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The Way of Thomas Merton – G200616CDS

Workshop ID: G200616CDS
Dates: June 4 - June 7
Price: $375.00 - $835.00

Thomas Merton is one of the most famous and influential Christian writers who ever lived. In this retreat we will inquire into the spiritual evolution of his life, which includes excerpts from several of his books and documentaries on his life. We will 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. We will explore the impact of the tragic losses of his mother, father, and brother upon his evolution and struggles to find a home. We will venture into his years as a Trappist monk, including his deep questions on community and solitude. We will 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.

For participants who register for BOTH Journey To the God of Love and The Way of Thomas Merton: Receive Wednesday gap night, three additional meals and Thursday field trip to Christ in the Desert Monastery guided by Instructor Paul Jacob.


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 RV$475.00
Camping w/Electricity$460.00
Rio Arriba Commuter$375.00
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.
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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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