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

Writing in Ordinary Time

Week 1: August 4-9, 2019
Week 2: August 11-16, 2019

Each week is 5 nights/14 meals (Sunday dinner-Friday breakfast)
$950 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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Ranch Service Day

August 10, 2019

9:00 am-3:00 pm
1 day/1 meal (Saturday lunch)
No cost

Help the Bishop’s Ranch and The Men of Grace of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, to prepare for the upcoming fire season. The focus will be removing fire fuels within striking distance of the Ranch buildings in an environmentally conscientious manner. Sturdy shoes, water bottle, sunscreen, long pants and long-sleeved shirts are strongly encouraged. Please bring gloves and hand pruners if you have them.

Service days are a great way to spend the day outside, learn new aspects about the Ranch environment and operations, and make new friends. We will provide the tools and instruction for the project, as well as a delicious lunch, followed by free time for swimming or relaxing.

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Fall Hike

October 19, 2019

1 day/1 meal (bag lunch)
$30 per person
Check-in at 9:30 am, walk begins at 10 am, return to the Ranch by 3 pm

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.

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Spirit Guides and Guardian Angels

November 2-3, 2019

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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A Day of Yoga with Marie Hirsch

November 9, 2019

Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama
9:30 am-4:00 pm
$90.00 per person (vegetarian lunch included)

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. After a morning of active, uplifting asana practice, focused on raising the energy and creating a sense of strength and lightness, in the afternoon, we will practice Restorative/Yin Yoga, moving into increased levels of awareness and stillness.

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 at or 707-322-7503.

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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

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Silent Days in Advent

December 13-20, 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
Seven nights $800

Join The Bishop’s Ranch in setting aside the week to observe Advent in silence. This is an individual, self-directed retreat. In a meditative framework, 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 retreat begins on December 13th at 5pm and ends at 2pm on December 20th.

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 20-22, 2019

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

Come enjoy this Advent weekend designed to nourish men and women together in 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) that weave together ancient plainchant, Celtic poetry, and the music of Taizé. Lectures and meditations will draw on 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.

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, and the SF Conservatory of Music. She also leads spiritual pilgrimages in the US and France.

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Ranch Quilt Retreat

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.
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