Sharon Salzberg: Ghost Ranch REFUSE TO BE POLARIZED Retreat

August 31, 2016 – September 4, 2016 all-day America/New York Timezone
Ghost Ranch
Sharon Salzberg: Ghost Ranch REFUSE TO BE POLARIZED Retreat @ Ghost Ranch
Take a stand for positive engagement in the final months of Election 2016 and beyond. Refuse to be polarized! We invite you to join the wisdom voices of Sister Helen Prejean, Sharon Salzberg, Rev. Adam Taylor and the three co-founders of the Holistic Life Foundation in a contemplative yet active retreat for all concerned by growing divisions yet trusting that all things have potential to change for the good. Learn how to hold the tensions and stay committed to the conversation in the democratic process as well as in our families, communities and world.


REGISTER HEREIn the spirit of Wisdom Sharing, this retreat–for all ages, gender, races, faiths and political affiliations–focuses on the undeniable importance of building bridges across our differences. Its healing approach is designed to refresh our vision for what we as citizens of the United States might generate through respectful dialogues, deeper listening and creative problem solving. Here in the sacred space of its high-desert refuge, Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center promises a new kind of civic education that encourages citizens to acknowledge the complexities and even brokenness in our cherished system and yet remain fully engaged.

This transformative event is for those who value the right to vote, to speak out and to stand up for others, especially the marginalized and those often not heard. It is for all who seek an alternative to whatever makes us fearful, angry and divided. “We the People” will explore how our greatest strengths arise from our diversity, willingness to compromise, capacity to love, and respect for all.

This restorative gathering is for those who recognize that full engagement requires dedicated and intentional time to nourish our souls as we gain new skills and perspective. The wide open vistas and warm hospitality of Ghost Ranch offer such a sanctuary where we will create an alternative oasis of calm, thoughtfulness, compassion and laughter around the 2016 election.

The experiential sessions include dynamic morning plenary sessions, workshops, dialogue circles, spiritual practices, yoga, hiking, private reflection and contemplative meditation/prayer.



  • Sister Helen Prejean, author of “Dead Man Walking,” renowned activist for abolition of the death penalty and prison reform.
  • Sharon Salzberg, best-selling author, leading mindfulness meditation teacher/practitioner and co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society; weekly columnist for NPR’s “On Being” with Krista Tippett.
  • Rev. Adam Taylor, Chairman of the Sojourners Board of Directors, author of “Mobilizing Hope: Faith Inspired Activism for a Post Civil Rights Generation.”
  • Ali & Atman Smith, Andy Gonzalez, activist co-founders of the Holistic Life Foundation, a Baltimore non-profit that develops leadership training and poverty alleviation in Baltimore’s poorest communities hard hit by the recent unrest after the Freddy Gray killing.