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!