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Rock Point Commons

Rock Point encompasses 130 acres of publicly accessible conserved lands on the shores of Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont. A uniquely intact and valuable wilderness area within the City of Burlington, the property includes hiking trails, a conference center, lodging space, spiritual gathering areas, community micro-agriculture, as well as private housing, Episcopal Diocese of Vermont offices, and the separately managed Rock Point School. The property is owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont and managed by Rock Point Commons, a non-denominational board that delegates management to a small staff.

The mission of Rock Point Commons is to cultivate an inclusive, place-based community for education, spirituality, and environmental stewardship. The four pillars of our mission are:

  • Education: To foster and promote learning opportunities for diverse communities at Rock Point.
  • Environmental Stewardship: To encourage community members to understand, care for, and protect the rich ecosystems at Rock Point and beyond.
  • Spirituality: To make space for people with diverse beliefs and interpretations of spirituality to connect to the earth, self, and others; refreshing the spirit through the quiet beauty and majesty of nature.
  • Sustainable Micro-Agriculture: To welcome small-scale agricultural projects that center connection and stewardship.

Rock Point Commons Board of Directors

  • The Rt. Rev. Shannon McVean-Brown, board chair, ex officio
  • Kelly Kimball, executive director email
  • C.J. Spirito, head of Rock Point School email
  • Chuck Courcy, property manager email
  • Sam Jackson (2023)
  • The Rev. Margaret Mathauer (2024)
  • Betsy Ferries (2023)
  • Wallace Good Jr. (2025)
  • Matt Sommerville (2024)
  • Frank Guillot (2024)
  • Walter Poleman (2024)
  • Aleksah Visco (2024)
  • Laurel Broughton, Trustee’s representative
  • Mike Shapiro, interim chief financial officer for the Diocese of Vermont, ex officio

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