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Journeys in the Wilderness: Hiking with the Scriptures – G190927CDS

Workshop ID: G190927CDS
Dates: September 8 - September 13
Price: $450.00 - $1,285.00

We will hike in the beautiful regions in and around Ghost Ranch and study journey stories in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures as a means of exploring the metaphor of journey and wilderness in our own lives. You must be able to hike 4-6 miles over rugged, moderately steep terrain at elevations 6,500-11,000 feet. This course will be based at Ghost Ranch’s Retreat House, Casa del Sol. We will conclude our week by participating in the Jewish rituals for welcoming the Sabbath and a short teaching on the beauty of Sabbath time.

The end date for this event has been changed from the published catalog date of Saturday, September 14 to Friday, September 13.


Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$1,285.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath$1,225.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$995.00
Camping RV$475.00
Camping w/Electricity$670.00
Rio Arriba Commuter$565.00
John Hayden

John Hayden, Tijeras, NM, is a retired forest ranger who knows the natural and human history of Northern New Mexico like few others. He shares his love for God through appreciation of His creation and

Nahum Ward-Lev

Nahum Ward-Lev is a rabbi who has taught scripture at synagogues, churches, and retreat centers across the country, including Ghost Ranch. He is also the Scholar-In-Residence at Temple Beth Shalom, Santa Fe, NM.


Download and Print Welcome Letter – Hayden – Journeys in the Wilderness

Journeys in the Wilderness

Instructor: John Hayden

Start Date: 9/8/19, End Date: 9/13/19

Check-In Begins at 3:00pm at the Welcome Center on 9/8/19. Dinner 5:30 – 6:30; Orientation 6:45 pm

Invitation: We invite you to join us for spectacular hikes and sacred study in the the high deserts and magnificent mountains of Northern New Mexico. The wisdom and vitality of sacred scriptures come particularly alive when studied communally in the midst of God’s magnificent creation. Along the way we will study journey stories in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures and share our insights as a means of exploring the terrains of journey and wilderness in our own lives. You must be able to hike 4-6 miles over rugged, moderately steep terrain at elevations 6,500- 11,000 feet.

Learning Outcomes: We intend that students will connect directly to the land and the Spirit that animates it.We intend that students will find their own stories and journeys in the Scriptural story.The Hebrew Scriptures are rich in the divine human encounter. We intend for our time in the wilderness and with the Scripture to deepen that encounter.We intend to create a sacred journey community among the participants.

Course Schedule: We begin after breakfast with a brief initial study session to introduce us to the Scriptural text for the day. Then after packing a bag lunch, we set off for a day of hiking interspersed with gathering in circle for study. We return in time for dinner. We will enjoy a some folk song sessions after dinner.

Instructor Background: John Hayden is a retired forester, who knows well the natural and human history of Northern New Mexico. He has lead a variety of workshops at Ghost Ranch since 1971. He shares his love for God through appreciation of His creation and creatures. Nahum Ward-Lev is a rabbi and experienced spiritual director who has led Scripture study workshops at retreat centers and seminaries across the country including Ghost Ranch and Union Theological Seminary.

Provided Materials: Knowledge of The land and The book

What to Bring: Good hiking shoes, Bible, Sun Hat and sunscreen, Water Bottle, Spirit of Adventure, Raingear or pancho. Daypack. Something to record notes.

FAQs: Q: Are we really going to hike 6-8 miles over somewhat rugged terrain? A: YES

Q: Does John Hayden know the name of every flower and plant we will see and well as the fauna, geology and social history of the area? A: YES

Testimonials: See John’s extensive collection of cards and letters. He has the rare gift of creating and holding sacred learning space. His personal presence is open, curious, accepting, and encouraging. All are equally invited to be learners and teachers.

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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