Rolling Ridge Study Retreat

Rolling Ridge Study Retreat


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


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


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


Rolling Ridge Study Retreat Blog


Breaking the Spell

One day a stunning, iridescent green insect appeared on the boards that had been laid over the swampy creek bottom. We turned over a log near the old garden shack, and a red-striped salamander presented itself like a small jewel. There’s no telling what may be revealed, and when.

I am so distant from the hope of myself…

I recently participated in a conversation in which dissatisfaction or dissonance was a recurring theme poignantly and piercingly captured in a line quoted from a Mary Oliver poem: I am so distant from the hope of myself, in which I have goodness, and discernment…...


Strange as it may seem, our flaws, discords, and long, perhaps even unreachable goals are what make our projects viable and strengthen our community. The frays in our hopes and plans are what catch the light.

The Latest from the Mountain

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 ☔️+☔️+☔️! New streams and waterfalls are welling up all around Rolling Ridge, including the impressive cascade down the steps between the community side and the Retreat House! . . . We've had a series of big storms plus lots and lots of rain here in Jefferson County this week. All is well at Rolling Ridge, where we lost a few trees to the wind, and the gravel road washed out for a day. Otherwise we are doing fine ... Though there is news that there is flooding in many low-lying areas of the county, and that the flooding is much worse along the Shenandoah south of here. As we wait for the rains to pass, we are mindful of our neighbors and the needs that will come to light in these other areas. Please keep everyone in your thoughts. . . . #rollingridgestudyretreat #rollingridgefoundation #shenandoahriver #jeffersoncountywv #easternpanhandlewv
 Checking out an eagles' nest // A parent's snapshot from the Children of the Earth retreat that was held here over the weekend. Not even a little rain could slow down this energetic group of explorers! #rollingridgestudyretreat
 The ever popular Sound and Silence retreat will be held August 17-19 and it's now open for registration! This one fills up quickly, so definitely reserve your spot soon. // "This weekend retreat invites us to honor that sacred beat and go deeper into intention and prayer as we learn how to play - and pray - with drums, chant, the labyrinth and silence." . . . Sound and Silence will be held at Rolling Ridge Study Retreat and Stillpoint Mountain Retreat (near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia). It is hosted by our sister community, Friends of Silence. For more information and to register, visit the event page at Friends of Silence: . . . #rollingridgestudyretreat #drummingretreat #friendsofsilence
 There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter. // Rachel Carson . . . . . #rollingridgestudyretreat #rollingridgefoundation #dogwood

“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