Rest and Ritual Retreat

Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center

April 25 - 29, 2021

Photo credit: Valerie Brown

Photo credit: Valerie Brown

Pat McCabe (Weyakpa Najin Win, Woman Stands Shining), our Conference Ritualist, and Stephen Picha, a ritual and logistics elder trained in nature-based retreat work, will guide us as we experience the simple and the deep: baking and breaking bread, walking on the land, creating transmission and empowerment rituals.  


Optional add-on activities will be available for an additional cost:

  • Morning yoga class. Mats and props provided ($10/class, or $25 for 3)

  • Contemplative paddling on Abiquiu Lake in kayaks or canoes, with a guide ($35 for 2 hours)

  • Landscape painting excursion on a restricted part of the ranch with direct views of Cerro Pedernal ($50 for 3 hours)

  • Georgia O’Keeffe Trail Ride for riders of all skill levels ($95 for 90 min ride)

  • Anthro museum behind the scenes tour with museum curator and anthropologist ($25)

  • Entering the Landscape guided hikes ranging from easy to difficult ($15)

  • Art studio approaching art as a contemplative practice ($10/day or $25 for 3 days)

  • Bodywork sessions including massage, polarity therapy, cranio-sacral, reflexology, acupressure and reiki ($95 for 60 minutes)

  • Christ in the Desert Monastery offsite tour for vespers at the Benedictine monastery ($25)

  • Georgia O’Keeffe Home & Studio Tour ($50)

Registration for these add-ons will be available to all registered participants in advance.


Join us for a time of rest, ritual and restoration. 


SDI will provide shuttle bus transportation to and from Ghost Ranch

  • We depart at 4:00pm on Sunday April 25 from downtown Santa Fe (pick up at Hilton and Sage Inn), arriving at Ghost Ranch around 5:30pm.

  • Buses return to Santa Fe on Thursday April 29, one bus departing from Ghost Ranch at 9:00am and the other at 10:00am, arriving in downtown Santa Fe by 10:30am and 11:30pm respectively. 

  • If there is enough interest, the bus can also drop off at Santa Fe regional airport, but please note that it does not continue on to Albuquerque. Please arrange your ongoing travel from Santa Fe.



Retreat costs include 4 nights lodging, 11 hot meals, use of the Agape complex meeting area and other Ghost Ranch facilities, conservation fee, and all retreat programming.

2021 Pricing forthcoming.


Rest, re-energize, and discern after four full conference days in this minimally-programmed retreat. 


Ghost Ranch is just one hour north of Santa Fe.  Here, huge cottonwood trees border the Rio Chama, mountains rise in the distance, and the nearby landscape soars and swoops with cliffs and table-topped mesas, offering vistas that naturally lead you to wonder and contemplation.


We’ll able to process and ponder the rich teachings and experiences from the conference in sharing circles with fellow attendees and SDI staff, or in solitude.


We’ll be invited into morning and evening storytime and teachings around ritual with Native elders around the fireside.  

We’ll have lots of space for spontaneous spiritual companionship to arise.  

We’ll have opportunities for landscape painting, horseback riding, guided hikes, and behind-the-scenes museum tours. Yoga will be available, as well as body work, contemplative canoeing, and a tour of Georgia O'Keeffe's home and studio.