Pray and Paddle as a Contemplative Practice

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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We begin our time on Lake Cochichewick with the teaching of a meditation mantra or a spiritual practice such as Centering Prayer. We then paddle in silence allowing the mantra or method of prayer to help us be in the moment, to paddle mindfully.

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, Shalem Institute in Contemplative Leadership and Franciscan Spiritual Direction Certification Program.  For 40 years he pastored congregations in Montana, California, Ohio, Oregon and Massachusetts. He leads paddling retreats for a variety of groups: Recovery, environmental, congregatons, interfaith.   Kent currently serves as a Spiritual Director and leads Pray and Paddle events for Rolling Ridge.  Kent can be reached at kentdharrop@gmail.com