Embody Your Genius: A Retreat At Ghost Ranch, New Mexico

Friends, I’m dancing-in-my-chair-excited to invite you to join me and my dear friend and co-teacher, Nan Seymour, for our one-of-a-kind retreat at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico this September!

 Your Facilitators:

Nan Seymour is a River Writing Facilitator

and Erin Geesaman Rabke is an Integrative Embodiment mentor

Tuition is $500 for the 4-day retreat

(Your travel, meals & lodging at Ghost Ranch to be booked separately. You’ll find lots more details below)

Join us and Embody Your Genius in the Land of Enchantment!

“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you.

If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”

 – Gospel of Thomas

Please make sure you read our cancellation policy before you sign up. 

You’ll find it at the bottom of this page. 

Let’s look at a few of Merriam-Webster’s

definitions of Retreat:

 :  an act or process of withdrawing especially from what is difficult, dangerous, or disagreeable (Are you hungry for that?)

:  a place of privacy or safety: refuge (Bring it on!)

:  a period of withdrawal for prayer, meditation, study, or instruction (Oh yes.)

:  an intentional pause from the fullness and busyness of everyday life (Yes, please!)

We are so excited for this one-of-a-kind retreat in one of our very favorite places in the world.


Thursday September 20 at 3pm– Sunday September 23 at noon.

You can check into your room at Ghost Ranch at 3pm Sept. 20th, and join us for dinner at 5:30pm.  We’ll gather for our first evening session in the Yurt at 7pm on Thursday. We’ll savor expansive, open days together on Friday and Saturday with time for guided activities including movement and writing, exploration of the land, and rest, and we’ll finish up Sunday by noon so you can enjoy lunch and either linger to enjoy the beauty, make your way to nearby Ojo Caliente Hot Springs, drive into Santa Fe for the next leg of your adventure in high desert beauty, or make your way home. Many more details on our daily schedule can be found below. 

Fall is utterly spectacular in New Mexico. With warm days and cool nights, astonishingly beautiful skies, and stunning landscapes illuminated by that singular September light. It’s a perfect place to retreat from everyday life so you can return refreshed and see your life through new eyes, inhabit your life in new, inspired ways. 


We’ll be spending our time together at the lovely Ghost Ranch Retreat Center in Northern New Mexico, located in a landscape of sublime beauty, admired by so many, including Georgia O’Keeffe, who lived and painted at Ghost Ranch over many years.  The accommodations are simple, rustic, and comfortable. It’s a place of magnificent natural beauty, with deep, multicolored canyons, mesas, and cliffs, plains, grasslands, and streams. And oh, the skies! New Mexico is known as the Land of Enchantment for good reason – you will be enchanted.  The unique quality of light which has enchanted artists over the ages, the impossibly beautiful skies, the inspiration that inevitably comes from immersing yourself in such a place of natural beauty… it’s a perfect place to retreat from the craziness of the world and immerse yourself in the splendor of nature and the lightness of being.   

We invite you to book your own lodging so you can pick out exactly what you want. To explore lodging options, click here or see more details on lodging options below. To book your lodging, please contact Evelyn, the Ghost Ranch Registrar at 505-685-1001. You can also book your meals when you do lodging. 

DXPI7679What is it?

  •  4 days dedicated to your vibrant well-being and the embodiment of your unique genius
  • a pause from daily life rich in invitations to inhabit your body in nourishing ways 
  • an immersion in a stunning natural landscape with plenty of time to simply be
  • a precious occasion to court your unique inner genius
  • the generative opportunity to be with your own heart-mind and a blank page and pen
  • the supportive, kind attention of skilled facilitators who are dedicated to your wellbeing
  • an opportunity to reorient to the deep life-dreams you may have put aside
  • generous support to kindle your courage and your vision for your life and the world
  • an invitation to ground in the deeper truths that live in your body-mind, which are accessible when you slow down enough to listen to that sacred intelligence
  • an immersion in brave friendship with yourself, just as you are
  • a great swath of open space and time, free of demands
  • a transformative, sacred space of encouragement
  • an immersion in beauty, awe, and wonder in a stunningly gorgeous place
  • participation in a blessed community of wise and warmhearted humanfolk

Join us for a long weekend of dedicated time away from your everyday responsibilities. No dishes! No emails! Sleep in late or wake early, get into your body, sit in stillness and quietude, do a little walking meditation, enjoy a breakfast lovingly prepared for you, go for a stroll or take a hot shower, savor liberating and enlivening movement lessons that will allow your body to unwind and recenter, listen to your inner wisdom through a guided practice, have a leisurely lunch, go for a stroll along a gorgeous hiking trail in a stunning landscape under gorgeous skies, take a nap, sit among your new friends and marvel at the magic that unfolds when you put pen to page and free your own voice, listen to others and laugh together, feel your heart deeply touched, fall in love with a poem, stretch out and stare at the magnificent sky, savor a delicious dinner alone or with friends, head to the fire pit and enjoy the sounds of crackling wood, the glow of the flames and the warmth of community as twilight turns to starlight, wander to your cozy room and reflect on your amazing day, surprised at how good your body feels, how full your heart is. Fall into a deep sleep, and do it all over again the next day. 

Our retreat will include morning sitting meditation, nourishing movement practices, and wise guided practices to invite you to listen deeply to your own inner wisdom and what’s wanting to emerge in your life. Nan will guide us in River Writing during the afternoons as a powerful tool to listen to ourselves and our unique lives, to practice courage and to free our creativity. You needn’t be a writer or have any experience with writing to reap great benefits from this practice. Nan is truly a gifted instructor who will support you in feeling brave and falling in love with your own voice. Many people who’ve been hesitant about the writing component in the past have fallen head-over-heels in love with it! Your particular witness has never been more needed in the world, and Nan will help you to bring it forth. 

During the retreat, you can freely follow your own lead, and you’re invited to join us for the guided activities, or you can feel free to skip a session and take extra time to yourself to rest in your room or wander the hiking trails. (However, we require that you attend the opening and closing sessions.) There will be no dishes to be washed, no laundry to be done, and if you’re brave enough to unplug (which we heartily encourage) you’ll give yourself the gift of no emails, texts, or other messages to respond to for 4 whole days! (Can you even imagine how time and space will expand?) You’ll be given generative invitations to enter the wilderness of your own body, heart, and mind to listen, listen, listen to your own wisdom and your current longings. We’ll have some periods of dedicated silence as well as opportunities for the nourishment of community connection.  

Creatives and visionaries have been drawn to this area for good reason. You will be inspired here. New possibilities will emerge that you may not see from the comfort of your own home.

We’ll explore gentle and wise movement lessons that not only help your body feel great but also rewire your brain to eliminate habits of over-efforting & getting in your own way, so you can live and actualize your intentions more clearly, simply and effectively.

You’ll be gently invited to slow down, get quiet, and be present with yourself with kindness and respect. This changes everything. 

We’ll explore all this and more in an environment of kindness, openness, generous curiosity, and willingness to be surprised. Good things will happen. Inevitably.

Please join us for 4 days and 3 nights in beautiful New Mexico during one of the most gorgeous times of the year. We have a private yurt for our community time, plus the vast expanse of this stunning and spacious landscape.



“The world is churning all around us, overheating with climate change and intensifying conflicts, but also awash with profound problems and rising seas. We live in critical times, amidst a worldwide shaking up and breaking down, surrounded by radical changes that severely affect both nature and culture. Given the size, scope, and complexity of the problems that currently threaten the world, there can be no single idea, specific political movement, or patented belief system that can save us. All kinds of ingenious solutions are needed; all types of inspiration, invention, and originality are now required. The idea of a genius self already present and trying to awaken within each of us may serve us better than more common notions of a heroic solution. The question becomes not whether or not you are a genius, but in what way does genius appear in you and how might it contribute to your own wellbeing and benefit the world around you.” – Michael Meade


Are you called?

We believe at this time, intentionally taking time to retreat from the maelstrom of modern life is essential. It’s important so that you can remind yourself of your own unique wisdom. So you can remember how it is to let your shoulders drop, your jaw unclench, your belly soften and your breath deepen. So you can remember how time expands when you’re not constantly “checking in” but rather, being immersed in your own body-mind, moving at the speed of life in a timeless and inspiring landscape. You’ll have time to stroll among mesas, to stare at the vast skies, to rest and reflect. To befriend your own mind and heart. To remember your intention to be a light for others, and to be so deeply replenished, you won’t be able to help being just that when you return home. It’s not an escape, but an essential refilling of your well so you can return to life as your best self, giving the gifts to the world that only you can bring.



$500 covers tuition and supplies for the 4-day retreat. Please plan to book travel, lodging and meals separately. For lodging, explore options right HERE! Then call Evelyn, the Ghost Ranch Registrar, to book your room and meals.505-685-1001. Lodging and meals are reasonably priced. Yay! (Special dietary needs can be accommodated.  Please know that Ghost Ranch offers humble, delicious New Mexico fare, made with love; lunch and dinner always include a simple salad bar. If you’re a super finicky eater, you may wish to bring your own food.)

Register right here.

Please make sure you read our cancellation policy before you sign up.

You’ll find it at the bottom of this page. 

What are the lodging and camping rates at Ghost Ranch?
Private Bath $159 per night  (two beds, includes breakfast)
Shared Bath $149 per night ( two beds, includes breakfast)
Communal Bath $99 per night (includes breakfast)
Third person or more in a room will be an additional $10 per night.
Tent Camping $35 per night
Camp w/ elec.$40 per night
Camp w/Full HP $45 per night
View room details and photos here.
What about food?
Daily Meal times and costs:
7:30-8:30 a.m.– Breakfast  |  $10
noon-1:00 p.m. – Lunch  |  $12
5:30-6:30 p.m. – Dinner  |  $14

We’ll be there from dinner on Thursday through lunch on Sunday.

What’s the easiest way to book meals and lodging?  
Call Evelyn (505) 685-1001 at Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center
Can I attend the retreat and share lodging at the Ranch with someone who will not be participating in the retreat? 
Absolutely! Many people stay at the ranch to hike, trail ride and tour.
Can I camp or stay elsewhere and still participate in the retreat? 

Yes, if you like. You may still wish to book meals with Ghost Ranch so that you can enjoy the company of our group. 


Reasons to Retreat

One past participant shared about her experience at our New Mexico retreat in 2015:

“Since returning, I have felt less anxious…an overall sense of ease with myself and softening of areas where I was feeling edgy. I came home feeling completely inspired to create and put some long-standing discomforts to rest. And, I keep having flashes of sweet moments where I connected with each of the [other participants] over the weekend…really touched by the depth of sharing and willingness to open up with each other. So much to savor.
I left feeling integrated in my body, heart, and mind and much more at ease with myself.  I returned home with a renewed sense of creative energy and direction. I returned home feeling a depth of connection with my life and with a group of amazing people. 
Before: Anxious. Vulnerable. Fear. Heartache. Lost.
After: Joyful. Full-hearted. Tender. Inspired. Creative direction. Reconnection.”


Check-in begins at 3pm Thursday, then after you’re settled, join us for dinner at 5:30pm Thursday evening, Sept 20th. We’ll be together through lunch on Sunday, Sept. 23rd. (Please plan to arrive early Thursday- after dark you may not be able to find your room. Also – please know that we require all participants to be present for the full opening and closing sessions, so please plan to schedule your travel accordingly.)

What follows is our best estimate of the details which may be subject to change and flashes of inspiration! Beginning and ending times will remain the same. 

Thursday, Sept. 20th: Arrive at Ghost Ranch by 3pm for check-in. 5:30-6:30 dinner. 7pm we’ll gather in the yurt for introductions and some nourishing movements to allow your body to unwind after a day of travel.

Friday, Sept. 21st: The early morning hours are optional, and you can come to all, some, or none of the pre-breakfast offerings. Other than instructions, mornings will be held in silence. 6-6:30am, lying-down somatic meditation. 6:30-7am, guided sitting meditation. 7-7:15am, walking meditation. 7:15-7:30 writing meditation. 7:30-8:30 breakfast. 9:30-12 Embodied practices, movement lessons and wise guided practices. 12-1 lunch. 1-3:00 free time for napping, hiking, or whatever you like. 3:00-5:30 River Writing. 5:30-6:30 dinner. 7pm we’ll gather around an outdoor fire pit.

Saturday, Sept. 22nd: The early morning hours are optional, and you can come to all, some, or none of the pre-breakfast offerings. Other than instructions, mornings will be held in silence. 6-6:30am, lying-down somatic meditation. 6:30-7am, guided sitting meditation. 7-7:15am, walking meditation. 7:15-7:30 writing meditation. 7:30-8:30 breakfast. 9:30-12 Embodied practices, movement lessons and wise guided practices. 12-1 lunch. 1-3:00 free time for napping, hiking, or whatever you like. 3:00-5:30 River Writing. 5:30-6:30 dinner. 7pm we’ll gather around an outdoor fire pit.

Sunday, September 23rd: The early morning hours are optional, and you can come to all, some, or none of the pre-breakfast offerings. Other than instructions, mornings will be held in silence. 6-6:30am, lying-down somatic meditation. 6:30-7am, sitting meditation. 7-7:15am, walking meditation. 7:15-7:30 writing meditation. 7:30-8:30 breakfast. 9:30-12 Closing session, including embodied practices and more. 12-1 lunch. 

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.  – Martha Graham

Getting there:

  • Travel: Either fly into Albuquerque and rent a car or plan on a gorgeous road trip to Northern New Mexico. Personally, I adore the road trip to New Mexico and I always prefer to drive.  It’s a gorgeous, spacious trip from Salt Lake City through open western landscapes and the drive gives me an extra day of retreat! We also enthusiastically invite you to consider giving yourself extra time in Santa Fe to explore. It’s such a gorgeous city, so full of culture, art, beauty, excellent food, and inspiration galore. Click here to read suggestions from Ghost Ranch Retreat Center on “getting here.” We strongly encourage you to allow yourself an extra day or 3 to enjoy New Mexico!

Want to join us? We’re thrilled!

We can’t wait to share the weekend with you!!!

No experience is necessary. All genders are welcome.

Register here. 

Please make sure you read our cancellation policy before you sign up.

You’ll find it at the bottom of this page. 

Once you register we’ll send you a short inquiry form so we can get to know a bit about you and your intentions for your retreat. Make sure the email you use to pay via PayPal is the one you’d like us to use, and if not, please send me at note at erin@bodyhappy.com to let me know which email you’d like me to use for all retreat related communications. Thanks!


Our Crystal Clear Cancellation & Refund Policy

When you sign up for one of our courses, workshops, classes or retreats, we think of it as being like buying a ticket to a concert or an event. You reserve a spot which is then unavailable to others. As such, all of your retreat, workshop, and course payments are non-refundable. This is the kind of warm-hearted tough-love policy that invites you to have a wholehearted YES about the commitments you make and to respect our time, your time, and that of other people who wish to work with us.

We invite you to be clear, to sign up for experiences you really want to be present for, and then to show up! We love it when you show up. Magic happens.

We also know from experience how easy it is to decide, “Nahhh, I don’t really feel like it now.” Or to mismanage your schedule. Or decide you don’t feel like driving.  Or decide that you’re too busy these days and you’d rather stay home. As with a concert or event, if that’s what you decide, no problem. It’s your choice. You miss out on the experience. You also don’t get a refund or a credit. Same is true for our offerings.

To wholehearted Yesses and embodied respect!

(Special thanks to Susan Hyatt whose clarity inspired this policy.) 


Thanks to Alex Adams for sharing some of her gorgeous photos of our retreat! The simple photos are mine, the stunningly gorgeous ones come from Alex. :)