In July 2012 John Philip Newell, along with his wife Ali, will be leading To the Home of Peace: A Spirituality for Change, a week at Ghost Ranch, for young adults in their twenties and thirties seeking inner and outer transformation in their lives and world. Ghost Ranch, over its 50 year history, has been a place of new beginnings and commitment to peace. In the development of his work and vision, John Philip has placed a priority on working with young leaders in the belief that they hold part of the key to new beginnings in our world. To the Home of Peace is designed to support this work.
Each day at Ghost Ranch will begin and end with the rhythm of prayer and meditation together, either at the Agape Center or Casa del Sol. In the mornings John Philip will teach on themes related to the oneness of the human soul and the healing of creation, asking what sacrifices we are to make in our lives as individuals, as nations, and as a species, if we and the world are to be well. The afternoons will be given to hiking, conversation, and rest. In the evenings Ali will lead us in embodiment practices of chant and meditative movement and further reflection on the way of transformation in our world, including song, chant, movement, mandalas and dance as well as reflecting on what we are feeling drawn to do or be. On at least one of the days we will walk the desert pilgrimage route together to reflect on the journey of our lives and universe. Participants are welcome to bring children to stay at the Ranch with them and to participate in mealtimes. There is a children’s program from ages 3-16 years.
Scholarships are available. If applying for a scholarship, please do not register online. Mail or fax registration form and scholarship application directly to Ghost Ranch.
This course is also offered July 2-8 and July 9-15 without the young adult emphasis.
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 www.salvaterravision.org.
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.
David Poole – David is the music director at La Mesa Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque. He is the founder of de Profundis, an a cappella men’s ensemble, which has released its second commercial recording. He also directed Common Ground, a 2001 Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM) Conference on music of the world church. David has a masters in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance and has directed choirs and taught voice for 20 years. He is also an accomplished composer. For more information, see www.davidepoole.com.
Week(s) 07/16/2012 – 07/22/2012
Instructor(s) Ali Newell;John Philip Newell;David Poole Need more info? Call us at (505) 685 – 4333 ext 4152