Program Leaders & Proposals
The Center for Spirituality and Leadership (CSL) develops the programming at Rolling Ridge. Our purpose is to change the world by calling forth leaders who behold the Sacred Presence of God in all people and all things, and who help their communities draw near to the Holy by living in compassion, restoring balance, healing wounds, and promoting understanding. We seek to transform lives by connecting all people, God, and creation.
If you are a Program/Retreat Leader and wish to submit a proposal for a Rolling Ridge Day Apart or expanded retreat, click here for a Proposal Application .
If your proposal has been accepted and you have yet to submit references, please find the reference form here.
RETREAT LEADERS HERE AT THE RIDGE:
Kelly Arrendell received a Master of Religious Education from Oklahoma City University and completed the Two Year Academy for Spiritual Formation through the Upper Room Ministries of the UMC. She currently serves in ministry with the homeless, persons recovering from drug addiction, and in church and neighborhood spiritual
Andovers Artists Guild
Andovers Artists Guild was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1970.
Our mission is to promote and advance art and the artists through exhibitions of our member's work, demonstrations and educational programs, scholarships and awards.
Read more about the Guild at www.andoversartistsguild.org
A Presbyterian pastor, conference center chaplain and retreat leader for more than 30 years, Deadra Ashton joined the Gateways staff in 2016. She has served congregations of all sizes and settings in New England, New York and the Mid-Atlantic, including a federated church that put her back in touch with her Methodist roots and led her to the Gateways I program in which she was trained as a spiritual director. She is currently pastor of Christ Church, Presbyterian in Burlington, Vermont.
John Bell, a dharma teacher who has practiced with ThichNhat Hanh for more than 30 years. In addition to guiding the Mountain BellSangha, near Boston, and leading mindfulness retreats across the US, John was a founding staff member of Youth Build USA (www.youthbuild.org) in 1988 and, until his recent retirement, helped guide its development into an integrated program that offers education, construction training, and leadership development to low-income young people in 260 communities across the U.S., and in105 communities in 15 other countries.
Judith Black, one of America’s foremost storytellers, retells history from new perspectives, tickles familial dysfunction, offers ironic explorations of aging, and most recently has turned her skills towards our disrupted climate. As a Wheelock College graduate and former teacher she is able to draw storytelling through the educational landscape, showing its profound uses in cognitive, emotional, and social learning. Her work for adults has been featured twelve times at the National Storytelling Festival and on stages from the Montreal Comedy Festival to the Art Museum of Cape Town, SA to Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is the winner of the Oracle Award, storytelling’s most coveted laurel, and was recently given the Brother Blue and Ruth Hill Award, served on the faculty of Lesley University for almost 30 years, and is now faculty with the Maggid Institute, an arm of Reclaiming Judaism. Locally she originated and ran Bridging Live for 16 years, sings with Calla Lilly, is an active member of the Marblehead Harbor Rotary Club, 350.org, and a founding member of Sustainable Marblehead. Presently, she is trying to figure out how to live without burning fossil fuels, teaches two classes annually, organic gardens and planed a giant sustainability fair.
For more info: www.storiesalive.com
Andrea Bliss-Lerman is a graduate of Shalem Institute of Spiritual Formation and has been active in facilitating and teaching in the Gateways to God Spiritual Direction Training Program at Rolling Ridge, as well as being involved in Days Apart, Drawing Nearer to God, and individual and group spiritual direction. She has served as the Minister of Spiritual Direction at Free Christian Church in Andover, Massachusetts since 1990. In addition to teaching in a variety of spiritual direction training programs and leading numerous retreats and workshops, she has also served in reaching out to inner city youth and young adults through skateboarding events, writing projects, and community development.
Barbara R. Bodengraven, MTS, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, is the author of the spiritual memoir and eco-spirituality manifesto, The Sacred Shed on the Edge of the Ravine. As a spiritual writing program facilitator and communications professional, she is dedicated to advancing matters of spirituality in a secular world.
Judie Bryant is a Certified Facilitator of Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT). She firmly believes that compassion as well as integrity are values and skills that are deeply needed if we are to enhance our own and other’s well being. An ordained United Church of Christ pastor, she earned a Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, MA, and has served two UCC churches in the last twenty four years. A Massachusetts native since birth, she is married to Geoff and they have three adult children, two grandchildren and two goofy dogs. Gardening is her latest obsession and reading is her passion. She is also a volunteer with Thrive Communities in Lowell, a community based response to the challenges faced by adults transitioning from incarceration.
Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas serves as Missioner for Creation Care in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts and the United Church of Christ, Christ, Massachusetts Conference. An experienced retreat leader and spiritual director, she is a long-time climate activist dedicated to inspiring a wave of religious activism to address the climate crisis. Her most recent book, Joy of Heaven, To Earth Come Down (2016), is a collection of daily Advent-Christmas meditations on the sacredness of the natural world.
Jean Chandler is a retired college teacher of cognitive psychology and second language acquisition. She has long done lots of reading about theology and has had a regular meditation practice for more than a dozen years. The Old Cambridge Baptist church has encouraged lay leadership since the 1970s, and she has led many Bible studies there, some with her late husband who was an ordained minister. She has been fortunate to have been exposed to many different meditation traditions from Buddhist to Sufi to centering prayer. Because of her panentheistic theology and love of the natural world, she is active in advocacy for creation justice.
Rev Norman Comtois
Rev. Norman Comtois, OMI, MA is a member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. His experience in Pastoral Counseling, Intentional Eucharistic Communities, and Renewal programs for women religious continues to inform his ministry as a current retreat director. In the year 2000, Norman completed an Earth Literacy program at Genesis Farm, Blairstown, New Jersey. Since then he has devoted his interest and education toward developing retreats and courses that bring the Universe Story to life in a spiritually meaningful way. He also serves as team member and consultant for La Vista Ecological Learning Center.
Father Norm encourages those attending his presentations and retreats to ponder the wisdom of their religious traditions in the context of the Story of the Universe.
Ingrid Cyros is a workshop and retreat facilitator, and life-long artist whose passion is exploring the relationship between creativity and spirituality. She has also led classes to introduce the practice of integrating photographic image and journal keeping, to focus, to commemorate, heal, and celebrate. She has presented her personal photographic work, “Mourning Journal”, to professional, academic and religious groups, to encourage the use of art for processing loss.
Ingrid lives in Newburyport with her husband. She is mother of two adult children.
bringing ancient wisdom into a contemporary and accessible form.
Karen Edwards, PhD, is a retired Professor of Psychology at Endicott College and a 30-year psychotherapist currently researching spiritual development in the later stages of life.
Dorothy Emerson is a semi-retired Unitarian Universalist minister and author, currently writing a memoir on her experiences of culture change in California during the 1960s.
Lisa Fagerstrom is a life-long United Methodist (currently “taking a sabbatical from the UMC” and attending a Unitarian Universalist Church). Lisa has over thirty years of experience in volunteer and paid positions within church leadership. She is the past Chair of the New England Annual Conference Commission on Religion and Race and an active member and supporter of the Reconciling Ministries Network. Lisa has a B.E. from Vanderbilt University and has pursued studies at Andover Newton Theological School. She is a graduate of the Gateways to God spiritual direction training program at Rolling Ridge.
Kris Girrell (MATR, Andover Newton Theological School, 2015; MEd, PSU, 1973) is a psychologically based executive leadership coach, speaker and author: Wrestling the Angel: The role of the dark night of the soul in spiritual transformation (2016) and Leadership Gold: Discovering the value of failure (2018) as well as numerous journal publica-tions. Kris was the featured keynote speaker at the 2017 InHouse Agency Forum (IHAF) Conference, the 2018 Training Industry Conference & Exposition and his TEDx talk on Emotional Intelligence has been viewed by over 250,000. He is an adjunct lecturer at Cambridge College, an Associate of the Society of Industrial/ Organizational Psychologists, and a member of the National Speaker’s Association.
Rev. Todd Glacy is a Sacred Sound musician, counselor, Interfaith Minister, teacher, and facilitator. He shares his passion for supporting life’s journey through his work and ministry of Sacred Sound and Living. He has been interested in labyrinths and their use in contemplative practice for many years, and recently began offering this workshop as a way to deepen peoples understanding & practices towards using them as a tool in their own life.
Lisa Gwiazda discovered the magic and health benefits of Shinrun Yuko (Forest Bathing) when working on her certification in Mind, Body, Spirit through Massachusetts General Hospital. She is a Registered Nurse, Board Certified Holistic Nurse, Certified Forest Therapy Guide from the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs and Wilderness First Responder. She believes the practice of forest therapy deepens and broadens our relationship with the world around us and has definitive healing properties.
Rev. Dr. Sid Hall, III has served as the lead minister of Trinity Church of Austin since 1988. He is a pastor, activist, and writer. Rev. Hall is an ordained minister in the Rio Texas Conference of the UMC and has clergy standing in the Heart of Texas Association and the South Central Conference of the UCC. Rev. Hall has been a leader in the Reconciling Ministries Network (the movement within the UMC for the full inclusion of LGBTQIA+ persons), and he served on the RMN national board of directors from 1996 to 2002.
He was one of the 15 original clergy signers of “In All Things Charity” in 1997 calling for the UMC to become fully inclusive of LGBT people. He has had the privilege of being arrested for civil disobedience with MLK’s daughter and Gandhi’s grandson. Rev. Hall has been an adjunct professor at the Wisdom School of Graduate Studies at Ubiquity University. He is currently an adjunct professor at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and a faculty member of the Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality in Boulder, Colorado.
He is a national speaker in the areas of Holocaust Studies, LGBTQ Inclusion in the church, and Earth-based ritual and worship in the church.
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.
Rev Ron Hindelang
Rev. Ron Hindelang was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on July 12, 1969 in Detroit, Michigan as a member of the Society of Mary (Marist Fathers). He holds a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome and Doctor in Philosophy in Pastoral Psychology from Boston University. Licensed as a Mental Health Counselor, Ron is a Board Certified Chaplain in the Association of Professional Chaplains, Clinical Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and a Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor in the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education. Ron has ministered for thirty years as a hospice and hospital chaplain, tending to patients and families. His primary responsibility now is educating and supervising students preparing to become spiritual care-givers, priests, ministers and rabbis. After spending many years preaching and directing retreats, ministering as a spiritual director, and pastoral counselor for individuals and couples, Ron has served as a parish priest and pastor and as a seminary director.
Roberta Horsman is an herbalist, wheat weaver, floral designer, gardener, teacher and
event coordinator. She is dedicated to living a creative life, sharing her knowledge and
passion for nature with others.
She has a Masters of Arts in Expressive Therapy Degree from Lesley University. She
worked for ten years in mental health facilities with adults and adolescents using the
arts as a therapeutic tool.
She completed The Science and Art Herbology at Sage Mountain Herbal School in
1996, and Delta Gardens Flowers Essence Practitioner Program in 2002
Rev Lee Ireland
Rev. Lee A. Ireland is a long-time Interim Pastor. having served in many churches in CT and now in Rowley, MA. She received her M.Div from Andover Newton Theological Seminary and trained as a Spiritual Director at Mercy Center, Madison, CT. She has worked in a women's prison and has served per diem as a hospital chaplain. Since 1990, she has had the joy of leading retreats. She is well aware of how life throws us curve balls and we can become distracted from our soul's journey and focus on those things that lead us down dead-ends. We begin to regain wonder and gratitude as we chose to take retreats and learn how to listen within so we can stay on our faith journeys and receive guidance from God and hear our heart and souls singing in unexpected moments. We then make new life choices that bring us greater peace within.
Rev Dr Lawrence Jay
As the Executive Director of Rolling Ridge, Lawrence works in partnership with the staff to ensure that the guest experience at the Ridge is top quality. He also partners with retreat leaders to provide excellent programming at the Ridge, and is available to speak about the ongoing ministry and historic mission of Rolling Ridge as a place of rest, retreat, and transformation. An ordained American Baptist pastor, he is a graduate of UCLA, Golden Gate Seminary, Franciscan School of Theology, and American Baptist Seminary of the West. Eco-spirituality is his passion (and was his doctoral dissertation), encouraging everyone to live into the fullness of our connection with nature, God, and all people.
Grace Ji-Sun Kim
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Emily Kearns’ personal experience care partnering with her parents, who both lived with dementia, was life-changing, catapulting her into what is now her first love—reframing dementia and supporting those who live with it. Emily is committed to change-making, including innovative programming and community education, so that individuals living with dementia may continue to live well, experiencing joy and meaningful engagement in communities that support and celebrate them and the life they choose. Emily facilitates a monthly memory-making café and a weekly dementia-supportive fitness program at her local Y. She has also created a multimedia art installation called Dementia’s Way. Emily was formerly the lead for Dementia Friendly Massachusetts and a consultant with the Massachusetts Lifespan Respite Coalition, evaluating innovative respite programs and hosting a TV show called, Caring for Others, Caring for Ourselves. Emily earned a doctorate in sociology from Boston College and an MBA from Northeastern University's Executive MBA program. She is also an Installation Artist and Reiki Master. (www.kearnsconsulting.org)
Ellen Kennedy has been teaching Sacred Circle Dances (SCD) for twenty-four years. Trained and certified at the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland, she is dedicated to keeping the joy of dancing in community alive. Ellen is an international peace activist dancing for peace at the Syrian border, Israel, US Naval Base S. Korea, Mexico, Toronto, Iceland, Iona and Cuba. She incorporates Sacred Circle Dance into the Creation Spirituality movement of theologian Matthew Fox and serves on the design team for Daily Meditations with Matthew Fox http://dailymeditationswithmatthewfox.org and is a visionary for the Order of The Sacred Earth https://www.orderofthesacredearth.org/ As a student of Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox for almost 30 years, his teachings on Creation Spirituality, Original Blessing, The Divine Feminine, The Mystics , The Cosmic Christ burn bright in her heart.
Ellen holds a teaching certificate in Sacred Dance from the Findhorn Foundation, a certificate in Community Residence Management, Northern Essex Community College, completed Basic and Advanced shamanic training thru The Foundation for Shamanic Studies and is enrolled in the John Phillip Newell New England School for Celtic Consciousness and a Modern Mystic and Prophet in Training with Matthew Fox thru his seven week training course on The Shift Network.
Janet Kessenich M.M, is a workshop leader, sound healer, and author whose work facilitates a deeper connection with one’s personal essence– your best self– so that you can live and contribute from a fully integrated, empowered place of alignment and well-being. She is the author of Music Lessons for the Spirit, a collection of essays drawn from the spiritual/ life lessons she learned as a pianist. As a sound healer, she brings the essence of music -calibrated vibration- into her work with clients and workshop participants.
Karen is a spiritual director, retreat and yoga leader and faith formation educator. She has a great passion for nurturing the awareness of God’s love, presence and promise in peoples lives.
As the Director of Children’s Ministries at Old North Church of Marblehead, Karen shares sacred stories, scripture, reading, creative play and art to lead the youngest of us to God’s grace.
Karen has enjoyed planning Eco Adventure and looks forward to exploring God’s Creation this summer at Rolling Ridge.
As a graduate of Gateways to God, Spiritual Direction Program and Congregational Formation at Rolling Ridge Retreat Center and the Soul of Leadership program, through Excutive Soul and the Shalem Institute, Karen has deepened her understanding of body, mind and spirit, offering this to those seeking a companion on their walk in faith.
Douglas T. Koch, B.D., M.Mus., taught music performance, philosophy, religion, world musics and sound healing at Curry College in Milton, MA for 35 years. A lifelong performer/composer of liturgical jazz and Third Stream, he continues to explore the gorgeous pallets of sacred sound within world spiritualities, and particularly the sounds of Himalayan singing bowls for their potential for awakening and supporting deepened dimensions of healing, spiritual listening and transformation. Doug has incorporated the bowls into the regular liturgical prayer life of his spiritual community in Cambridge, MA.
Ms Pam Kristan
Pam Kristan, author of Awakening in Time: Practical Time Management for Those on a Spiritual Path, has been teaching and consulting in spiritually oriented time-management since the late 80s. She moderated speak-outs for National Take Back your Time Day. In the early 90s she ran the adult spiritual education program at The Paulist Center in downtown Boston where she produced such series as Sunday/Monday: Integrating Work and the Spiritual Life. She practices an eclectic spirituality drawing on text-based and earth-centered traditions. Contact her at www.pamelakristan.com.
Dorothy Landry, a Diamond Approach teacher, retired psychotherapist, and experienced retreat director, has been teaching the Enneagram for 30 years. Her great love and appreciation of this wisdom tool of understanding oneself and others led her to the Diamond Approach of the Ridhwan School, a psycho-spiritual path of transformation, inner freedom, and realization, where she currently works with private students, small groups, and online groups.
Christina Leano serves as the Associate Director of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, an international network of over 650 Catholic institutions and thousands of individuals turning Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ encyclical into action for climate justice. Christina is also a retreat leader and meditation teacher who facilitates programs as a Colleague at Bethany House of Prayer and through the Genesis School for Contemplative Living. She holds degrees from Yale University and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.
Melody Lee is an author, teacher, and storyteller currently designing and teaching courses in world literature.
Margaret is a certified Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry practitioner/instructor and certified Clinical Aromatherapist with 25 years experience as a School Psychologist.
Since 1996, she has been coordinating Healing Touch, Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry and Clinical Aromatherapy classes in the Knoxville area.
Throughout her life she has been active in her church and involved in the Order of St.Luke. For several years, she has maintained a private practice in Knoxville and
Dandridge, TN. Bountiful Health Magazine published her article on Healing Touch in the treatment of breast cancer.
As President of ISHA and Director of HTSM, Margaret specializes her teaching in the Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry program. She volunteers to teach this work in third
world countries and shares in the Healing Ministry of her church.
Cathy MacGovern is a retired Diaconal Minister in the United Methodist Church. She completed her training in Spiritual Direction through Tending the Soul with The Rev. Wendy Miller and is also a graduate of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance. Having served on the staff for Gateways to God 3 she looks forward to Gateways to God 4 under Dr. Heidi Miller’s leadership.
Rev Jean Marchant
Rev. Jean Marchant, a member of the Roman Catholic Womenpriests movement, was ordained a priest on July 25, 2005 in a ceremony that took place on the St. Lawrence Seaway. She holds a Masters of Divinity Degree from Weston Jesuit School of Theology and the Doctor of Ministry Degree in Pastoral Counseling from the Graduate Theological Foundation. Licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist, Jean is a Certified Chaplain and holds a certificate in Spiritual Direction. She is the former Director of Health Care Ministry for the Archdiocese of Boston, and as an ordained Catholic priest in the Roman Catholic Womanpriest movement, her ministry of pastoral care and counseling is now enriched by her sacramental ministry. The mother of two adult daughters, and grandmother of five, Jean's personal experience as a bereaved parent is the grounding of her ministry to persons who are dying or bereaved. Jean has a passion for justice and for empowering women and men in their search for wholeness and holy-ness in their lives, and she brings this to bear in her ministry as chaplain, spiritual director and pastor.
Ms Bonnie Marden
Bonnie Marden facilitates and teaches groups to confront conflict and discover constructive energy for growth, discipleship/stewardship and healing. Her training encompasses mediation, intervention and dialogue skills which she loves teaching in experiential and interactive settings. Called to the ministry of reconciliation, she believes the restoration of our relationships with others is critical to our relationship with God. With 21 years’ experience as a
Parish Consultant specializing in conflict, transitions and stewardship for the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church, she also works ecumenically.
Ms Wendy Miller
Rev Paul Millin
Paul Millin is an experienced spiritual director at Christ Church United in Lowell, who has led Day Apart retreats, including labyrinth walks, Celtic Christianity, and Julian of Norwich.
Mr Carroll Moore
Carroll Moore is certified in Spiritual Formation by the United Methodist Church, trained as Spiritual Director and in work with Peer Groups for Directors, one of the leaders for the past two years with Insight and pastor for over 50 years.
Carroll Moore is certified in Spiritual Formation by the United Methodist Church, trained as Spiritual Director and in work with Peer Groups for Directors, one of the leaders for the past two years with Insight and pastor for over 50 years.
Monique Morimoto MS, CPCC, supports her clients to discover, embrace and manifest the deepest truth of who they really are. Her clients learn to love themselves more completely and bring the powerful potential of that love more fully into their personal and professional lives. www.soulworkscoaching.com
Ms Mary Jane O'Connor Ropp
anita pandolfe ruchman
Anita Pandolfe Ruchman RN, MSN, has been a healing arts practitioner for over 40 years. She has a private practice in Rockport, Ma. called A Tender Place ~ mind, body, spirit therapy Anita is a psychotherapist, midwife, body and breath-worker and bereaved parent. As the retreat facilitator, Anita will guide the group, providing wisdom, experience and compassionate support.
Elisa Pearmain M.A., M.Ed, LMHC has been telling stories professionally and leading storytelling workshops for over 35 years. She is the author of award-winning books including Doorways to the Soul: 52 Wisdom Tales from around the World, and the award-winning CD Forgiveness: Telling our Stories in New Ways. Elisa is a licensed psychotherapist working in private practice in Concord, MA.
As a yoga practitioner for the past twenty years, the profound link between skillful movement and well being has become increasingly vivid and created the curiosity to be trained initially in Integrative Yoga Therapy (RYT200) and Yoga of Energy Flow (RYT500) with multiple certifications that include Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Yoga for Arthritis, Yoga for Cancer. The sheer effort of living successfully brought me to my Buddhist practice back in 1972 and continues to inform my life and work.
Kate has a degree in Music Education with endorsement in Elementary Education and is a certified Montessori Directress. Her 28 years of teaching covered everything from preschool to college. In 2002, she became a Licensed Massage Therapist and discovered Healing Touch.
She became a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist and an Advanced Practitioner of HTSM in 2007, and a Certified Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry Practitioner and Instructor in 2008. Kate has a great deal of knowledge of essential oils and their benefits from her previous experience as a Pharmacy Tech. This has enabled her to make the chemistry of the oils understandable to her students, and they are greatly appreciative of this.
She has a private practice in Knoxville and Oak Ridge. Kate blends massage, HTSM techniques, aromatherapy and music for the highest good of her clients. Her memberships include National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, Healing Touch Professional Association and Healing Touch East TN.
She is active in her church as a Pastoral Care Minister and has developed an HTSM outreach program there. Taking HTSM to other countries is her dream.
Ruth Richards has served ministerial positions at two Lowell churches, most recently as interim Minister of Christian Education and the Arts at Christ Church United. She is trained in spiritual direction, has led creative bible study, a writer’s retreat and took teen youth to volunteer at Pine Ridge Native American Reservation, South Dakota.
We have been intrigued and made curious by recent writings about Mary Magdalene, which inspired us to explore how she can relate to faith and life in a time of much institutional change.
Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard’s teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy—practices of contemplation and self-emptying, expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized.
He is author of many books, and is currently academic Dean of the Living School for Action and Contemplation. Read more about Richard Rohr at www.cac.org.
Marie has been studying, practicing and living mindfully for over 10 years. She has helped many people with MS, and runs mindfulness programs at Lake Quanapowitt in Wakefield, MA and surrounding areas. As a retreat facilitator, Marie will guide the group providing wisdom, experience and compassionate support.
She is also qualified to teach the MBSR (Mind, Body Stress Reduction) program and trained with the UMass Center for Mindfulness Medical School.
Hailed by Pete Seeger as "one of America's best songwriters," Fred Small sings songs of conscience in the tradition of Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, and Holly Near. Powerful, affecting, and inviting, Fred's songs illuminate the goodness and courage of all kinds of people and have been interpreted by many singers around the world. With 8 albums, the National Organization of Men against Sexism (NOMAS) honored Fred for his contributions to gender justice in 2010, and in 2017, UU Mass Action presented him with the Ruth Rowan Award for his musical contributions to social justice movements. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Yale, Fred earned a law degree and a masters in natural resources policy at the University of Michigan. He wrote his first song in 1974 on the morning of his first law school examination. In 1980 Fred left his position as staff attorney at the Conservation Law Foundation to pursue his career in music full time. A graduate of Yale Divinity School, Fred Small now currently serves as Minister for Climate Justice at Arlington Street Church, Boston.
During a long career as a a nurse, I learned about the ancient Japanese healing art of Jin Shin Jyutsu. It is a form of energy work, using gentle touch over clothing to bring harmony and healing to the body, mind and spirit. It is a valuable complement to Western Medicine and can be used safely in conjunction with other therapies and medications. Jin Shin Jyutsu identifies numerous “safety energy locks” on the body where energy pathways become blocked. The practitioner’s hands act as “jumper cables” to help release the blockages along the energy pathways.
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Emily is the Lead Gardener of the Giving Garden at Rolling Ridge, which brings together volunteers of all ages and faiths to grow fresh, healthy vegetables for food pantries in the Greater Lawrence area. The Giving Garden is coordinated by South Church in Andover. Emily is also a maintenance groundskeeper at Rolling Ridge, making what is already beautiful MORE beautiful.
Her work at the Giving Garden includes teaching kids and new gardeners about organic, sustainable methods, the importance of soil health, and protecting the diversity of pollinators and beneficial insects. She also designs and installs perennial and native plant gardens both at Rolling Ridge and in the community. Emily has a Masters degree in Public Health and an interest in promoting the connection between healthy people and healthy ecosystems. When not gardening, she is often coaching youth soccer, camping with her family, or just shuttling her 3 kids around town.
Dr. Suetta Tenney has practiced Internal Medicine and Integrative Medicine for 33 years.
She has facilitated Mind-Body groups and formed communities of leaning and healing, which create a confidential group and teach simple, enjoyable skills that increase our opportunities for self-insight and allow us to work through and transform some beliefs and emotions which have previously kept us stuck. She is certified and has completed an Internship with the Center for Mind Body Medicine.
Rev. Dr. Judith Thurlow is a retired United Church of Christ pastor having served a church in MA. She has been an adjunct professor in the Graduate Studies Department teaching Social Psychology in a Diverse Society at Plymouth State University, NH. She taught in the Seattle, WA and Chelmsford, MA school systems. She recently completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training and is now a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. Julian of Norwich continues to speak to Judith in surprising ways!
Denise Turcotte, csc is a Sister of Holy Cross and resides in Manchester, NH. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Environmental Education from Antioch New England. She taught Environmental Science and Intro to Earth Science at Notre Dame College, worked as a naturalist in Franconica Notch State Park for two summers, was Director of New Dawn
Earth Center in Cumberland RI for 6 years. She has worked in varying capacities at NH Audubon offering programs to school children of various ages. My passion is sharing my love of nature with others
Jan, also known as Jana Marie, is a holistic nurse with almost 40 years of experience working with adults in acute care, home care, nursing education, and mental health. She maintains a private practice as a psychiatric nurse practitioner where she integrates Healing Touch and other holistic modalities.
Patricia Wild holds a CGS (Certificate of Graduate Study) in The Professional Applications of the Expressive and Creative Arts from Salve Regina University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Art Education and a Doctoral degree in Education from the University of Cincinnati, and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Washington University. She has more than thirty years of teaching experience at all levels, from pre-school through graduate school, and in a variety of settings, including public and private schools and museum settings. Patricia is also an exhibiting artist, a published writer, and an inveterate seeker and learner. www.spiralartsforlife.com
Dorothy (Dot) Wright-Irwin
Dorothy Wright-Irwin was introduced to labyrinths by one of her professors at North Shore Community College, while at a five day convention in Vermont. There were three temporary labyrinths set up on the grounds for the attendees to explore. Dorothy found them to be both fascinating and energizing and walked them daily and oftentimes more. By the end of the convention she was determined to learn more about them. The following year she took several workshops on labyrinths, including how to build them. In her undergraduate studies at Lesley University, off site at Rolling Ridge, she completed several studies: The History of Labyrinths and The Process and Actual Building of a Labyrinth, which was finished in October 2002. Since then Dorothy has built several more including at a Senior Community Center in Atkinson, NH; Deer Isle, ME [private]; and Enfield, VT [private]. Dorothy also mentored a young man in No. Andover to build a labyrinth in order to earn his Eagle Scout badge. She also provides paper copies of the Cretan style to students as tools for de-stressing, especially during exams and finals.
Dorothy earned her Bachelors Degree in the Healing Arts and her Masters Degree in Education from Lesley University. She is a Reiki Master Teacher, Compassionate Touch: for Those in Late Life Stages Practitioner/Teacher, and maintains her Care with Compassion private practice. In addition, she is a seascape, landscape and nature Artist. (www.CarewithCompassion.net)
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