Way of the Heart

Monthly on the 1st Saturday 9:00 AM to Saturday, June 4, 2022 12:00 PM

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Does life feel disorienting, unsettling, isolating?  
Is our inner life increasingly deaf and dull? 
Are we stuck in survival mode?

What if “survive” could shift into “thrive”?
What if we could sharpen our listening to unlock life’s fullness? 
What if we could experience authentic connections that nourish our souls?

This is what “Way of the Heart” is all about.  

“Way of the Heart” is a 5-month experiential learning cohort offering a rhythm of large and small group interactions that encourage participants to follow the heart into life’s fullness by awakening to God’s loving presence, by stretching through time-tested spiritual practices, and by envisioning unique Love-based expressions.

“Way of the Heart” offers sustaining resources and fortifying spiritual experiences.
“Way of the Heart” introduces generous listening and spiritual companionship.
“Way of the Heart” seeks to nurture wholeness and renewed purpose for a thriving spiritual journey.

Led by a team of Rolling Ridge facilitators - John Kiemele, Janet Kessenich, and Henry Schoenfield – 
this experience includes:
•    Five MAIN TOPICS:  Trusting the Way of the Heart, Expanding Awareness, Becoming Whole, Listening Generously, Envisioning Contemplative Living
•    Five ONLINE Saturday retreats from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, meeting on February 5, March 5, April 9, May 7, and June 4.
•    One ONLINE small group experience between Saturday sessions

Registration Costs:  $225 
Space is limited.  Register early. Registration deadline is February 4, 2022.
To guarantee a spot, please submit a $25 non-refundable registration fee which applies to  the total cost of this course.  No part-time or commuter rates.  CLICK THE "REGISTER NOW" BUTTON AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE to register. 

If this opportunity stirs interest for you or if you would like more information, please contact us by email (thestaff@rollingridge.org) or (kiemelejohn@gmail.com) or phone (978-682-8815).

We strongly suggest taking this course if you are interested to register for our “Gateways to God” program scheduled to begin May 2022.


About the leader(s)

Janet Kessenich

Janet Kessenich, M.M. leads thoughtful, interactive, experiential workshops and retreats that connect participants with what brings meaning, purpose, satisfaction and empowerment into their lives. A holistic sound and energy healer, Janet uses the essence of music – calibrated vibration – with clients and workshop participants to in a sense, tune them to their most aligned way of being. Her Tune Up Your Spirit workshops are based on her book, Music Lessons for the Spirit, a collection of essays drawn from the spiritual/life lessons she learned as a pianist. www.spiralenergies.com

John Kiemele

John Kiemele is a wellbeing educator and spiritual director who currently companions individuals, teaches various seminars and lifestyle classes, leads contemplative retreats, and also serves as Program Director at Rolling Ridge Retreat Center.  With a focus on contemplative soul care, John gratefully walks alongside individuals, small groups, classrooms and congregations.  Recognizing how intentional pausing and listening unlocks life, John strives to engage the whole person – body, mind, soul – in the lifelong process of living well.  John received his PhD in education/spirituality from Talbot School of Theology, with post-doctoral emphases in Spiritual Direction, Mindful Self-Compassion, the Enneagram Spectrum, and Wellness Coaching.

Henry Schoenfield

Henry Schoenfield is a trained Spiritual Director and ICF Professional Certified Coach.  He is passionate about working with faith leaders and institutions in times of change, transition, and transformation. Drawing on the spiritual wisdom of the Contemplative Christian tradition as well as other spiritual traditions, he helps people cultivate a space of deep listening for how God is calling them to meet the present moment with an open heart. He is an ordained United Church of Christ pastor and is currently serving in interim ministry in the Southern New England Conference.