Our Mission

Ghost Ranch is an interfaith education and retreat center of the Presbyterian Church (USA), located in a northern New Mexico landscape many deem sacred.


Our Mission

Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center fosters well-being and spiritual health through this historic, inspiring southwest landscape.


Our Values

  • We honor this sacred land, communities, history and faith heritage.
  • We extend hospitality to all.
  • We encourage contemplative thought.
  • We foster freedom of creative expression.
  • We facilitate the transformative intersection of ideas.
  • We inspire action to serve others.

Photo by Bill Burke.



About an hour North from Santa Fe you enter the landscape of vast vistas, table-topped mesas, tall cliffs, the Rio Chama bordered by huge old cottonwood trees, mountains in the distance and more beauty around every bend in the winding road.


Open year-round, the ranch is committed to spiritual development, peace and justice, honoring the environment and exploring family
through the celebration of art, culture and nature.   


People from all over the world come to work together in creation care, to paint, write poetry, to hike, ride horseback, to research globally renowned archaeological and fossil quarries or simply to rest and renew their spirits.


The landscape of Ghost Ranch—made famous by painter Georgia O’Keeffe—encompasses 21,000 acres of towering rock walls, vivid colors and vast skies. “It is not a country of light on things,” said Georgia O’Keeffe. “It is a country of things in light.”  With a history as colorful as the surrounding red and yellow cliffs of the Piedra Lumbre, Ghost Ranch offers a diversity of programs and adventure.


Gifted in 1955 by Arthur Pack, Ghost Ranch continues to be an Education and Retreat Center of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 




Let your creativity shine and create a brilliant mosaic. Materials include mirror, millefiori, beads, stained glass and more. Learn how to nip and cut glass, grout and finish your piece. Begin each day with a brief meditation on creativity. All supplies are furnished for first mosaic. Most students go on to finish another project or two, extra fees will apply. No experience necessary, open to anyone over age 16. 

Workshop ID: G190715





Create a unique mosaic shape! Learn how to form a substrate and mosaic your one-of-a-kind piece with glass, millefiori, beads and more. Learn how to nip and cut glass, grout and finish your piece. Supplies furnished for first mosaic. Most students go on to make another project or two. No experience necessary, open to any over age 16. Begin each day with a brief meditation on creativity. 

Workshop ID: G190727




Kathy Thaden links her art to her faith — expressing awe at creation and the Creator — whether abstract pieces, liturgical commissions or mosaic sculpture. The possibilities are infinite — working with thousands of bits of glass and different materials is exciting, and the variations in texture have given Kathy a new approach to mosaic art. Kathy recently came across this quote from Trappist monk Thomas Merton, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”


Kathy’s study of fine arts and degree in Commercial Art led her to a 25-year career in television art direction. Kathy won numerous honors for her graphic design, animation, and set design, including seven Emmy Awards. Seeking something more tactile, Kathy’s creativity now flows through contemporary mosaic art. Working with glass is a transforming process. The pieces are broken, change shape, fit together, then made whole again — sometimes in surprising ways. Kathy’s award winning work has been shown across the US and Canada. Kathy also creates commissioned mosaics including liturgical art. A Professional Member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists and the Episcopal Church & Visual Arts, Kathy is also founder and past-President of Colorado Mosaic Artists.




Ghost Ranch offers rustic lodging accommodations that are reflective of its origins as a working ranch. Our rooms are basic – no frills – which allows you to focus on the natural beauty of the land and to delve fully into your workshop subject matter. While basic, our rooms are clean and comfortable and offer breathtaking views of the colorful vistas, sandstone cliffs, cottonwoods and distant mountains. At this time, daily maid service is not available.


When you book a stay at the Ranch, lodging rooms are within walking distance to public buildings. You are also close to the Dining Hall, Library, Museums and other structures via non-paved roads. Please do, however, expect loose gravel and uneven terrain.

Aspen & Poplar

Each main level room has two beds (a queen + twin, double + twin, or double +double), dresser, nightstand, lamp, chair, closet and its own bathroom with shower or shared bath. Select rooms sleep up to three people. 


Aspen/Poplar is in close proximity to the Dining Hall, Library and Meeting Rooms on the north side of the campus.


Rooms with private bath available: 7 (5 are ADA)

Rooms with shared bath available: 3 units/6 rooms

Total Rooms in this Cluster: 13



Upper Mesa Privates

 Comfortably appointed with neutral hues and a Southwest theme, each room has two beds with private en-suite.

Generally a Queen, Full, or Twin paired with a second Twin bed


Select rooms have an additional sitting area which contains two couches with twin pull-out beds.


Upper Mesa Private Locations:

Coyote - 10 rooms (5 have the additional suite) 

Tumbleweed - 10 rooms (5 have the additional suite)

There is also a small ice machine and stackable

washer & dryer in each building.

Staff House

Staff House rooms have two twin beds, a desk and chair, shelf, mirror and reading lamp. There are two wings connected by a small sitting room and a meeting room available for rental.


There is one room with a private bath (Staff House 20). The others share four gender-identified bathrooms with sinks, toilets and individual showers located within each of the wings.


Units Available:

20 dorm units for up to 40 people + 1 Private Bath with 2 bedrooms


The historic cottages date back to the time when Ghost Ranch was a working dude ranch and it attracted several notable guests including artist, Georgia O'Keeffe.


Each unit is unique with different bed configurations. A few have a shared living room or gathering space. All have a rustic feel with expansive views as you step out onto each portal.


Historic Cottages with private bath available: 10

Historic Cottages with shared bath (2 rooms share 1 bath): 8



The Campground has facilities for RV and tent camping, with or without electricity.The communal bathhouse is equipped with an ice machine, shared refrigerator, showers, sinks and coin-operated laundry and is opened from early May to mid-October.

An RV is defined as any motorized vehicle including van camper, pop-up trailer, motor home, 5th wheel, or truck camper.


Most sites have a table and a fire ring, and only a limited number have shade. Campfires are permitted only when weather conditions allow. Water and a dump station are available at the Campground, but not necessarily at specific sites.


Full hookup sites include water and a dump station at the site, and 30- and/or 50-amp electric hookups. There are 8 full hookup sites.


Small RV/tent sites with electricity - 29

Small RV/tent sites without electricity - 22


There is an approximate 10 minute walk to the Dining Hall and meeting rooms. 


Pet Policy: For day guests, leashed dogs are allowed to visit and hike. We do not allow pets in our lodging facilities or campground, except assistance animals with prior notification or dogs with owners staying in the RV/Full Hook-up section.

Dining Hall & Meals

Meals are served cafeteria-style with your choice of indoor or outdoor seating. 

Breakfast includes a hot serving line plus oatmeal, yogurt and fruit bar. Lunch includes serving line plus a salad and soup bar. Dinner includes a hot serving line with a salad bar. Vegetarian and vegan entrees are available.


Meals are served at:

Breakfast 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Lunch  Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Dinner  5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Optional Activities

  • Hiking (most trails transition from Ghost Ranch land to US Forest Service land).
  • Labyrinth and Meditation Garden walks
  • Museums

For a fee:

  • Horseback Riding into the painted desert where Georgia O'Keeffe painted offered twice daily. Sunset rides offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Georgia O'Keeffe Landscape Tour
  • Canoeing and kayaking on Abiquiu Lake 
  • Massage

RETREAT & Lodging Rates

PRIVATE BATH  -  $1,540

for six nights

Non-Participant Rate: $765


SHARED BATH  -  $1,465

for six nights

Non-Participant Rate: $690


DORM/COMMUNAL  -  $1,195

for six nights

Non-Participant Rate: $450


RV CAMPING  -  $835

for six nights with Full Hookups



for six nights with Electric



for six nights with no electric

Non-Participant Rate for any camping tier: $75


COMMUTER  -  $775



  • Please note, all rates are per person and based on double occupancy per room (where you will be placed with another workshop participant).
  • Single occupancy rooms may be reserved based on availability. Not available in July.
  • You are welcome to bring a Guest who may not be participating in the workshop. Their lodging and meal costs are listed as a "Non-Program Guest."
  • Want to extend your stay (arrive early or stay late)? You can book extended time as an Overnight Stay guests/rates (based on availability)




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Evelyn Leyba 505.685.1001 / evelynl@ghostranch.org

 Gina Maestes 505.685.1017 / ginam@ghostranch.org