An Introduction To Seminary of the Wild: A Day-long Immersion into Nature and the Soul
Wednesday, October 25th from 9 am to 4 pm at Roxborough State Park. Suggested donation of $30 per adult.
Parking at 6070 Rain Dance Trail, Littleton, CO in Roxborough Park.
In these times of uncertainty, hostility and ecological threat we are called to re-new our understanding of our own identity in the world, to re-member our vocation — our “voice,” our true self — that we may be of deeper service in the world. The glory of God in becoming fully human, is in essence to become fully alive — to fully belong intimately and meaningfully in a living cosmos.
This day-long immersion in beautiful Roxborough Park is a unique offering. It is a donation only introduction to our three and five-day Seminary of the Wild intensives. Seminary of the Wild seeks to move spiritual formation and education beyond the walls of classroom and church into a fully immersive experience — integrating mind, body, spirit, soul — in the natural world for the revitalization of the Beloved Community in deeper service to the world. We are called by an untamed God to re-connect with the natural world, to experience the healing and ‘wholing' power of the Spirit in conversation with nature and our own depths. Our own God-given nature has been created with astonishing resources, unrealized gifts and depths until we discover how to access, cultivate, and integrate them into our daily lives.
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field…” Based on a deeper exploration of Scripture, the life and teachings of Jesus, the lives of the Christian mystics, and practices in Bill Plotkin’s book Wild Mind, this introduction will explore a few practices which integrate contemplative spirituality, prayer, and nature-based soul work. We’ll explore the landscape of the human soul in our deeper connection with the natural world through a variety of practices including:
- Time alone in nature to rest and renew
- Guided reflection on the poetics of Scripture
- Contemplative prayer practice and wanders to help cultivate our wholeness in Christ and soulful encounter within the “Big Book” of Nature.
- Reconnection with your own vital physical body through hiking and expressive movement,
- Self-designed ceremony
- group work,
- & more!
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Rev. Matt Syrdal
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.