Root and Fire

Restorying the Heroine's Journey with Lindsay McLaughlin, Julie Gabrielli, Lisa Bardack, and Katy Gaughan
May 29-May 31, 2020
5 pm on Friday - lunch on Sunday
Rolling Ridge Study Retreat and Still Point mountain cabin near Harpers Ferry WV

Brighid of the Mantle, encompass us, Lady of the Lambs protect us, Beneath your mantle, gather us, And restore us to memory. Mothers of our mother, Foremothers strong, Guide our hands in yours, Remind us how To kindle the hearth. To keep it bright, To preserve the flame… To kindle the light, Both day and night. --Celtic prayer for hearth fire

Just as women were the Voices of the Wells, so are we the Keepers of the Flame, the bright inspiration for creativity and transformation, home and belonging. “Fire is an intimate force,” says John O’Donohue, “Fire can go to the heart of the matter.” Yet fire can be a destroyer. In the times in which we live, fire is a burning image of the maelstrom we know as the climate crisis. In this retreat we explore the myriad faces of fire and our relationship to all her flickering, flaming forms. We consider what it means to live the heroine’s journey in a time of fire, and how the tree of life might root again in the ashes of creation.

This annual retreat includes openings for wandering in solitude, sharing dreams and stories, ceremony, the rhythm of drums, and sacred circle dance The retreat is at Rolling Ridge, 1400 acres of protected wilderness between the Appalachian Trail and the Shenandoah River. Lodging is in our comfortable Retreat House and two nearby retreat cabins, Still Point and The Nest. The retreat begins at 5 pm on Friday and ends after lunch on Sunday. $335 includes lodging, meals, and program. Register with a friend and share a room for $285; or camp, $265 (bring your own tent). Scholarships available

Lindsay McLaughlin is a writer, dancer, and storyteller. She lives at Rolling Ridge, where for more than a decade she has led retreats to restore and nurture connections with soul and the living Earth. Julie Gabrielli practices and teaches sustainable architecture and has long been an advocate of reconsidering the stories we live by. Her writing, storytelling, and retreats all explore the effects of immersion in sensory and imaginative kinship with the wild, animate Earth. Lisa Bardack has been dancing most of her life. She has studied Sacred Circle Dance for more than ten years and has been teaching the dances since 2008. Katy Gaughan is a gifted drummer and drum circle facilitator. Together we bring a fascination with the power of story to heal and reweave our world.


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