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

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). 

LENTEN SOUL TENDING IN THE HIGH DESERT 

Instructed by ANITA AMSTUTZ 

 

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.

 
Based upon the 2018 book by Rev. Anita Amstutz, Soul Tending: Journey into the Heart of Sabbath, this retreat invites communities or individuals into themes of “Sabbath Mind”- simplicity, prayer, hospitality, play, nature as companion, creativity and re-imagining our work in the world. 
This retreat takes place at Casa del Sol, away from the main ranch, which provides quiet and safe space for work that engages spirit and focus, dedicated to deep spiritual and artistic contemplation.

March 1 through March 6

Workshop ID: G200311CDS

 

A SOUL-TENDING SUMMER: SABBATH DEEPENING AT
CASA DEL SOL

Instructed by ANITA AMSTUTZ 

 

This summer, give your soul the gift of time, the solace of silence and lasting connection of spiritual friends. Through art and creativity, nature-based experiences, prayer, hospitality, play, you will explore and reimagine your work and life in the world, both solo and with other retreatants. Based upon the 2018 book by Rev. Anita Amstutz, Soul Tending: Journey into the Heart of Sabbath (Skylight Paths Publishing, Barnes & Noble/Indy/Amazon) you will be guided into a Sabbath rhythm. In Anita’s words, “In that dry, droughty space between joyful living and the soul sickness of too much work, I learned to recover Sabbath Mind over and over as a place of healing, whole hearted living and shalom.”

 

Soul Tenders will be based at retreat house Casa del Sol which inspires the imagination and calls forth a deep solace just by the sheer magnificence of the soaring painted cliffs and intimate riparian canyons around it. You will find yourself revived and restored in community with human and non-human alike. 

July 5 through July 11

Workshop ID: G2007112CDS

 


TESTIMONIALS, LEARNING OUTCOMES & RESOURCES

TESTIMONIALS

  • "You are a blessing to bring us a message that stirs our soul and hearts. Thanks!"

 

  • "Thank you so much for a blessed time together learning about Sabbath. You are a wonderful teacher and leader."

 

  • "So grateful for the transformation and renewed Sabbath!"

 

  • "Thanks so much for helping create holy space for me and all of us. I am energized to try new spaces to meet God!"

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the rich interfaith Biblical history of Sabbath as resistance, rest and renewal
  • Explore current/contemporary cultural themes of restlessness, moral decay and anxiety
  • Daily Sabbath Soul Tending Practices alone and with Sabbath Circles of other participants
  • Experience Jesus' renewed vision of Sabbath Healing
  • Deepen into your own Sabbath practices and create a Sabbath map for yourself

RECOMMENDED RESOURCES

  • Soul Tending: Journey into the Heart of Sabbath by Anita Amstutz (Nashville, TN: Turner Publishing, 2018)
  • Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now by Walter Brueggeman (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2014)
  • Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal and Delight in our Busy Lives by Wayne Muller (NY: Bantam Press, 2000)
  • Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren Winner (Brewster, MA: Paraclete, 2003)
  • The Sabbath by Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel(NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1951)

Instructed by ANITA AMSTUTZ 

 

Anita Amstutz, a native of Ohio, has been a desert rat and certified beekeeper for the last 16 years. She completed her seminary degrees at Anabaptist Mennonite  Biblical Seminary and Pacific School of Religion. After a first career as a social worker, she became an ordained Mennonite minister, serving in congregational ministry along the Rocky Mountain region over 17 years.

 

She has worked at Richard Rohr's Center for Action & Contemplation for over 12 years and currently teaches on-line courses for their spiritual formation. At the intersection of Catholic mysticism and Mennonite practicality, she has created and led liturgy, taught spiritual formation, preached, counseled and personally wrestled with what it means to live from "Sabbath Mind". Visit Anita's website at https://afamstutz.com/soul-tending/.

 

In her spare time, she tends a husband, half a million honey bees, two cats, and a plot of native desert plants in Albuquerque, NM.

LODGING

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.

 

 

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

HISTORIC COTTAGES

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

 

CAMPGROUND

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

Lenten Soul Tending in the High Desert

 

PRIVATE BATH  -  $1,275

for five nights

Non-Participant Rate: $545

 

SHARED BATH  -  $1,265

for five nights

Non-Participant Rate: $520

 

DORM/COMMUNAL  -  $855

for five nights

Non-Participant Rate: $370

 

RV CAMPING  -  $745

for five nights with Full Hookups, includes meals

 

TENT CAMPING  -  $735

for five nights with Electric, includes meals

 

TENT CAMPING  -  $725

for five nights with no electric, includes meals

Non-Participant Rate for any camping tier: $75

 

COMMUTER  -  $595

 

RATES INCLUDE THE COST OF THE COURSE, LODGING, AND MEALS FOR THE ENTIRE DURATION OF THE WORKSHOP. 

  • 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)

RETREAT & Lodging Rates

Sabbath Soul Tending and the Heart of Creativity

 

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/TENT CAMPING  -  $850 ($1,055 with meals)

for six nights with Full Hookups

  

TENT CAMPING  -  $785 ($990 with meals)

for six nights with no electric

Non-Participant Rate for any camping tier: $75 ($280 with meals)

 

COMMUTER  -  $775

 

RATES INCLUDE THE COST OF THE COURSE, LODGING, AND MEALS FOR THE ENTIRE DURATION OF THE WORKSHOP. 

  • 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)

HOW TO REGISTER

SELECT THE COURSE FOR WHICH YOU WISH TO REGISTER

 

Click "Get Info" on slide of interest in this presentation, click below or search by retreat title or number on ghostranch.org

LENTEN SOUL TENDING IN THE HIGH DESERT

 

SABBATH SOUL TENDING AND THE HEART OF CREATIVITY 

  

·       COMPLETE THE ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

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We encourage you to register on-line. However, if you need to speak with one of our Reservationists 8am-5pm MST, 7 days a week.

 

 Gina Maestes 505.685.1017 / ginam@ghostranch.org