October 10–15, 2020

Christopher McCauley & Frank Ramirez
Inspired by
Henry David Thoreau and Mary Oliver

Dear Friends, Pilgrims and Travelers,

You are invited to join us for an extraordinary five-day contemplative nature retreat amidst the brilliant fall colors of October in New England. We will be in residence at the historic Rolling Ridge Retreat Center in North Andover, Massachusetts. On this grand estate, sprawling across thirty-seven acres and nestled on the shores of Lake Cochichewick, we will meet for beautiful days of beauty and solitude. The grounds were laid out by renowned landscape architect Fletcher Steel, and designed for maximum peace, quiet, and rest. We will meet for a period of spiritual centering in the mornings, with whole afternoons free to rest, read, nap, or explore the open spaces, hills, trails, historic gardens and shore walks. Quiet evenings with both outdoor and indoor fires and poetry will complement our days.


This is a residential retreat. There will be one excursion to nearby Walden Pond, site of Thoreau’s famous experiment to live in simplicity. Our visit there will include walking the spectacular Walden shoreline aflame with fall colors; making a pilgrim stop at the site of Thoreau’s cabin, a picnic and the Walden Store. We will visit the village of Concord, the home of American literary and spiritual birth. Here Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thoreau, the Alcotts, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Margaret Fuller and others created America’s “Bloomsbury,” a place of spiritual, intellectual and literary genius that caught the imagination of the world. The Transcendental Movement became the epicenter of a new way of thinking and being present to nature and Spirit. After our visit, we return to our refuge in the woods of Rolling Ridge.

This retreat in nature is inspired by nature mystics like the Buddha, Jesus, Vincent van Gogh, and Mary Oliver. We will enjoy the practices of deep presence, reverence, awe, listening, and silence.

Come away and apart with us for a few days. Let nature soothe and heal you in his place of profound beauty.

Who Should Come?

Men and women who love the beauty of nature and silence. Those who are restored, renewed and refreshed by the living Earth.

Requirements For This Retreat

  • This is a residential retreat experienced in both solitude and community. Retreatants will remain at Rolling Ridge, except for a one-day excursion to Walden Pond and Concord.
  • PHYSICAL EXPECTATIONS — The beautiful Manor House, where we will live, is nearly one hundred years old. It has several floors with stairs and NO ELEVATOR. Retreatants must be able to carry their own luggage and to walk upstairs.
  • LANDSCAPE AND TERRAIN – BE MINDFUL — Rolling Ridge is a large estate that includes trails and hiking paths, with some even and very uneven terrain. Participants with limited mobility will/may find it challenging. Additionally, the excursion to Walden Pond includes walking the shores of the lake, a distance of 1.7 miles. The trail is often uneven in places and may lack railing and safety features.

Accommodations and Meals

  • Participants will live in the historic and beautiful Manor House. Accommodations are family style with shared rooms and bathrooms. Guests will be assigned to bathrooms very near their rooms for convenience and to increase privacy.
  • Meeting and dining rooms are also conveniently located in the Manor House.
  • Meals will be prepared for us on site. Vegetarian meals are available and some food allergies can be accommodated; please indicate on the Registration Form and confirm with us.

Location and Transportation

Rolling Ridge Retreat Center is in North Andover, Massachusetts, just twenty-five miles north of Boston. It has easy access by bus, train, taxi and car. There are a variety of transportation options from Logan International Airport in Boston to North Andover. A list of transportation options will be provided to all who register. Parking is available.

Registration & Fees

Retreat fee: $1,495 for a shared room; $2,195 for a single room (very limited); both include all meals throughout and an excursion to Walden Pond and Concord.

See registration form link below for details, including payment options.

Christopher McCauley
A Monk in the World

Next Step

New England Retreat Registration