Upcoming Program Details

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

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The Benedictine Experience: Getting Back to Basics

October 14-19, 2018

5 nights/15 meals (Sunday dinner-Friday lunch)

Learn an ancient spiritual framework by practicing it. What can St. Benedict, who wrote his Rule 1500 years ago, give to modern men and women who will never live in monasteries? The Rule is piece of wisdom literature that can be a guide for people and communities today. Neither a silent retreat nor a seminar, though it contains elements of both, The Benedictine Experience is a time when participants will live the daily cycle of prayers, while balancing the day with times for manual work, study, silence and community.

Father David Caffrey, who has years of grounding Benedictine small groups, will lead this program, sharing his understanding of Benedict as the saint who leads us deeper into ordinary life.

See Friend’s of St. Benedict website for rate information and to register


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Fall Hike

October 27, 2018, 9:30 am-3:00 pm

1 day/1 meal (sack lunch)
$17 per person

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 and remnant riparian forest to the east. The hills and ridges offer spectacular views of the river valley’s unique geography, and Ranch staff members will guide this rambling walk with a special eye towards discovering viewpoints from which to enjoy the autumn sights.

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A Day of Prayer for the Life of the World

November 3, 2018, 9:00 am-5:00 pm

1 day/with lunch
$90 per person

How can we hold each other in these times? Is there space to grieve the truth of our situation? How can we reconnect with hope?

Come to the Ranch for a day of prayer for the life of the world. In the face of all the bleak news of the day, which can leave us isolated and depressed, there will be prayer, song, art, silence, storytelling, and worship. We will come together in the truth of our concern and longing for the healing of the world. In prayer we will join in the energizing movement of the divine at work in our midst. The day will conclude with a celebration of John Philip Newell’s Celtic Earth Mass.

“Hope is not a prognostication—it’s an orientation of the spirit.” –Vaclav Havel

Led by the Rev. Pat Moore and Johna Peterson. Pat is The Bishop’s Ranch Chaplain, longtime student of the Bible, sometime preacher, retreat leader, spiritual director, and always a seeker. Johna is a singer-songwriter and hospice nurse. She has been writing music for 40 years.

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Guardian Angels, Goddesses & Spirit Guides

November 3-4, 2018

1 night/4 meals (Saturday lunch-Sunday lunch)
$205 commuter (Saturday and Sunday lunches only)
$290 double occupancy
$350 single occupancy

Come make your own custom icon, saint or spirit! Perhaps you need your very own Patron Saint of Serenity or Goddess of I Won’t Take it Anymore. Perhaps a Spirit Guide to Adventure? Whatever you need—serious or silly, meditative or magical—you can create during this two-day mixed media workshop.

Mixed Media Artist Lisa Thorpe will provide a diverse choice of female faces as well as basic hand and body patterns, so no need to worry about your drawing skills. Lisa will demonstrate how to design your Guardian Angel using printed images and decorative papers in a collage technique that is at once flexible, forgiving, and fun. This workshop is great for beginners who want to explore mixed media art and practiced artists who want to express themselves in a new way. Everyone will go home with a custom “icon” created on an 11×14” canvas panel. All materials are provided, but if you have a big stash of art papers, bring them along—this might just be the workshop you bought them for!

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Re-kindling Passion, Re-connecting with Your Purpose: A Circle of Trust Retreat

November 5-7, 2018

2 nights/6 meals (Friday dinner-Sunday lunch)

Come consider how our life circumstances can invite us to re-imagine our lives, whether we have stayed put or find ourselves on a new path. We feel energy when we are living with purpose and integrity; yet the demands of our lives can also leave us feeling fragmented and unfocused, and major life changes can leave us at loose ends.

Using the practices of Circles of Trust®, based on the work of Parker Palmer, we’ll learn to listen in ways that allow energy and clarity to emerge. Plenty of time for personal reflection and renewal is included as well.

Alan Claassen is a United Church of Christ minister specializing in helping congregations turn times of crisis and transition into times of renewal and transformation. Thomas Skillings, Rector of St. Paul’s Church in Burlingame, California, has spent his ministry working with small groups in ways that bring new insight and clarity around faith and life. For more information: www.couragerenewal.org

To register contact Thomas Skillings: revtskillings@gmail.com.

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A Day of Yoga with Marie Hirsch: Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama

November 10, 2018, 9:30 am-4:00 pm

$90.00 per person (vegetarian lunch included)

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.

Marie Hirsch teaches yoga in Healdsburg and Gualala. Her classes are an eclectic fusion of Forrest Yoga, Vinyasa-style Yoga, and Yin Yoga. For more information, please contact Marie at mariehirsch56@gmail.com or 707-322-7503.

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Song and Silence: Sing the Sacred Chant of Hildegard von Bingen

November 16-18, 2018

2 nights/6 meals (Friday dinner-Sunday lunch)
$215 commuter rate (meals included)
$345 double occupancy
$425 single occupancy (very limited availability)

Join a circle of voices in experiencing Hildegard’s music the way she shared it with those around her, through a gentle, contemplative process of listening, then singing what we hear. St. Hildegard of Bingen—a 12th century sage, visionary, healer, naturalist, poet, counselor, and composer—has blessed us with a rich legacy of spirit-lifting, heart-opening music. Her songs are encoded with wisdom and inspiration and stir the spirits of everyone who sings them. Savor the ringing silence that follows song and feel warmed and strengthened as the music settles in your heart. Enjoy plenty of quiet time for rest and rejuvenation in the tranquil beauty of the Ranch.
Open to singers of all levels of experience. Some singing background is helpful; prior training in medieval music or the music of St. Hildegard is not needed.

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.

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Silent Days in Advent

December 7-14, 2018

Single occupancy, meals included
Day Use $100
One night $165
Two nights $265
Three nights $360
Four nights $450
Five nights $540
Six nights $615
Seven nights $700

Join The Bishop’s Ranch in setting aside days of silence in which to observe Advent in an individual yet collective, self-directed retreat. The Society of St. Francis and friends provide a meditative framework in which you can experience the mystical, prepare for the coming of the Christ child, and refresh and renew yourself through the Holy Spirit. We invite you to participate in this special week for as many days as your time permits.

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Wisdom of the Heart

December 14-16, 2018

2 nights/6 meals (Friday dinner-Sunday lunch)
$295 commuter rate
$410 double occupancy
$500 single occupancy

Come enjoy this Advent weekend designed to nourish men and women together in an experience of contemplative community. The weekend offers care for the mind, body and spirit through worship, prayer, study, work and leisure. Each day will be framed with the sung offices (Lauds, the Eucharist, Vespers and Compline) that weave together ancient plainchant, Celtic poetry, and the music of Taizé. Lectures and meditations will draw on the writings of the Christian mystics and the Desert Fathers and Mothers. We’ll also have time for Labyrinth walks, candlelit music meditation, silent hikes through the forest, and private reading in front of the fire.

Kayleen Asbo, PhD, is a cultural historian, spiritual director, musician, and teacher. She is the Artistic Director for the Mythica Foundation, on the faculty of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes at Sonoma State University, Dominican University, and the SF Conservatory of Music. She also leads spiritual pilgrimages in the US and France.

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Epiphany Reflection Day

January 5, 2019, 9:30 am-4:00 pm

$90 per person, includes lunch

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 travelled to the Ranch for a day of ideas, discussion, music, and prayer.

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Ranch Quilt Retreat

February 10-14, 2019

4 nights/12 meals (Sunday dinner-Thursday lunch)
$335 commuter rate
$535 shared occupancy
$800 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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Spring Wildflower Hike

March 16, 2019, 9:30 am-3:00 pm

1 day/1 meal (sack lunch)
$17 per person

Join us for a Saturday to be inspired by the remarkable diversity among the more than one hundred types of wildflowers that grow on the Ranch lands in spring. These living gems respond in their unique way to the universal imperative, blooming in their own time. Be prepared to walk five miles at a rambling pace, taking time to discuss what we find, with several hundred feet of elevation change. Bring sturdy shoes, a water bottle, raingear if necessary, and a backpack to carry your Ranch-prepared lunch. Cameras and binoculars are great too.

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