Photo Gallery from Ghost Ranch 2019
A Nature-Based Introduction to Seminary of the Wild
Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu New Mexico
June 21-26, 2020 and October 18-22, 2020
wILD ChRIST, wILD eaRth, wILD SeLF
The founding guides of Seminary of the Wild will lead this nature-based experiential program, inviting you to encounter the wild and the sacred within yourself and on the land.
The week is primarily experiential, with daily invitations to solo wanders among the ancient rock canyons, shimmering streams, and wild inhabitants of the el Rito del Yeso creek that flows to the Rio Chama. Accompanying our wanders will be other invitations and practices, including wild teachings, small group councils, embodied movement, imaginal journeys, creative expression, journaling as well as deepening rituals and ceremonies. This journey will rewild your mind and body and allow you to move more deeply into your heart as you listen for the voice of the Holy speaking your name.
This experiential workshop invites all who sense a calling from the Earth, the Spirit, and their own souls to question the boundaries that limit us as a culture, a church and as a leader and to reimagine our own unique roles in the transformation.
WILD EARTH: A re-enchantment of the natural world and a re-visioning of your deep belonging to this world by reconnecting with your senses, body, emotions, imagination directly with the land and creatures.
WILD CHRIST: A re-wilding of the Christian story that begins with deconstructing processes of domestication, and distortions that have tamed and suppressed the earth-based vision of the Christ.
WILD SELF: A re-claiming of your own wild, prophetic voice as a leader engaged in transforming culture during this age of ecological destruction and calling for reformation.
WILD CALLING: A re-membering yourself into a much larger Whole in a journey of wild discipleship, expanding your capacity to connect directly with the Holy and follow your unique calling as participant in a wild and beautiful story of inter-connection.
Guest Speaker, Wild Mercy advocate, Mirabai Starr, will focus her message on the “Feminine Web of interBeing,” weaving the wisdom of women mystics into the mystery of our own inter-connection with All That Is.
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Re-membeR The ConversatIoN...
Reconnection as spiritual reality and practice with the natural world is necessary not only for ecological and cultural restoration, but also for a deeper, more authentic, and intimate connection with God, ourselves, and all of the others. Recent scientific and psychological research as well as ancient spiritual traditions affirm that a sacred and reciprocal relationship with the natural world is essential for human spiritual, psychological, and physical health and meaning.
In pivotal times in Biblical history, nearly every leader was called into an intimate encounter with wilderness. We are in one of those crucial times, not just as individuals, not just as a people, but as a species. We need the revelation of the wilderness.
Following an arc of the wilderness wanderings of Judeo-Christian spiritual leaders, particularly Moses and Jesus, the week will integrate biblical narratives, eco-theology (through dynamic engagement with the works of theologians such as Thomas Berry, Matthew Fox, Richard Rohr, Michael Dowd, Teilhard de Chardin, Hildegard of Bingen, and Sallie McFague), and nature-based soul work developed by developmental psychologist and wilderness guide Bill Plotkin.
The seminary "pedagogy of the wild" is primarily experiential and conducted in direct relationship with the ancient rocks, shimmering rivers, and wild creatures of the Rio Chama watershed of Ghost Ranch.
To be human is to become visible
while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others.
To remember the other world in this world
is to live in your true inheritance...
...Now, looking through the slanting light of the morning window
toward the mountain presence of everything that can be
what urgency calls you to your one love?
What shape waits in the seed of you
to grow and spread its branches
against a future sky?
David Whyte, What to Remember When Waking