SemINARY of The wIlD
wIse aNd wILD LumINaRIeS
Experience the Eco-spiritual Wisdom of Visionary Minds
Seminary of the Wild offers master teaching from wild luminaries in the field of eco-spirituality. Our yearlong Eco-Ministry Certificate includes twelve complimentary webinars. The webinars will be available for purchase separately to the public through our webinar registration page for $35 per webinar or a special discounted rate of $335 for all twelve webinars. Introductory week-long immersions at Ghost Ranch feature luminaries as guest speakers.
Featured webinars with: Joanna Macy, Bill Plotkin, Mirabai Starr, Andreas Weber, Nikki Cooley, Lisa Dahill PhD, Matthew Fox, Brian McLaren, Veronica Kyle, Michael Dowd, Andrew Harvey and Laurie Ferguson PhD
Featured speakers from previous Ghost Ranch programs: Richard Rohr, Mirabai Starr, Geneen Haugen PhD, Brian McLaren, Matthew Fox, and Michael Dowd.
FEATURED VISIONARY SPEAKER: JOANNA MACY
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.
For many years, Joanna traveled widely giving lectures, workshops, and trainings in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australasia. She currently lives in sea-retirement in Berkeley, California, near her children and grandchildren.
"The most remarkable feature of this historical moment is not that we are on the way to destroying our world-we've actually been on the way quite a while. It is that we are beginning to wake up, as from a millennia-long sleep, to a whole new relationship to our world, to ourselves, and to each other."
- Joanna Macy
Bill Plotkin Ph.D
Bill Plotkin, Ph.D., is a depth psychologist, wilderness guide, and agent of cultural evolution. As founder of western Colorado’s Animas Valley Institute in 1981, he has guided thousands of women and men through nature-based initiatory passages, including a contemporary, Western adaptation of the pan-cultural vision quest. Previously, he has been a research psychologist (studying non-ordinary states of consciousness), professor of psychology, psychotherapist, rock musician, and whitewater river guide.
In 1979, on a solo winter ascent of an Adirondack peak, Bill experienced a call to adventure, leading him to abandon academia in search of his true calling. Bill's latest book, Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche, is an ecocentric map of the psyche — for healing, growing whole, and cultural transformation, and many of the Seminary of the Wild practices are rooted in his work. He has a doctorate in psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Thursday, June 25th 2020
Mirabai Starr is an award-winning author of creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. She taught Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years and now teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and inter-spiritual dialog. A certified bereavement counselor, Mirabai helps mourners harness the transformational power of loss. Her latest book is WILD MERCY: Living the Fierce & Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics. Mirabai is on the 2020 Watkins List of the “100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People of the World.” She lives with her extended family in the mountains of northern New Mexico.
Dr. Andreas Weber
Andreas Weber is a Berlin-based philosopher, biologist, and writer. He is the author of The Biology of Wonder: Aliveness, Feeling, and the Metamorphosis of Science; Biopoetics: Towards an Existential Biology; and Matter and Desire: An Erotic Ecology, one of the required texts for Seminary of the Wild's Eco-Ministry program. He has degrees in Marine Biology and Cultural Studies and teaches philosophy at Leuphana University, Lüneburg, and the University of Fine Arts, Berlin.
Andreas' work is focusing on a re-evaluation of our understanding of the living. He is proposing to understand organsims as subjects and hence the biosphere as a meaning-creating and poetic reality. Accordingly, Andreas holds that an economy inspired by nature should not be designed as a mechanistic optimization machine, but rather as an ecosystem which transforms mutual sharing of matter and energy in a deepened meaning.
Nikki is of the Diné Nation by way of Shonto and Blue Gap, AZ, and is of the Towering House Clan, born for the Reed People Clan, maternal grandfathers are of the Water that Flows Together Clan, and paternal grandfathers are of the Manygoats Clan. Nikki received her Bachelors and Masters of Forestry from Northern Arizona University (NAU) with a few years of post-graduate study at Michigan State University. For her undergraduate and Masters studies, she has worked extensively with the Cherokee Tribe of North Carolina, and has worked with various tribes including the Kaibab Paiute tribe. Currently, she works with tribes across the country including Alaska on climate change impacts and cultural resilience with the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals.
In addition, as a recovering river guide and cultural interpreter who has worked on the Colorado River-Grand Canyon and San Juan River, Nikki co-founded of the Native American River Guide Training Program and Fifth World Discoveries, was the first Native American President and Vice-President of the Grand Canyon River Guides Association (GCRG), and is a former associate director of the Native Voices Program. She is very passionate about advocating for and education about the protection and preservation of the environment and its resources.
Lisa Dahill PhD
Lisa Dahill is Professor of Religion at California Lutheran University in the Calleguas Creek watershed, a former seminary professor in worship and Christian spirituality in the Alum Creek watershed of central Ohio, and a native Californian.
Her publications engage Christian sacramental practice, especially what happens when this practice moves out into physical sensory immersion into local waters, into encounter with all manner of creature and life, into our vulnerability and mortality, into inter-religious engagement with other humans in our place. A passionate advocate of non-dualistic and ecologically immersive forms of Christianity, she is calling for whole-scale "rewilding Christian spirituality."
Matthew Fox is a spiritual theologian, an Episcopal priest and an activist for gender justice and eco-justice. He has written 37 books that have been translated into other languages over 70 times. Among them are Original Blessing, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, A Spirituality Named Compassion, The Reinvention of Work, The Hidden Spirituality of Men, Christian Mystics and The Pope’s War. He has contributed much to the rediscovery of Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart and Thomas Aquinas as pre-modern mystics and prophets.
Fox holds a doctorate in the history and theology of spirituality from the Institut Catholique de Paris. The founder of the University of Creation Spirituality in California, he conducts dozens of workshops each year and is a visiting scholar at the Academy for the Love of Learning.
Matthew Fox is also our keynote speaker for Wild Christ, Wild Earth, Wild Self program at Ghost Ranch in October 2020. Sign up to hear him live and immerse into an introductory Seminary of the Wild program.
Tuesday, September 22 - Matthew Fox
Brian D. McLaren is a bestselling author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity” – just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good. Brian is a founder of the Convergence Leadership Project, which provides training for progressive Christians to come together to conspire and collaborate … for the sake of the planet, for the sake of the poor, for the sake of peace, and for the sake of vulnerable people everywhere.
His latest book, The Galapagos: A Spiritual Journey, tracks his love of nature to the Galapagos Islands. There, he calls for a Wild Theology that can address the realities of our current ecological and spiritual crises.
Brian was our guest speaker for the Ghost Ranch Wild Christ, Wild Earth program in 2019 and is scheduled as a webinar speaker in October 2020.
Michael Dowd is a former pastor and eco-theologian whose book, Thank God for Evolution, has been an important text in reconnecting Christianity and science. A deep sustainability evangelist, Michael and his science writer, evolutionary educator, and fellow wild activist wife, Connie Barlow, have spoken to 2,500+ religious and secular groups across North America since 2002.
Michael has conducted two acclaimed online conversation series, and is now engaged in conversations around the concept of "Post Doom" spirituality, encouraging people to face our sobering ecological reality and discover the empowering strength on the other side. He shares a sobering yet empowering Big Picture that offers practical tools for living and inspiration for engaging in the prophetic work of pro-future action and inter-generational justice.
Veronica Kyle is the Outreach Director for Faith in Place, a non-profit in Chicago, Illinois. For the past 20 years, Faith in Place has helped to empower over 1,000 places of worship protect their land, air, and water. Veronica has made it her duty to create a more diverse table of citizens to discuss taking care of the earth. People of color have often been left out of discussions that deal with environmental sustainability, something that Veronica seeks to change. Kyle has created programs that diversified the discussion as well as brought about cross-cultural engagement. In 2013, Kyle was identified as the 2013 Audubon/Toyota Green Fellow. In 2014, she was recognized as a Northern American Association of Environmental Educators Fellow. Currently, she is sitting in her fourth term as an appointed Environmental Justice Commissioner of the State of Illinois. She is a speaker and facilitator for issues of eco-justice, community organizing, and, in particular, eco-womanism.
Andrew Harvey is an internationally renowned religious scholar, writer, teacher, and the author of more than 40 books, including the critically acclaimed The Hope; Son of Man, and Savage Grace with Carolyn Baker. Born in south India in 1952, Harvey has devoted much of his life to studying the world's mystical traditions, including intensive study of Hinduism, Buddhism and Sufi mysticism.
Harvey's book, Sacred Activism, presents a transforming force of compassion-in-action that is born of a fusion of deep spiritual knowledge, courage, love, and passion, with wise radical action in the world. The large-scale practice of Sacred Activism, he offers, can become an essential force for preserving and healing the planet and its inhabitants.
January 19th, 2021 - Andrew Harvey
The Rev. Laurie J. Ferguson Ph.D PCC
Laurie Ferguson is a coach, a consultant and a psychologist. She served as a parish pastor for over twenty years before getting her doctorate in psychology. She specializes in helping people and organizations grow their resilience skills. She consults with judicatories that want to develop a vision and plan for going forward with faithful courage. She has coached leaders for over fifteen years and works with Columbia Seminary in their Coach Training program. More information can be found on her website: lauriejferguson.com
Wild Christ, Wild Earth, Wild Self Guest Speakers
from previous Ghost Ranch Programs
Access to these recordings will be available to all who purchase the Webinar Series.
Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard’s teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy—practices of contemplation and self-emptying, expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized.
Fr. Richard's newest book, The Universal Christ explores a Christ big enough to hold together All That Is. Fr. Richard is academic Dean of The Living School for Action and Contemplation. Drawing upon Christianity’s place within the Perennial Tradition, the mission of the Living School is to produce compassionate and powerfully learned individuals who will work for positive change in the world based on awareness of our common union with God and all beings.
Fr. Richard was Guest Speaker for Seminary of the Wild's Wild Christ, Wild Earth weeklong intensive October 2019.
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Geneen Haugen PhD
Geneen Marie Haugen, Ph.D., is grateful to have lived among elk, moose, grizzlies, wolves, big rivers and thermal basins for decades; the wild Ones have been her abiding teachers. Her doctorate is in Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness from CIIS. She guides experiential immersions with roots in ecopsychology - including contemporary vision quest - for the Animas Valley Institute. Geneen believes in the world-transforming potential of the human imagination in service of the anima mundi., the soul of the world.
Her writing appears in Kosmos Journal; Ecopsychology Journal; Parabola; Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth; Thomas Berry, Dreamer of the Earth, and other publications.
Geneen was Guest Speaker along with Richard Rohr for Seminary of the Wild's Wild Christ, Wild Earth weeklong intensive October 2019.
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