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.

The Enneagram and the Spiritual Life

March 30, 2019, 9:00 am-5:00 pm

1 day/1 meal (Saturday lunch)
$120 per person

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.

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Spring Service Day

April 6, 2019, 9:00 am-3:00 pm

1 day/1 meal
No cost, lunch included

Partner with The Bishop’s Ranch for a day of environmental stewardship! Volunteer at our Spring Service Day to help complete an outdoor project. Stay through the afternoon to enjoy the trails or go for a swim. Sturdy, closed-toed shoes are a must. Bring gloves if you have them. Weather permitting.

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

April 18-21, 2019

3 nights/9 meals (Thursday dinner-Sunday lunch)
Per person rates:
$625 double occupancy: (2 people per room)
$575 standard occupancy (3-4 people per room/cottage)
$425 commuter rate (meals included)

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 (www.eial.org) 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, www.abwoon.com.

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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 lisathorpe.com

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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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