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

Ranch Quilt Retreat – FULL*

February 9-13, 2020

4 nights/12 meals (Sunday dinner-Thursday lunch)
$375 commuter rate
$575 shared occupancy
$875 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 email programs@bishopsranch.org if you are interested in putting your name on the wait list for this program.

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The California School of Celtic Consciousness

February 18-20, 2020

2 nights/6 meals (Tuesday dinner-Thursday lunch)

Per Person Rates:
$350 commuter rate (meals included)

Waiting List Only:
$455 standard occupancy (3-4 per room or cottage)
$505 double occupancy
$700 single occupancy

John Philip Newell founded the School of Celtic Consciousness (SCC) in 2016 in the belief that Celtic wisdom is needed at this moment in time, urgently. For more information about the School of Celtic Consciousness see www.heartbeatjourney.org.

In February 2020 at The Bishop’s Ranch we will be returning to Year 1 of the three-year curriculum in which we focus on the teachings of Celtic prophets in relation to the sacredness of the human soul, the sacredness of the feminine, and the sacredness of the earth.

Our daily schedule consists of prayer at the beginning and ending of each day, presentations by John Philip, followed by meditative practices, silence, and sharing. Meals will be shared in common and there will be free time to hike and rest as well as a party on the second evening to celebrate our time together.

John Philip Newell 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. 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. For more information, please go to www.heartbeatjourney.org.
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Spring Wildflower Hike

March 14, 2020

9:30am-3:00pm
1 day/1 meal (sack lunch)
$30 per person


Special Rate for Overnight Accommodations (program fees included)
2 nights/5 meals (Saturday breakfast-Sunday Lunch)
$250 double occupancy per person
$400 single occupancy per person

Join us for an inspirational springtime hike, led by Sean and Brendan Swift, to witness the many kinds and types of wildflowers that grow at The Bishop’s Ranch. These living gems respond to a universal imperative – blooming in their own time and demonstrating the remarkable movement of nature toward diversity. Be prepared to walk five miles at a rambling pace, with several hundred feet of elevation change, taking time to discuss what we find.

Bring sturdy shoes, a water bottle, rain gear if necessary, and a backpack to carry your delicious Ranch-prepared lunch. Walking sticks are a big help and cameras and binoculars are encouraged.

The Enneagram and the Spiritual Life

March 28, 2020

9:00 am-5:00 pm
1 day/1 meal (Saturday lunch)
$120 per person


Special Rate for Overnight Accommodations (program fees included)
March 27-29, 2020
2 nights/5 meals (Saturday breakfast-Sunday Lunch)
$340 double occupancy per person
$490 single occupancy 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. Bill uses 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.

Ranch Hands Quilt Retreat – FULL*

April 26-30, 2020

4 nights/12 meals (Sunday dinner-Thursday lunch)
$375 commuter rate
$575 shared occupancy
$875 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 email programs@bishopsranch.org if you are interested in putting your name on the wait list for this program.
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Encaustic Collage

May 2-3, 2020

$245 commuter (Saturday and Sunday lunches only)

Special Rate for Overnight Accommodations (program fees included)
Saturday Night Only: 1 night/4 meals (Saturday lunch-Sunday lunch)
$325 double occupancy per person
$395 single occupancy per person


Friday & Saturday nights: 2 nights/5 meals (Saturday breakfast-Sunday Lunch)
$425 double occupancy per person
$495 single occupancy per person

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. The collage is then 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.

Instruction on Saturday is from 10am-4pm, with a break for lunch. The evening will be left to you to read, relax and wander or return to the art center to explore on your own. Sunday morning, Lisa will provide more instruction, and you can continue your creative pursuits until lunch. The workshop will conclude with a post-lunch sharing circle.

Leader: Lisa Thorpe. See some of her art at lisathorpe.com

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Creativity Retreat with Lisa Thorpe

July 26-30, 2020

(Sunday dinner-Thursday lunch)
All art supplies included
$600 commuter rate
$850 double occupancy per person
$1200 single occupancy per person

Come for a relaxing four-day creative retreat with The Bishop’s Ranch resident artist Lisa Thorpe. Each morning you will explore different surface design techniques playing with color, pattern and print. In the afternoon you will use your papers and fabric to create a composition that Lisa calls a “Visual Haiku” that explores composition and visual structure in an improvisational and playful way. This creative retreat is available to all levels of art explorers. The techniques in the retreat are designed for both fabric and mixed media artists. Lisa will demo and have examples in both fabric and paper. By the end of the week each art explorer will go home with up to eight small “Visual Haiku” and a hand made surface design sampler book.

The mornings will be devoted to surface design techniques and play and each afternoon a different composition essential will be demonstrated. After the demo the afternoon will be structured to allow for free time to enjoy the pool, hiking trails, or relax and soak in the beauty of the Bishop’s Ranch. We will gather each evening before dinner for social hour and the evening are available for self-directed creative time in the art space or other leisure activity.
All paint, print, stamp and stencil materials will be supplied – students will have a short materials list of paper and/or fabric to create on.

Lisa Thorpe is the resident artist at The Bishop’s Ranch and has taught nationally at creative retreats such as Craft Napa and Art and Soul. She published numerous articles in the mixed media magazine, Cloth Paper Scissors, and is a regular contributor to Quilting Arts magazine. Her collage work is in both fabric and collage and she loves sharing her mix of playful, improvisational, mixed media collage.

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Writing in Ordinary Time

Week One: August 2-7, 2020
Week Two: August 9-14, 2020

Each week is 5 nights/14 meals (Sunday dinner-Friday breakfast)
$975 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, whether starting writing for the first time, starting new work, or seeking a fresh approach to ongoing work. All 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!

Retreat Leader: 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 and writing workshops for over ten years.

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Songs of the Soul with Benjamin Mertz

August 21-23, 2020

Friday dinner-Sunday lunch included
$235 commuter rate
$305 standard occupancy per person (3-4 people per room)
$360 double occupancy per person
$535 single occupancy per person (waiting list only)

Singing is one of the ancient traditions of humankind. Song carries us through adversity, connects us to our community and ancestors, and connects us to ourselves. Join Benjamin Mertz in a weekend retreat exploring the power and the wisdom of music. Using spiritual, folk, and improvised music, this program will encourage all participants to sing their songs, speak their truths, and build empathy for those with different life experiences. All of us have songs to sing and stories to tell. In Songs of the Soul, we will share the music of our lives and learn how to sing for strength, resilience, and connection. No previous singing experience necessary.