Last weekend’s “Roll Around Heaven at Ghost Ranch” workshop was as powerful as it was delightful, and definitely the best workshop we’ve had so far. Attendees came to the red mesas of New Mexico from the South (North Carolina), Midwest (Michigan), West (Colorado) and the Northwest (Oregon), for a deep spiritual recharge…and a lot of fun. Even the donkeys in the adjacent field joined in. “The best money I’ve ever spent,” proclaimed one first-time RAH! workshopper. Stay tuned for the dates of our next RAH! at the Ranch workshop, in the works now. Oinkito!
“Ignite Your Spiritual Gifts”
at Ghost Ranch
with Jessica Maxwell, author of the award-winning spiritual memoir Roll Around Heaven
16 – 19 May 2013
Come renew your Spirit at Jessica’s four-day springtime spiritual intensive in the rouge and coral mountains of north New Mexico. http://ghostranch.org/roll-around-heaven/ About 130 miles north of Albuquerque near the hamlet of Albiquiu, this 21,000-acre desert haven sweeps through the mesas of the Chama River Valley immortalized by artist Georgia O’Keeffe. With mountains in all directions and the 11,000-foot Brazos peak exalting the horizon to the north, Ghost Ranch produces a light so transcendent you want to eat it with two spoons. A heavenly landscape for powerful Self renewal. Only $175 + lodging (meals included) This one is already filling up so call the ranch now to register: 877-804-4678, extension 4152 or 4155
RAVE REVIEWS FOR “Roll Around Heaven at Ghost Ranch”
“There are those special occasions when the Divine conspires and designs the perfect placement of people, place and time for spiritual growth and healing. The RAH retreat at Ghost Ranch was a true gift of sacred intervention. Jessica Maxwell bubbles joy and love which envelopes all those willing to receive the blessings that come through her. Hela Hazen, Portland, OR
“I loved, loved, loved the workshop! Connecting with a group of like-minded spiritual people made the RAH! at Ghost Ranch workshop that more powerful. Jessica always has the most exciting information for us and her attention to detail for ceremony gave power to it all. I saw some areas to be healed and I was able to go toward the healing. I’m still high from it. Thanks Jessica! Debbie Lee, Salem, OR
“Jessica has a sincere desire to touch the lives of each one of us. She is a force of nature and amazing to watch. It’s her attention to quality-of-life details that so enriched the environment of our RAH! Workshop at Ghost Ranch. In these ways she makes each of us feel like her honored guest. Whether walking the labyrinth as a group in that most ancient tradition or singing sacred songs outside, she gently held us in holy space. Thank you, Jessica, for sharing all your spiritual gifts with all of us!” Colleen Samuel, Salem, OR
“I was absolutely flying with love, openness and joy by the end of the Ghost Ranch workshop. I’ve remained so open and free. What a beautiful gift!” Liz Hill, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tashi Delek! On April 8, Tom and I returned from leading our first band of a dozen merry spiritual pilgrims on our first private Art & Spirit BHUTAN tour (with stopovers in Dubai and Bangkok). We flew Emirates, our new favorite airlines, whose representatives upgraded our entire group to Business Class!, rode Arabian camels, asked tough religious questions at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, visited Thai temples, enjoyed a classical Thai feast designed in person by world-lauded chef David Thompson, spied grey langur monkeys and a rare Himalayan partridge, were treated to a private purification ceremony by hilltop monks, were honored guests both at home of Ugyen Rinzin (featured in Roll Around Heaven) and at our teacher Lama Karma’s wife’s 700-year-old family farmhouse. We also sat with a genuine Thai Buddhist master and were blessed by Lama Karma’s teacher, the revered Ngawang Tenzin Rinpoche of Paro, Bhutan, the reincarnation of 18th-Century Drubthop Chenpo Jinpa Gyeltshen Rinpoche. and one of the few masters to be called “Dorje Lopen,” a title given to those who have achieved the highest level of Buddhist realization. On our last day we all managed to complete the daunting 6-hour hike to the Tiger’s Nest monastery, a fitting triumph for a triumphant tour. We’ll share our notes, photos and treasures at a group art exhibit opening in Portland, OR, on September 9. Stay tuned for details! — Jessica
Lama Karma Video IMG_0253 On Saturday morning, Dec 1 2013, our dear friend and Buddhist teacher, Lama Karma Namgyel of Bhutan, completed his 58th Riwo Sangchö Fire Ceremony at our home in Western Oregon. We especially honored the passing of Tom’s beloved father, Hank W. Andersen, in September, and the death of our friend and great supporter of RAH!, David Oliver Relin, author of Three Cups of Tea, and of his new book on two doctors’ affordable cure for cataract blindness which Random House will publish in June. We are, Lama Karma explained, all vulnerable to external and internal obstacles due to karmic debt. When we feel overwhelmed by difficult situations we can benefit greatly from a Riwo Sangchö ritual, an especially powerful booster rocket to our regular meditation practice. In this ceremony we purified karmic debt by making fire offerings to all “mother” sentient beings of the six realms, and to Bardo (between-the-worlds) beings. If we have lost a loved one, we wrote his or her name on a piece of paper to be offered in the fire, along with any difficulties we, ourselves, were experiencing. These were offered to the fire with special prayers recited by Lama Karma. The smoke from the fire and incense burned during this ceremony was transformed into vast offerings blessed through the power of meditation, and offered to enlightened beings as signs of refuge and to all sentient beings as an act of compassion. In this way, the Riwo Sangchö sends out beneficial waves of purification, and supports world peace and spiritual progress for all. Amen.