You are called for a time such as this. A great emergence of Spirit is awakening people across the planet who are seeking a new Story, others like yourself who looking for a community of like-hearted and wild wanderers to hold space for deep personal transformation. You are an integral part of this collective movement.
Thursday Night: Guest Speaker Helena Norberg-Hodge
Weekend guided by Seminary of the Wild Co-Founders: Victoria Loorz, Matt Syrdal, Brian Stafford and Bryan Smith.
The Wild Christ, Wild Earth, Wild Self Online Weekend Intensive is an introductory program inviting participants into an experiential, nature-based model of community and practice focused on reconnection with nature, sacred reciprocity and cultivating authenticity and wholeness to help us remember our primary participation in sacred Earth. In the face of profound ecological and social challenges, an ecological awakening is happening among people from diverse communities of faith and spirituality across the planet. This deep and wild intensive is an introduction to the four pillars of our core Eco-Ministry Certificate yearlong program.
If you sense that your old ways of believing, being, and doing are inadequate for the tasks ahead, we invite you to fully feel your own deep longing to take their unique and vital role in the emergence of this New Story.
During this weekend intensive you will:
- Reclaim a sense of your sacred relationship with holy Earth. Exploring the magnificence of incarnation and full embodiment in deep communion with Earth.
- Experience a re-enchantment - taking a deep dive into the innate and hidden resources of your own wild and indigenous belonging to the world.
- Remember your own wild authenticity - through discovering your own hidden wholeness, the "treasure hidden in the field" of the Wild Self. parables, dreams, deep imagery, shadow work and Self-healing practices.
- Rewild your spirituality - Dismantling the historical religious narratives that have colluded with empire and culture over the centuries, domesticating our original wildness. You will experience the Cosmic and Wild Christ as a path to deep ecological metanoia for religion and culture in the Ecozoic Era.
Seminary of the Wild offers nature-based tools, practices, teachings, experiences, and support for your inner transformation with a band of wild pilgrims and guides as you move toward your wild calling during this period of turbulence leading us into profound transformation that Joanna Macy calls "The Great Turning.”
The program will be a combination of “synchronous” meetings on Zoom and “asynchronous” experiences where you are off-line and either wandering in nature or participating in other practices where you live.
You will experience:
- Dreamwork facilitated by trained soul-centric guides
- Heart-centered practices in Council, and conversation in break-out groups
- Asynchronous invitations and practices on the land where you live: Wild solo wanders, conversations with more-than-human others for deep embodiment and connection with Earth
- "Wild Seedings" of poetry, parable, story and myth
- Meditations and grounding exercises
- Practices for cultivating authenticity and personal wholeness
- Deep Imaginal Journeys
- Journaling, sacred artwork and More!
Our Thursday evening Wild Luminary Webinar is with Helena Norberg-Hodge who is founder and director of Local Futures, previously known as the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC). Local Futures is a non-profit organization "dedicated to the revitalization of cultural and biological diversity, and the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide." Norberg-Hodge is the author of the international best-selling book Ancient Futures (1991), about tradition and change in the Himalayan region of Ladakh. She is also the author of Local is Our Future (2019), in which she advocates for localized alternatives to the global economy, particularly involving the creation of robust local food systems and democratic structures that can effectively resist authoritarianism.
Norberg-Hodge produced and co-directed the award-winning documentary film The Economics of Happiness (2011), which lays out her arguments against economic globalization and for localization. In 1986, she was awarded the Right Livelihood Award for "preserving the traditional culture and values of Ladakh against the onslaught of tourism and development." In 2012, she received the Goi Peace Award for "her pioneering work in the localization movement”.
Wild Christ, Wild Earth, Wild Self: Online Weekend Intensive
Thursday, April 15th
8:30 am – 9:00 PDT | Program Orientation with the Seminary of the Wild founders.
9:00 - 11:30 am PDT | 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.
11:30 am – 4:00 pm PDT | Asynchronous Practices for Wild Earth: wandering on your own
4:00 – 5:00 pm PDT | Group Check-In
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm PDT | Opening keynote and Q&A with Helena Norberg-Hodge
Friday, April 16th
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.
11:00 am – 3:00 pm PDT | Asynchronous Practices for Wild Self: Wandering on your own
3:00pm – 5:30pm PDT | Wild Christ: Rewilding Your Spirituality
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 experience the archetypes of the cosmic, feminine, and wild Christ as an invitation to undergo deep ecological metanoia as a church and culture.
5:30 pm – next session | Asynchronous Practices for Wild Christ: wandering on your own
Saturday, April 17th
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. Today will focus on practical steps for the cultivation of wholeness and integrating practices from the week into your life’s work.
11:00 am – 3:00 pm PDT | Asynchronous Practices for Wild Call: Wandering on your own
3:00pm – 5:30pm PDT | Founders; Wild Commitment Ceremony