Wednesday, August 31-Sunday, September 4, 2016

Take a stand for positive engagement in the final months of Election 2016 and beyond.

Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center offers this healing event for all ages, genders, races, faiths and political affiliation. Discover a new kind of civic education that grasps the complexities and divisions in our democracy and yet asks all to remain fully engaged.


Join the wisdom sharing voices of Sister Helen Prejean, Sharon Salzberg, Rev. Adam Taylor and the three co-founders of the Holistic Life Foundation. Contemplative yet active, this retreat is for all who are concerned by growing divisions yet trusting that all things have potential to change for the good. 

Here in the sacred space of this high-desert refuge, enjoy creative speakers, workshops, dialogue circles, yoga, hiking, private time and contemplative meditation or prayer.

  • Explore how to hold the tensions and stay committed to the relationship
  • Value the right to vote, to speak out and to stand up for others, especially the marginalized and voices rarely heard
  • Learn new ways to generate dialogue and deeper listening
  • Seek  alternatives to whatever makes us fearful, angry and divided

Discover why sitting on the sidelines may not be an option

The wide open vistas and warm hospitality of Ghost Ranch promise a calm oasis in which to experience how our nation’s greatest strengths come from our diversity, respect for all, willingness to compromise and our capacity to love.

Wednesday, August 31: Opening Evening Session: Holding the Tensions and Staying Committed to the Relationship

Thursday, September 1:  Probing and Transforming the Politics of Fear (Plenary, Sr. Helen Prejean)

Friday, September 2:  Integrating Compassion – Antidotes, Dialogue and Civil Discourse (Plenary, Sharon Salzburg)

Saturday,September 3: Sitting on the Sidelines is Not an Option (Plenary, Adam Taylor)

Sunday, September 4: Closing Morning Session: Moving Forward

CEU’s for professional counselors and social workers from The Catholic University of America: 18 CEU’s for Wisdom Sharing: Refuse to be Polarized; 24 CEU’s for both the pre-event, Democracy Building and Wisdom Sharing: Refuse to be Polarized.

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Sister Helen Prejean, author of “Dead Man Walking,” renowned activist for abolition of the death penalty and prison reform.  www.sisterhelen.org



Sharon Salzberg, best-selling author, leading mindfulness meditation teacher/practitioner and co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society; weekly columnist for NPR’s “On Being” with Krista Tippett. www.sharonsalzberg.com



Rev. Adam Taylor, Chairman of the Sojourners Board of Directors, author of “Mobilizing Hope: Faith Inspired Activism for a Post Civil Rights Generation and staff at the World Bank Group.” https://sojo.net/biography/adam-taylor


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Ali & Atman Smith, Andy Gonzalez, activist co-founders of the Holistic Life Foundation, a Baltimore non-profit that develops leadership training and poverty alleviation in Baltimore’s poorest communities hard hit by the recent unrest after the Freddy Gray killing. http://hlfinc.org/

Limited Housing on Rooms with Private Baths and Shared Baths




Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, 280 Private Drive, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to: registrar@GhostRanch.org

Register by telephone at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678, ext. 4155 or ext. 4156 — available Monday-Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. MST.