Monday, October 4, 2021 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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On the Feast Day of St. Francis, there is no better place to be than on Lake Cochichewick with Sister Water.  Join us for a morning of contemplative paddling on Monday, October 4th.  Facilitated by Kent Harrop, contemplative paddling by kayak or canoe immerses you in the splendor of nature as you become more aware of all that is around you and connect more deeply with God and creation.  By paddling and drifting in silence you open yourself to the  infinite ways that the Creator speaks. 

NOTE:  Only in the unlikely event of dangerous winds or storms will this event be canceled.  Please dress accordingly, bring sunscreen and bug spray. Swimming is not allowed in Lake Cochichewick. 

There are a limited number of participants allowed for this event.  (8 boats). If canoes are not reserved, we will increase the BYO kayak limit, so please check occasionally if that option is sold out.  We will meet at Lakeside Launch (follow the path located on the backside of the office).  Please be physically able of getting into a kayak by yourself.  


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 and from the Shalem Institute in Contemplative Leadership.  He leads paddling retreats for a variety of groups: Recovery, environmental, interfaith.   For 20 years he pastored a church in Oregon where he kayaked both flat and white water.  He now serves on the staff of First Baptist Church in Beverly, with a focus on nurturing the contemplative life of the congregation.  He enjoys exploring the ocean, rivers and lakes of Massachusetts and New England.