Now Online: June 25 – 28, 2020
Thursday Night: Guest Speaker: Mirabai Starr
Weekend guided by Seminary of the Wild Co-Founders: Bryan Smith, Victoria Loorz, Matt Syrdal, Brian Stafford
Wild Christ, Wild Earth, Wild Self: An Introduction to the Nature-Based Seminary of the Wild
- Remember your deep belonging to the enchanted world by reconnecting with your senses, body, emotions, imagination, and Earth as sacred kin.
- Deconstruct the distortions of domestication and indoctrination that have limited your personal and the church’s collective experience of an earth-based, incarnated vision of Christ.
- Re-claim your own prophetic voice as an authentic leader engaged in preserving and participating with Earth, re-imagining and reforming culture, and rediscovering a Wilder version of your own Self and of Christ.
During pivotal times throughout Judeo-Christian history, spiritual leaders, from Moses to Jesus, were called into an intimate encounter with the wilderness. We live in one of these crucial times. The ecological and societal unraveling that define our times call us out of our culture’s ways of separation and dominance, into a deeper, more kindred, and reciprocal relationship of interBeing. We need the revelation of the wilderness.
- week is primarily experiential, with daily invitations to solo wanders wherever you might be residing during the shelter-in-place orders. This journey will rewild your mind and body and allow you to move more deeply into your heart as you listen for the voice of the Holy speaking your name.
Seminary of the Wild is a seminary in the original meaning of the word: a wild seedbed. Seminal, like the potent creative force that calls forth life out of nothing. This experiential online workshop invites all who sense a calling from the Earth, the Spirit, and their own souls to question the boundaries that limit us as a culture, a church and as a leader and to reimagine our own unique roles in the transformation.
Each day will include a variety of teaching, self-reflection and journaling, group dialogue or council, creative expression, multiple solo wanders on the land, embodied movement, dreamwork, creative art expression, deep imaginal journeys, and ceremony. Seminary of the Wild guides will lead nature-based practices and guided invitations to facilitate deeply transformative experiences for participants.
The program will be a combination of “synchronous” meetings on Zoom and “asynchronous” experiences where participants are off-line and either wandering in nature or participating in other practices where they live.
Wild Christ, Wild Earth, Wild Self: Weekend Intensive
Morning (Online Group) - Orientation, Dreamwork, Group Check in, Break, Embodiment, Teaching, Invitation
Afternoon - (Asynchronous practices): Nature Wander, Journaling, Deep Imaginal Journey; Small Group Clans
Evening: (Asynchronous practices) Journaling, Artwork
Thursday, June 25th | 8:30 am – 11:30 am PDT
Program Orientation with the Seminary of the Wild founders.
Wild Earth: Participating in Sacred Relationship with Earth
We will explore the themes of incarnation and full embodiment, deep communion, and the re-enchantment of Earth. Participants will be invited to experience the innate and hidden resources of their own wild and indigenous belonging to the whole of the natural world.
Thursday, June 25th | 11:30 am – 4:00 pm PDT
Asynchronous Practices for Wild Earth
Thursday, June 25th | 4:00 – 5:00 pm PDT
Thursday, June 25th | 5:30pm – 7:30 pm PDT
Opening keynote and Q&A with Mirabai Starr
Friday, June 26th | 8:30 am – 11:00 am PDT
Wild Self: Clarifying a Sense of Your Wild Authenticity
We will explore our own hidden wholeness, the “treasure hidden in the field” of the Self encountered through parables, dreams, deep imagery, shadow work and self-healing practices.
Friday, June 26th | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm PDT
Asynchronous Practices for Wild Self
Friday, June 26th | 3:00pm – 5:30pm PDT
Wild Christ: Reclaiming the Wild Roots of the Christian Story
We will explore the historical narrative of the Christian church in collusion with both empire and culture, supporting the domestication of our original wildness. Practices offered will help explore the concepts of the Cosmic and Wild Christ as an invitation to undergo deep ecological metanoia as a church and culture.
Friday, June 26th | 5:30pm – 9:00 pm PDT
Asynchronous Practices for Wild Christ
Saturday, June 27th | 8:30 am – 11:00 am PDT
Wild Call: Embodying your authentic identity as a unique gift to the world.
We will explore rewilding our “call” as leaders, and what it means to embody one’s authentic identity as a unique gift to the world. Thursday will focus on practical steps for cultivation of wholeness and integrating practices from the week into your life and ministry. The yearlong Seminary of the Wild Training Program will also be introduced as an invitation for your next step.
Saturday, June 27th | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm PDT
Asynchronous Practices for Wild Call
Saturday, June 27th | 3:00pm – 5:30pm PDT
Wild Commitment Ceremony