To The Home Of Peace: A Spirituality For Change

July 9, 2012 - July 15, 2012


Casa del Sol is a home of peace in the high desert of New Mexico where groups and individuals come seeking new beginnings in their lives and world. During this week we will explore what it means to live in harmony with the earth and to choose the way of peace in every moment and relationship of our lives as a way of serving transformation in the world. The retreat, which uses as its basic text words from the Quran, ‘God invites us to the Home of Peace,’ continues the work of the Praying for Peace Initiative in which we pray and chant for peace by using words from the Hebrew scriptures, the teachings of Jesus and the Quran. Our days will consist of prayer at the rising of the sun in Ghost Ranch’s Agape Center courtyard, teaching and sharing in the mornings and evenings (sometimes at Casa del Sol, 2 miles from the main campus), and rest and silence in the afternoons.

Scholarships are available.

This course is also offered July 2-8 and July 16-22-especially designed for young adults in their twenties and thirties.

Instructor (s):

Ali 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.

The 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

Week(s) 07/09/2012 – 07/15/2012

Instructor(s) Ali Newell;John Philip Newell Need more info? Call us at (505) 685 – 4333 ext 4152

Categories: Ecology/Theology  |  Prayer  |  Retreats