In Celebration of Earth Day, the Mountains are Dancing!

Friday, April 22, 2022 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

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In Celebration of Earth Day! The Mountains are Dancing!

it’s april (yes, april; my darling) it’s spring!
yes the pretty birds frolic as spry as can fly
yes the little fish gambol as glad as can be
(yes the mountains are dancing together)

-e.e. cummings

After a long winter, come out and join in the dance of all creation and celebrate the mystery, wonder and eternal resilience and renewal of our blessed Mother Earth.

In this Day Apart, in person retreat, we’ll repeat the sounding joy as we join those dancing mountains and step light to journey deep embodying the sacred mantra practices from across faith traditions. Using simple circle movements, we’ll join together, hand in hand, breath by breath, footstep by footstep to journey to the center of the holy to discover what the Greek philosopher Empedocles knew: “The nature of God is a circle of which the center is everywhere and the circumference is nowhere.”  Welcome Home. 

You’ll want to bring a notebook and, perhaps, some drawing materials for the silent reflection times between dances to record the lingering echoes that are still speaking . . . from those pretty birds frolicking as spry as can fly and from those little fish gamboling as glad as can be because, like us, those blessed mountains will be dancing together. And not to worry if you don’t consider yourself a dancer! The steps and movements are simple so as to easily express the beauty.

Come and join the circle where, like the mountains and the hills, our one heart will burst into song and, I’m quite certain, all the trees of the field will clap their hands. (Isiah 55:12) 

Registration Fee: $75 for our IN-PERSON day retreat, including lunch.

About the leader(s)

Stephanie Rutt

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Rutt was founding Minister of the Tree of Life Interfaith Temple in Milford, NH, director of the Tree of Life School for Sacred Living and creator of the Tree of Life Interfaith Seminary. Through the School for Sacred Living she has offered numerous sacred studies courses, classes and workshops locally as well as to national conferences sponsored by World AWAKE (formally The World Alliance of Interfaith Clergy) and the Haden Institute. She has appeared on the TEDx stage and is the author of five books including, Living the Prayer of Jesus: A Study of the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic released by Wipf and Stock Publishers. All of her work seeks to embody unity within diversity, reveal how the great spiritual truths show up everywhere in daily experience, and to awaken an unchecked ecstatic cry for the One called by many names.

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