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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 registration form.

Fall Hike

October 16, 2021
1 day/1 meal (bag lunch)
$30 per person
Check-in at 9:30 am, walk begins at 10 am

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. Julie Miller will guide this rambling walk with a special eye towards discovering viewpoints from which to enjoy the autumn sights.

Stay at the Ranch the weekend of the hike! Click the dates below for more information and to register.

October 15-17, 2021

Song and Silence – Virtual Retreat

November 13, 2021
1 Day
$75

Join Devi Mathieu via Zoom for an inspiring morning and afternoon singing songs from St. Hildegard’s musical play Ordo Virtutum. Experience Hildegard’s music the same way she shared it with those around her, in a simple, gentle, contemplative process of listening, then singing what you hear, “through the ear to the heart.” We’ll focus on the songs of two of the many Divine Powers, or Virtues, who populate the play – the nurturing solace expressed by Loving Generosity (Caritas) and the strength and resolve conveyed by Patience (Patientia).

10:30 – 12:30 Sing
12:30 – 1:30 Break
Enjoy lunch and silent time on your own, with suggestions for journaling, art making, contemplation, walking meditation
1:30-3:00 Sing

Open to all, no prior training or experience is required.

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 www.numinacenter.org or take a look at www.singhildegard.com.

Rambling Through an Autumn Landscape:
A Seasonal Reflection

November 20, 2021
8:30am-1:00pm
$30

We will spend a few hours walking in nature, noticing the changes that autumn brings. How might what is happening in the natural world give you insight into your own interior season of life?

Fall is a season of paradox; of relinquishing what no longer serves us yet reflecting on what we are harvesting from dreams planted in another season. Through observation, reflection, dialogue and creativity, we will explore the gifts that Autumn brings.

The walk will be 2 miles over gently rolling terrain with opportunities to pause for contemplative practice. Hikes to vistas have an elevation gain of 150 feet or less. Our time together will culminate in joining other weekend retreatants for lunch outdoors at the dining hall.

Bring sturdy shoes, a water bottle and rain gear. The walk will happen rain or shine. Trekking poles can be helpful and cameras and binoculars are encouraged.

Bios:

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.

Laurie Hartmann loves sharing the experience of finding beauty in nature with others. She is a spiritual director, retreat leader and therapeutic musician and treasures the experience of the convergence of nature, music and spirit.

Stay at the Ranch the weekend of this program! Click the dates below for more information and to register.

November 19-21, 2021

Wisdom of the Heart

December 17-19, 2021
2 nights/6 meals (Friday dinner-Sunday lunch)
$325 commuter rate
$450 shared occupancy
$625 single occupancy

Enter Advent through a weekend inspired by Celtic and Benedictine spirituality. Our days will intersperse times of silence with music, art and the poetry of Mary Oliver as we draw on the wisdom of Mary Magdalene, St Francis and Hildegard of Bingen. There will be a feast of contemplative practices: chanting, Labyrinth walks, Lectio Divina on the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, a candlelit Taizé service, an evening sound healing session, 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.

Kayleen Asbo, PhD, is a cultural historian, spiritual director, musician, and university lecturer 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 for Contemplation and the Arts, Kayleen leads pilgrimages and classes around the world that weave together art, music, history and contemplative practices. Learn more at www.kayleenasbo.com.