Pray and Paddle with Thoreau

Saturday, June 3, 2023 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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Pray and Paddle is a wonderful event for both novice and experienced paddlers. A paddling and safety orientation begins each session.
Each event is approximately 2-3 hours and take place from 9 a.m. - Noon
On Lake Cochichewick we share in Lectio Divina, an ancient practice of listening to a piece of sacred wisdom, three times. Each reading includes a question to ponder followed by an extended time of paddling in silence. On this paddle we will be accompanied by the wisdom of Henry David Thoreau (1817-1864) Transcendental mystic, social justice prophet and author of Walden pivotal in launching todays environmental movement.

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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