Programs

For 2022 programs, we are using a new registration system, Campwise. Log back in to 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 a registration form.

Quiet Days in Advent

December 9-12, 2021
Single occupancy*, meals included
Choose from 2 or 3 nights

Two nights $450
December 10-12, 2021, (Friday dinner-Sunday lunch)

Three nights $550
December 9-12, 2021, (Thursday dinner-Sunday lunch)

Quiet Days in Advent will be a weekend for you to get away and find the peace and solitude in the beauty of the Ranch. Sister Pamela Clare and Sister Maggie from The Community of St Francis have concluded their time leading this program and we are so thankful for the time and effort they put in over the years to make this a meaningful retreat for so many. This year, we will be joined by Fr. Brendan E. Williams, CMR, a priest and life-professed solitary monk of the Episcopal Diocese of California. He will offer meditations and lead worship for the retreat. Anne Blanton will lead prayerful movement sessions. We will also provide a booklet with prayers and meditations. Whether you are experienced with quiet retreats or exploring a new practice, we invite you to enter into the quiet time and allow your soul to be fed in this particular way.

 
 

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.


NEW!

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. 


Enneagram

January 8, 2022
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, lunch included
$120 

Explore the spiritual wisdom of this dynamic psychological system. Both beginners and those who have working knowledge of the Enneagram are welcome, as is anyone interested in examining the graced complexity of human nature and relationships with others and with the divine. The workshop will include an overview of the Enneagram and a thorough explanation of the nine strategies and their relationship to the whole. Bill uses anecdotes and illustrations from contemporary culture, both sacred and profane (often one and the same!), delivered with generous humor and group interaction. For those with a meditation, contemplative, or centering prayer practice, time in the workshop will be devoted to those disciplines and ways the Enneagram can enhance their efficacy.  

William D. Glenn MA, MDiv, practices psychotherapy and spiritual direction in Sonoma County and San Francisco. He was introduced to the Enneagram in 1978 and has worked with its intuitive principles both in his clinical and spiritual practices and as a workshop leader for over 35 years. A former Jesuit, Glenn has worked extensively in schools, in health care communities, in prisons, and has provided leadership for many Bay Area nonprofit organizations. Glenn currently chairs the board of trustees of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

 
 

Epiphany Reflection Day with Bishop Marc

January 15, 2022
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, lunch included
$90

Gather together with other seekers to consider the themes of the season of Epiphany, the season of the revelation of light to the world, which begins in the dark with the story of the wise men following the star to the cave. The season offers a beautiful way to lift our hearts and eyes to the cosmos and to the reality of the expansiveness of divine creative energy at work in darkness and in light.

Scholar, cosmologist, advocate for the earth, chef, ecclesiastic, enthusiastic philosopher, historian, bishop, and perhaps most of all, teacher, The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus will be our guide for a day that will lay claim in fresh ways to the ancient practice of turning to the light—in company with others who have traveled to the Ranch for a day of ideas, discussion, music, and prayer.

 
 

The School of Earth and Soul with John Philip Newell

February 15-17, 2022
2 nights/6 meals (Tuesday dinner-Thursday lunch)

Per Person Rates:
$375 commuter rate (meals included)
$465 standard occupancy (3-4 per room or cottage)
$535 double occupancy
$785 single occupancy

2022 at Bishop’s Ranch: Celtic Wisdom 1: Sacred Soul (reawakening to the sacredness of every human being through the teachings of Pelagius, St Brigid, and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)

In 2016 John Philip Newell began a teaching initiative that is now called The School of Earth & Soul (formerly The School of Celtic Consciousness.) Its purpose is to reawaken awareness of the sacred in all things through the recovery of Celtic wisdom for today and to help translate this awareness into compassionate action and justice.
The school follows a three-year cycle of teaching and spiritual practice in its annual retreats. Participants may enter the cycle of three programs (Celtic Wisdom 1, Celtic Wisdom 2, Celtic Wisdom 3) at any point in the cycle or take the programs in any order.

The essential text for the three-year program is John Philip Newell’s Sacred Earth Sacred Soul. And the shared prayer book of the school is Sounds of the Eternal: A Celtic Psalter. To order JPN’s Sacred Earth Sacred Soul for the retreat, please visit this link.

Bio: John Philip Newell (born 1953) is an author and teacher of spirituality who calls the modern world to reawaken to the sacredness of the earth and every human being.

Canadian by birth, he is a citizen both of Canada and Scotland, residing with his family in Edinburgh and working on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2016 he began the School of Earth and Soul (originally called the School of Celtic Consciousness) and teaches regularly in the United States and Canada as well as leading international pilgrimage weeks on Iona in the western islands of Scotland.

His PhD is from the University of Edinburgh and he has authored over fifteen books, including Listening for the Heartbeat of God, Sounds of the Eternal, The Rebirthing of God, and his major recent publication Sacred Earth Sacred Soul.

Covid Policy: In order to share a guest room or attend indoor programs that are sponsored by the Bishop’s Ranch, we are requiring full vaccination against COVID-19. (*Please bring your vaccination card or a legible copy with you to your program). To see our up-to-date Covid protocols at The Bishop’s Ranch please visit this page