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

 

This is Spring

I am humbled by the insurmountable troubles of our planet, by the heart-rending sorrows befalling friends and loved ones, and by the personal brokenness with which I am confronted. I am in a mood to sit in the mud awhile, to let the moist earth seep around me, to be low and grounded.

Other Possibilities

When we plunge sensationally and whole-heartedly into the world beyond four walls we release the forest from the fetters of scenery, from being a bothersome backdrop to self-absorption.

Facing West

May our prints be found to pause at times facing west, reminding those who come after to take in that setting sun, to hold each day to the last. 

The Latest from the Mountain

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 Spring! And Earth is like a child who has learned many poems by heart ... All that the teacher taught her—the many thoughts pressed now into roots and long tough stems: she sings! She sings! // Rainer Maria Rilke (Photo by Katie Jones Pomeroy)
 "Children gambol on the gentle hillside between our houses where forsythia blooms.  The fronds adorning the old willow stump are filling out, a green fountain. These are bright compositions of happiness and hope, the faithfulness of Earth greening once again.  Yet for me they are splashed with other thoughts and emotions.  Perhaps it is the times in which we live or, just as likely, my particular heartbreak, but there are moments when I crave a more mottled canvas..." . . . You can read the rest of the newest essay by Lindsay McLaughlin ~ with insights from Parker Palmer and poetry from Mary Oliver ~ on our blog: http://rollingridge.net/spring/ . . . #rollingridgestudyretreat #friendsofsilence #parkerpalmer #maryoliver
 "Sound & Silence" Embodying prayer through the sacred rhythms of drumming, chant, nature, and silence // August 16-18 // This annual retreat fills up quickly, so be sure check out all the details and registration! It will take place at Rolling Ridge, but it is hosted by our sister community, Friends of Silence. Visit their website to register:  friendsofsilence.net/event/2019/08/16/sound-silence-2019
 In her recent essay, Lindsay beautifully and poignantly describes why we can have gratitude for those persistent gnats and ticks that will soon visit us on the ridge. 🤗 "When we plunge sensationally and whole-heartedly into the world beyond four walls we release the forest from the fetters of scenery, from being a bothersome backdrop to self-absorption. The elements, creatures, plants, even the ancient rocks, are freed to be themselves, participants and actors in the story of the moment. In that moment our dormant imagination awakens and claims her radiance and license to dream and wander.  Anything could happen then." . . . Read more on the blog: http://rollingridge.net/possibilities . . . #rollingridgestudyretreat #rollingridgefoundation #jeffersoncountywv

“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