Mirabai Starr joins Seminary of the Wild guides on June 25th in an online webinar. This weekend online intensive includes the webinar, offering an introduction to Seminary of the Wild. 

During pivotal times throughout Judeo-Christian history, spiritual leaders, from Moses to Jesus, were called into an intimate encounter with the wilderness. We live in one of these crucial times. The ecological and societal unraveling that define our times call us out of our culture’s ways of separation and dominance, into a deeper, more kindred, and reciprocal relationship of interBeing. We need the revelation of the wilderness.

The week is primarily experiential, with daily invitations to solo wanders wherever you reside.   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.

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.  Special 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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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.

In this introduction to Seminary of the Wild, you will experience a variety of teachings, self-reflection and journaling, group dialogue or council, creative expression, multiple solo wanders on the land, embodied movement, dreamwork, creative art expression, deep imaginal journeys, and ceremony. Seminary of the Wild guides will lead nature-based practices and guided invitations to facilitate deeply transformative experiences for participants.

 

The program will be a combination of “synchronous” meetings on Zoom and “asynchronous” experiences where participants are off-line and either wandering in nature or participating in other practices where you live.

Wild Christ, Wild Earth, Wild Self 

Weeklong Intensive at Ghost Ranch | Oct 18-22, 2020

Wild Christ, Wild Earth, Wild Self: A Nature-based Introduction to Seminary of the Wild

Remember your deep belonging to the enchanted world by reconnecting with your senses, body, emotions, imagination, and Earth as sacred kin. Deconstruct the distortions of domestication and indoctrination that have limited your personal and the church’s collective experience of an earth-based, incarnated vision of Christ.

Re-claim your own prophetic voice as an authentic leader engaged in preserving and participating with Earth, re-imagining and reforming culture, and rediscovering a Wilder version of your own Self and of Christ.

During pivotal times throughout Judeo-Christian history, spiritual leaders, from Moses to Jesus, were called into an intimate encounter with the wilderness. We live in one of these crucial times. The ecological and societal unraveling that define our times call us out of our culture’s ways of separation and dominance, into a deeper, more kindred, and reciprocal relationship of interBeing. We need the revelation of the wilderness.

 

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.

Keynote Speaker - Matthew Fox

pIllaRs oF SemINARy of The wIld

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 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 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.

Photo Gallery from Ghost Ranch 2019

 
 

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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.

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