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The Way of Thomas Merton – G200912CDS

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Dates: September 9 - September 12
Price: $450.00 - $835.00

Thomas Merton is one of the most famous and influential Christian writers who ever lived. As we reflect in The Way of Thomas Merton, we inquire into the spiritual evolution of his life, which includes excerpts from several of his books and documentaries on his life. Learn about his early bohemian life, including the many places and mythical symbols that came to have an impact on his vocation as a monk and an author. Explore the impact of the tragic losses of his mother, father, and brother upon his evolution and struggles to find a home. Venture into his years as a Trappist monk, including his deep questions on community and solitude. Engage his inter-religious dialog, mystical experiences and his travels. Through Thomas Merton’s spiritual journey, we shall inquire into the nature of our own paths and where we currently are in the present.

BONUS: For those who register for both The Way of Thomas Merton and Great Guides of the Beloved, receive one free night, Saturday with three additional meals, and a Sunday guided day trip with Paul to Christ in the Desert Monastary.

This retreat will be held at Casa del Sol, a retreat house away from the main ranch that provides quiet and safe space for work that engages spirit and focus, dedicated to deep spiritual and artistic contemplation.


Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$835.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath$795.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$595.00
Camping - Meals$550.00
Camping - No Meals$455.00
Camping w/Electricity & RV - Meals$590.00
Camping w/Electricity & RV - No Meals$495.00
Paul W. Jacob

Paul W. Jacob (Jake) is an author, college professor, scholar of world religions, and a contemplative guide. He facilitates contemplative retreats and leads spiritual formation groups at centers throughout the United States. Jake has been a

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 for rooms with communal bath, $100 per night for rooms with private or shared bath 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. For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar's Office at 505.685.1017 ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available Sunday–Friday, 8:00 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 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available Thursdays - Mondays, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.
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