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


Time Becomes Full of Life

Had I opted for the instant gratification of a photograph, the phone would hold an image but would I have spent time noticing how the gills inside morphed from charcoal grey to salmon to ecru? Would I have left any space for wondering how this moment fit into before and after? Or would this little wonder have flitted in and out of memory in a careless heartbeat?

Gravity, a Snake, and Gratitude

What remains is gratitude and the sensation of being carried, pulled by tendrils of presence, love, and laughter toward the heart of the world.

At Summer’s Turning

The genius of this land, what draws us, is the deep grace of welcome and forgiveness and mercy that pervades it, the sense of being cradled in the wide lap of something or someone much older and more vast and loving than we can imagine. In that embrace even the loneliest sojourner can find solace and the will to reach out for their unique thread with which to re-weave the world.

The Latest from the Mountain

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 Every October a group of students from @messiahcollege comes to Rolling Ridge over Fall Break to do volunteer work. This year a wonderful group of 7 helped to do masonry work on a new retaining wall behind Deerspring. Thanks for all the hard work and great conversations around the dinner table! #rollingridgestudyretreat #messiahcollege #agapecenter
 "It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility." // Rachel Carson #rollingridgestudyretreat
 Hundreds of grackles stopped by Rolling Ridge tonight, feasting on berries and chattering wildly. // "...After joy raises you into the stratosphere, ride earth’s colors as you wheel down." From "Advice from the Grackle" by Susan Elizabeth Howe #rollingridgestudyretreat #communitygarden
 Shadow art in the Retreat House #rollingridgestudyretreat

“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