• Leah Rampy

    • Leah Rampy leads pilgrimages and online courses for Shalem and serves on the faculty of Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats.  She also leads retreats and groups focusing on spirituality in nature.  Leah and her husband are part of a newly formed cohousing community focusing on community and the environment in Shepherdstown, WV.

Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul

Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul Written by John Philip Newell Reviewed by Leah Rampy Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it and find rest for your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16 In the darkness of the COVID-19 winter, I was drawn again to the […]

Coming to Our Senses

Article by Leah Rampy (January 2019 eNews) A crisp winter’s eve. The longest night in the season of deepest darkness. The incessant drizzle that had dogged us for days deigns to pause as a small group of us put on our coats and leave the building’s shelter for the blazing fire. Our first year together […]

Contemplative Leadership: Born of Compassion

Today’s post is by Leah Rampy When compassion fills my heart,  free from all desire,  I sit quietly like the earth. My silent cry echoes like thunder  throughout the universe.  – Rumi What does it mean for us to be called to compassion, graced with the capacity and the desire? What do we notice about […]

The Isle of Iona: Definitely a Special Place

Today’s post is by Leah Rampy “I’ve heard it called a ‘thin place,’” he told me. “I’m not sure that I believe that, so I want to see for myself.”  It sounded to my ears as if he’d laid down a challenge—to me, or the island, I wasn’t sure which. Coming from someone I respect, […]

November 11, 2017 by Leah Rampy
Categories: Nature and spirituality, Non-duality, Pilgrimage, and Prayer. Tags: Iona and pilgrimage. Formats: Article and eNews Article. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Finding Still Water

Today’s post is by Leah Rampy He leadeth me beside the still waters.  He restoreth my soul. -Psalm 23:2-3 Sometimes I wake in the middle of the night. Worry about the state of our world, the desire to untangle a difficult knot on behalf of a loved one, or anxiety about a mistake I’ve made […]

Nature Heals

Nature heals. Numerous articles have reported on research documenting various healing properties of nature. Those recovering from surgery heal faster and with fewer relapses when they see a tree instead of a brick wall from their hospital window. Residents in Toronto reported feeling better and having fewer health problems when there were more trees on their street. Gardeners were no doubt affirmed to hear that a strain of bacterium in the soil triggers the release of serotonin that in turn elevates mood and decreases anxiety. Children who grow up on farms are less likely to develop asthma. The microbes in the soil beneath our feet contribute to our health by way of the foods we eat.

I find these studies fascinating; I love being reminded of the synergies of all living things. Still I wonder what more is possible.

What Our Hearts Know— True Spiritual Community

Many memorable moments have stayed with me from our time with Mark Nepo, featured speaker for Shalem’s Gerald May Seminar in March. Mark shared illuminating stories from around the world, revealing insights that we had been holding in our hearts but hadn’t yet named. The beauty and truth of his poetry released from many of […]

May 05, 2014 by Leah Rampy
Categories: Uncategorized. Formats: Article, Article by Shalem Staff, and eNews Article.

Ever Deeper and Wider in Hope

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (Romans 15:13) In wonderfully spacious moments of listening, I am sometimes gifted to sense that all is woven together, that all hearts beat together in the One. […]

November 11, 2013 by Leah Rampy
Categories: Uncategorized. Formats: Article, Article by Shalem Staff, and eNews Article.

Contemplative Leadership: Compassion, Power & Hope

Contemplative leadership requires a countercultural paradigm shift, which chooses enlightened compassion over self-centered or socially conditioned power.  This power shift from dominating, controlling power to the power of love is supported by daily practices and disciplines. When compassion fills my heart, free from all desire, I sit quietly like the earth. My silent cry echoes […]

February 02, 2013 by Leah Rampy
Categories: Uncategorized. Formats: Article and Article by Shalem Staff.

Shalem Institute 40 Years: Trusting the Spirit

1973 – Nixon was President, Watergate hearings were beginning, the Vietnam War was ending, and IRA bombs were exploding in London. Amidst this time of unrest, a longing to walk more closely with God was emerging. In Washington, DC, Tilden Edwards, a young Episcopal priest, led a small group of spiritual seekers on retreat. Sensing […]

January 01, 2013 by Leah Rampy
Categories: Uncategorized. Formats: Article, Article by Shalem Staff, and eNews Article.