Share a joyful week of worship, singing, composing, and learning in community with Conie Borchardt, Sylvia Miller-Mutia, David Poole, and Paul Vasile. Together we’ll explore the ancient and new practice of paperless (oral/aural tradition) music leadership, sharing songs as people did before music or words were written down.

  • Learn leadership skills and strategies for sharing paperless songs in your community;
  • Build a repertoire of songs that can be led with groups of varied ages and musical experiences;
  • Worship and reflect in community, deepening into spaces of listening and mutual support;
  • Compose paperless music to share with your community;
  • Develop your skills through small groups and one-on-one coaching;
  • Connect with like-minded leaders and find resources for creative worship and liturgy;
  • Explore how the energy we create through singing affects what we do in worship as a whole, as well as other parts of our human lives;

The first and last dates of the workshop are considered travel days.Check-in begins at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday with dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by a Ghost Ranch orientation. The workshop begins Monday morning and ends Friday evening. Check-out time is 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.

The workshop will follow a general pattern of morning workshop time (9:00 a.m. to noon) with afternoons free or with optional afternoon open studio and then additional course time in the evenings (7:00–8:30 p.m.).

Registration Fees: 
Ghost Ranch offers rustic lodging accommodations that are reflective of its origins as a working ranch. Our rooms are basic – no frills – which allows you to focus on the natural beauty of the land and to delve fully into your workshop subject matter. While basic, our rooms are clean and comfortable and offer breathtaking views of the colorful vistas, sandstone cliffs, cottonwoods and distant mountains. At this time, daily maid service is not available. Click here to view lodging descriptions.

All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath: $1,195
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath: $1,465.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath: $1,540.00

Camping - No Meals: $785.00
Camping - Meals: $990.00
Camping w/Electricity & RV - No Meals: $850
Camping w/Electricity & RV - Meals: $1,055.00

Commuter: $775.00

Register HERE!

Air Travel and Shuttle 
Ghost Ranch approximately 1.5 hours from Santa Fe Regional Airport (SAF). 

Transportation is offered from Santa Fe to Ghost Ranch for guests who are registered for a Ghost Ranch workshop or retreat. Shuttle service is provided only on the day of arrival, the first afternoon of the program week and on the day of departure, the last day of the program. Getting to Santa Fe from Albuquerque by shuttle.

Music that Makes Community is a non-profit organization working with ecumenical communities and leaders to empower and liberate communities' spiritual life through singing. For over ten years we have developed and shared music leadership practices grounded in a theology of welcome and generosity for the benefit of musicians, clergy, and lay leaders throughout the United States and Canada. Our hope is that MtMC offerings supplement and enhance what congregations already do, offering repertoire and leadership skills that support vibrant, communal music making. Watch this short video to learn about the unique work we're doing around the United States and Canada.

July 12, 2020 at 5pm - July 18, 2020
Ghost Ranch
280 Private Drive 1708
Abiquiu, NM 87510
United States
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Paul Vasile · · 929-266-4662
$1,195.00 USD · Register

Music that Makes Community
(929) 266-4662
131 Odell Clark Place, Apt. 3A
New York, NY 10030