Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM

Abiquiu, NM

February 28th- March 8th, 2015

Ghost Ranch

Situated in north central New Mexico, Ghost Ranch is a place where issues of environmental ethics and eco-justice are lived out in a beautiful natural setting.  By experiencing the local community, cultural history and mission of the church, the examination of our own lifestyles is a main component of this trip.  The week will include helping with various work projects on the ranch, which will involve physical, outdoor labor.  Ghost Ranch provides a beautiful setting for a strong focus on reflection and personal, spiritual retreat throughout the week!

The Vision of Ghost Ranch
Ghost Ranch is called to be ......
One education center in two locations called to serve God by empowering all who come to grow spiritually, learn inter-generationally and experience new transforming ways to serve God in the Church and world.
A community warmed by sun and sacred history, a resolana where friendships are made and important stories told; a sanctuary of cultural, ethnic, religious and societal diversity; an open place for body, mind, and spirit.
A community motivated by faith to share joyfully the gift of hospitality, kindness and healing; to bring together people on various quests and from different perspectives, offering programming excellence in a safe setting.
A community rooted in the Reformed heritage covenanted to reconciliation, training leadership for the future of the Church, seeking peace and justice.
A community appreciative and respectful of its New Mexico neighbors, offering with love what it has to give and accepting with grace what it needs to receive.
A community for the Spirit for rest, re-creation, and renewal offering beauty, encounter and growth, helping people to be responsive to God in new ways.
A keeper and mender of creation and communities; An advocate for the care of the earth and its resources; A place to wonder, to challenge, to create, to explore; A sacred space for seekers and shepherds; A touchstone for light and leaven in an uncertain world.


They strive:

  • To provide resources for spiritual life, awakening to the call of God's Spirit leading people to action, particularly in the areas of peace and justice.
  • To inspire leadership for the future of the Church and world, with emphasis on youth and young adults.
  • To expand the diversity among us, encouraging and celebrating a broad cultural, ethnic, economic, and ability mix.
  • To reinforce our connectedness in northern New Mexico, its communities, its history, its needs and its environment, with special concern for land and water.
  • To provide hospitality by expanding welcoming and service skills, and improving accommodations.



What to Expect:

  • Cost: Each ABE trip costs $375.
  • Travel: The group will travel from campus to New Mexico by van. The driving takes two days.
  • Lodging: Students will stay at the Ghost Ranch Staff House in double occupancy rooms.  Linens are provided!
  • Food: All meals are provided by Ghost Ranch.  Participants are encouraged to bring snacks if they choose.
  • Work: The group does various tasks at the Ghost Ranch, based on their needs. In the past participants have cleaned a warehouse, built a peace garden, and many more activities!
  • Extra Fun: Plenty of hiking and other outdoor activities.  Bring your hiking boots!  Enjoying the beautiful scenery of New Mexico!
  • Focus: Environmental issues, eco-justice, reflection, retreat.

Interested in applying to co-lead or participate on the Ghost Ranch trip?  Apply here to co-lead or here to participate!

Please note: $100 due with acceptance of a position!

Any questions about this trip can be directed to Alternative Break Experiences at

ABE Spring Trip

Packing List

Special Points of Interest:

  • Environmental Issues
  • Eco-justice
  • Native American culture
  • Hands on
  • Retreat
  • Reflection
  • Nature

 From Past Participants:

"ABE opened my eyes to seeing God in others and the work I do.  I learned to recognize Him in some of the most unnoticed places in nature as well.  The experience was truly remarkable." - Melissa Kahl, 2013 Participant

"Ghost Ranch really brought out the best in all of us.  It is the definition of peace."  - Heidi Rajkowski, 2013 Participant

"Ghost Ranch taught me the importance of living simply, working hard, and opened my eyes to the beauty of God's wonderful creation." ~2012 Participant 

Read a reflection!