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

Spirit Guides and Guardian Angels

November 23-24, 2019 – New Date

1 night/4 meals (Saturday lunch-Sunday lunch)
$250 commuter (Saturday and Sunday lunches only)
$325 double occupancy
$400 single occupancy

Come make your own custom icon, saint or spirit! We all need a little extra help sometimes, someone in our corner to boost our confidence, our spirit or even our defiance! So why not make your own custom icon, your own imaginary saint or spirit guide? Perhaps you need your very own Patron Saint of Serenity, or how about an Earth Goddess Guardian Angel? Maybe you need a Spirit Guide to Adventure? Whatever kind of guide you need you can express yourself through this two-day mixed media workshop. Your Angel can be serious or silly, meditative or magical it’s up to you!

Mixed Media Artist, Lisa Thorpe, will provide a mix female faces, both animal and human to choose from as well as hand and basic body patterns so you don’t need to worry about your drawing skills at all. Lisa will demonstrate how to design your Guardian Angel using the printed images and decorative papers she provides. This collage technique is at once flexible, forgiving and fun. This workshop is great for beginners who want to explore mixed media art more and practiced artist who want to express themselves in a new way. Everyone will go home with a custom “icon” created on an 11×14 canvas panel. All materials are provided but you mixed media artist out there with a big stash of art papers should bring them along this might just be the workshop you bought them for!

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Song and Silence:
Sing the Sacred Chant of Hildegard von Bingen

November 22-24, 2019

2 nights/6 meals (Friday dinner-Sunday lunch)
$225 commuter rate (meals included)
$355 double occupancy
$515 single occupancy (very limited availability)

Join a circle of voices in experiencing Hildegard’s music the way she shared it with those around her, through a gentle, contemplative process of listening, then singing what we hear. St. Hildegard of Bingen—a 12th century sage, visionary, healer, naturalist, poet, counselor, and composer—has blessed us with a rich legacy of spirit-lifting, heart-opening music. Her songs are encoded with wisdom and inspiration and stir the spirits of everyone who sings them. Savor the ringing silence that follows song and feel warmed and strengthened as the music settles in your heart. Enjoy plenty of quiet time for rest and rejuvenation in the tranquil beauty of the Ranch.

Open to singers of all levels of experience. Some singing background is helpful; prior training in medieval music or the music of St. Hildegard is not needed.

Devi Mathieu has been singing the music of St. Hildegard for more than 20 years, as a concert soloist, as a teacher, and as a seeker of wisdom. She teaches Hildegard’s music using methods from medieval oral tradition that bring out the best in every voice. For more information, please contact Devi at or take a look at

Sweet Chariot:
The Gift and Wisdom of Black Spiritual Music

December 7, 2019, 9:00 am-5:00 pm

$75 per person, includes lunch

Come and explore our relationship with our ancestors and our current place in history through the Black Spiritual, one of America’s most lush and beautiful oral traditions, a music filled with resilience, insight, healing, and power. Taking these songs as our guides, this workshop focuses on identity, empathy, honoring the gift of life, and better understanding ourselves and one another. And, of course, joining together in song. No previous singing experience is necessary.

Benjamin Mertz is a pianist, composer, and song leader who specializes in the Black Spiritual tradition. He is a third-generation professional musician; his mother is a jazz and opera singer, and his “grandaddy” was a jazz pianist who worked with legends like Sarah Vaughan and Charles Mingus. Benjamin is the founder and director of the Joyful Noise! Gospel Singers and leads community sings and workshops, exploring music ranging from the African diaspora to the civil rights tradition. Learn more at

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Quiet Days in Advent

December 7-13, 2019

Single occupancy*, meals included

Retreat Rates:
Day Use $100
One night $200
Two nights $300
Three nights $400
Four nights $500
Five nights $600
Six nights $700

Set aside some time to observe Advent within the meditative framework of this retreat. 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. This is an individual, self-directed retreat with optional program offerings. The retreat begins on December 7th at 5pm and ends at 2pm on December 13th.

Retreat Leaders: The Society of St. Francis and friends

*There is a discount for shared lodging. See pricing on registration form.

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Wisdom of the Heart

December 13-15, 2019

2 nights/6 meals (Friday dinner-Sunday lunch)
$295 commuter rate
$425 double occupancy
$585 single occupancy

Enter Advent through a weekend of contemplative community inspired by the roots of Benedictine spirituality. Each day will be framed with music and poetry; daily lectures and meditations will draw on the wisdom of the early Christian mystical texts. Share in Labyrinth walks, Lectio Divina on the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, candlelit music meditations and Taizé services and take time alone hiking through the hills, creating mandalas and soul collage cards in the art room, or reading in front of the fire.

Kayleen Asbo, PhD, is a cultural historian, spiritual director, musician, and teacher whose dissertation was on Mary Magdalene as a source of inspiration for art, music, Christian liturgy and monastic practice. The Artistic Director for the Mythica Foundation, Kayleen is on the faculty of several Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes and has presented workshops about Mary Magdalene in churches and spiritual centers throughout the world. Learn more at

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2020 Epiphany Reflection Day

January 4, 2020

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 traveled to the Ranch for a day of ideas, discussion, music, and prayer.

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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 if you are interested in putting your name on the waitlist 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)
$455 standard occupancy (3-4 per room or cottage)
$505 double occupancy
$700 single occupancy (waiting list only)

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

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
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