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Ghost Ranch Peace Mural

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Ghost Ranch Interfaith Peace Garden

The idea emerged as staff and faculty at the Ranch discussed how to honor recently deceased staff members with something that would have a lasting impact. Instructor Tom Nichols and Sustainability Coordinator Erik Garretson designed and began construction of the garden this summer with the help of volunteer crews from all over the country.

Elements that make up the Interfaith Peace Garden include a peace pole, fountain (with rain harvesting and solar power), stone sculpture, path with spirals, reflexology path, a mural and seating areas for reflection.

Ceramic Mural for the Peace Garden

Pottery instructor Barbara Campbell was invited to create the mural out of ceramic tiles. Her design is 30 feet long and varies from two to six feet tall. Barbara’s concept incorporates religious symbols of world faiths through fired laser decal imagery. The background of the symbols is handwritten text, and we’re soliciting entries from people throughout the world: poems, prayers, or other writing in different languages and from different cultural traditions.

We decided to call this the “River of Peace,” as the writings will be arranged in a long, flowing design.

How to participate in the River of Peace

Send your hand-written poems, prayers or other writings written in black ink on a sheet of 11 x 4.25 white paper to:
Judy Nelson-Moore, 23 Immanuel, Santa Fe, NM 87508
or scan and email to:

The deadline is February 14, 2014

The Peace Garden is located just outside the Lower Pavilion, down the hill from the Welcome Center and next door to the Museums. The mural described in this post will be installed this spring.