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

Resurrection by Love:
Easter Meditations with the Aramaic Jesus led by Neil Douglas-Klotz – FULL

April 18-21, 2019

The words of Jesus in Aramaic suggest meditations and spiritual practices that lead us to the door of Love, pointed to in the vision of Mechtild of Magdeburg. Using contemplative prayer, gentle movement, chant, and awareness of the divine breath (ruha) that flows through and around us, our hearts and spirits are revivified. We then begin to feel our bodies as part of the bread of life and our blood as the essence of forgiveness and releasing, ready to be shared with all of creation.

Throughout the weekend, we will explore the spirituality of Yeshua, the Middle Eastern prophet, through a mixture of teaching, silent meditation, walking meditation, chant, and sacred movement, particularly the Dances of Universal Peace. Neil will draw teachings from all of his books, from Prayers of the Cosmos through Original Meditation. He will also share from his unpublished work-in-progress on the ancient nomadic spirituality in the Jesus traditions as well as Judaism and Islam. This ancient strain reveals the earliest remembrances of our human ancestors, “messages in a bottle” they left behind to help us better understand our world and ourselves.

Dr Neil Douglas-Klotz directs the Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Learning ( in Edinburgh, Scotland and co-founded the Edinburgh International festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace, now in its eighth year. He is the past chair of the Mysticism Group of the American Academy of Religion and has published several books on Middle Eastern spirituality and peace, including Prayers of the Cosmos (1990), Desert Wisdom (1995), The Hidden Gospel (1999), The Genesis Meditations (2003), The Sufi Book of Life (2005), Blessings of the Cosmos (2006) and The Tent of Abraham (2006, with Sr. Joan Chittister and Rabbi Arthur Waskow). In 2005 he was awarded the Kessler-Keener Foundation Peacemaker of the Year award for his work in Middle Eastern peacemaking. Information about his work internationally can be found at the website of the Abwoon Resource Center,

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Encaustic Collage

May 4-5, 2019

1 night/4 meals (Saturday lunch-Sunday lunch)
All art supplies included
$238 commuter (Saturday and Sunday lunches only)
$310 double occupancy
$385 single occupancy

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

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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 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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