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Programs

The Bishop’s Ranch has many different types of programs throughout the year, offering renewal of spirit, mind and body. Find your inner peace at a yoga retreat, finish a project and make new friends at our Quilt Retreat, or visit during Advent for a time of silence and meditation. Come join us for a life changing experience.

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Receiving Autumn’s Gifts

Date: September 28, 2024

Time: 9:00am-5:00pm

Meals: Lunch Included

Price: $95 per person

Green rolling hills

Receiving Autumn’s Gifts: Reflective Sauntering and Contemplative Practices

Fall is a time of preparation, integration, relinquishment, and release. We will spend a few hours walking in nature as we reflect on how these processes create nourishment in nature and in ourselves. How might what is happening in the natural world give you insight into this season of your life?  We will link times of engaging in spiritual practice and dialogue while walking the trails with seasoned nature observers.  Sauntering for the day will not exceed 3 miles. Led by Julie Miller, Mindy Braun and Laurie Hartmann.


Julie Miller is no stranger to the Ranch as she serves as a Ranch host and leads our spring and fall hikes. 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.

Mindy Braun serves as Executive Director of the Journey Center, a Christ-centered contemplative home for spiritual exploration and reflection. She is a spiritual director, Wild Church leader, naturalist, retreat, and group facilitator who loves to weave the Sacred with the natural world.

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.

Fall Hike with Julie Miller

Date: Oct 19, 2024

Time: 9:30am - 3:30pm

Meals: Lunch included

Price: $35 per person

Autumn leaves

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.

Loose Threads Quilt Retreat

Date: Oct 28 – Nov 1, 2024

Nights: 4 (Monday-Thursday)

Meals: 12 (Monday dinner-Friday lunch)

Price: $395 - Commuter; $595 - Shared room; $895 - Private room

Quilt with scissors, thread, and hand with thimble

Come to the Ranch in the Fall for our Loose Threads Quilt Retreat! Finish a project or start a new one. Beginning through advanced quilters are welcome. 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. Lodging options are in the Ranch House and Harrison House.

Your Kitchen Madonna

Date: November 2, 2024

Time: 9:00am-4:00pm

Meals: Lunch included

Price: $100 + $15 materials fee paid to instructor

Your Kitchen Madonna: read, reflect, create together....


This creative collage, word, painting project is based on the book, The Kitchen Madonna, by Rumor Golden. We will explore the book together and then we will create our own kitchen Madonna's to bless our own kitchens. Each Madonna will be a unique expression of our own spirituality, culture, cooking and home life. The process will be as meaningful as the final art piece. Led by Greta Mesics. 


$15 materials fee paid to instructor on day of class. Fee includes a copy of Rumer Godden's, THE KITCHEN MADONNA.

Day of Yoga with Marie Hirsch

Date: Nov 9, 2024

Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm

Meals: Lunch included

Price: $95 per person

Arm stretched out in pose

Use breath and meditation to deepen your understanding and appreciation of yoga. Our focus will be on choosing what opens your heart, supports your health, and uncovers your inner wisdom. 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.

Ranch Quilt Retreat

Date: Feb 2 - Feb 6, 2025

Nights: 4 (Sunday-Thursday)

Meals: 12 (Sunday dinner-Thursday breakfast)

Price: $395 - Commuter;  $595 - Shared room;  $895 - Private room

Quilt with scissors, thread, and hand with thimble

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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