2017 Programs & Applications

PROGRAMS IN 2017 WilderSoul offers retreats, workshops, 1-2 day intensives, and 3-4 day immersions rooted in nature-based for cultivating wholeness, soul work, discernment in community, and leadership development. Below are our new offerings. If you are interested in learning more, participating, or in offering an event please email Matt Syrdal.

PROGRAMS IN 2017

WilderSoul offers retreats, workshops, 1-2 day intensives, and 3-4 day immersions rooted in nature-based for cultivating wholeness, soul work, discernment in community, and leadership development. Below are our new offerings. If you are interested in learning more, participating, or in offering an event please email Matt Syrdal.

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Introduction to Seminary of the Wild

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 from 9am-4pm. Moving spiritual formation and education beyond the walls into a fully immersive encounter with the Holy - integrating mind, body, spirit, and soul in the natural world. Reconnect and renew. $45 per adult.

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Introduction to Seminary of the Wild

Wednesday, October 25th from 9am-4pm in Roxborough Park. Moving spiritual formation and education beyond the walls into a fully immersive encounter with the Holy -integrating mind, body, spirit, and soul in the natural world. Reconnect and renew. $30 per adult.

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Untamed Mind of ChristTuesday, May 16th thru Thursday, May 18th, 2017. 

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The Untamed Mind of Christ is an experiential introduction to our four day nature-based immersion designed to help Christian leaders encounter, explore, live and lead from our innate human wholeness.

Discover treasure hidden in the field of your own wholeness and depth inviting you to greater service and joyful participation in the world.

The prophets, mystics, and Jesus, did not find their voice in the temple, village, or seminary; rather they encountered their wholeness, their depth, and calling in relationship to the wilds of the earth. These prophetic visionaries discovered their calling in sacred Conversation with the Creation (Ex 3; Mt 4). As “deep calls out to deep,” so the wilds of outer nature mirror our own inner nature. Our own wild nature has been created with astonishing resources, unrealized gifts and depths that most of us might not know exist until we discover how to listen, cultivate, and integrate them into our daily lives. Click here for some testimonials from our participants.

Registration & payment: 

Download Participant Agreement & Waiver Fill out completely, then fax, mail, or scan and email to: Eco-Psyche-Artistry, PO BOX 428 Ojai, Ca 93024 | 303-548-0823 |FAX: 1-888-960-2780 |email: EcoPsycheArtistry@gmail.com

Pay by check to address above, attn: Dr. Brian Stafford or pay by credit using secure online payment through PayPal

Applicant Information:

Name *
Name
Phone
Phone
Date of Birth
Date of Birth
Address *
Address

PROGRAM INFORMATION:

    •    May 16th-18st, 2017. Intensive starts 1 pm Tuesday and ends 1 pm Thursday.

    •    Golden Gate Canyon State Park at Reverend's Ridge Campground.

    •    Cost: $250 - Early Registration Special (before Feb 15, 2017)! Includes guide fees, lodging & meals for two days, two nights. Registration opens November 15th, 2016

    •    Limited Space Available (12 spots)

    •    More information visit: www.churchoflostwalls.org/programs-offerings/  Contact Rev. Matt Syrdal at matt@gracecolorado.com or call 303-319-9464.

Program Description:

You are invited to experience the wisdom of Christ in the Creation and to further cultivate your own indigenous nature, following the path of Jesus into the wilds. Based onBill Plotkin’s book, Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche, this two day introduction will explore the resources of our human psyches in wild conversation with both Scripture and the surrounding landscape. 

You will learn skills to cultivate your own wholeness for leadership and practices you may integrate within your own ministries in Christian leadership:

  • Self-designed ceremony
  • Guided invitations to solo-wanders in sacred conversation with God and nature
  • Contemplative prayer practices
  • Creative expression through the arts, journaling, worship
  • Group work in circle, dyads and triads

You will discover unique expressions of the story and pattern of Christ within your own life within a safe and authentic community of fellow pilgrims. Renew your vision and compassion for deeper service to a world desperately longing for the authentic and transformative contributions of visionary leaders, sacred priests, and social prophets of the cultural renaissance happening in our time. This training is also preparation for our longer 4-5 day immersion where we invoke our wholeness as we deepen into the treasure hidden in the field, our own wild souls.

YOUR GUIDES

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Brian Stafford MD, MPH is a depth psychiatrist, wilderness guide, poet, essayist, and agent of human and cultural transformation. Previously he was an academic pediatrician, and psychiatrist with numerous clinical, research, and educational publications as well as many institutional, state, and national awards. Brian has a background in Christian wilderness leadership, and has been the lead guide with WilderSoul offerings at Shadowcliff and Highlands Presbyterian Camp.

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 Rev. Matthew Syrdal M.Div, is the Associate Pastor for Spiritual Formation at Grace Presbyterian Church in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, founder and wilderness guide of WilderSoul TM and Church of Lost Walls TM. Matt is a speaker, artist and writer who has offered workshops at APCE in Chicago and Orlando. Matt has led retreats, youth groups, adults and families in nature-based experiences rooted in Celtic Christianity.


A WIlder step towards soul: Thursday, MAY 18TH THRU saturday, MAY 20TH, 2017.

Registration Now open!

A Wilder Step Towards Soul is our two-day experiential immersion for spiritual leaders and religious professionals into the wild, mysterious terrain of the soul; the image, deep pattern, or unique blueprint of the divine within you. To encounter soul is to discover, in the words of Jesus, “the treasure hidden in the field.” Poet Mary Oliver calls it your “one wild and precious life,” which whispers intimations of the path to your deepest personal fulfillment as well as the image of your true calling in service to the world. This is the place, in the words of Frederick Buechner, where “your deep gladness meets the worlds deep hunger.”

A Wilder Step Towards Soul offers highly experiential synergistic practices ranging from group work, contemplative solitude in nature, and sharing and deepening those experiences in small groups. A guide for each group provides the experience of greater wholeness and Self-healing through practices that build upon and amplify each other. By the end of the intensive, you will have greater knowledge of yourself and your place in the world - your deep calling - from a soul-rooted perspective. You will have greater insight into the spiritual gifts you were born to bring into the world which will lead to deeper authenticity and soul-rooted service.


REGISTRATION & PAYMENT: 

Download Participant Agreement & Waiver Fill out completely, then fax, mail, or scan and email to: Eco-Psyche-Artistry, PO BOX 428 Ojai, Ca 93024 | 303-548-0823 |FAX: 1-888-960-2780 |email: EcoPsycheArtistry@gmail.com

Pay by check to address above, attn: Dr. Brian Stafford or pay by credit using secure online payment through PayPal

Applicant Information:

Name *
Name
Phone
Phone
Date of Birth
Date of Birth
Address *
Address

PROGRAM INFORMATION:

    •    May 18th-20th, 2017. Intensive starts 1 pm Thursday and ends 1 pm Saturday.

    •    Golden Gate Canyon State Park at Reverend's Ridge Campground.

    •    Cost: $250 - Early Registration Special (before Feb 15, 2017)! Includes guide fees, lodging & meals for two days, two nights. Registration opens November 15th, 2016

    •    Limited Space Available (12 spots)!

    •    More information visit: www.churchoflostwalls.org/programs-offerings/  Contact Rev. Matt Syrdal at matt@gracecolorado.com or call 303-319-9464.

TO REGISTER:

Download Participant Agreement & Waiver Fill out completely, then fax, mail, or scan and email to: Eco-Psyche-Artistry,PO BOX 428 Ojai, Ca 93024 | 303-548-0823 |FAX: 1-888-960-2780 |email: Eco-PsycheArtistry@gmail.com

Program Description:

Based on Bill Plotkin’s seminal work Soulcraft, these practices offered spring from nature-based cultures and modern depth psychology, rites of passage, translated through the lens of the poetic and prophetic wilderness tradition, and adapted to the perennial wisdom of the Christ Tradition. You will experience:

  • Deep revitalization and renewal
  • Guided wanders: in deep conversation with the natural world.
  • Dreamwork: Listening to God speak through the soul in dream imagery (Acts 2:17).
  • Deep Imagery work: Exploring and discerning the wildly creative language of the deep imagination.
  • Group work: Heart-centered communication, sharing, deepening, and mirroring.
  • Heart Council: Cultivating a “hearing heart” (1 Ki 3:9) of compassionate listening, and wise discernment within the witnessing presence of the group circle. 
  • The way of Ceremony: creative rituals for personal transformation
  • Celtic Cross Four-Directional Circle: A nature-based practice to encounter and cultivate the four-facets of our true self.
  • Wounded Healer: discovering our core wound and its sacred purpose in our lives for deeper leadership and service in the world.
  • Loving the Least: Self-healing work with “the least” within us: including those wounded/conformist, escapist/addicts, shadowy, and faithful protector parts of ourselves for greater wholeness in leadership, ministry, family and life.
  • Embracing the Dark Night: exploring aspects of the Shadow and discovering, as Isaiah writes, our “hidden treasures of darkness,” those incredible “riches” stored in the unconscious realm of our psyches.

YOUR GUIDES

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Brian Stafford MD, MPH is a depth psychiatrist, wilderness guide, poet, essayist, and agent of human and cultural transformation. Previously he was an academic pediatrician, and psychiatrist with numerous clinical, research, and educational publications as well as many institutional, state, and national awards. Brian has a background in Christian wilderness leadership, and has been the lead guide with WilderSoul offerings at Shadowcliff and Highlands Presbyterian Camp.

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 Rev. Matthew Syrdal M.Div, is the Associate Pastor for Spiritual Formation at Grace Presbyterian Church in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, founder and wilderness guide of WilderSoul TM and Church of Lost Walls TM. Matt is a speaker, artist and writer who has offered workshops at APCE in Chicago and Orlando. Matt has led retreats, youth groups, adults and families in nature-based experiences rooted in Celtic Christianity.