Upcoming Program Details

Here is a list of our current program offerings. When you click the Register button, you will be taken to a Wufoo registration form.

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Winter Creative Retreat

December 2-3, 2017

1 night/4 meals (Saturday lunch-Sunday lunch)
All art supplies included
$185 commuter (Saturday and Sunday lunches only)
$270 double occupancy
$305 single occupancy

Join Lisa Thorpe, The Bishop’s Ranch resident artist, for two days of design fun. Learn surface design techniques such as stenciling, masking, and rubber stamp carving for mono-printing on a variety of papers. Then cut, collage, and combine your art papers to create cards and gift tags, bookmarks, or small book covers for the coming holiday season and to brighten the dark days of Winter.
Saturday instruction is from 10am-4pm, with a break for lunch. The evening will be left to you to read, relax, or return to the art center to explore on your own. Sunday morning, Lisa will provide more instruction, and you will be able to continue your creative pursuits until lunch. For examples of Lisa’s art, take a look at her website: lisathorpe.com

PLEASE REGISTER BY: November 22, 2017

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Silent Days in Advent

December 8-15, 2017

Single occupancy, meals included (shared room rates available on the registration page)

Day Use $95
One night $160
Two nights $260
Three nights $355

Four nights $445
Five nights $535
Six nights $610
Seven nights $695

Join The Bishop’s Ranch in setting aside days of silence in which to observe Advent in an individual, self-directed retreat. The Society of St. Francis and friends provide a meditative framework in which you can experience the mystical, prepare for the coming of the Christ child, and refresh and renew yourself through the Holy Spirit. We invite you to participate in this special week for as many days as your time permits.

PLEASE REGISTER BY: November 30, 2017

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Wisdom of the Heart

December 15-17, 2017

2 nights/6 meals (Friday dinner-Sunday lunch)
$295 commuter rate
$400 double occupancy
$477 single occupancy

Come enjoy this Advent weekend designed to bring men and women together to be nourished by an experience of contemplative community. The weekend offers care for the mind, body and spirit through worship, prayer, study, work and leisure. Each day will be framed with the sung offices (Lauds, the Eucharist, Vespers and Compline), weaving together ancient plainchant, Celtic poetry, and the music of Taizé. Lectures and meditations will draw on the wisdom of the writings of the Christian mystics and the Desert Fathers and Mothers. We’ll also have time for Labyrinth walks, candlelit music meditation, silent hikes through the forest, and private reading in front of the fire.

Retreat Leader Kayleen Asbo, PhD, is a cultural historian, spiritual director, musician, and teacher. She is the Artistic Director for the Mythica Foundation, on the faculty of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes at Sonoma State University, Dominican University, the SF Conservatory of Music, and she leads spiritual pilgrimages in the US and France.

PLEASE REGISTER BY: December 4, 2017

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Epiphany Reflection Day

January 6, 2018, 9:30 am-4:30 pm

$90 per person, includes lunch

Gather together with other seekers to consider the themes of the season of Epiphany, the season of the revelation of light to the world, which begins in the dark with the story of the wise men following the star to the cave. The season offers a beautiful way to lift our hearts and eyes to the cosmos and to the reality of the expansiveness of divine creative energy at work in darkness and in light.

Scholar, cosmologist, advocate for the earth, chef, ecclesiastic, enthusiastic philosopher, historian, bishop, and perhaps most of all, teacher, The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus will be our guide for a day that will lay claim in fresh ways to the ancient practice of turning to the light–in company with others who have travelled to the Ranch for a day of ideas, discussion, music, and prayer.

PLEASE REGISTER BY: December 30, 2017

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Celtic Consciousness & Winter’s Stillness:
An Annual Retreat and School of Spiritual Practice with John Philip Newell

January 30-February 1, 2018

2 nights/6 meals (Tuesday dinner-Thursday lunch)
$350 commuter rate (meals included)
$440 standard occupancy (3-4 per room or cottage)
$490 double occupancy
$665 single occupancy

Join the second gathering of an annual event in Northern California to nurture a community of shared vision and transformative spiritual practice. The teaching activities will focus on the relationship between contemplation and action for wellbeing and healing in our lives and world. From the stillness of the winter earth new life rises. Out of the silence of the soul new vision emerges.

Our daily schedule will consist of prayer at the beginning and ending of each day, presentations by John Philip that focus especially on teachings from the Celtic tradition, meditative practices, silence, and sharing. All will have free time to hike and rest; meals will be taken in community and on the second night we will have a party to celebrate our time together.

John Philip Newell, internationally acclaimed Celtic teacher from Scotland, is the celebrated author of Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality. In 2011 he received the first-ever Contemplative Voices Award from the Shalem Institute in Washington DC for his work as poet, peacemaker, and scholar. Based in Edinburgh, where he does most of his writing, he is also the Distinguished Visiting Scholar of Spirituality at Iliff School of Theology in Denver where he teaches every spring. John Philip Newell is one of the most prominent Christian teachers of spirituality in the Western world and has authored over 15 books, including Christ of the Celts, Praying with the Earth, A New Harmony, and his most recent visionary title, The Rebirthing of God: Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings www.heartbeatjourney.org.

PLEASE REGISTER BY: January 16, 2018

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Ranch Quilt Retreat

February 11-15, 2018

4 nights/12 meals (Sunday dinner-Thursday lunch)
$335 commuter rate
$535 shared occupancy
$687 single occupancy

Make time for those unfinished projects or new endeavors at a four-night quilt retreat. With all meals provided and no chores in sight, beginning through advanced quilters can truly focus on their passion. You’ll have time to be with old friends and the opportunity to make new ones while working on your own projects or sharing your creativity with other participants. This retreat is intended to give you the time you need for yourself without formal instruction or sales pitches.

PLEASE REGISTER BY: February 1, 2018

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The Enneagram and the Spiritual Life

February 24, 2018, 9 am-5 pm

1 day/1 meal (Saturday lunch)
$110 per person

Explore the spiritual wisdom of this dynamic psychological system. Both beginners and those who have working knowledge of the Enneagram are welcome, as is anyone interested in examining the graced complexity of human nature and relationships with others and with the divine. The workshop will include an overview of the Enneagram and a thorough explanation of the nine strategies and their relationship to the whole, using anecdotes and illustrations from contemporary culture, both sacred and profane (often one and the same!), delivered with generous humor and group interaction. For those with a meditation, contemplative or centering prayer practice, time in the workshop will be devoted to those disciplines and ways the Enneagram can enhance their efficacy.

William D. Glenn MA, MDiv, practices psychotherapy and spiritual direction in Sonoma County and San Francisco. He was introduced to the Enneagram in 1978 and has worked with its intuitive principles both in his clinical and spiritual practices and as a workshop leader for over 35 years. A former Jesuit, Glenn has worked extensively in schools, in health care communities, in prisons, and has provided leadership for many Bay Area nonprofit organizations.

PLEASE REGISTER BY: February 17, 2018

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Spring Wildflower Hike

March 10, 2018, 9:30 am-3 pm

1 day/1 meal (sack lunch)
$17 per person

Join us for a Saturday to witness and be inspired by the remarkable diversity among more than one hundred types of wildflowers that grow on the Ranch lands in spring. These living gems respond in their unique way to the universal imperative, blooming in their own time. Be prepared to walk five miles at a rambling pace, taking time to discuss what we find, with several hundred feet of elevation change. Bring sturdy shoes, a water bottle, a raingear if necessary, and a backpack to carry your Ranch-prepared lunch. Cameras and binoculars are great too.


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Encaustic Collage Retreat

May 19-20,2018

1 night/4 meals (Saturday lunch-Sunday lunch)
All art supplies included
$205 commuter (Saturday and Sunday lunches only)
$290 double occupancy
$340 single occupancy (very limited)

Join the Ranch’s resident artist Lisa Thorpe for an intimate workshop to explore encaustic collage techniques. Create small collage pieces on wood using art papers, old maps, photos, and other ephemera, to be covered with hot encaustic medium (a mixture of resin and beeswax). The retreat includes demos of techniques and lots of time to play and experiment. All materials are included and no prior experience is needed. For examples of Lisa’s art, take a look at her website: lisathorpe.com


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