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

 

Hope

Hope

In the grimy morass of our present dilemma, amid the dis-ease and wrenching separation, lies the buried treasure of our belonging: our deepest passion. “Hope,” says another poet (Jane Hirshfield), “is the hardest love we carry.”

A Prayer in the Divine Night

A Prayer in the Divine Night

There is an instinct within us in such times to gather together and rekindle the fires of meaning, vision, love, hope. Perhaps the holiest grace of Rolling Ridge is that it offers a sacred, wild space where these impulses of the human soul can flourish.

“Quiet Processes and Small Circles”

“Quiet Processes and Small Circles”

The reason it is tricky to summarize neatly the activities and ethos shared here is because our collective work is ongoing and ever-changing. Like a quilt, there is a patchwork of partner groups, retreat participants and neighbors who share a love for this place and who arrive over and over again with hearts and minds open to whatever there is to encounter.

The Latest from the Mountain

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 "๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜ข ๐˜ซ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด, ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ, ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ซ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ, ๐˜ข ๐˜ซ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ, ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ซ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ, ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ." // Wendell Berryโฃ โฃ During this new, uncertain era of social distance we want to offer an invitation to stay connected with one another, with the natural world, and also within ones' own contemplative journey....โฃ โฃ Last week one of our community members began to take a slow, prayerful walk through our "neighborhood" each evening, which has now become a community-wide practice (6 feet apart, of course!). Two of our community members (who are stranded in rural Argentina indefinitely!) join us each night from another continent. Friends from other states have committed to walk at the same time and with the same sense of mindfulness.โฃ โฃ ๐ˆ๐ญ'๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก ๐š ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ, ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ง๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž, ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ข๐ง๐ฏ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ฉ๐š๐ญ๐ž, ๐ญ๐จ๐จ. ๐„๐š๐œ๐ก ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  (๐š๐ญ ๐Ÿ•:๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ๐ฉ๐ฆ ๐„๐’๐“) ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐ฏ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฅ๐ค, ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐š๐ฒ, ๐ญ๐จ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ ๐š ๐ฉ๐จ๐ž๐ฆ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž...๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐ญ๐จ๐ ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ข๐ง ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ข๐ซ๐ข๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก ๐ฐ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฉ๐ก๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐š๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ. โฃ โฃ (๐˜—๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜‘๐˜ฐ๐˜บ ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ ๐˜‰๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ)
 Tree planting with the residential community in the age of social distancing. At least the trees need to be planted 15' apart! โ†”๏ธ (Look all the way to the left, even Erin the dog got the memo about staying 6' away.) #rollingridgestudyretreat
 In the grimy morass of our present dilemma, amid the dis-ease and wrenching separation, lies the buried treasure of our belonging: our deepest passion. โ€œHope,โ€ says another poet (Jane Hirshfield), โ€œis the hardest love we carry.โ€ While we descend on down through uncharted territory, just a breath away spring unfolds. Earth, as she does, begins again. // Lindsay McLaughlin:ย rollingridge.net/hope . . . #LindsayMcLaughlinย  #JaneHirshfield #MichaelMeade #MaryEvelynTucker #LynnUngar #RollingRidgeStudyRetreat
 We discovered a flying squirrel friend at the Retreat House this week! . . . #rollingridgestudyretreat #flyingsquirrel
โ€œYou 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.โ€

 

-John Oโ€™Donohue