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.
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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 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.
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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.