Renewing our Spirits in God’s Creation: Hiking in the Hudson Valley
Tuesday, May 31 – Friday, June 3, 2016
Led by Br. Peter Rostron and Rev. Chris Wendell
Limited to 8 participants.
“The world is charged with the grandeur of God,” writes G.M. Hopkins. Yet so many of us live alienated from the beauty and power of the natural world around us. Join Br. Peter and The Rev. Chris Wendell for several day hikes along the Hudson River and in the Catskill Mountains. As we enjoy the rivers and mountains, flora and fauna around us, we will carry in our hearts the question of “What is our place within this fragile earth?” Our guides for discussion and reflection on this journey will be the trees and the trails, along with poets, naturalists and spiritual writers such as Mary Oliver, John Muir, Pope Francis, and those whose writings inspire you to greater enjoyment of and respect for God’s creation.
Please bring appropriate clothing, footwear, and other gear (water bottles, sunglasses, daypack, etc.) for hikes ranging in length from 2 to 8 miles, rain or shine. Some hikes may include steep, rocky trails with elevation gains of up to 1800 feet. You are also invited to bring tools for personal expression, such as journals, sketchpads, or cameras.
The Rev. Chris Wendell is the rector of St. Paul’s Church in Bedford, MA, and a lover of the natural world. For the past several years, he and St. Paul’s have been active participants in the Creation Care Initiative in the diocese of Massachusetts, and in exploring ways to live in greater harmony with the entirety of God’s creation.
Cost: $335, deposit: $80