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Life-changing, joyous, uplifting … these are the words used to describe Erin Faith Allen’s Call of the Wild Soul retreats. We are committed to calling all creatives to meet up on incredibly inspiring land, with a group of like-minded artsy folk for good old fashioned artmaking, inspiration, and friendship.


On May Weds 17- Sunday 21, 2017, we will bring you together with Melody Ross, Pixie Lighthorse, Misty Mawn, Willemien de Villiers, Orly Avineri, Elizabeth Bunsen, Cvita Mamic, and Flora Bowley for a one-of-a-kind art retreat at the hallowed Ghost Ranch.

Beneath these majestic cliffs and big desert sky we will paint, contemplate, and laugh in the footsteps of the legendary Georgia O’Keeffe, who lived and created here in Abiquiu, New Mexico for decades. This landscape is potent, and so are the instructors in our collaborative workshop offerings … they just happen to be world renowned artists.

Each participant will choose two workshops to take (out of a choice of four listed below).

The Medicine of Painting

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flora&CvitaIn this soulful and spirited collaboration, artist healers, Flora Bowley and Cvita Mamic join together to explore the dynamic intersection of creativity, shamanism, and personal growth. By incorporating mindful movement, writing prompts, guided meditations and unique creative exercises, we’ll uncover personal symbols and explore how painting can serve as a vehicle to access, express, and transform energy, thoughts, and patterns. We passionately believe in the healing benefits of the creative process, and we’re honored to provide a safe, supportive and knowledgeable container for you to explore your own unique form of art medicine in a stunning and deeply healing location. We look forward to meeting you there!


Unearthing Memories

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misty&willIn this multi-layered workshop we will guide you through a gentle excavation of buried memories. Digging deep to unearth the lost or hidden treasures and desires of our past, we will celebrate the present, and connect with our true future path.

Come and join Misty Mawn and Willemien de Villiers for this unique experience where you will use textiles, thread, words, soil, ink and paint to explore the vast landscape of Self, inspired by the raw red beauty of New Mexico.


The Ways of the Tumbleweed

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orly&ElizabethEveryday we embark on new explorations into unknown territories. Come with us, Orly Avineri and Elizabeth Bunsen, on a guided yet open ended and vast journey into intricate landscapes, those that surround us and those hidden inside. We will be delving into a variety of processes collaborating with the wabi-sabi-ness and mystery of nature, of us. Using paper and cloth, found objects, rust, indigo, eco-printing and other media we will create a journal entwining diverse geographies, ancient mysteries, and personal stories, beautifully expressing our reverence for creating community here in this special place.


Environmental Self-Portraiture

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melody&PixieAt Ghost Ranch, Melody Ross and Pixie Lighthorse combine their love of mixed-media art process to lead you on a self-portraiture journey. Channeling Georgia and the personality of New Mexico’s landscape, wildlife and native flora, we’ll wander and scout before building our daily expressions. Prepare to become one with the high desert landscape and locate and restore forgotten aspects of your soul.

About Ghost Ranch

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Dinosaurs once walked the soggy wetlands that became the arid high desert of Ghost Ranch. Millions of years later Navajos and various other tribes roamed the valley. The Spaniards settled here and then came the cattle rustlers, the wranglers and the dudes. Arthur Pack, one of the country’s first environmentalists, bought the Ranch and sold a little piece of it to Georgia O’Keeffe. The history of Ghost Ranch reads like a novel. View the google map here of Ghost Ranch location and you can find out even more about the venue on their website here.

We have also put together a map of all of the main accommodation areas, workshops spaces and key places we will be using whilst at Ghost Ranch. Click the image below to open a pdf you can print off to learn more.

Blue: The different accommodation option locations

Red: Workshops spaces for each workshop

Yellow: Main areas we use at Ghost Ranch. The Welcome Center and Library have best internet access.

Walking distance examples: Dining room to Art Center/Long House = 5 minutes. Corral Block communal accommodation to Art Center = 10 minutes.

Accommodation Options

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Please be aware that all the accommodation at Ghost Ranch is very rustic to keep inline with this beautifully natural environment. This is a ranch afterall 🙂

All of the rooms are shared (2 people) and below are the main options we are offering for retreat accommodation.

#1a: Shared Room with private bath {main level, flat surface for walking}

accomm_ensuitemainComfortably appointed with neutral hues and a Southwest theme, each room has two beds (2 queens, or a queen + twin, or double + twin) and a dresser, nightstand, lamp, chair, closet and its own bathroom with shower. (please note the larger beds will be assigned to first come first served when you register). The new units on the Main level are close to the Dining Hall and library.



#1b: Shared Room with private bath MESA LEVEL {located on a hill with amazing views}

accomm_ensuitemesaRooms as noted above. Located on the Mesa level with amazing views of the mountains. There are common rooms in each building which have soft furniture, tables and chairs, and a fireplace – perfect for group gathering. There is also a firepit outside for gathering under the stars. Please note: you will need a car to get to these rooms when you arrive with luggage, there is a walking path which brings you close to the dining hall, library and Art Center area. If you love to walk and are of average fitness to walk up and down an incline, this is a great accommodation choice!

Shared Bedroom with ensuite bathrooms $2285.


#2: Shared Room with Semi-Private Bath

These spacious, comfortably appointed rooms sit in the historical sections of Ghost Ranch, most are close to the Dining Hall and Library.

These older units each have a bedroom with two beds (a double + twin, or two twin beds), a dresser, a nightstand with a lamp, a chair and a closet. Every room shares a bath with an adjoining room; the bath is located between the two rooms. In a few units, two rooms also share a sitting area. (please note the larger beds will be assigned to first come first served when you register).


Shared Bedroom with semi-private bathroom $2165.


#3: Shared Room with Shared Bath {communal}

accomm_communalmainThese rooms are very rustic and basic, have one bedroom with two beds (twin or some have a twin + a double) and a dresser, chair, shelf, mirror and reading lamp.

Many rooms have a sink. Some rooms have a closet, dresser, chair and desk; others have closets and sofas. Large communal bathrooms and showers are located outside, a few steps down a breezeway or covered porch. {please note, some rooms also have bunk beds which we do not use}





Shared bedroom with communal bathroom $1865.

We are also offering an off-site option for those of you who wish to sleep/eat off-site.

We would recommend a stay at the Abiquiu Inn which is 20 minutes from Ghost Ranch and next to the Georgia House/Studio tour and close to other attractions

Workshop only/offsite sleeping/meals not included $1,550.



Travel info


Ghost Ranch is located 65 miles northwest of Santa Fe (forty miles beyond Española) on U.S. 84.


The nearest major airport is in Albuquerque Sunport, 130 miles south of Ghost Ranch, 65 miles south of Santa Fe. It is approximately an hour’s drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe and an hour and a half between Santa Fe and Ghost Ranch. Allow at least two and a half hours driving time between Albuquerque and Ghost Ranch (not counting connections or waiting time).

 Santa Fe Municipal Airport: American Eagle Airlines is currently operating four daily flights out of Santa Fe to and from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and one daily flight from Los Angeles.

United Airlines has non-stop jet service from Denver.

GETTING TO GHOST RANCH from Albuquerque Sunport Airport

We highly recommend that you rent a car so that you have the freedom to explore the local area. We will look into organizing a group shuttle service from Albuquerque airport and Ghost Ranch for arrivals on Wednesday 17th May (at 1.30pm) and also return on Sunday 21st May (at 4.30pm) for anyone that needs it.

If you are interested in sharing the cost of a Shuttle from Sante Fe of Albuqurque airports, please contact Polly [email protected] with your flight information by May 1st.



The physical address is 1708 Highway 84, Abiquiu, NM – use this to find us on web maps and when using your GPS for finding how to get here. The coordinates to our front gate are N-36.314 latitude and W-106.482 longitude.


Transportation between the Albuquerque airport and Santa Fe Sage Inn:

  • Roadrunner Shuttle  505.424.3367
  • Sandia Shuttle Service  (van)  1.888.775.5696
  • Rail Runner  (train service between the Albuquerque Airport and Santa Fe)    1.866.795.7245   A shuttle bus takes you from the Albuquerque Airport to the Albuquerque Train Station where you transfer to the Rail Runner Train. Ride the Rail Runner north to the The Santa Fe Depot which is two blocks north of the Santa Fe Sage Inn.  The Santa Fe Pickup has free shuttle service which runs every 15 minutes (depending upon traffic). M – F 6:30 a.m. til 6:30 p.m.; Saturday 7:30 a.m. til 4:30 p.m.
  • Albuquerque Airport  (car rental)   (see How to get here for directions)

Additional information

Private Photo Session

Personalized Photography Session

If you have any questions which are not answered below, please email us here and our retreat assistant Polly will get back to you as soon as possible.

How much does it cost and what is included?

There are three main pricing options which are based on the accommodation room type as outlined below. There is also an option to stay offsite which does not include meals/accommodation.*

Shared Bedroom with ensuite bathrooms $2285.

Shared Bedroom with semi-private bathroom $2165.

Shared bedroom with communal bathroom $1865.

Workshop only/offsite sleeping/meals not included $1,550.

Pricing includes:

  • Four days of workshops.
  • *Four nights accommodation
  • *Three meals per day during retreat hours
  • Conservation fee

* These options are NOT included in the offsite sleeping option.

Can I secure my place with a deposit and pay the rest later?

Yes, we are offering an initial deposit of $350 if you cannot pay in full now. This enables you to secure your spot and then pay in full later on. Please see the full payment deadline/cancellation terms below and on the registration form.

What are the timings of the retreat?

The retreat runs from Wednesday, May 17th to Sunday May 21st, 2017

Registration begins at 3pm on the Wednesday. Workshops are held on Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday. The retreat closes at 4.30pm on the Sunday. Rooms have not been reserved for Sunday night. All attendees will need to plan departure or secure accommodations other than reserved with

Where exactly is the location?

Ghost Ranch is located 65 miles northwest of Santa Fe (forty miles beyond Española) on U.S. 84 between mile markers 224 and 225. More information can be found on the Ghost Ranch site here:

What are the nearest airports?

  • Albuquerque Sunport is the nearest major airport, 130 miles south of Ghost Ranch.
  • Santa Fe Municipal Airport: American Eagle Airlines is currently operating four daily flights out of Santa Fe to and from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and one daily flight from Los Angeles. United Airlines has non-stop jet service from Denver.

How can I get to the retreat center?

We highly recommend that you rent a car so you can explore the area and get around.

We will look into organizing shuttles from Albuquerque airport (at an additional cost of approx. $85 each way) on Wednesday the 17th, to return on Sunday the 21st.  Please note this will be at an additional cost and you need to book by 1 May 2017, adding your flight details and cell phone which will be given to the shuttle service.  If you are interested in sharing the cost of a Shuttle from Sante Fe of Albuqurque airports, please contact Polly [email protected] with your flight information by May 1st.

For other travel options, please see the travel info page here.

Do I have to share a room? What are the accommodation options?

The accommodation is all shared, and all of the rooms have plenty of space and are comfortable. More information can be found on the travel info page here.

I am coming with a friend, can we share the same room?

Yes! When you both register for the retreat, please let us know your roommate request in the special request area of the registration form, so that we can ensure you will be roomies.

What is the schedule of events? Can I have downtime or are there activities planned throughout the whole time of the retreat?

We understand that you want to get the most out of your time away which also includes rest, relaxation and downtime. We do not have evening activities scheduled so you can enjoy free time, and we have the following schedule penciled in:

Wednesday 17th

  • From 3pm – Arrival and settle in
  • 530 pm – Dinner
  • 630 pm – Welcome gathering (informal) with a circle and fire.

Thursday – Sunday

  • Workshops: 9am – 4.30pm
  • Meal times are: breakfast 730 am, lunch 12 pm, dinner 530pm.

Optional Thurs or Friday Evening: O’Keeffe Landscape Trail Ride at Sunset (you are responsible for booking) Please read more and book here

The Ride is for riders of all skill level. You will ride out to the area where Georgia O’Keeffe found her inspiration, completed several paintings and owned a home. The ride begins with an introduction and preview of examples of her work followed by a trail ride into the restricted area of Ghost Ranch where you see through your own eyes the actual locations of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings. The shining red and yellow cliffs of the Piedra Lumbre, the black trails of waterfalls against canyon walls, and her beloved Pedernal Mountain, interwoven with stories of her fifty years at Ghost Ranch.

There will be free time on Thursday and Friday evenings for you to enjoy as you would like to.

Saturday evening.

We will hold a vendor night after dinner on Saturday. Space is limited. We will be in contact nearer the retreat date to invite you to book a table.

I eat a vegan/gluten-free/dairy-free (etc.) diet. What are my meal options?

The Ranch Dining Hall serves three meals a day, with a vegetarian/Vegan option at each meal. There is a salad bar at lunch and dinner each day, and they serve soups several times a week at lunch and dinner. While the Dining Hall offers gluten-free items and vegan dishes at some meals, it is not always available. Please let us know via the special request portion of the registration form if you have any special dietary requirements so we can do our best to ensure these are available.

Can I arrive early to the retreat?

Registration/arrival will begin at 3pm on Wednesday May 17, so please be aware that we will only be available after this time. If you want to arrive to the area earlier, we would recommend staying overnight in Santa Fe and then traveling to the retreat center on Wednesday. Santa Fe is 2 hours drive. OR you can stay at the Abiquiu Inn which is 20 minutes from Ghost Ranch and next to the Georgia House/Studio tour and close to other attractions

There are also great walking trails at Ghost Ranch, so you can arrive early morning and explore before registrations opens at 3pm.

Can I stay an extra night at the ranch? (Sunday May 21st)

We are unable to organise an extra night at Ghost Ranch as this is outside of the retreat hours, so we would highly recommend that you either head to the Abiquiu Inn, Santa Fe or back to Albuquerque

Can I connect to other participants before the retreat?

Yes absolutely! Once you are paid in full, we will invite you to the private Call of the Wild Soul group on Facebook which is our collective community for all of our retreats. We will also create a special private Ghost Ranch Retreat Facebook group, so you can all get to know each other and arrange travel, sightseeing or other fun activities if you plan to stay in the area longer. We will send information about the Facebook group in February/March 2017.

What if I need to cancel my retreat reservation?

Any cancellations occurring up to February 1, 2017 will result in a return of your payment less a $350 cancellation fee. For cancellations occurring on or after February 1, 2017 we will not be offering refunds, and there will be no exceptions for any reason.

What are the guidelines for a payment plan?

If you select the deposit option, please carefully read the following terms: Your deposit serves as your agreement to the above terms, and must be paid in full by January 31, 2017.  If your full fee is not received by January 31, 2017, your deposit will be retained and you will lose your place. All payments made after January 31st will require full payment using a Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American express or Paypal. If using Paypal, you will be responsible for submitting your payment including a PayPal fee of $20 per payment via the the payment portal after submitting your room type at the top of this page.

Other questions?

Please email us [email protected] – Subject line – Ghost Ranch Questions


Materials Lists

The Medicine of Painting with Cvita Mamic and Flora Bowley


A watercolor book; the size is important (12” X 18”) and it must have at least 12 pages of watercolour paper.
Recommended purchase:-
A basic watercolor set
A basic oil pastel set
A black pen for writing and drawing (like a micron)
5 oz tubes of heavy bodied titanium white and heavy carbon body black acrylic paint

Unearthing Memories with Misty Mawn and Willemien de Villiers

misty&willFor Misty:
A drawing pencil
A few sheets of 11″x14″ hot press watercolor paper
Acrylic Paints (Red, Blue, Yellow, White, + Black)
Golden brand is what I use, but any brand is fine
Paint brushes – Flat/bright brushes, small to medium
Golden Soft Gel Medium
Lyra Water soluble Pencil
For Willemien:
There’s no need to buy anything.
What I would like, is for the participants to start keeping a dream diary, if they’re not already doing so and to bring it with to the workshop.
Also to start collecting a folder of random images that speaks to them.
Please bring a journal with empty pages with – no need to buy a new one; you’ll only need a few pages.
Pen/s, pencil/s.
A sharpener.
Your favourite thimble, if you use one. I’ll have options on hand, so no stress.
Favourite needles, if you have. Don’t worry if you don’t, I’ll supply a wide range.
A 500ml bottle (more or less, size not critical) with a lid.
I’ll supply embroidery threads, snippers, threaders, fabric and more.

The Ways of Tumbleweed with Orly Avineri and Elizabeth Bunsen

orly&ElizabethFor Orly:
A small used cardboard box (max shoe box size)
A used small children book (non-glossy)
Acrylic paints of your choice
Brushes, flat and wide to very thin
Rags and/or a paper towel roll
Black gesso
White gesso
Personal PAPERS you love: Ephemera, images from old books, photos, photocopies, old journal pages, etc.
An awl
White Gell pen
Permanent thin black pen
A couple of Tim Holtz’ Distress Ink pads
Matte Varnish (Liquitex)
Gel Medium/Matte Gel (Liquitex or Golden)(Not Matte Medium)
For Elizabeth:
Hardwood sandwich boards 4 x 6 x 3/8″
Several yards of heavy cotton string
4 – 6 binder clips
2 – 3 sheets BFK printmaking paper – medium weight (22 x 30″)
1 sheet khadi paper (22 x 30″) (Hiromi paper)
Small flat rusted items (bottle caps, washers, nails, etc)
Large eyed needles
Silk and cotton thread (un-dyed)
Silk samples (can be purchased at dharma trading)  – FS25S
Undyed wool scraps, and yarn
6 clothes pins
Rubber gloves – various weights – 1 heavy
An apron
Drawing tools – graphite, 6B pencils, charcoal, permanent ink pens (faber castel), etc., medium soft brush
Eucalyptus leaves
Black, green, red and hibiscus tea in tea bags

Environmental Self-Portraiture with Melody Ross and Pixie Lighthorse


2 large pieces of corrugated cardboard – the biggest that will fit in your suitcase
White pencil
Round paintbrush
3-5 small tubes of acrylic paint in preferred palette (we will bring the black and white)
Hand mirror
Collage items: paper ephemera, biodegradable fabrics, meaningful 2D items such as badges, buttons, patches, ribbon, tape, vintage lace, images of family members or ancestors
Dried flowers
Small bottle of PVA glue

Danielle Cohen personalized photography sessions

You will experience your own deep beauty when you step in front of Danielle’s lens, both in the process of the shoot, and the images themselves. She has a way of deeply seeing the truth of who you are, and she will witness you with profound skill, talent, and artistry while honoring the sacredness of the moment. I have never felt more seen, safe, and beautiful than when I am in a shoot with Danielle. And – the resulting photos? Mind-blowing, every time.  – Erin Faith Allen
Special Call of the Wild Soul session fee of $825 includes the following-
  • Planning consultation(s) via phone, email or in person with Danielle
  • On location photo shoot on the sacred grounds of Ghost Ranch (or a surrounding location)
  • 2 wardrobe changes (there’s no limit really, this is just the range that usually works)
  • Intuitive, encouraging and artful coaching during session
  • Expertly and artfully culled* and edited digital photographs delivered in a personal viewing gallery
  • Final gallery of your selected hi-resolution print and web ready images (yes you can have them all if they all light you up).
  • Usage rights for print and social sharing (if for example you’d like to use your photos for a book cover, that would require a different license which I have available).
  • Entire session archived for one year
To book your personalized session with Danielle please purchase in addition to your Ghost Ranch registration. If you’ve already registered for Ghost Ranch, please click here, and book your session today.
This special pricing is only available to Call of the Wild Soul 2017 registrants through
What you’ll experience from your session with Danielle:
At your core, you are whole, healed, wild, + magical. You make time and space to care for yourself, you invest in and nurture your creative pursuits… You trust your impulses and holy desires and you know that when you circle with other women, when you create along side them you reinforce and remember these truths deeper and deeper. For most of us the walk of womanhood is one of ongoing remembering and forgetting – releasing and reclaiming and the remembering and reclamation of these core truths is everything.
I am beyond thrilled to be returning to COTWS Ghost Ranch this May and to be able to offer you all a Wild Women Healing Photo Session on location at Ghost Ranch – I mean really, we couldn’t ask for a more magical, majestic place to do this meaningful, playful, important work, together.
With my guidance you will step in front of my camera in a sacred and powerful way. This is a unique portrait session and the photos from it will serve you as personal talismans that will inspire and support you in remembering the truth of who you are during the moments in between retreats and gatherings. They are anchors and touch-points. This is one expression of what self care looks like.
With me, there is no right or wrong way to be wild. Sacred can be serene or irreverent, loud or delicate, simple or ornate  – she can be leather pants, a power suit, nude in the wilderness, your grandmothers lace tablecloth wrapped around you like a scarf, a vintage slip in creek water or flower crowns and crystal grids. I am hear to listen, to witness, to reflect and to support you in excavating how she most wants to be seen.
With me, your most feral, wild, vulnerable self is seen and safe. This is my promise to you.This is my work.
I have a limited amount of space left for sessions (this isn’t marketing scare tactic b.s. it’s just what is) I’d LOVE for you to grab a session with me soon, so we can begin our journey together. All sessions include a phone consultation with me before the retreat.