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
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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.
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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.
Rooted in Christianity, and open and curious about all faith traditions, Tricia values the contemplative spiritual path which winds through all religions. Her ministry aims to build up courageous people and communities who see the world as it is, in its brokenness and beauty, and work to heal the pain and delight in the good. She is a graduate of the Shalem Institute’s Clergy Spiritual Life and Leadership Program’s Going Deep year long program and has led retreats, taught classes and facilitated numerous small groups. For the past decade she has been a spiritual reflector to many volunteers in the Ignatian Volunteer Corp. Tricia has a BA in English from Holy Cross College, a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University and a Masters in Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School.
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.
Leslie Ann Chatfield
Leslie Ann Chatfield holds an M. Div. and is ordained in the United Church of Christ. She holds an MS in Special Education and holds current state certifications and endorsements. She has completed all but her dissertation towards a PhD in Existential Psychology. In addition, she served for over a decade as a licensed social worker as part of a multi-systemic therapy team with families and adolescents who are identified to be ‘at risk.’ Leslie has been working in a variety of combinations of education and ministry for thirty years as a professional and as a consultant. Throughout her career the reflection on the existential meaning of one’s path and story has become central to her professional contributions.
Mary resides in Florida and Western Massachusetts.
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.
Jim David, M.Div has served as a spiritual director and retreat director and presenter for over thirty years. He has conducted retreats based on the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, including an introduction to Ignatian Spiritual Retreats. He has also used a Franciscan approach to silent retreat, as well as a variety of meditation based retreats. A priest of the Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of New England, Jim serves as its Bishop, and is also the co-pastor of St. Mary of Magdala Church in Harwich, MA.
bringing ancient wisdom into a contemporary and accessible form.
Karen Edwards PhD was a Professor of Psychology for 40 years and taught Theories of Counseling, Group Psychotherapy, Cultural Psychology, and Psychology of Spirituality among others. She was a recipient of a Fulbright Hayes Scholarship to China. Dr. Edwards was also a licensed individual and Family Therapist for 26 years. She was a co-creator for the Becoming Women of Wisdom Curriculum.
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.
Mr Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Steve Garnaas-Holmes is a poet, songwriter and pastor of St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church in Acton, MA. He writes daily reflections at unfoldinglight.net. From 1973 to 2012 he wrote and performed with the Montana Logging and Ballet Company, a quartet that performed music and comedy around the country and occasionally on NPR’s Weekend Edition.
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. Emily is the founder of Revive and Thrive Programs at www.reviveandthriveprograms.org.
Ellen Kennedy was trained and certified at The Findhorn Foundation in Scotland to teach Sacred Dance. She holds certificates in Basic and Advanced Shamanic Studies thru The Foundation for Shamanic Studies and is enrolled in the John Phillip Newell New England School for Celtic Consciousness.
Ellen has been a student of Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox for almost 30 years. His teachings on Creation Spirituality and The Four Paths burn bright in her heart. She is an Art as Mediation faculty member of Creation Spirituality Movement and serves on the design team for Daily Meditations with Matthew Fox http://dailymeditationswithmatthewfox.org
As an International Peace Activist, Ellen has led Sacred Circle Dances for peace at the Syrian Border, Jerusalem, the US Naval Base in S. Korea, Imagine Peace Tower, Iceland and the John Lennon Park, Havana Cuba offering a grandmother’s love and compassion. She lives in Newbury and delights in her five grandchildren.
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.
From the Upper Great Plains to the urban shores of the Pacific Northwest to the New England Seacoast John Kiemele has assisted individuals, small groups, classrooms and congregations with intentional soul care. John is a wellbeing educator and spiritual director who currently companions individuals, teaches various lifestyle classes, leads contemplative retreats, and also serves as Program Director at Rolling Ridge. Prior to his recent move to the Northeast, John founded and served as executive director of Selah Center, a dispersed community of contemplative companions in the greater Seattle area. 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, and holds post-doctoral certificates in Spiritual Direction, the Enneagram Spectrum, Wellness Coaching, and Mindful Self-Compassion. He is also an ordained pastor who has served congregations across the US and Canada. John enjoys spending time with his wife, Marissa, baking, walking, traveling, visiting cathedrals and monasteries, attending live theater, and rummaging through antique shops.
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.
Brian Bayer-Larson is a Massachusetts-based musician who has led Taize-style worship services for nearly 20 years. Brian first visited the Taize community in the spring of 2003 where he worked in the kitchen, helped lead his small group Bible study, and was lucky enough to be invited to dine with the brothers of the community. Brian even got to meet Brother Roger, Taize’s founder, before he tragically died in 2005. In addition to leading worship services Brian is an active songwriter and performer who regularly plays music at cafes and events around Boston’s north shore. In 2017 he released his first album of original music, Time to Go Home, which can be found on all streaming services. He is also an 8th grade social studies teacher, a happily married husband, and father to 3 active and beautiful children.
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.