TAIZE Lenten Retreat

Sunday, March 1, 2020 4:00 PM to Monday, March 2, 2020 3:30 PM

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The season of Lent  is a time of reflection as we prepare for Easter and the journey with Christ from crucifixion to resurrection.  Whether clergy or laity, we invite you to slow down and begin this upcoming lenten season on a Taize retreat at the Ridge. Music, silence, and scripture will create the framework for you to listen for God and to prepare your heart for Easter.  During the silence, there will be time to reflect, journal, and create, with coloring pages, mandalas, and origami books to capture your reflections on the day.  There will be time to explore the beautiful grounds of Rolling Ridge, to walk the labyrinth, and to sit by Lake Cochichewick.  There will always be much too much to do on your list.  Lent marks a good time to go on retreat, to let it go, to fast from the busy-ness and to be present with the Creator of the world who sent Jesus to be our light and hope.

Time: Arrival at 4:00 pm, with Sunday dinner at 6:00 pm.  Departure by 3:30 pm on Monday.
Overnight retreat cost: $125 per person
or COME FOR A DAY APART “Lenten Quiet Day” RETREAT only on Monday, March 2nd  from 9:30am-3:30pm for $70

About the leader(s)

Lawrence Jay

As the Executive Director of Rolling Ridge, Lawrence 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.  An ordained American Baptist pastor, he is a graduate of UCLA, Golden Gate Seminary, Franciscan School of Theology, and American Baptist Seminary of the West.  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.  

Brian Larson

Brian Bayer-Larson is a Massachusetts-based musician who has led Taize-style worship services for nearly 20 years. Brian first visited the Taize community in the spring of 2003 where he worked in the kitchen, helped lead his small group Bible study, and was lucky enough to be invited to dine with the brothers of the community. Brian even got to meet Brother Roger, Taize’s founder, before he tragically died in 2005. In addition to leading worship services Brian is an active songwriter and performer who regularly plays music at cafes and events around Boston’s north shore. In 2017 he released his first album of original music, Time to Go Home, which can be found on all streaming services. He is also an 8th grade social studies teacher, a happily married husband, and father to 3 active and beautiful children.

Danny Smith

Danny is a musician, pianist, singer, actor, director, performer from Seacoast New Hampshire, and is Music Minister at Main Street UCC in Amesbury, MA.  Danny is a part time voice and piano teacher, executive director of "Voices of Distinction", and Director of Operations here at Rolling Ridge.