Pray and Paddle: A guided morning retreat on Lake Cochichewick

Saturday, August 1, 2020 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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Join us for a morning of contemplative paddling on beautiful Lake Cochichewick.  Facilitated by Kent Harrop, contemplative paddling by kayak or canoe  immerses you in the splendor of nature as you become more aware of all that is around you and connect more deeply with God and creation.  By paddling and drifting in silence you open yourself to the  infinite ways that the Creator speaks. 

NOTE:  Only in the unlikely event of dangerous winds or storms will this event be canceled.  Please dress accordingly, bring sunscreen and bug spray. Swimming is not allowed in Lake Cochichewick. 

COVID19 Update:  Due to the need to remain a gathering of 10 or less, there will be limited numbers of available boats and registrations for this event.  Please prepare to be in kayaks ONLY since social distancing is not something two can do in a canoe, unless you're from the same family.  We will meet at Lakeside Launch (follow the path located on the backside of the office).  The house will NOT be open, and the only restroom facility is a portable toilet located in the parking lot.  Please be physically able of getting into a kayak by yourself.  Please WEAR A MASK. 

This event is FREE OF CHARGE.  In the event you'd like to bring a lunch, you may do so and enjoy it on the grounds of Rolling Ridge after the paddle.  Snacks are allowed during your paddle.  

Donations are graciously accepted to assist us in the COVID19 shutdown, and are much appreciated.

About the leader(s)

Kent Harrop

Kent Harrop is an avid outdoorsman and ordained American Baptist minister.  He was introduced to contemplative paddling on a Zen meditation kayak trip to the Tongass Wilderness in Alaska in 2002.   Since that time Kent has enjoyed introducing both novice and experienced kayakers and canoeists  to the joy of ‘listening on the water’.   A favorite verse is “Listen and your soul will live”. ~ Isaiah 55:3   Kent is a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School and from the Shalem Institute in Contemplative Leadership.  He leads paddling retreats for a variety of groups: Recovery, environmental, interfaith.   For 20 years he pastored a church in Oregon where he kayaked both flat and white water.  He now serves on the staff of First Baptist Church in Beverly, with a focus on nurturing the contemplative life of the congregation.  He enjoys exploring the ocean, rivers and lakes of Massachusetts and New England.