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Weekend Spiritual Journaling Retreat

Jun 04, 2014 04:41AM

Spiritual Journaling in Nature offers a break from hectic, overscheduled lives, by providing space and time to breathe, to center and to play in the woods with others–human and non-human. The retreat, offered by the Center for Spirituality in Nature, will be held from July 25 to 27, in the beautiful retreat center near Harper’s Ferry.

The program helps participants’ set-up and keep a nature journal, as a spiritual practice. Participants will talk together about the significant spiritual role the natural world played in the faith formation of our ancestors, and discuss the important opportunity for spiritual deepening that nature offers. They will also go through the elements of keeping a nature journal, and explore how journaling in nature helps to be centered, mindful and attentive to both spirit, as well as other creatures. There will be lots of time to practice, both independently and as a group, and delight in the beautiful woods and waterways of Rolling Ridge.

The workshop will be led by Beth Norcross, founder of the Center for Spirituality in Nature and an adjunct faculty member at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. An enthusiastic and popular teacher, speaker and preacher, she loves to share her passion and affection for both the earth and the spirit with others.

This retreat will be held at Rolling Ridge Study Retreat Center, a retreat house on several hundred acres of wilderness in the foothills of the Blue Ridge. Rolling Ridge has miles of hiking and walking trails, woodlands and streams between the Shenandoah River and the Appalachian Trail. In addition to the surrounding forest, retreat participants may also enjoy quiet in the Meditation Shelter, walk the labyrinth, or get creative in the art cottage.


The fee for the retreat is $200, which includes lodging in a double occupancy room, six meals prepared from fresh ingredients and served family style and the program. Single occupancy can be requested for an increased fee of $210. For more information or to register, visit


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