Upcoming Program Details

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Here is a list of our current program offerings. When you click the Register button, you will be taken to our online registration system (powered by CampWise). If this is your first time registering this way, you will set up a private user account. From then on, registering for a program will only require few simple clicks.

Music for Healing and Healers

June 5-7, 2017

2 night/6 meals (Monday lunch-Wednesday lunch)
$357 double occupancy
$437 single occupancy

Experience whole-body, prayerful meditation in a sacred space with Ana Hernandez and Christopher Putnam. Guitar, piano, shruti-box, drum, and vocals in chant and sacred song help the healing process take root. Chanting helps us to be still, be quiet, and listen beyond our minds.
Returning friends and newcomers welcome.

Ana Hernandez is a composer/arranger, singer, and multi-instrumentalist. She leads workshops on the application of sound and rhythm to revitalize our communities and prayer lives, encouraging all to experience the ways in which sound helps us to open our hearts, manifest peace, and engage in healing and compassion. Christopher Putnam, B. Mus., M.T.S., is a keyboardist, singer, and composer who integrate eclectic music styles into worship.

PLEASE REGISTER BY: May 31, 2017

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Encaustic Collage

June 10-11, 2017

1 night/4 meals (Saturday lunch-Sunday lunch)
All art supplies included
$230 commuter (Saturday and Sunday lunches only)
$280 double occupancy
$325 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

PLEASE REGISTER BY: May 31, 2017

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Benedictine Experience

June 19-25, 2017


$1,350 single occupancy
$1,100 double occupancy

The wisdom of Benedict’s Rule needs to be rediscovered in every age, and our time is no different. The deep structure inherent in the Rule provides an orientation to the Divine while facing the division and fragmentation of the present. Participants experience a balance of worship, prayer, study, and rest in beautiful and sacred surroundings. The retreat includes daily conferences by Br. Bede Healey OSB, Cam., music and liturgy by Canon John Renke, and daily celebration of Eucharist by our abbot, Fr. David Caffrey.
Contact Jane Schubert: janeschubert@aol.com for more information or register at www.benedictfriend.org

PLEASE REGISTER BY: June 10, 2017

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Writing in Ordinary Time

August 6-11, August 13-18, & August 27-September 1, 2017

Each week is 5 nights/14 meals (Sunday dinner-Friday breakfast)
$800 per person/per week, single occupancy only

Sink into the quiet places of creative work supported by facilitator Laurie Glover. Modeled after Silent Days of Advent, Writing in Ordinary Time is offered to give writers a week or two to enter into the deep work of writing in the company of others doing the same. Attendees might be beginning writers or veteran writers seeking a fresh approach to ongoing work. All will hold supportive silence with each other through the course of each day and gather to share every evening. Leave behind the pressures of getting published, networking, making career moves, the fears of not being any good, and just write!

Laurie Glover, MA, PhD, is a poet, essayist, and novelist who has been teaching writing since 1990, at UC Davis since 1997. She has facilitated artist and writer’s retreats for over ten years.

PLEASE REGISTER BY: July 31, 2017

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Fall Service Day

October 7, 2017, 8:30 am-12:30 pm

Enjoy a Saturday morning helping to enrich the environment of The Bishop’s Ranch through hands-on projects. Participants will work with Ranch staff around the grounds, in the gardens, or on the trails. Service days are a great way to spend time in nature and learn about the Ranch while making new friends. There are tasks for volunteers of all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Participants are welcome to stay after lunch to hike and swim through the afternoon.

PLEASE REGISTER BY: October 1, 2017

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Fall Hike

October 21, 2017, 9:30 am – 3 pm

1 day/4 meal (sack lunch)
$17 per person

Spend a Saturday walking the little-known trails of The Bishop’s Ranch and explore its many habitats. Situated on rugged terraces above the Russian River, the Ranch lies between the conifer forests to the west and north and the heavily cultivated river floodplain with remnant riparian forest to the east. The hills and ridges offer spectacular views of the river valley’s unique geography, and Ranch staff members will guide this rambling walk with a special eye towards discovering viewpoints from which to enjoy the autumn sights.

PLEASE REGISTER BY: October 14, 2017

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The 3rd Act: A New Stage & Purpose for Women Over 50

November 5-7, 2017

2 night/6 meals (Sunday lunch-Tuesday lunch)
$230 commuter
$350 double occupancy
$425 single occupancy

Come to find fresh and vibrant perspectives on shaping a purposeful life as you enter mid-life and reach beyond. Now free from social expectations and family obligations, with a longer life expectancy and better health than previous generations, you have the opportunity to turn your dreams into realities and to present a new you. Consider anew the options that might have seemed impractical before as you prioritize how to spend the next phase of your life. Redefine what it means to get older as you cultivate the wisdom of experience, an appreciation of who you are, and the pure joy of being present.

This workshop is practical and experiential, providing tools, guidance, and encouragement throughout. Re-invent your future among a supportive group of women working together to create a life purposefully chosen.

Patricia Cavanaugh is a life coach and has been a psychotherapist for close to thirty years. She is the owner of The 3rd Act and a member of St John’s Episcopal Church of Oakland, California. For more information visit www.the3rdact.com or www.patriciacavanaughmft.com. Ellie Klevins guides people to create happiness and success – at work and beyond. She has over 20 years of corporate Human Resources experience and deep expertise in helping people create inspiring new beginnings as they approach what used to be called retirement.

PLEASE REGISTER BY: October 28, 2017

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Yoga with Marie Hirsch

November 11, 2017, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

1 day/1 meal (vegetarian lunch)
$65 per person

Use breath and meditation to deepen your understanding and appreciation of yoga. Our focus will be on choosing what opens your heart, supports your health, and uncovers your inner wisdom. You will be guided and encouraged to move past your resistance into a state of peace, clarity, and joy. Beneficial to beginners and experienced students, this workshop includes meditation, asanas, posture flow, and pranayama. Some yoga experience preferred.

Marie Hirsch teaches yoga in Healdsburg and Gualala. Her classes are an eclectic fusion of Forrest Yoga, Vinyasa-style Yoga, and Yin Yoga. For more information, please contact Marie by email or 707-322-7503.

PLEASE REGISTER BY: November 3, 2017

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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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