Worship with the Woods: Listening for Nature's Sermon

Monthly on the 4th Sunday 3:00 PM to Sunday, December 31, 2023 4:30 PM

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Worship in the Woods

OUR SEPTEMBER SESSION IS CANCELLED as Rolling Ridge celebrates our 75th anniversary on Sunday, September 24th.  We invite you to join us from 10-2 for an Arts and Music Festival, with the official program beginning at 2 pm.  Click here for more information.


Join us as we connect all people, God and creation through nature contemplation on the fourth Sunday of each month, year round.

Celebrate the Divine presence in all things as we seek to live in harmony with everyone and everything.  Transform yourself and renew the Earth as we worship together on the beautiful shore of Lake Cochichewick.  Learn to listen to nature's sermons through the spiritual practice of nature contemplation.

Rooted in the Christian tradition, Worship with the Woods is open to people of all faiths and in all stages of the spiritual path.  If nature is your "church", this is the place for you.  For more on nature contemplation, check out our handout

Registration is free and encouraged.  Please note that there will be no access to the Rolling Ridge mansion.  Please consider a financial love gift to support our ongoing ministry of eco-spirituality, connecting all people, God, and creation.

Check this web page the day before for weather preparation updates.
FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th = CANCELLED.  In October, we will meet on Sunday, October 22nd at 3 pm.  Check back for weather but you are encouraged to Come prepared and dress appropriately.  We will meet at the Rolling Ridge parking lot at 3:05 pm and walk together as a group to Point of Pines.  The grounds will be open all day if you'd like to enjoy the beauty at the Ridge.

About the leader(s)

Lawrence Jay

As the Executive Director of Rolling Ridge, Rev. Dr. Lawrence Jay works in partnership with the staff to ensure that the guest experience at the Ridge is top quality.  He also partners with retreat leaders to provide excellent programming at the Ridge, and is available to speak about the ongoing ministry and historic mission of Rolling Ridge as a place of rest, retreat, and transformation.  A trained spiritual director and ordained American Baptist pastor, Larry (as he is known by friends) is a graduate of UCLA, Golden Gate Seminary, Franciscan School of Theology, American Baptist Seminary of the West, and the Gateways to God Missional Spiritual Direction Program.  He is also Adjunct Faculty at Merrimack College in the Masters of Spirituality and Spiritual Direction programs.  Eco-spirituality is his passion (and was his doctoral dissertation), encouraging everyone to live into the fullness of our connection with nature, God, and all people.  

Marie Rudzinsky

Marie has been studying, practicing and living mindfully for over 10 years.  She has helped many people with MS, and runs mindfulness programs at Lake Quanapowitt in Wakefield, MA and surrounding areas.  As a retreat facilitator, Marie  will guide the group providing wisdom, experience and compassionate support.
She is also qualified to teach the MBSR (Mind, Body Stress Reduction) program and trained with the UMass Center for Mindfulness Medical School.