March 12, 2017 all-day
Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center

The Soul Never Forgets: Leading from Your Deepest Values

Sunday, March 12, 2017 – Saturday, March 18, 2017

Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center – Abiquiu, NM


Based on the work of author Parker J. Palmer, this retreat explores issues of transition, vocation, passion, life purpose, meaning, direction and underlying life patterns to live in greater alignment with your deepest values, to listen to your own inner wisdom,  and to reconnect who you are with what you do.  The retreat provides a safe space to slow down and nurture personal and professional integrity, and the courage to lean into action.

Listening to your inner voice, the retreat offers time to reflect individually and in small groups, share stories, laughter, music, and video, and gain insights from journaling, poetry, and from various wisdom traditions.  The retreat includes early morning periods of silence, guided meditation, and gentle movement. Clearness Committees, the centerpiece of the retreat, will be offered to support discernment of difficult life or vocational issues. The retreat includes time for rest and renewal,  as well as time to enjoy the stunning high desert beauty of Ghost Ranch—all important components of transformation.

Three off-ranch trips are planned to a mineral spring and spa, a local master weaver, and to a monastery for an afternoon or Gregorian chant.

Cordelia Coronado, 7th Generation Master Weaver & Living Treasure of New Mexico


What People Are Saying…

The Circle of Trust helped me to clarify my intentions and enabled me to listen to and follow my heart.  The Clearness Committee is an amazing process that opens to the Holy.  Valerie is a skilled, flexible, and compassionate facilitator, responsive to the individual and groups’ needs, and artful in balancing both.“ — TB

The process of participating in this Courage & Renewal Retreat is life giving.  It opened me to the concept that we all have within us what we need to guide our lives in soulful and soul filled ways.  It offered a way to be authentic and have meaningful, loving, courageous, and life-changing conversations in a safe context.  It has changed my life, assisted me in being a healing presence in my context.“ — MB

For more information about the retreat, download the flyer

Register here: https://www.ghostranch.org/retreat/soul-never-forgets-leading-deepest-values/



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