Great Creating Spirit

July 22, 2013 - July 28, 2013


Workshop ID: G13S741
Dates: July 22, 2013 – July 28, 2013 Price: $365.00

Our Signature Course this week is Great Creating Spirit with John Philip and Ali Newell. While this class will allow participants to discover and experience the Great Creating Spirit in their lives and in our world, other classes will integrate that same creating spirit in their learning and creations. Come and partake of an inspiring and generating week – let the Spirit blow where it will…

Ghost Ranch is a place where we get in touch with the untameable creativity of the Great Spirit from whom we and all things have been born. We see it in the Ranch’s art work, in the fresh vision for justice that inspires weekly courses, and in the wildness of the vast high desert landscape where we breathe more deeply and freely. ‘Great Creating Spirit’ will be a week in which we explore the re-birthing of hope in our lives and world through word and music and silence. Hope will be re-born by coming back into relationship with the Earth, with the great wisdom traditions of humanity, with the simple practices of spiritual discipline, and with a renewed commitment to non-violence as the primary energy for change in our world.


instructor_philip_newellThe Rev. Dr. John Philip Newell is a poet, peacemaker, and scholar, internationally acclaimed for his work in the field of Celtic spirituality. In 2011 he received the Contemplative Voices Award from the Shalem Institute in Washington DC in recognition of his commitment to spirituality and peacemaking.  John Philip divides his time between Edinburgh, which is where his family home is, and his many speaking engagements throughout the English-speaking world. Formerly Warden of Iona Abbey in the Western Isles of Scotland, he is now Companion Theologian for the American Spirituality Center of Casa del Sol at Ghost Ranch in the high desert of New Mexico where he and his wife spend their summers. John Philip, the co-founder of Salva Terra: A Vision Towards Earth’s Healing, is an ordained Church of Scotland minister with a passion for peace among the great wisdom traditions of humanity. His PhD is from the University of Edinburgh and he has authored over 15 books, including Listening for the Heartbeat of God, Praying with the Earth, and his most recent visionary work A New Harmony: the Spirit, the Earth, & the Human Soul. For more information see

instructor_ali_newell2Ali Newell is a Church of Scotland minister and serves as Associate Chaplain at the University of Edinburgh. She and her husband John Philip Newell are parents of four children and live in Edinburgh.

Need more info? Call us at (505) 685 – 4333 ext 4152

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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