Fierce Love: Empowering Women to Lead in the 21St Century

April 8, 2015 - April 12, 2015


Workshop ID: G15S412

Dates: April 8, 2015 – April 12, 2015 Price: $545.00 – $725.00

Following in the footsteps of our Wisdom Sharing Deepening Retreat (Oct, 2014) with Alice Walker, Gloria Steinem, and Dr. Hyun Kyung Chung, Ghost Ranch continues its emphasis on the important theme of women’s leadership and wisdom.

What does it mean to love God, ourselves, others and life itself fiercely? How can we bring our full selves to the places we live in order to participate in a new dream of shalom? Women’s gifts and voices are needed now more than ever—strength through vulnerability, relationship and collaboration, compassion and a community vision of shalom and justice for all beings. How can we nourish these within ourselves as women?

Here in the high desert of Ghost Ranch, amidst the fierce beauty and sustenance of the landscape and her inhabitants, we will explore embodied practices such as art, yoga, music, prayer, worship, ritual and times of sacred conversation with our sisters. Designed for healing and renewal of our bodies and souls, refreshing our vision and encouraging us to fully name and claim whom we are and what we need in order to return to our daily lives and the work at hand.

This is open to all who are being called to lead in ways of Spirit as lovers of God, self, neighbor, earth—whether clergy, teacher, healing practitioner, therapist, scientist, mother, activist or other.


Annie_AmstutzRev. Anita Amstutz is an ordained Mennonite Minister who has led a congregation for 10 years in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has also worked ecumenically at the Center for Action and Contemplation, a teaching ministry for contemplative prayer and action in the world. At the intersection of Catholic mysticism and Mennonite practicality, she has created and led liturgy, taught spiritual formation, preached, counseled and personally wrestled with what it means to live from “Sabbath Mind”.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADr. Adonna Rometo, a scientist by training and a seeker by nature,  has long been in love with the wild world. After receiving from the University of Arizona, her PhD in Physiological Sciences, with minors in Neuroscience and Pharmacology, Adonna worked at an Albuquerque-based not-for-profit, leading various spiritual experiential education programs while gaining a greater understanding of and connection with the Sacred. Adonna continues to be interested in the marriage of science and spirituality and lives her passion as a holistic health practitioner, helping her clients to heal on a mental, emotional, physical, ethereal, and spiritual level.

judybierbaumJudy Bierbaum, is a lover of life – in all of its many forms and flavors.  Through her many life experiences, she has come to see and believe in the presence and love of a very BIG God.  She desires to share her love with others, especially in beautiful settings of nature, like Ghost Ranch.

Judy, LPCC, is a psychotherapist who has worked with children and adolescents in the area of trauma and sexual abuse for the majority of her career. Judy also gives retreats for adults on themes of spiritual growth.  She has given workshops on the practice of non-violence and the effects of trauma in numerous places, including the U. S., Colombia, Bolivia, El Salvador, Juarez and Thailand.

Please note that our 2015 workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate. Prices are presented for each of the types of lodging available for the workshop you select. All rates are Per Person, Double Occupancy unless otherwise specified.

Single Occupancy: Single occupancy rooms may be reserved for an additional $50 per night when space is available. The fee will be charged when space is confirmed. Single occupancy lodging is generally not available during June and July. If you are a single person and do not specify a roommate, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to share your lodging space or you can request the single occupancy and be charged the supplement of an additional $50 per night (based on availability).

For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar’s Office at either 505.685.1001 or 505.685.685.1017 Monday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p. m. (MST).

Three ways to register:

  1. Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, HC77 Box 11, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to: [email protected]
  2. Register by telephone at 877-804-4678, extension 4152 or 4155 — available Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. MST.
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