Way of the Heart- February

Saturday, February 6, 2021 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

 Today most of us are caught up in noisy, disorienting life experiences from many directions.  Such experiences can unsettle what’s usually settled, deafen us to deeper life, and lock us into isolating survival mode.

But what if “survive” could shift into “thrive”?  What if our inner formation could sharpen our listening and unlock life’s fullness?   What if our lives could be reconnected and nourished through authentic spiritual companionship?

What difference could such a life make today?  This is what our upcoming course called “Way of the Heart” is all about.  “Way of the Heart” offers the opportunity to discover sustaining resources and fortifying experiences with God/the Divine and others.  “Way of the Heart” introduces generous listening and spiritual companionship as foundations for vibrant, life-long spiritual transformation.  “Way of the Heart” seeks to nurture wholeness and renewed purpose for a thriving spiritual journey.

“Way of the Heart” is a 5-month experiential learning cohort offering a rhythm of large and small group interactions that encourage participants to live into the fullness of life by awakening to God’s loving presence, by stretching through time-tested spiritual practices, and by considering unique Love-based opportunities to serve.

Led by a team of Rolling Ridge facilitators - John Kiemele, Janet Kessenich, and Henry Schoenfield - this experience includes:
•    Five MAIN TOPICS:  Trusting the Way of the Heart, Expanding Awareness, Becoming Whole, Listening Generously, Envisioning Contemplative Living
•    Five ONLINE Saturday mini retreats from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon,  meeting on February 6, March 13, April 10, May 8, and June 5th.
•    One ONLINE small group experience between Saturday sessions
•    At least two one-on-one SPIRITUAL DIRECTION sessions within the five months with a spiritual director of your choice (This is one of the best ways to learn what “Way of the Heart” is all about! If you would like help finding a spiritual director, please contact us.  Any fees associated with these sessions are NOT included in course registration costs)

Registration Costs:  $150 for full package 
Space is limited.  Register early.  Registration deadline: January 29, 2021
To guarantee a spot, please submit a $40 non-refundable registration fee which applies to  the total cost of this course.  No part-time or commuter rates. 

If this opportunity stirs interest for you or if you would like more information, please contact us by email (thestaff@rollingridge.org) or (kiemelejohn@gmail.com) or phone (978-682-8815).

We strongly suggest taking this course if you are interested to register for Gateways to God in the future

REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS CLOSED.  If you would like to be notified about the next class of "Way of the Heart", please email thestaff@rollingridge.org and we will let you know as soon as registration becomes available.

Thank you. 


About the leader(s)

Janet Kessenich

Janet Kessenich, M.M. leads thoughtful, interactive, experiential workshops and retreats that connect participants with what brings meaning, purpose, satisfaction and empowerment into their lives. A holistic sound and energy healer, Janet uses the essence of music – calibrated vibration – with clients and workshop participants to in a sense, tune them to their most aligned way of being. Her Tune Up Your Spirit workshops are based on her book, Music Lessons for the Spirit, a collection of essays drawn from the spiritual/life lessons she learned as a pianist. www.spiralenergies.com

John Kiemele

John Kiemele is a wellbeing educator and spiritual director who currently companions individuals, teaches various seminars and lifestyle classes, leads contemplative retreats, and also serves as Program Director at Rolling Ridge Retreat Center.  With a focus on contemplative soul care, John gratefully walks alongside individuals, small groups, classrooms and congregations.  Recognizing how intentional pausing and listening unlocks life, John strives to engage the whole person – body, mind, soul – in the lifelong process of living well.  John received his PhD in education/spirituality from Talbot School of Theology, with post-doctoral emphases in Spiritual Direction, Mindful Self-Compassion, the Enneagram Spectrum, and Wellness Coaching.

Henry Schoenfield

Henry Schoenfield is a trained Spiritual Director and ICF Professional Certified Coach.  He is passionate about working with faith leaders and institutions in times of change, transition, and transformation. Drawing on the spiritual wisdom of the Contemplative Christian tradition as well as other spiritual traditions, he helps people cultivate a space of deep listening for how God is calling them to meet the present moment with an open heart. He is an ordained United Church of Christ pastor and is currently serving in interim ministry in the Southern New England Conference.