Have you heard the Earth calling you? Have you visited a sacred site before? Have you ever walked a labyrinth? If your answer is no, please join us and experience something new. If your answer is yes, please come and embrace the familiar and discover deeper meaning as we search for how to serve Mother Earth in beneficial ways in our lives, our homes, and our communities. Walking the labyrinth will assist us in finding clarity for our particular Earth beauty mission.
April 22, 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of the very first Earth Day. That memorable date in 1970 ignited millions of people to stand together protesting the detrimental damage the industrial development had caused over the previous 150 years. While changes didn’t happen overnight, awareness spread steadily and thus , the EPA was initiated. The Earth Day movement has expanded with the current global event anticipating 1 billion people to participate. This retreat will kick off the 2020 Earth Week activities here at Rolling Ridge.
Everyone is encouraged to bring a rock (football size or larger) to the retreat to fortify and maintain the two labyrinths at Rolling Ridge, while infusing them with loving energy. The rock may represent your love gift to the Earth, a memory of a loved one, or any personal intention.
About the leader(s)
Dorothy Wright-Irwin was introduced to labyrinths by one of her professors at North Shore Community College, while at a five day convention in Vermont. There were three temporary labyrinths set up on the grounds for the attendees to explore. Dorothy found them to be both fascinating and energizing and walked them daily and oftentimes more. By the end of the convention she was determined to learn more about them. The following year she took several workshops on labyrinths, including how to build them. In her undergraduate studies at Lesley University, off site at Rolling Ridge, she completed several studies: The History of Labyrinths and The Process and Actual Building of a Labyrinth, which was finished in October 2002. Since then Dorothy has built several more including at a Senior Community Center in Atkinson, NH; Deer Isle, ME [private]; and Enfield, VT [private]. Dorothy also mentored a young man in No. Andover to build a labyrinth in order to earn his Eagle Scout badge. She also provides paper copies of the Cretan style to students as tools for de-stressing, especially during exams and finals.
Dorothy earned her Bachelors Degree in the Healing Arts and her Masters Degree in Education from Lesley University. She is a Reiki Master Teacher, Compassionate Touch: for Those in Late Life Stages Practitioner/Teacher, and maintains her Care with Compassion private practice. In addition, she is a seascape, landscape and nature Artist. (www.CarewithCompassion.net)