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Gathering in Gratitude on Saturday, August 1st

Gathering in Gratitude on Saturday, August 1st

Ryan Sullivan and Justine Johnson
  • Location: Zoom
  • $0.00 per guest

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Program information

Join Ryan Sullivan, a board member of Columcille, and Justine Johnson, associate director of Kirkridge, for a recorded session about gathering in gratitude.

Ryan will lead us through a bit of history and context of Lughnasadh, a day to recognize the beginning of Celtic autumn and a to mark the start of the harvesting season, celebrated on August 1st. We’ll explore questions of harvest and change:

  •  what are you harvesting at this time?
  •  what changes are feeling and experiencing?
  • How are you growing?
  • What in your life is providing balance?

We will offer suggestions of nature-based activities, we’ll explore how nature moves us.

This program is co-sponsored by Kirkridge and Columcille, neighbors and partners on Blue Mountain. This project is supported by Audobon.

To receive the recording, click here.

Justine Johnson has the privilege of serving as the Associate Director at Kirkridge Retreat & Study Center in Bangor, PA. She accepted this position in April 2019, after living in Viet Nam working with farmers on responding to climate change and adapting traditional rice paddy growing systems. Her previous work focuses on social justice, inclusion, and ally development and she serves on the boards of Take Back the Night International and SEALNet. She lives at Kirkridge with her partner and two adorable cats and enjoys spending time in nature nurturing the land

Ryan Sullivan was born in Chicago and spent most of his early years in the forests and hills around Columbus in southern Indiana. It was in 1997, while attending university in Greensboro North Carolina that he first heard the call of the Stones, and followed their pull to the Blue Mountain in Pennsylvania.  Over the last two decades he has worked as an educator, general manager of a fine dining restaurant, child and family therapist, administrator in non-profit organizations, and a member on the Board of Directors of Columcille Megalith Park. If asked, however, he would say the most important work he has done in those years is to be the best father to his two children, partner, and co-parent that he could be. 

Creator of “Bowing Before the Wind: Lessons in Resilience,” he has worked to develop, and teach, patterns of life that support and nurture each individual’s innate coping mechanisms across the connected domains of our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual journeys.   A seeker himself, he has tried to embrace the Love of Mystery, and the Burn and Buff, which were embodied by Columcille’s founder Bill Cohea Jr. while always remembering, “The way we think it is, may not be the way it is at all!”

Ryan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Religious Studies, a Master’s Degree in Counseling, and an Educational Specialist Degree.  He lives in Greensboro NC, with his partner, two children, two old dogs, and five cats.