wIld ChRIST, wILD eARth, wIlD SelF
Online Weekend Intensive
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
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.
Keynote with John Philip Newell: August, 19th 10 am PDT
"Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul"
By embracing the wisdom of Celtic Christianity, we can learn how to listen to the sacred and see the divine in all of creation and within each of us. Human beings are inherently spiritual creatures who intuitively see the sacred in nature and within one another, but our cultures—and at times even our faiths—have made us forget what each of us already know deep in our souls but have learned to suppress. Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul offers a new spiritual foundation for our lives, once centered on encouragement, guidance, and hope for creating a better world.
John Philip Newell is a Celtic teacher and author of spirituality who calls the modern world to reawaken to the sacredness of the earth and every human being. Canadian by birth, and a citizen also of Scotland, he resides with his family in Edinburgh and works on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2016 he began the School of Earth and Soul (originally called the School of Celtic Consciousness) and teaches regularly in the United States and Canada as well as leading international pilgrimage weeks on Iona in the Western Isles of Scotland. His PhD is from the University of Edinburgh and he has authored over fifteen books, including A New Ancient Harmony, Christ of the Celts, The Rebirthing of God, and his major forthcoming publication Sacred Earth Sacred Soul: Celtic Wisdom for Reawakening to What Our Souls Know and Healing the World will be released in July 2021 and can be preordered now.
Thursday, August 19th
Friday, August 20th
Saturday, August 21st
8:30 am – 9:30 am
Program Orientation with the Seminary of the Wild founders.
10:00 am - 11:30 am PDT
Keynote webinar and Q&A with John Philip Newell
11:30 am – 5:00 pm PDT
Asynchronous Practices for Wild Earth: wandering on your own
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm PDT
Wild Earth: Participating in Sacred Relationship with Earth
The many ways humans have been disconnected from the rest of the natural world are devastating not only to theEarth as evidenced by our ecological crises, but also stunts our spirituality and identity. Re-enchantment of Earth by looking toward the mystics of the Christ tradition and our own experiences of intimate connection with the Earth invites you to experience the innate and hidden resources of your own intimate belonging to the whole of the natural world.
8:30 am – 11:00 am
Wild Self: Clarifying a Sense of Your Wild Authenticity
This morning's session begins with an opportunity to do some dream work. What images, themes, patterns are showing up for you? Explore other ways of knowing your own "wild self" as that core essence of your 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 - 5:00 pm PDT
Wild Christ: Reclaiming a Wild Spiritual Life:
The historical narrative of the Christian church is deeply intertwined with both empire and culture. How has this reality supported the domestication of our souls and our image of God? 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
Rewilding the notion of “call” as a collaboration with our own souls, the Sacred, as well as Earth herself. What does 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 workshop 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