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.

Rebirth from the Breath

Easter with the Aramaic Jesus

April 13, 3pm to April 16, 2017, 2pm

3 nights/9 meals
$420 commuter rate (meals included)
$500 dorm occupancy (5-8 per room/cottage)
$540 standard occupancy (3-4 per room)
$577 double occupancy (2 per room)

Enjoy the opportunity to deepen in your sense of rebirth and healing, through teachings and practices suggested by the words of Jesus in his native Aramaic language. You are reborn when you re-connect with the timeless, always-on part of your nature that Jesus called ruha in Aramaic. In his famous conversation with Nicodemus in the Gospel of John, Jesus offers keys to this rebirth: he recommends feeling into the breath and the non-grasping flow of Life energy. The group will focus on these keys alternating chant and moving meditation, in the form of Dances of Universal Peace, with sitting in silence to absorb the wordless teachings into your heart. Opening to the divine in this way, you can serve as a channel for blessing and healing, both for others and yourself.

Neil will draw teachings and spiritual practices from his work with the Beatitudes in Aramaic, sayings of Jesus from the Gospel of John, his books Blessings of the Cosmos and I Am: the Secret Teachings of the Aramaic Jesus, and unpublished work-in-progress on the Jesus traditions in early Christianity and Islam. The retreat is open to all. Some prior contemplative prayer or meditation experience is helpful.

Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz directs the Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Learning in Scotland and co-founded the Edinburgh International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace. He is past chair of the Mysticism Group of the American Academy of Religion and has authored many books on Middle Eastern spirituality and peace, including Prayers of the Cosmos, Desert Wisdom, The Hidden Gospel, The Genesis Meditations, The Sufi Book of Life, and The Tent of Abraham. He was named the Kessler-Keener Foundation Peacemaker of the Year in 2005. For more information about his work internationally, visit www.abwoon.org.

PLEASE REGISTER BY: March 30, 2017

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Creativity Bound

May 6, 9am to May 7, 2017, 3pm

1 night/4 meals
$180 commuter rate (includes lunch Saturday and Sunday)
$260 double occupancy
$310 single occupancy

Challenge yourself in two media at a workshop combining the visual and poetic arts. Over the course of this two-day intensive, we will work back and forth between building a poem and creating an art book. Artist Lisa Thorpe will guide you through the process of creating a multipage collage accordion book and poet Laurie Glover will lead you through the process of writing a multi-stanza, repeating-form poem that can become part of your book.

Ranch Resident Artist Lisa Thorpe and Writing in Ordinary Time facilitator Laurie Glover have designed a series of steps through which non-artist writers and non-writer artists can stimulate their creativity in one area by linking it with another. We will use poetry writing exercises to inspire your creation of a book and use the choices you make in creating that book to further your poetry writing. For examples of the kind of book you’ll make, take a look at Lisa’s website, lisathorpe.com. Participants can stay overnight on Saturday or attend the Saturday and Sunday workshops only.

PLEASE REGISTER BY: April 28, 2017

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Mixed Media Nature Journaling

May 15-17, 2017

2 nights/6 meals (Monday dinner-Wednesday lunch)
$260 commuter rate, includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday
$365 double occupancy
$430 single occupancy

Be inspired by the bounty of beauty at the Bishop’s Ranch and create a mixed media nature journal. Resident Artist, Lisa Thorpe, will guide you through techniques of drawing painting, printing and collage. You will create a unique journal that reflects place and time by looking closely at organic forms found in the diverse flora of the Ranch. Each participant will make their own small art journal and begin to fill its pages with visual reflections. All artistic levels welcome – participants of all experience levels will explore a diversity of techniques guided by supportive, experienced teacher and artist Lisa Thorpe. Along with your creative explorations you will have time to soak in the spring splendor at the Bishop’s Ranch and be nurtured with delicious meals, comfortable rooms and the splendid surroundings. For examples of Lisa’s art, take a look at her website: lisathorpe.com

PLEASE REGISTER BY: May 1, 2017

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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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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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