My art workshop/retreat is 7 days/6 nights. My group pricing includes your room and board, your workshop fee and the use of the Arts Building as our base of operations! About 5 months before the beginning of our event our optional tours are booked. If you register after that time there is less chance of participating (these tours fill quickly)! Every effort will be made to insure you have the full Ghost Ranch experience! The schedule of events and lessons we plan depend to a degree on the generosity of our sponsor materials. 


The plan here is simply an example and 2018 is far from being developed. Each year Darla presents something a bit new, so if you are returning you will have something unexpected!

“Rainbow Agave” by Darla Bostick (mixed media demo at the Ranch 2011)


It is the privilege of artists to represent the world the way we see it. When I hold a paintbrush, a pencil or stick of pastel, I am able to travel to the limits of my imagination! The journey is a great experience. ~ Darla Bostick


Each day Darla will have a demonstration or two...and when requested, a few slide shows in the evening. During the week we plan to combine watercolor and acrylic, inks, claybord and every year there is something different (we have done water-based oil paints, gelli printing, carveable heavy paste, alcohol inks and more)! Below is a guideline for our activities however details may change depending upon the sponsors materials. A questionnaire will be sent to participants after they register to help direct the workshop with areas of interest.  Ghost Ranch is a marvelous place to explore. For those participants who desire time for hiking or horse-back riding, the schedule can easily accomodate those. Demos are worked around what the group wants! If you want a break for other activites, just let Darla know!


2018 Ghost Ranch Schedule for Serving Meals:

Breakfast 7:30-8:30am         Lunch 12-1           Dinner 5:30-6:60

NOTE: The schedule below is likey to change (thisis from 2017)


Day 1: Welcome!

Darla will handle registration when she arrives. Our rooms are not available until 3pm. If you are coming from the direction of Santa Fe I recommend you stop at Bode's in Abiquiu for lunch. If you plan to eat lunch at the Ranch, you will need to pay for that on arrival at the office (it is not provided in your package the first day and it is $12).

Unofficially the workshop begins after lunch. However, should you arrive earlier, come to our group activity room in the Arts Building, choose a table, unpack your supplies and perhaps meet some of the other artists.  Don’t get too settled in, we may need to move tables.

About 1:30-2pm:  Meet in the Arts Room to "settle in", talk about our week.

About 4:30: Settle in to our lodging. Some have traveled a good distance to arrive and may feel like resting a bit to acclimate to the elevation. Today is very flexible. I want everyone rested and ready for the rest of the week, so if you need a nap, that is fine!

5:30-6:30pm: Dinner

After Dinner: Darla’s Welcome Reception for artists (and spouses) in Arts Building. Slide presentation on photography. After the presentation artists are welcome to retire to their room to relax for the evening or perhaps take a stroll on the grounds.


“Hollyhocks” at Tierra Amarillo, NM by Darla Bostick (demo from 2011 workshop)


With my paintbrush I soar across the paper as my ideas take flight. Shapes and colors, shadows and light all perform a magnificent dance in a trail of water and pigment. What joy! What freedom! Creation has begun! ~Darla Bostick


Day Two: A Day at the Ranch

7:30-8:30am: Breakfast in the dining hall.

9:30 am: Meet at our group activity room in New Arts Building. Come with digital cameras in hand! We can capture some images to work with later. Today we will visit the hogans to sketch/ journal /photograph these structures. The path leads into Box Canyon and where efforts are underway to resurrect the small Ghost Ranch Lake. Participants have the option of staying to paint or sketch on site in this area, or returning to our group activity room to create. Our walk is about one mile each way. The work on the lake has required machinery that leveled out the beginning, or most difficult part of the walk, so it is not strenuous anymore then it levels off completely. There is no climbing and a dirt path is available at all times. After returning to the art bulding learn how to use the printer. After lunch we will spend some time with a painting demonstration and more time with our artwork.

Noon: Lunch

After Lunch: Return to art bulding for the demo and begin painting!

After Dinner: Ghost Ranch Orientation by the Ghost Ranch folks

Today’s Demos: If we have a material that requires extra drying time (in the past it was water based oil paints or cold wax with oils) we will work on that first. 

“Rainbow Cactus” by Darla Bostick (mixed media demo at 2011 workshop)


Day Three: Paint & AbiquiuTour with Dinner "in town"

7:30-8:30am: Breakfast in the dining hall.

9:30 am: Meet at our group activity room in Arts Building for a demo. You always choose your subject matter--use the photos you took yesterday! After the demo you have the choice to paint on site or inside in the activity room. Darla’s portable photo printer is available to print off images from digital cameras to paint from or share. 

Noon-1pm: Lunch

Immediately after lunch: Meet at the loop near the dining hall in cars as we carpool for our field trip to Abiquiu.

Today we are scheduled for the Georgia O'Keeffe Home and Studio Tour. We will leave the Ranch right after lunch. On our way to Abiquiu we stop at the Chama River overlook briefly for photographs then head directly to Abiquiu Inn for a film about Georgia O'Keeffe and the studio/home tour.  After that we may have have time for shopping, visiting the Abiquiu Art Gallery upstairs and wandering. The flowers here are always beautiful. We'll also pop into the only grocery around for snacks and local wares. Across the street is a huge cottonwood and flowers. For those choosing to not visit the O’Keeffe Home and Studio, you can explore the area with Darla. In the past we have used this time to go up the hill to old Abiquiu, pop into the Lavendar Farm, visit a "Ghost Town", visit a drum maker or go to the "White Place." It’s different each year. 

Dinner: This is the only meal away from the Ranch, but we have a beautiful dinner at the Abiquiu Inn on the patio if it isn't too windey. After dinner the group activity room will be available or artists may choose to relax and unwind. Darla will be present for guidance/instruction. This is optional for those interested.


“Goodnight Sun" by Darla Bostick (mixed media)


Day Four: Texture Painting and Landscape Tour

7:30-8:30am: Breakfast in the dining hall.

9:30 am: Meet at our group activity room in the Arts Building. This might be a good day for paintng plein aire...pick a spot you like on the Ranch, and sketch or paint!

Noon-1 pm: Lunch

3:30: Aside from our regular demos and paint time we have the Georgia O’Keeffe Landscape Tour on the private lands of the Ranch. We must be in the office areaearly for our private tour.  Upon our return to the Arts building there is another demo and more time to paint. After dinner the group activity room will be available. Darla will be present for guidance/instruction. 

5:30-6:30 pm: Dinner

After dinner meet back in the Arts Building for more activities.  


Above: Rio Chama Colors by Darla Bostick



Day Five: A Day of Resist

7:30-8:30am: Breakfast in the dining hall.

9:30 am: Meet at our group activity room in the Arts Building. Since hiking is best done in the early hours, this is your chance to climb to new heights…or maybe you wanted to schedule some horseback riding? There are many choices with your free time…perhaps visit the world famous paleontology museum at Ghost Ranch. Otherwise, we create! Today we have a choice of the old Ghost Ranch wagon or the old log cabin (actually a prop for the movie, “City Slickers” filmed here). The Ranch vegetable garden is also full of surprises.  For the June group, this might be the day we head over to the lake for painting or playing (kayaks and canoes can be arranged--extra cost). We may also add on a visit to the natural Amphitheatre.

Noon-1 pm: Lunch

We will meet back at the Arts Building for more creating!  

5:30-6:30 pm: Dinner

After dinner meet back in the Arts Building for more activities.                                                                                                            


“Ghost Ranch Skull” by Darla Bostick (mixed media demo at 2010 workshop)


Day Six:  To Sum It All Up!

7:30-8:30am: Breakfast

After breakfast we will meet at the New Arts building and take turns visiting the Meditation Circle. Bring your sketchbooks/journals. Today we will spend some time to connect with the spiritual aspect of Ghost Ranch, capture some thoughts and return to the group activity room where Darla will share some ideas about incorporating text in your artwork. We will create a tapestry of images with the power of words using the media of your choice.

Noon-1 pm: Lunch

Begin group share time using the easels.

5:30-6:30 pm: Dinner

Tonight the group activity room will be used to conclude group share time (this is optional for those interested).  

“All Creatures Great and Small” by Darla Bostick (mixed media from 2010 Ranch demo)

Embedded in the surface of the paper are the words: "All creatures great and small, the Good Lord created all"


Day Seven:

7:30-8:30am: Breakfast

Good things sometimes come to an end…this is our final day at Ghost Ranch. Check out time is 10 am. After breakfast we will have our final farewells. Since everyone has different departure times, today is flexible. Lunch is not included but individual plans can be made to purchase lunch if you wish. You are welcome to remain on the property as long as you wish after checking out with the office. For those on the road trip or if you wish to follow us, in Santa Fe we have time to pop in to exports and local crafts at Jackalope then it's a quick grab for lunch at Whole Foods before my van group turns back to Amarillo for the night.


Sometimes I stop in my tracks to admire the play of shadows, the patterns drawn upon the sand as the surf retreats, or the ever changing shapes of the clouds as they slip across the sky. I marvel at these small things and delight in the quiet way they beautify our lives. How sad it would be to not notice these simple pleasures of the Spirit. ~ Darla Bostick    

Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu views (photographs by Darla Bostick)


I am moved to share what I see, teach what I have learned, and encourage others to pursue their art. My workshops provide a restful atmosphere where we explore and expand our knowledge of life as we see it, feel it and experience it. I take very seriously the fact that others have come to learn what I can offer. My philosophy is simple…my students are never asked to copy from my work. I believe a piece of art belongs only to the mind that created it. I would never consider adding even one stroke of a brush or pencil to another’s painting~that is a compromise of ownership. Finally, I believe in encouragement. Create, experiment, learn something new, paint what pleases you! If that means breaking some rules, then do it. Let the question to yourself be: “What if I…”

If you aren’t having fun, why are you painting?     ~Darla Bostick