The Southwestern Mystique of Our Lady of Guadalupe

August 5, 2013 - August 11, 2013


Workshop ID: G13CDS811
Dates: August 5, 2013 – August 11, 2013 Price: $375.00

The Southwest, especially Northern New Mexico, is rich with the history of cultures melding Native American and Spanish traditions which generated an art culture unique to the needs of the people and the resources available to them. These artistic venues have been passed on from generation to generation and have now been fused with the vision of contemporary artists. This week explore these traditional arts woven together with a sampling of offerings in which landscape and location become the focus.

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.

“To know and understand New Mexico is first to know and understand her sacred Guadalupe…Her image is seen throughout New Mexico, in some places that you’d expect, such as churches, candles, and personal home altars — and on places you might not predict, such as wall murals, car hoods, tiles, T-shirts, and key chains.”
Christina Nealson in New Mexico’s Sanctuaries, Retreats, and Sacred Places

This course combines reflective thought, journaling, and visits to Guadalupan shrines with informal presentations on the mythological and cultural aspects of the story of Guadalupe’s miraculous appearance to a Nahautl Indian in 1539. We will explore her historical roots in Renaissance Spanish theology, in the ancient Aztec religion, and the way her story forged two warring cultures into a nation with a remarkable spiritual identity.

We will also delve into the facts surrounding Guadalupe’s significance as a Mother of peace and justice throughout the Americas, focusing on how and why she has become such a pervasive cultural and spiritual icon, particularly in the southwestern United States.


LoriJoan_SwickLori Joan Swick is an adjunct professor of religion, mythology and philosophy at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. She holds a Master of Theological Studies degree from the University of Notre Dame and is completing her Ph. D. in Philosophy and Religion at California Institute of Integral Studies, specializing in Sacred Art and Women in Religion. She is a published novelist and poet, and an award-winning essayist.

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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