How Nature Invites Us Into the Sacred (and Vice Versa)
Wild Spirituality On-Land Immersion at Ghost Ranch, November 11-14th
We belong to an inherently sacred world, but our culture and religion have severed us from full participation in this interconnective web of life. And the Earth -- as well as our own spirituality -- suffers from that disconnection. Whether heartbroken by the realities of our profound ecological crises or unfulfilled by traditional expressions of religion that tend to disembody our faith, many of us long for a wild spirituality that reconnects us with the rest of the natural world.
Following the themes of the new book by Seminary of the Wild and Wild Church Network co-founder, Victoria Loorz, this daylong program will draw on the wilderness wanderings of spiritual leaders and offer spiritual practices to restore relationship with the sanctuary of the natural world. “Church of the Wild: How Nature Invites Us into the Wild,” will be released on October 5, 2021 by Broadleaf Press, and is available for pre-order now. Themes of the workshop include:
The transition from relating to Nature as a Collection of Objects into a Communion of Subjects
The Courtship of the Particular
In the Beginning Was the Conversation
Into the Mountains to Pray
Allured into the Wilderness
With an ecospiritual lens on biblical narratives and a fresh look at a community larger than our own species, Church of the Wild uncovers the wild roots of faith and helps us deepen our commitment to a suffering earth by falling in love with it--and calling it church. Mystical encounters with the natural world are more common than we realize. This workshop will help you connect more deeply to a love that literally holds the world together--a love that calls us into communion with all creatures.
You will experience the sacred presence of Spirit and be drawn into deeper relationship with the natural world.
You will identify particular beings who might be calling you into a more intimate relationship.
You will learn the ways in which the severance between spirituality and nature is a false one, creating massive consequences both to Earth and to their own souls and spirituality.
You will develop spiritual practices that honor the land, and restore the breach in your own life.
This program also offers an introduction to Seminary of the Wild.
A four day, on-land retreat is offered on-site at Ghost Ranch, November 11-14. Daily wanderings on the land with gatherings together to walk through the book and develop practices supporting your own wild spirituality. $350 for program, select your own housing option through Ghost Ranch (Range is $350 for camping to $800 for a private room; both including meals)
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