Walking the Path of Presence


A Mindfulness-Omer Retreat in the High Desert of New Mexico

May 24 - 29, 2017 Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM

The 49-day period of Counting the Omer is a time of reflection and renewal.

Stretching from Passover to Shavuot, this season encourages awareness of the interconnection of all life and helps us discern how we can act well for the benefit of all.

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The Unfolding of Infinite Possibility is with us.
This is our refuge and strength.
— Psalm 46:12

Engaging with the wisdom of the earth and the spiritual qualities of the season, we will practice awareness, gratitude and amazement.

Together we will calm our minds and cultivate compassionate hearts and vibrant spirits.  Calling ourselves present to each moment we will expand our capacity to respond to life’s challenges and opportunities with love and strength.


I walk in the presence of the Mystery in the lands of life.
— Psalm 116:9

What to Expect

Much of our time together will be in silence.

Each day will unfold according to its own rhythm and will include a mixture of the following:

GREETING the rising sun with prayer, movement and song.

A MORNING TEACHING to help set intentions and direct practice. Teachings guided by the 43rd - 49th days of the Omer will focus on receiving wisdom and bringing loving kindness, compassion, healing and reverence into the world.

MODERATE HIKES into the canyon.

TIME to sit, reflect, be in and with the canyon.

PERSONAL time for rest and exploration.

AFTERNOON gatherings for practice and shared reflection.

EVENING activities including a labyrinth walk, sunset hikes, partnered study and mindfulness practices.



Ghost Ranch Retreat Center in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Abiquiu is located about 2.5 hours by car from the Albuquerque airport. Ghost Ranch is best known as the site where GeorgiaO’Keefe lived and painted for much of her life. Sitting on the porch outside the dining room during daylight, it is easy to see the landscape that inspired many of her paintings. At night, the sky is clear and the stars seem to be within reach.Previous mindfulness experience and a willingness to embrace silence is expected.



Throughout the retreat silence will fill the spaces in between, a sacred vessel that holds us and guides us.

Be for me a sheltering rock To which I can always return.
— Psalm 71:3


Fee includes room for five nights, all meals from Wednesday dinner through Monday breakfast, as well as snacks. Fees quoted are per person.

A $125 deposit will hold your place.

Payment in full is due by Thursday, April 13. A $100 late fee will automatically be applied if processed or postmarked after April 13. Discounts, if applicable, apply to A Way In Friends* and Mishkan Shalom members*.

*A Way In Friend Discount applies to individuals who have donated or pledged $1,000 or more toA Way In in 5777 (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017), as well as to Rabbis & Rabbinical Students.  Deduct $108

* Mishkan Shalom Members who do not qualify for the Friend Discount may apply this discount. Deduct $36

Omer 2019 - Rooms with Semi-Private Bathroom or Dorm-style
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