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The Wild Edge of Grief: Cultivating Wholeness & Resiliency in Community & Nature.

Wednesday, April 18th | 9 am - 3:30 pm

Castlewood Canyon State Park | 2989 S State Hwy 83, Franktown, CO 80116

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The Wild Edge of Grief: Cultivating Wholeness & Resiliency in Community & Nature

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Wednesday, April 18th | 9 am - 3:30 pm | Castlewood Canyon State Park | 2989 S State Hwy 83, Franktown, CO 80116
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Lent is a season of clearing space. It is six weeks of sabbath rhythm, honoring loss, grief, and saying yes to our deeper longings. The vital, creative energy of passion comes from a confrontation with suffering within ourselves and the world itself. Jesus, “a man of sorrows” engaged in a weeklong nightly vigil with his disciples — a nature-based grief ritual, of fasting, meditation and wild lament, in the Garden of Gethsemane pressed into a grove of wild olive trees under burning stars. All this, in preparation for his final vision quest at the Place of the Skull. For God so loved the world, that God gave

 Castlewood Canyon

Castlewood Canyon

Grief is a sacred practice that expresses what is most deeply human, even in the face of the most inhuman atrocities. If depression is a loss of self, Grief honors and retrieves those treasures of soul which have been lost. Grief is the companion of joy and profound love.

On this daylong, 

  • We will explore practices of cultivating wholeness and resiliency for ourselves and those we guide and companion. 
  • Offer an introduction to the terrain of soul and one of soul’s potent languages - grief and longing. We will practice threshold crossings and prayerful wanders on the land in solitude and reconnection with the sacred. 
  • We will explore the healthy expression and integration of our emotions and what our emotions can teach us. As well as address emotional deficits, addictions to technology & more
  • We will practice authentic community, witnessing one another in Heart Council, journaling, creative expression and more!

Rev. Matthew Syrdal, is a PC(USA) pastor at Grace Presbyterian Church in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, founder and lead guide of WilderSoul and Church of Lost Walls. Matt is a speaker, artist and writer who has offered workshops around the country and retreats in the front range mountains of Colorado. Matt has studied ancient Rites of Christian Initiation, Celtic spirituality, ecojustice, and is a trained nature-based human development guide through Animas Valley Institute. Matt is co-visionary of Seminary of the Wild exploring Celtic, contemplative and indigenous practices oriented towards nature-based wholeness, leadership and eco-justice, offering retreats, and group immersions, for the cultivation of greater healing, vision and action.

If you are a pastor, someone who works with families & teens, or engaged in the mental health field, if you are a someone that longs for authentic community, spiritual encounter, and reconnection with the natural world and your own deeper longings, this daylong is for you.

Finally on my way to yes
I bump into
all the places
where I said no
to my life
all the untended wounds
the red and purple scars
those hieroglyphs of pain
carved into my skin and bones,
those coded messages
that send me down
the wrong street
again and again
where I find them,
the old wounds
the old misdirections
and I lift them
one by one
close to my heart
and I say holy

Pesha Gertler - The Healing Time