Rolling Ridge Study Retreat

Rolling Ridge Study Retreat

Community

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

Rolling Ridge Study Retreat

Nature

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

Rolling Ridge Study Retreat

Soul

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

Contemplations

Rolling Ridge Study Retreat Blog

 

July

While the radio and TV shout breaking news and our phones buzz and tweet, a whole other conversation is going on. It is the one about belonging, about finding a tether, a foothold, in the heart of the world.

Risk

Each moment is a well, a history, a lifetime, and a suddenly and irrevocably constructed door frame.

Next Doorways

“We stand at a new doorway,
awaiting that which comes…
daring to be human creatures,
vulnerable to the beauty of existence.
Learning to love.” // Anne Hillman

The Latest from the Mountain

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 Update: Billy has worked very hard to contact many different leads and it turns out our bovine friend forded the #ShenandoahRiver from Virginia for her personal retreat at #rollingridgestudyretreat! #suchislifeonthemountain
 Anyone else having the urge to bottle up this weather to crack open on some soupy, hot July afternoon? Happy Summer! #coralhoneysuckle #rollingridgestudyretreat
 Yesterday was a beautiful day for some weeding and planting in the #communitygarden. Also for discovering some garden dwellers, like a young black snake whose belly was still bulging from breakfast. #rollingridgestudyretreat
 The cherries turn ripe, ripe, and the birds come: red-headed and red-bellied woodpeckers, blue jays, cedar waxwings, robins--beautiful, hungry, wild in our domestic tree. I pick with the birds, gathering the red cherries alight among the dark leaves, my hands so sticky with juice the fruit will hardly drop from them into the pail. The birds pick as I pick, all of us delighted in the weighty heights --the fruit red ripe, the green leaves, the blue sky and white clouds, all tending to flight--making the most of this sweetness against the time when there will be none. // Wendell Berry

“You are in this time of the interimRolling Ridge Study Retreat
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