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Dallas Morning News August 2013

Curious about workshops at Ghost Ranch? Not sure what happens when you’re here?

Read Judith Fein’s take on her summer workshop experience at Ghost Ranch in the Dallas Morning News.

An excerpt…The small, very affordable workshops attract all kinds of people, including some going through significant life transitions.

Surrounded by the dramatic red hills on the land Georgia O’Keeffe called home, visitors are renewed in body, mind and spirit.

O’Keeffe had two homes in this area, which is northwest of Santa Fe. The one at Ghost Ranch is privately owned; visitors can see it from the outside. A house in Abiquiu is owned by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, which arranges tours.

The retreat center is owned by the Presbyterian Church, but all are welcome. If art doesn’t call to you, consider some of the outdoor activities, including fly fishing, hands-on archeology and astronomy. Or sign up for a course with a spiritual or religious orientation.

You can join a tour that tracks the places O’Keeffe painted; the guide will hold up copies of the artist’s paintings against the precise landscape she was depicting on her canvases.

At night, you can lie on a mat in a grassy field as an instructor directs your gaze upward to the stars, which seem almost within reach.

Maybe you want to bring the whole family. The kids can participate in dynamic youth programs with activities that range from ropes courses to theater. And you can follow your dreams by learning, engaging, watching the burros, walking a labyrinth, experiencing the Zen garden, or doing nothing at all.

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