A few cases are now being categorized as community spread.
Given this information, Ghost Ranch will close to the public as we are committed to keeping our staff and larger community safe. We will continue to provide a peace-filled and nurturing space during this uncertain time, fostering well-being and spiritual health through prayer, by providing photos of this historic, inspiring southwest landscape and sharing other experiences electronically. Stay tuned for more details.
We are committed to keeping our staff safe through this unique situation.
Through April 10, to be reassessed as time passes:
- Ghost Ranch is closed to the public including museums, tours, trail rides, hiking, camping and overnight stays.
- No new reservations are being taken at this time, and no walk-in business will be taken starting today.
- It is our hope that things will resume to a normal schedule by June. If you have booked an upcoming workshop with us for April and May, we ask that you consider taking future credit instead of a refund. These funds won’t expire and can transfer to the same offering as it is rebooked later this year or towards another workshop or overnight stay trip in the future. As our way of saying thanks for hanging in there with us, we will send you a Ghost Ranch t-shirt or a coupon for an O’Keeffe Landscape Tour (value $39) upon your next visit to Ghost Ranch as space allows. If you require a refund, we understand.
Our team will be sending individual messages to those who are registered for an April or May offering, including Bluegrass Camp week.
Please continue to visit GhostRanch.org for updates.
TO CONTACT US
Please send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll point you to the team member best equipped to help. Registrar – 505.685.1017; Front Desk – 505.685.1000.
In New Mexico, if you suspect that you have more than the average flu, you are asked to call 855.600.3453 before making your way to your doctor’s office, urgent care or hospital. In all other medical emergencies, call 911. We are actively monitoring the current situation. For immediate updates, we recommend viewing both the CDC and New Mexico DPH websites.
March 12 Update
At Ghost Ranch today, as we do our 360 degree look around us, we are reminded of what a gift this unique, colorful space has been and continues to be to people. Ghost Ranch continues to provide a peace-filled and nurturing space during this uncertain time, fostering well-being and spiritual health through this historic, inspiring southwest landscape.
Whether you are here in person or simply reflecting on a time that Ghost Ranch has brought you a settled feeling, we hope that light and love and Spirit will hold you a healthy space.
We also ask that you hold Ghost Ranch and our staff in your prayers, as we lift each other up in community. Instead of holding out our hands to one another, let’s open our hearts with acts of love and compassion wherever we are.
All of our staff are engaging and shifting routines to stay safe, to keep our team and families safe, and are making every effort to keep the environs safe for visitors and guests.
Hiking, overnight stays, tours and trail rides will continue over the next few weeks. We are working with group leaders to make sure that if folks are at high risk or are concerned about travel, they feel supported in staying home.
Cancellations for programs at this time are for courses in March and some, though not all, in April. Some have been rescheduled where possible and continue with on-going evaluation. At this time, we ask those who are canceling a reservation to rebook for a future offering of the same event or transfer to another Ghost Ranch event as your schedule allows. For those with health or financial hardships, a full refund will be honored when requested.
These April Festival of the Arts courses are still on – we will re-assess at the end of March.
Writing For Self-Discovery with Kelsea Habecker
Hiking the Enchanted Land of GR with Connie Burkhart
Outdoor Landscape Painting with Marion Berg (was with Michelle Chrisman who is injured)
April Adult Service Corp
In New Mexico, if you suspect that you have more than the average flu, you are asked to call 855.600.3453
before making your way to your doctor’s office, urgent care or hospital. In all other medical emergencies, call 911.We are actively monitoring the current situation. For immediate updates, we recommend viewing both the CDC and New Mexico DPH websites.
Please keep in mind that the best way to prevent the spread of infectious disease is through overall cleanliness and diligent handwashing.
We are grateful for your cooperation, prayers and understanding.
WHAT WE ARE DOING
We are increasing routines of the sanitation of doorknobs, light switches, and other commonly-touched public and lodging room surfaces, with extra attention given to our Dining Hall. We are re-assigning staff members to help in this crucial work.
Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is provided at the front of the buffet line. We ask that all take a moment to sanitize before and after serving food. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is also offered at the welcome table and in the staff offices. (These are ongoing practices, not new ones.)
We are posting CDC hygiene tips and reminders in all bathrooms and gathering spaces offering advice on handwashing and other ways to stay safe.
WHEN TO STAY HOME
We ask that all guests who have a fever, symptoms of a respiratory infection, or have been exposed to a person with coronavirus, flu, or any other communicable disease reschedule their visits to the ranch.
We ask you to stay home if you are a high-risk individual or if you’re feeling sick, primarily if you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, especially when coming to this altitude.
If you are traveling internationally for a program at Ghost Ranch, we invite you to look at the CDC information for travelers first. Several airlines are adjusting their flight-change fees and penalties to allow more flexibility for travelers impacted by the Coronavirus.
TO CONTACT US
Please send your questions to email@example.com. We’ll point you to the
team member best equipped to help. Registrar – 505.685.1017; Front Desk