Stephen Picha is a leader and teacher with more than twenty-five years of experience in both nonprofit and for-profit organizations as well as in the public school system. He currently serves as Education Director here at Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center.
Stephen first became acquainted with the deep beauty and healing of Ghost Ranch in 2001 when he participated in a Men’s Rite of Passage through the Center for Action and Contemplation. Since that time, Stephen has worked with many men at Ghost Ranch, inside the United States, and around the world to offer them opportunities to deepen their spiritual and human lives.
Stephen served as Executive Director of the Center for Action and Contemplation for over a decade and during that time helped to birth MALEs – Men As Learners and Elders (now known as Illuman). With MALEs, he served as a Ritual and Logistics elder. He has trained in nature-based retreat work with the Animas Valley Institute as well as doing training with Joanna Macy’s The Work That Reconnects and being a part of a local men’s group for 15 years.
Stephen lives in Albuquerque with his wife, Mary Jo, and children Grace and Luke. They are currently developing their 1/2 acre in the North Valley of Albuquerque into an urban farm with chickens, bees, orchard and plants/vegetables.