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We are looking for guest bloggers! Do you have an essay, photo essay, piece of art, poetry, etc inspired by your own experience at Rolling Ridge Study Retreat? If you are interested in sharing your gift on the RRSRC blog, please email Joy at community.rollingridge@gmail.com for more information about how to submit your blog post for consideration.

Reflection for a Wet Winter Night

During these intentional, festive days, we can deepen relationships with one another and with the living Earth and awaken to unseen realities that secretly sustain the world. We can open into the realm of the soul with its wondrous capacity for imagination, understanding, and joy. Then it may be possible to touch into all that is Holy and good and eternal.

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Connection & Illumination

I am reminded continuously of the ways this forest, the network of people who love this place, and the events that happen here seem to exist for this very work of connecting us, drawing our attention to the abundance of life all around us.

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Festivals for the Dark

During these intentional, festive days, we can deepen relationships with one another and with the living Earth and awaken to unseen realities that secretly sustain the world. We can open into the realm of the soul with its wondrous capacity for imagination, understanding, and joy. Then it may be possible to touch into all that is Holy and good and eternal.

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Way Upstream

These are the surprising, intimate conversations that illumine the threads tethering us to the vast communion and belonging way upstream, at the headwaters, where the world is always ending and beginning again. Thus the trees save us, and daily.

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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.

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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…...

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Imperfection

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.

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