Programs

For 2022 programs, we are using a new registration system, Campwise. Log into your Campwise account here.

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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 registration system.


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For 2022 programs, we are using a new registration system called Campwise. When you click “Register”, you will be directed to a page where you will need to create an account before you can register for the retreat. Each adult participant must create a username and password in order to register for a program.

 

Fall Hike

October 15, 2022
Check in at 9:30am, walk begins at 10am
$30/person, lunch included

Spend a Saturday walking the trails of The Bishop’s Ranch and explore how autumn is demonstrating itself on the landscape. We will cover 4-6 miles on this moderate hike through rolling topography with a stop for a bagged lunch.

Situated on rugged terraces above the Russian River, the Ranch lies between 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 member, Julie Miller, will guide this rambling walk with a special eye towards the natural history and viewpoints from which to enjoy the autumn scenery.

Julie Miller is no stranger to the Ranch as she serves as a Ranch host. A former park ranger, a nature guide, retreat leader and spiritual director, Julie’s love for connecting people to the natural and cultural stories of place is reflective and infectious.

 

Song and Silence

November 8-10, 2022
2 nights/6 meals (Tuesday dinner-Thursday lunch)
$225 commuter rate (meals included)
$375 double occupancy
$550 single occupancy (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.

We are asking S&S participants, regardless of vaccination status, to please:
~ self-administer a rapid at-home test the day of their arrival to confirm negative status
~ bring a well-fitted high-quality mask to wear when we are indoors together, except when we are singing.

Masks are optional when singing. Please review the Covid guidelines for The Ranch here. 

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 info@singhildegard.com.

 

Day of Yoga with Marie Hirsch

November 12, 2022
9:30am – 4pm
$95/person, lunch included

Use breath and meditation to deepen your understanding and appreciation of yoga. 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 mariehirsch56@gmail.com or 707-322-7503.

 

Quiet Days in Advent

December 8-11, 2022
3 nights/9 meals (Thursday dinner-Sunday lunch)
$425 double occupancy
$625 single occupancy 

Join us for our annual contemplative Advent retreat amidst the beauty, peace, and hospitality of The Bishop’s Ranch. This year’s Advent retreat will be curated and overseen by our Chaplain, Fr. Brendan E. Williams, CMR, who is also a monastic Prior, professional spiritual director, theologian, and experienced teacher of contemplative practices. Fr. Brendan will be joined by Fr. John Kirkley—a parish priest, retreat leader, and teacher of centering prayer—as well as other clergy and lay leaders who will collaboratively offer teaching, guided meditations, spiritual direction, and communal Liturgy, including a daily Mass. As in years past, Anne Blanton will once again offer prayerful movement sessions throughout the retreat and Anya will be offering private massage (bookings made directly with Anya). Some resources for private prayer will be provided to each retreatant. Our retreat theme for this year will be: Meeting obstacles as an integral part of the path. Whether you are long experienced with the practice of quiet, contemplative retreat or exploring a new experience, we invite you to nourish your soul in the depth and contemplative quietude of Advent at the Ranch.

 

Wisdom of the Heart

December 16-18, 2022
2 nights/6 meals (Friday dinner-Sunday lunch)
$325 commuter rate (meals included)
$450 double occupancy
$625 single occupancy (limited availability)

Experience the ancient treasures of contemplative practices that can nourish your spirit in a weekend  that weaves together story, image, song and silence.

Our days will intersperse times of silence with music, art and contemporary poetry as we draw on the wisdom of  the mystic tradition as we focus on the theme of the Magnificat, “Saying Yes to Life with Joy”. There will be a feast of contemplative practices:  chanting and singing, Labyrinth walks, Lectio Divina,  Visio Divina, a candlelit Taizé service, and the creation of Earth Art mandalas. Deepen your journey during your free time through creating soul collage cards in the art room, hiking the beautiful trails or reading in front of the fire.