The Wild Christ, Wild Earth, Wild Self Weekend Intensive is Seminary of the Wild's weekend introduction to our yearlong Eco-Ministry Certificate program. Rooted in direct experience, this nature-based, immersive program will help you remember your 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 animated and inter-connected conversation between all things.
This program is for those individuals who sense that their old ways of believing, being, and doing are inadequate for the tasks ahead. We invite all who feel their longing to take their unique and vital role in the emergence of a New Story of reconnection.
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.”
Morning: (Online Group) - Dreamwork, check-in, orientation, break, embodiment, Teaching, Invitation
Afternoon: (Asynchronous practices: wandering in your own watershed) Nature wander, journaling, deep imaginal journey
Small group clans
Evening: (Asynchronous practices) Journaling, sacred artwork
Webinar with Joanna Macy & Terry Semens-Bucher: June 24, 5 pm PST
Joanna Macy PhD, is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in the movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with five decades of activism. The author of more than twelve books, she is the root teacher of the Work that Reconnects.
Many thousands of people around the world have participated in Joanna’s workshops and trainings, Her group methods have been adopted and adapted yet more widely in classrooms, churches, and grassroots organizing, Her work helps people transform despair and apathy, in the face of overwhelming social and ecological crises, into constructive, collaborative action. It brings a new way of seeing the world, as our larger living body, freeing us from the assumptions and attitudes that now threaten continuity of life on Earth.
Terry Symens-Bucher, M.Div., J.D., is a facilitator trained in the Work That Reconnects. He has co-facilitated WTR events in the United States and Ireland with Anne, his wife and Joanna’s Executive Assistant since 2006. Terry and Anne co-founded Canticle Farm (Canticle Farm – Oakland and Sheep Ranch, California), an intentional community deeply rooted in Franciscan spirituality and inspired by the Work That Reconnects.
Reclaim a sense of sacred relationship with Earth - Explore themes of incarnation and full embodiment in deep communion with Earth. Participants will experience a re-enchantment taking a deep dive into the innate and hidden resources of their own intimate belonging to the world.
Remember your own wild authenticity - Explore your own hidden wholeness, the "treasure hidden in the field" of the Wild Self, encountered through parables, dreams, deep imagery, shadow work and Self-healing practices.
Rewild your spiritual life - Reckoning with the ways your beliefs may have been formed within a religious system that colluded with colonizing and patriarchal agendas. An ecospiritual lens offers access to the Cosmic and Wild Christ as a path to a spirituality that is integrated with the natural world.
Thursday, June 24th
Friday, June 25th
Saturday, June 26th
8:30 am – 9:00 am
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, embodiment, communion, and the re-enchantment of Earth by looking toward the mystics of the Christ tradition and our own experiences of intimate connection with the Earth. You will be invited to experience the innate and hidden resources of your own intimate 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 – 4:45 pm PDT
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PDT
Keynote webinar and Q&A with Joanna Macy & Terry Semens-Bucher
8:30 am – 11:00 am
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
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm PDT
Wild Christ: Reclaiming a Wild Spiritual Life:
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 that speaks to our ecological crisis.
5:30 pm – Next Session
Asynchronous Practices for Wild Christ: Wandering on your own
8:30 am – 11:00 am PDT
Wild Call: Embodying Your Authentic Identity As A Unique Gift to the Word
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
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT
Founders Introduction of the Seminary of the Wild Eco-Ministry Program
Wild Commitment Ceremony
5:00 pm PDT – End of Program