Connected to a wide circle of those who share a deep longing for a more authentic, nature-connected and soul-infused life.



Located on a 1400-acre nature preserve owned by the Rolling Ridge Foundation and protected by a conservation easement with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.



Exploring the connections of spirit, faith and the wild earth.




A March day in 2013:  A freak storm had dumped a foot of snow on our mountain.  Two days later, the strong spring sun transformed the snow into sparkling creeks and glistening pools.  As I walked down into the creek valley behind our house, I heard an eerie racket,...

The Interim

After days under a sultry blanket, the woods and the air all around this morning swirled with wafts of coolness, and Billy and I decided that the day called for a walk.  As we walked up the path called Peachey Trace, trailed by our cat Olive, patches of light and...

Capturing Light

Creativity is, foremost, being in the world soulfully, for the only thing we truly make, whether in the arts, in culture, or at home, is soul.                 ~ Thomas Moore In a time of mass shootings, refugee crises, and environmental degradation it is hard to speak...

The Latest from the Mountain

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 Last summer a crew spent months trimming trees around the power lines in all the neighborhoods off of Mission Rd. One day Scot noticed they were chipping the wood, so he stopped and asked them if they needed a place to unload the excess wood chips. They did, and now RRSRC has mountains of free mulch for the gardens and flower beds. We've learned two things from this experience: 1) Mountains of mulch make an unbelievably fun playground for kids of all ages. And 2) Tree cutting crews snack on sun flower seeds. These sunny plants have popped up in mulched areas all over the place. We love our plant volunteers, especially ones as cheerful as these! #sunflowers #plantvolunteer #rollingridgestudyretreat
 Not everyone loves hot and humid weather, but these beauties sure do. Every July they explode and beam and shout color. #rollingridgestudyretreat
 Yesterday, between storms #rollingridgestudyretreat #latergram
 There's much to celebrate today! Happy West Virginia Day and First Day of Summer! (Photo by Scott Degraf) #westvirginia #wildandwonderful #summersolstice #firstdayofsummer #rollingridgestudyretreat

“You are in this time of the interimelements4
Where everything seems withheld.
The path you took to get here has washed out.
The way forward is still concealed from you.
The old is not old enough to have died away
The new is still too young to be born.”


-John O’Donohue