The Seminary of the Wild Co-Founders are agents of cultural disruption who have been brought together by the great Mystery of God through their own unique journeys for such a time as this. Coming from a variety of experiences, backgrounds and streams such as pastoral ministry, spiritual direction, coaching, and nature-based soul work through Animas Valley Institute, the four Co-Founders have awakened to a new and larger Story, a profound felt sense and enchantment of wild Earth, and a deep and urgent calling to rewild the Christian church.


We believe the vision of Seminary of the Wild is a small but integral part of the greater emergence happening across the Western world, that Joanna Macy calls The Great Turning. Our own unique stories, gifts, experience, and guiding skills have been brought to bear in integrating a new path for spiritual leaders walking the edge of Christendom who will pioneer a new way forward for the Church in the world.

SemINaRy of The wIld Guides & Co-Founders

  • Dr. Brian Stafford

    Brian Stafford, MD, MPH is mentor, guide, writer, speaker and cultural change agent. Brian trained as a psychiatrist in academic medicine as an endowed chair in psychiatry. Then, he left medicine and academia...

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  • Rev. Bryan Smith

    Rev. Bryan Smith, Mdiv, Bryan is a pastor in the PC(USA) denomination, an ICF certified life coach and an Animas Valley Institute certified nature-based human development guide. Bryan’s passion is to help people discover, develop and  ...

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  • Rev. Victoria Loorz

    Victoria Loorz, MDiv, is a pastor and certified Spiritual Director. She has been leading spiritual formation for over 25 years, inviting people deeper into their true identities and there discover a more intimate...

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  • Rev. Matt Syrdal

    Rev. Matthew Syrdal, MDiv, is a pastor  in Denver, CO and a Wild Mind certified human-development guide, starting Wilder-Soul, a nature-based soul coaching practice and launched Church of Lost Walls in the Front Range...

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