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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.


Prayer of the Heart:
A Centering Prayer Intensive with John Kirkley

May 18-20, 2022
2 nights/6 meals (Wednesday dinner-Friday lunch)

Per Person Rates:
$400 double occupancy
$525 single occupancy

One of the great teachers of Centering Prayer, Cynthia Bourgeault, describes it as “the prayer of the heart in meditation form.” In this retreat we will explore Centering Prayer as a way of putting on the mind of Christ, with deep roots in the ancient Christian tradition of the prayer of the heart. A brief overview of the method will be provided, as well as reflections on its relationship to the healing of the self and of society. Centering Prayer is a method of inner transformation that must be experienced to be understood, so this short retreat will include five 20-minute Centering Prayer sittings over the course of two days. Participants with an already established practice of daily Centering Prayer (or another method of silent meditation) will benefit most from this immersive experience.
Bio: The Rev. John Kirkley is a parish priest, spiritual director, and community organizer. He has served congregations in the Diocese of California for more than 20 years and is currently rector of St. James Episcopal Church in San Francisco. A graduate of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation’s Spiritual Guidance Program, John is an experienced spiritual director and a long-time practitioner of Centering Prayer.


Writing Workshop Series
a new pairing: word + image

May 21, 2022
$90/lunch included

Spark your creativity by spending a day exploring the relationship between words and images. Ranch Poet-in-Intermittent-Residence Laurie Glover and photographer David Robertson will walk you through a series of exercises designed to shake up your creative practice. We will do a little walking, mostly around the main campus, spending the morning collecting images and sentences in two guided exercises. After lunch in the Refectory, we will come back together to spend the afternoon putting those fragments together in a third guided exercise. The Ranch will
provide paper and writing implements. Bring your own immediate-feedback photographic device (digital camera, tablet, phone), and be ready for some new perspectives!

This is the first of a new series of one-day writer’s workshops spearheaded by Laurie Glover. Contact her at with questions and suggestions.

Laurie Glover has been leading Writing in Ordinary Time at the Ranch since 2010. She is the author of Naming Mt. Thoreau, where David Robertson appears in text and image.

David Robertson writes and photographs what he calls Universe, with a capital U. He is the author of several books, including Real Matter and has held residences in Yosemite and Wendover, Nevada.


Writing in Ordinary Time

Week 1: July 31- August 5, 2022
Week 2: August 7-12, 2022
$975 per person/single occupancy only

Sink into the quiet places of creative work supported by facilitator Laurie Glover. Modeled after Quiet Days of Advent, Writing in Ordinary Time is offered to give you a week (or 2) to enter into the deep work of writing in the company of others doing the same, whether you are just starting to be a writer, beginning a new work, or seeking a fresh approach to ongoing work. All the writers help each other with their honesty and commitment. 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, 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.

*Option to add the weekend of August 5-7, 2022
2 nights/5 meals (Sat breakfast-Sunday lunch)
$300 per person (special rate only for participants of the program)