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Winter and Spring Getaways at Ghost Ranch

Ghost Ranch offers so many opportunities for you to step away from the everyday and into a few days – or more – of living and learning with intention.

This winter and spring, we offer several packages where you can just be. Be still. Be quiet. Be contemplative. Relax and renew – and be back to you.

THE RESTORATION OF JOY: A CONTEMPLATIVE JOURNEY THROUGH THE ALCHEMY OF PLAY

Marla Durden & TraceyJoy Miller, December 29-January 2
“The truly great advances of this generation will be made by those who can make outrageous connections, and only a mind which knows how to play can do that.” — Nagle Jackson, Playwright

In this deeply restorative retreat, we will take time away to rest, release 2019, and imagine 2020 in a mindful community of contemplation, ritual and play. Rest, reflect upon, honor and let go of 2019. Begin your new year in a state of joyful intention Increase your flexibility, creativity and awareness. Embody your joy with wisdom practices of movement, story and voice.

Within each of us, there is an infinite wellspring of joy. Joy and wellbeing abound in nature. We hear it in birdsongs; we see it in a baby’s smile; we behold it at sunrise. Joy is our natural state. Play re-awakens us to joy and allows us to embody spontaneity and flow.


NEW REST, RELAX & RENEW PACKAGES

Life has many demands and moves fast. Our bodies, minds and spirits often need a chance to slow down, reflect and recharge.

Ghost Ranch offers majestic and expansive space and support for such renewal. Guided wellness offerings and hikes will be available to you, however, you set your schedule for these days. Most weekends include a value added event.

Additional offerings available, too, for additional fees.

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REST AND RENEWAL
December 29-January 2 
Two, Three or Four Nights
Hike, meditate, read, paint, watch the birds by day and the stars by night. Relax and renew as 2019 rolls into 2020.
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WEEKEND RELAX AND RENEW PACKAGE
January 10-12
Added value: Ghost Ranch Cultural Honoring Day. Hands-on demos and music, ceremony and dance will lead us to a feast for body, mind and spirit. The Lightning Boy Hoop Dancers will bless our sacred ground.
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RELAX AND RENEW IN THE STILLNESS OF WINTER
January 31-February 2
Added Value: A Saturday evening featuring Seeds Under the Tongue: Wild Earth Poetry and Songs with our friends Madi Sato and Timothy McLaughlin.
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RELAX AND RENEW IN THE FRESHNESS OF THE SPRING EQUINOX
March 20-22
Added Value: Saturday evening concert with Grammy Award-Winning Native American Flautist Robert Mirabal
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WRITE FOR YOUR LIFE! AN AMHERST WRITERS AND ARTIST WORKSHOP

Joanne Brown, January 26-31
Together as participants in Write for Your Life! we will foster a community of support, enabling you to write freely and go deep. Unique to this workshop is that we will write in community in a setting that supports creative risks. We will write in response to suggested prompts, and you will receive feedback on what is strong and memorable in your first-draft writing.
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EXPLORING PAPERLESS MUSIC & LEADERSHIP PRACTICES
David Poole, Paul Vasile, Sylvia Miller-Mutia, January 31-February 2
Share a weekend of singing, worship, and learning in community. Together we’ll explore the ancient and new practice of paperless (oral/aural tradition) music leadership, sharing songs as people did before music or words were written down.


LIVING LIFE FROM A PLACE OF PASSION

Beata Tsosie-Pena, February 14-17
This inaugural retreat will be lead by Beata Tsosie Peña from Santa Clara Pueblo. As a poet, protector, doula and mother, Beata looks forward to sharing her personal vision of living life from a place of passion. Beata draws from her deep cultural history, as well as her contemporary work with the Tewa Women United Environmental Health and Social Justice Program. Firmly grounded in her customs, the Tewa way of knowing, Beata guides from a place of joy, offering a way to sustain energy and live each day from a place of gratitude and abundance.

 

THE ART OF TRANSITIONAL MINISTRY, WEEK 1

Jennifer Hope Kottler, Mitch Coggin, February 16-21
Churches in the midst of change–whether that is a change in pastoral leadership, location or culture –have unique opportunities to explore who God is calling them to be and what God is calling them to do. This course will help the participants learn to lead adaptively — to analyze the congregational context, connect the congregation with needs in the community, and assume responsibility appropriately.

 

Cynthia Brix, William Keepin, February 19-23
Highly participatory, this workshop is designed to be an engaging and inspired journey of individual and collective transformation. All are welcome, including professional facilitators, NGO leaders, social justice workers, spiritual or religious leaders, mental health professionals, activists, therapists, teachers, and social change agents.

Mirabai Starr, Jaime Grechika, February 23-28
Have you experienced a profound loss that changed everything? Do you long to share your story, but don’t know how to begin to articulate something so holy and mysterious, so beautiful and terrible? You are not alone. Whether we experience the death of a loved one, a serious health diagnosis, or the loss of a job, a community or a way of life, radical change can shatter our foundation and open us to vast new inner landscapes. Enjoy five days of writing exercises, deep dialogue and meditation at Casa del Sol. 

SACRED RENEWAL YOGA RETREAT

Melissa Smith-Wilkinson and Richard Wilkinson, March 1-6
Join Melissa and Richard as they offer a week of returning to the sacred self and renewal of the heart. We will explore the therapeutic healing benefits of yoga with daily all levels classes that are both accessible and designed to be sustainable long after the retreat. We will explore through guided yoga nidra meditation, the 4 qualities of the heart in cultivating peaceful relationship within yourself and others. Our evening sessions will vary and offer community discussions, some partner movement or postures, or quiet guided meditation.

LENTEN SOUL TENDING IN THE HIGH DESERT

Anita Amstutz, March 1-6
Lent, traditionally a soul-searching, penitential season to prepare for Easter resurrection, is a time to peel away the unnecessary, distill meaning and live into what is most important. Come explore and nourish your inner landscape and wellbeing while awakening joy and healing in the stillness and raw beauty of the New Mexico High Desert. At Casa del Sol.


GOD’S DWELLING PLACE: A DESERT INTERFAITH PILGRIMAGE

Carol & Wayne Mell, March 8-13
At the heart of all religions is a deep interplay between spiritual grounding and spiritual journey. We will explore place and pilgrimage in this retreat, centered in the intimate setting of the ranch’s retreat house, Casa del Sol. We will spend time there in structured reflection and sharing our own stories. We will also journey to visit spiritual sites and communities reflecting the interfaith diversity of northern New Mexico, including the iconic pilgrimage shrine of Santuario de Chimayo. At Casa del Sol.


THE SPIRITUAL PRACTICE OF LETTING GO

Stephanie Gretchen, March 29-April 3
How many times in your life have you realized it was better to let go of something–some job, some habit, or someone–rather than keep it in your life? This is a wonderful time to allow more space for Spirit by letting go of what no longer serves us. Join us for various practices that help us step back from the whirlwind of daily life and go deeper into our connection to God, including guided meditation, times of prayer and personal reflection and group discussions. At Casa del Sol. 

 

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