The History & Practice of Spiritual Reading

July 8, 2013 - July 14, 2013
AbiquiuNM 87510


Workshop ID: G13CDS721
Dates: July 8, 2013 – July 14, 2013 Price: $350.00

Located two miles from the main campus, Casa del Sol is a retreat house at Ghost Ranch dedicated to deeper spiritual contemplation. In 2013 many workshops which are conducive to small group work and contemplative space are being held at Casa del Sol. These workshops are designated with the sun symbol beside the title throughout workshop description pages.

“The History and Practice of Spiritual Reading” will explore ancient, medieval, and contemporary methods for utilizing sacred texts to enhance spiritual experience. We will begin with a survey of spiritual interpretation and engagement with sacred texts, including the Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls, medieval mystical practices linked to sacred texts, and contemporary expressions. Participants will then engage in creative and practical spiritual work with texts from a range of traditions, including Biblical, Qu’ranic, Hindu, Buddhist, and Taoist materials. Textual interpretation will be used in concert with exploratory journaling, guided meditations, times of silence, and attentive walking. No previous experience or prerequisites are needed.

Participants should each bring a copy of the Bible, the Tao Te Ching, and the Qu’ran if available. Copies of 0ther texts will be provided by Instructor.


james_findlayRev. Dr. James D. Findlay has his doctoral training is in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, but his skills and interests are wide ranging. He has taught college and graduate level courses in the History of Christianity, both Testaments of the Bible, World Religions, Mysticism, and Logic and Critical Thinking, as well as courses in methodology related to the study of Religion. In addition he has led retreats and provided spiritual support for persons and groups of various ages and backgrounds.

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

Two 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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