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Family Week: The Geography of Your Life An Intergenerational Experience

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Dates: July 1 - July 7
Price: $740.00 - $1,600.00

Over the 4th of July, spend a week at Ghost Ranch with your family, exploring your past and creating your future in activities for all ages. Secret room books and collage, journaling and mapmaking, poetry naps and improv, all of these will help you understand the journeys you’ve taken as individuals and as a family. Find intersections between important people, landmark events, and detours you’ve taken along the way—and begin inventing the future of your dreams. Travel backward and forward in time to discover who you are, where you’re going, and what really matters to you and your family as you immerse yourselves in a week of respite, refreshment and play in the arts.

Classes take place in the mornings and evenings freeing up the afternoons for horseback riding, hiking, napping, reading, archery, water adventures and other fun. The Fourth of July evening will feature the time-honored Ghost Ranch July 4th Parade, storytelling, piñatas and games, mariachi and dancing. 

Mimi Herman teams up for the week with our Youth Programming and Senior High Initiative staff to bring you and your family The Geography of Your Life! 

NOTE: Special family rates apply based on the number of people in your family and the lodging type you prefer. Click on the “Commuter Registratrion” button to register if you do not need Ghost Ranch lodging otherwise use the “Register Now” button at the bottom of the page or in the right-hand column.

When registering, please add family member names and ages in the notes section.



Package Price
Up to 5 People Tent Camping - no meals$740.00
Up to 5 People Camping w/Electricity no meals$750.00
Up to 5 People Camping RV no meals$750.00
Up to 5 People Tent Camping - no meals$740.00
2 People Private Bath$1,375.00
3 People Private Bath$1,450.00
4 People Private Bath$1,525.00
5 People Private Bath$1,600.00
2 People Shared Bath$1,355.00
3 People Shared Bath$1,430.00
4 People Shared Bath$1,505.00
5 People Shared Bath$1,580.00
2 People Dorm-style$1,155.00
3 People Dorm-style$1,230.00
4 People Dorm-style$1,305.00
5 People Dorm-style$1,380.00
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


Download Itinerary PDF

Ghost Ranch Family Week Participant Itinerary, July 1-7, 2018
With Guest Artist, North Carolina Piedmont Poet Laureate, Mimi Herman
In collaboration with the Ghost Ranch Youth Programming Summer and College Staff &
Senior High Youth Initiative Leads, Robin Keck & Liz Arenberg
*Itinerary is subject to change as needed and/or inspired
*There will be down time in each day to give you a chance to take advantage of outdoor activities on the ranch

Sunday, July 1
Check-in at Welcome Center Front Desk, 3-5:30pm
Supper in the Dining Hall, 5:30-6:30pm
All Ranch Orientation & Meet your Instructors in Agape Worship, 6:45-7:30pm

Monday, July 2
The Geography of Ghost Ranch: Getting to Know the Place and Each Other, 8:30am-Noon
● Get to know your workshop leaders: Mimi, Robin and Liz.
● Circle Introductions where you’ll share your name and a movement that tells us something about you.
● One-on-one Mini-interviews to begin turning strangers into friends.
● Welcome to your new art and writing journal, a place to keep everything you experience this week.
● Treasure Hunt to discover (or rediscover) more about your new extended family for Ghost Ranch Family Week and
Ghost Ranch itself.
● Sharing Our Treasures: What did you discover (or rediscover) as you explored Ghost Ranch and your new friends?
● All about Imagery: New ways to see—and share—the world.
● Journal Entry: “Why did I come here and what do I hope will happen this week?”
Evening, 6:45-8:15
● Games in the field: after dinner, until…
● Family Campfire: You’ll get to know new people—and maybe even discover a few things you didn’t know about your
own family—as we share family stories around the campfire.

Tuesday, July 3
Mapping Our Lives, 8:30am-Noon
● “Squirrel, Nut, Tree” An outside warm-up to energize ourselves, start making connections and begin the day with fun
and laughter.
● Brainstorming for things we find on a map.
● Journal Entry: “What important people, animals, events and emotions have been part of our family’s life—and what
detours have we taken as we’ve grown as a family?”
● Planners vs. Wingers: Which one are you—or are you both?
● Starting to Create Your Family Map: As a family, you’ll begin to create a three-dimensional map about the important
people, events, emotions and changes in your family.
● Optional Journal Entry (if you have time): Extend your memories in an “I remember” list poem.
Evening, 6:45-8:30pm
A choice of:
● Games in the Field
● Begin Group Map of Our Week Together: We’ll begin creating a group map to have a record of where we’ve come
from, all the things we discover during our week together, and where we’re going.
● Continue making Family Maps

Wednesday, July 4
Exploring Our Surroundings and Ourselves through Our Senses, 8:30am-Noon
● Blind Walk: We’ll take a blindfolded tour of Ghost Ranch to expand our other senses, and learn to pay attention to the
quietest things.
● Journal Entry in Pictures, Words or a Combination: “What did I notice on my walk?”
● “I am the River” You’ll choose your favorite body of water or landform, take a poetry nap (a guided relaxation and
meditation) and wake up inspired to write.
● Small Group Concentrations (choose one of the following options)
○ Family Photos—Liz
○ Inukshuks—Robin
○ Poetry writing: A Declaration of My Independence (A poem proclaiming everything from which you are
declaring your own independence—work, worry, perhaps even your cell phone….)—Mimi
○ Continue working on anything you’d like to return to from the week so far
Afternoon, 1-5:30pm: Float building, golf cart decorating, costume and parade preps, including our own Map Float
Evening, 6:45-9:30pm: Fourth of July Parade and Celebration with Piñata and Mariachi Band

Thursday, July 5
Back and Forth: Conversations with Our Families, 8:30am-Noon
● Outdoors Movement: We’ll get our bodies moving and try walking in some other people’s (and animals’!) shoes.
● Journal Entry: Advice and kudos for our earlier selves
● To-and-fro book which becomes…
● Treasure Map of Your Family: Where are the buried treasures in your family? What has your family shared, learned,
● Small Group Concentrations (choose one of the following options)
○ Family photos, continued—Liz
○ Zentangles—Robin
○ Consultation Station—Mimi
○ Continue working on anything you’d like to return to from the week so far
● Youth Programmers host a sleep out
● For others, a choice of…
○ Games in the Field
○ Word Bowl Poetry
○ Add to Our Group Map of Our Week Together

Friday, July 6
Moving Forward and Enveloping Our Memories, 8:30am-Noon
● Postcards Home: outdoor family tableaux of exciting moments from our week together.
● Journal Entry: “What I need to be my best, most creative self? “
● Secret Room Book: Design your own perfect creative space (This can be an actual place, an imagined place or a secret
place you’ve found at the ranch)
● Small Group Concentrations (choose one of the following options): (10:15-11:45)
○ Framing Family Photos & Decorating Frames—Robin
○ Cyanotypes—Liz
○ Consultation Station—Mimi
○ Continue working on anything you’d like to return to from the week so far
● Morning Closing: “Praise” A chance to hear wonderful things about yourself and to tell someone else all the wonderful
things you see in her or him. (11:45-12:00)
Afternoon, 1-5:30pm
• Optional: Collaborate to design and set up our gallery of visual work for Evening Celebration.
Evening Celebration, 6:45-8:45pm
● Gallery of visual work (maps, family photographs, Inukshuks, Zentangles, To-and-fro books, Secret Room books)
● Coffeehouse Reading of poems, journals, and our other writings
● Sharing of Our Group Map of our week together
● A ‘Love Note’ Documentary from the Ghost Ranch Staff

Saturday, July 7
Breakfast 7:30-8:30am
Checkout 10am

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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