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


Gold in the Darkness

The marvelous thing about this question is that it has a thousand answers if we are willing to stand in the center of the whirlwind, brave the terrifying wind and the piercing heartbreak, and listen to the roar.

“Love of Tender Things”

This is the unfair dilemma in which we find ourselves: how to hold the miraculous belonging, to accept the precious, joyous gift of kinship and community, while absorbing the telltale signs of a deeply unwell world and the unpreventable suffering of those we love.

The Latest from the Mountain

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 The ever popular annual Heroine's Journey retreat is now open for registration! // May 29-31, 2020 // This year's theme is "Root and Fire", and it includes openings for wandering in solitude, sharing dreams and stories, ceremony, the rhythm of drums, and sacred circle dance The retreat is at Rolling Ridge, 1400 acres of protected wilderness between the Appalachian Trail and the Shenandoah River. . . . The “Root and Fire: Restorying the Heroine’s Journey” retreat will be held at Rolling Ridge Study Retreat. It is hosted by our sister community, Friends of Silence. For more information and to register visit the event page at Friends of Silence: . . . Just as women were the Voices of the Wells, so are we the Keepers of the Flame, the bright inspiration for creativity and transformation, home and belonging. “Fire is an intimate force,” says John O’Donohue, “Fire can go to the heart of the matter.” Yet fire can be a destroyer. In the times in which we live, fire is a burning image of the maelstrom we know as the climate crisis. In this retreat we explore the myriad faces of fire and our relationship to all her flickering, flaming forms. We consider what it means to live the heroine’s journey in a time of fire, and how the tree of life might root again in the ashes of creation.Through time in the wild mountain forest of Rolling Ridge as well as gathered times of ceremony and soulful conversation, we will immerse ourselves in the realm of story and deep imagination, listening for the Voices of the Wells. . . . #rollingridgestudyretreat #restorying #naturespirituality #divinefeminine (artwork by @gabrielli.julie)
 Geneen Haugen has written, “Even amidst such devastating loss of culture, languages, wild lands, and species—magic and mystery still occupy the borderlands of civilization, waiting patiently for us to remember that we don’t know everything about the nature of so-called reality, or even about our imaginative capacity to create other possibilities, other ways of being human.”... When so much is falling is possible to remember that there is more to this world than jams the airwaves or meets the eye. ~Lindsay McLaughlin . . . Read the entire essay "A Prayer in the Divine Night" on the blog (linked in profile) . . . #rollingridgestudyretreat #geneenhaugen
 Just added for 2020: Wilderness School offerings!  Basket-making, foraging, friction fire, trail running, and more. Slide through to check out current offerings and stayed tuned for more to come! . . . Visit our events page for more information and to register: . . . #rollingridgestudyretreat #rollingridgeconservancy #primitiveskills #trailrunning #harpersferrywv #barkbasket
 All truths wait in all things. // Walt Whitman
“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