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Family Week: Elements of Community – G190651

Workshop ID: G190651
Dates: June 30 - July 6
Price: $1,155.00 - $1,600.00

Family Week – the Elements of Community

What is elemental to your life—fam-ily and friends, home and health, this earth we inhabit? What would you like to share? And in this time of change and decision, what would you like to experience and discover? Gather and join your family to ours including our amazing instructors, as we spend a week playing, creating, learning, growing and having as much FUN as we can. Community, like the earth, needs tending to. Celebrate the elements of your lives, embrace new challenges and strengthen the old. Let Ghost Ranch be elemental in your life.

Morning workshops will be a round robin of arts, music, storytelling, and outdoor adventures.

Fused Glass Is Hot – Katrina Jameson

Poetry and Improv – Mimi Herman
Earth Praise Songs and Exploring the Land – Madi Sato & Tim McLaughlin
Outdoor Adventure – Ghost Ranch Outdoor Adventure Team

Afternoons are for free time. Evening activities include music and movement, creative community, learning and laughter.

Also included in Family Week – Family-friendly Fourth of July Celebration! Enjoy a parade, games, and activities for kids and a BBQ. We are looking forward to the presence of several hot air balloons for a night glow. Hosted by the new Flame Holders Society – a group of young people encouraging the younger generation to steward the long-held traditions of Ghost Ranch.

IMPORTANT NOTES; Rates and registration based on lodging choice and number of people in your family group. Include the names of all of the family in the notes section and include ages of children. Call to register if you will be camping. 505.685.1001 or 1017.


Package Price
Two-person Family, Private Bath$1,375.00
Three-person Family, Private Bath$1,450.00
Four-person Family, Private Bath$1,525.00
Five-person Family, Private Bath$1,600.00
Two-person Family, Shared Bath$1,355.00
Three-person Family, Shared Bath$1,430.00
Four-person Family, Shared Bath$1,505.00
Five-person Family, Shared Bath$1,580.00
Two-person Family, Communal Bath$1,155.00
Three-person Family, Communal Bath$1,230.00
Four-person Family, Communal Bath$1,305.00
Five-person Family, Communal$1,380.00
Katrina Jameson

Katrina has always loved art. As a child, she learned to draw and paint from her parents and grandparents. In college she studied pottery and airbrush painting. She worked for six summers as a camp

Mimi Herman

Mimi Herman is the 2017 North Carolina Piedmont Laureate and a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist. Since 1990, she has engaged over 25,000 students with her warm and insightful teaching. Her writing has appeared in Michigan

Liz Arenberg

"Liz Arenberg is a photographer and educator living in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA in Photographer at Parsons School of Design in 2007, where she received honorable mention for the DataColor Scholarship for

Madi Sato McLaughlin

Madi Sato McLaughlin is a Japanese-American singer/songwriter, sound healer, and choir director. She has performed and recorded music in many styles and genres, ranging from blues and jazz to sacred world music, and created three

Tim McLaughlin

Timothy P. McLaughlin is a poet, spoken word artist, and teacher. He founded the Spoken Word Program at the Santa Fe Indian School and he and his students received numerous awards and were featured in


Download and Print Welcome Letter: Herman – Family Week

Family Week: Elements of Community

Instructor: Mimi Herman

Start Date: 6/30/19, End Date: 7/6/19

Check-In Begins at 3:00pm at the Welcome Center on 6/30/19. Dinner 5:30 – 6:30; Orientation 6:45 pm

Invitation: I can’t wait to play with you during family week. Everything I’ve planned for you is designed to be relaxing or invigorating – or both at the same time! We’ll be creatively napping, writing poetry, joining together as a community to get to know each other through improv games, and building family structures using everything from our own bodies to pipe cleaners, felt, foam and magic. Then there’s the excitement of getting to play with your other instructors – Katrina Jamison, Madi Sato and Tim McLaughlin and the Ghost Ranch Outdoor Adventure Team. This week is all about play and delight – and you’ll emerge from it with a deep sense of yourself, your family and our Ghost Ranch community.

Learning Outcomes: In this workshop you will: indulge in a guided relaxation and visualization journey – and wake inspired to write a poem; play improvisation games to learn about yourself and deepen our community; discover your own family community through inventive sculptures.

Course Schedule:

Morning workshops will be a round robin of arts, music, storytelling, and outdoor adventures.
Fused Glass Is Hot – Katrina Jameson
Poetry and Improv – Mimi Herman
Earth Praise Songs and Exploring the Land – Madi Sato & Tim McLaughlin
Outdoor Adventure – Ghost Ranch Outdoor Adventure Team
Afternoons are for free time.
Evening activities include music and movement, creative community, learning and laughter.

Instructor Background: Mimi has recently completed her novel THE KUDZU QUEEN and is currently working on a collection of her poetry. She has spent much of the spring traveling, ranging from California to Oregon to Texas and back home to North Carolina with later jaunt to Manasota Key, Florida as an invited artist at the Hermitage Artist Retreat. Between her writing, her work as a Kennedy Center teaching artist, her arts-integrated residencies in the schools and her Writeaways in North Carolina, Texas, New Mexico, France and Italy, she stays fairly busy.

Provided Materials: Clay, art paper, writing paper, pencils and pens, pipe cleaners, ribbons, foam, felt, assorted fripperies (buttons, glass stones, marbles, etc.)

What to Bring: Your memories, your dreams and a sense of humor! Oh, and wear comfortable clothes – no fancy duds required.

FAQs: Q: What if I hate writing poetry? Will you make me do it? A: Don’t laugh, but by the time you wake up from your poetry nap, you’re going to be so full of ideas for writing poetry, you won’t want to stop.

Q: But I mean it, I can’t write poetry. A: I believe everyone’s a poet. In fact, I also believe everyone’s an artist, musician, dancer and actor. It’s our job as teachers to make a place where you can have fun making art.

Q: I get self-conscious. Are you going to make me read in front of everybody? A: Baby steps. Whatever you’re comfortable reading, that’s what you’ll get to read.

Q: What if I come with a very small family? Will I still feel comfortable at Family Week? A: Family Week at Ghost Ranch is a very special time, in a very special place. Within minutes you’ll discover that you have two families: the one you came with and your extended Ghost Ranch family. At the end of the week you’ll want to pack everyone in your suitcase to take home with you!

Recommended Resources:
Ordinary Genius by Kim Addonizio
Poemcrazy by Susan Woolbridge
The Practice of Poetry by Robin Behn and Chase Twichell
Beyond Words: Writing Poems with Children by Elizabeth McKim and Judith W. Steinbergh
Writing Across Culture by Edna Kovacs
Wishes, Lies and Dreams by Kenneth Koch
The Adventures of Dr. Alphabet by Dave Morice
Poetry 180 by Billy Collins
The Trickster’s Hat by Nick Bantok

Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate. Prices are presented for each of the types of lodging available for the workshop you select. Some art workshops will have an additional list of course materials and supplies that can be purchased or you will be asked to bring with you.
  • Note:  Some courses (especially studio courses and plein air painting courses) can carry an additional material list or expense.
All rates are Per Person, Double Occupancy unless otherwise specified. Single Occupancy: Single occupancy rooms may be reserved for an additional $50 per night when space is available. The fee will be charged when space is confirmed. Single occupancy lodging is generally not available during June and July. If you are a single person and do not specify a roommate, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to share your lodging space or you can request the single occupancy and be charged the supplement of an additional $50 per night (based on availability). For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar's Office at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1001 ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available SundayFriday8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.

Three ways to register:

  1. Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, 280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to:
  2. Register by telephone at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678, ext. 4155 or ext. 4121 — available Monday-Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. MST.
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