We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

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What day/time does the workshop start and end?

Check-in on the first workshop date listed starting at 3:00 p.m. and checkout is at 10:00 am on the last date listed. There is an orientation following dinner on the night of arrival.

Virtual workshops each follow a specialized schedule noted above in the description.

What is double occupancy and single occupancy lodging?
  •  While Ghost Ranch used to offer a double occupancy lodging option where you could agree to have an unknown participant assigned to share a room with a split cost, we have moved to a single occupancy system unless you are traveling with family, partner or agreed upon friend. The primary registrant will pick a room and pay the lodging fee associated with the room type chosen, along with their workshop tuition and meal plan. Additional persons sharing the room will pay their workshop tuition and meals plan.
What is the difference between a room with private bath, a room with semi-private or shared bath, and a room with communal/dorm bath?
  • Private refers to the type of bathroom, not single occupancy.
    All guests will be assigned single occupancy rooms. Dorms still share a communal bath. Differing rates apply.
    • Private: There is a bathroom in that one room that is not shared between or with any other rooms.
    • Semi-private/shared: There is a bathroom in between two rooms that is shared by the occupants of the two rooms, remember Jack and Jill bathrooms. These will only be used for those traveling together as a family or friend unit. If one unit is sold to a single person, the second bedroom will be locked off.
    • Communal/dorm: There is a communal bathroom/showers in the lodging building (or in a nearby building, for some upper mesa dorm rooms), and participants exit their room to reach these facilities.
Are meals included in the price listed for workshop registration?
  •  No, meals are not included in the posted workshop price. Lodging and meal costs are in addition to the $625-$700 workshop registration fee. During covid, meals will be served for guests in the Dining Hall following NM Safe Best Practices. Indoor seating has been reduced to meet current state mandates and outdoor seating is abundant. Currently our Dining Hall is only open to overnight lodgers and workshop participants who have provided vaccination proof or negative covid test.
    • Campers (May to October) & Commuters will be required to purchase a full meal plan during program weeks.
    • Commuters: Commuters are participants who are not staying in ranch lodging either because they live in Rio Arriba County or because they have opted to stay in a local hotel or B&B. 
    • Adult Service Corps: The Adult Service Corps tuition covers dorm-style lodging and lunches only. This is subject to change during summer 2022.
What if I don’t want the meals that are included in the all-inclusive rate?
  • Due to the volume of guests that join us, unused meals are not refunded. 
I eat a vegan/gluten-free/dairy-free (etc.) diet. What are my meal options?
  • The ranch Dining Hall serves three meals a day on a fixed schedule. We offer a vegetarian option at each meal. While the Dining Hall offers gluten-free items and vegan dishes at some meals, we cannot guarantee that these options will be available for each meal.  Let us know about this need in your registration notes. If it is necessary for a guest to eat a specific diet or if a guest has food allergies, the surest option is to bring personal food items to the ranch. There are refrigerators available for guest use in a few common/public spaces. 
What if I have more than 2 people sharing a room – is there a discount?
  • During this covid period, we recommend that only family units or partners share a room.
  • Lodging Policy
    • Our prices are based on single or family (group) occupancy of a room or a two-room suite.
      • Under our new reservation system, select a room to be occupied by one or more people in your party. Meals will be added per individual along with the workshop registration fee. 
What if I want to arrive a day early or stay a day late?
  • Early arrivals or late departures outside of the regular program course dates are subject to availability and are billed at the regular overnight stay rate.
    • There will also be a $5 conservation fee per person. Overnight stays include breakfast in the Dining Hall.
    • Other meals may not be available at times when there are no workshops in progress. When available, you can purchase additional meals prior to arrival or at the front desk upon arrival.
    • Important: Workshop meals start with dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 pm on the start date. Purchase additional meals when reserving early arrival or late departure lodging.
What if I’m taking two weeks of courses in a row, or a weekend workshop followed by a weeklong workshop? Is my stay on Saturday included in my tuition?
  • During this covid period there are no opportunities to do two weeks of workshops in a row. 
  • Under a traditional workshop season, yes, we do offer a “bridge night” for Program participants who will be taking two consecutive courses – one that ends on a Saturday and one that begins on a Sunday. The Saturday night between the two workshops is free and participants may continue to eat meals in the Dining Hall.
  • On rare occasions, a guest’s room from one event will not be available the next week and a guest will need to switch rooms. We will make every effort to allow guests to stay in the same room for consecutive weeks, but this is not guaranteed.
What if I leave early or arrive late? May I receive a discount for the days I am not here?
  • An individual may choose to leave before the end of the program or arrive after the program has started, but we are unable to offer any discounts for days missed. 
What will the schedule be?

Please note that these are general schedules and that some instructors will choose to alter these hours. Guests will receive a welcome letter prior to the start of their course detailing the specific schedule of the course and any particular hours there might be field trips, studio time, etc.

  • Weeklong: Many of our weeklong courses follow a general pattern of morning workshop time (9:00 a.m. to noon) with afternoons free or with optional afternoon open studio and then additional course time in the evenings (7:00 – 8:30 p.m.). 
  • Weekend: Our weekend offerings have more course time during the day because of the shorter overall length of the program. The first course session is usually on the evening of the guest’s arrival, following a ranch orientation. There is typically a course session in the morning on Saturday from 9:00 a.m.-noon and again in the afternoon from about 1:00-3:00 p.m., then resumes in the evening from about 7:00-8:30 p.m. There is a concluding session on Sunday morning from about 9:00-11:00 a.m.
How do I get to Casa del Sol?
  • Casa del Sol is our spiritual retreat center located two miles off the main ranch property in a restricted area of the ranch. Workshops and retreats conducive to small groups are scheduled. Workshops held here will be clearly marked in the event registration information.
  • The shuttle will drop you and your belongings at Casa del Sol after you have checked in and will collect you and your belongings on your departure day.
  • Most meals are on the main campus while program activities occur at Casa del Sol.
  • For transportation during the rest of the course, participants without vehicles rely on carpooling with other program participants or the program instructor (or walking – it’s a beautiful 40-50 minute walk through the Painted Desert!). There is no ranch shuttle to get back and forth from Casa del Sol.
  • Casa del Sol is on a restricted area of the ranch.

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