This is your invitation into a deeper participation in the restoration of the world, tikkun olam, while immersed in the high desert landscape of Ghost Ranch. During this time of deep cultural unraveling, find ways to reconnect to the natural world as a person of faith for a more soul-infused life.
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Who Should Attend
Anyone on the progressive threshold of ecology and spirituality connected in some way with the Christ Tradition
What to Expect
Each day will include a variety of teaching, 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, as well as optional workshops. Seminary of the Wild guides will lead nature-based practices and guided invitations to facilitate deeply transformative experiences for participants, supported in smaller group cohorts by trained facilitators.
Orientation to the land and retreat center led by Ghost Ranch staff | Opening keynote with Brian McLaren | Program orientation with the Seminary of the Wild founders.
Sunday, July 28
Wild Christ: Reclaiming the Wild Roots of the Christian Story Morning keynote with Brian McLaren. We will explore the historical narrative of the Christian church in collusion with both empire and culture, supporting the domestication of our original wildness.
Monday, July 29
Wild Earth: Participating in Sacred Relationship with Earth Tuesday keynote with Michael Dowd. Explore the themes of incarnation and erotic embodiment, deep communion, and the re-enchantment of Earth.
Tuesday, July 30
Wild Self: Clarifying a Sense of Your Deep Purpose Wednesday morning will begin with a keynote from Victoria Loorz. Explore our own hidden wholeness, the “treasure hidden in the field” of the Self.
Wednesday, July 31
Wild Call: Embodying your authentic identity as a unique gift to the world. Explore rewilding our “call” as leaders, and what it means to embody one’s authentic identity as a unique gift to the world. Thursday will focus on practical steps
Thursday, August 1
Wild Gratitude: Communal Ritual/Commitment to Self, Earth, Christ (finish by 10 am) What to Remember When Waking: Seminary of the Wild Founders and Staff. Close with a morning wander offering gratitude to the land and ceremony.
Embodying the Journey of the Wild Christ in Renewing the World
"The mission of Seminary of the Wild is to equip leaders in the Christ Tradition through nature-based experiences and supportive community to
Reclaim the Wild roots of the Christian story;
Clarify a sense of deeper purpose;
Embody an authentic identity as a unique gift to the world;
and to Cultivate a Sacred relationship with Earth."
An 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
July Keynote Speakers Rev. Brian McLaren, Rev. Victoria Loorz & Rev. Michael Dowd
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Pastor of Church of the Wild, Convener of the Wild Church Network and Director of the Sacred Ground Initiative, connecting people who are called to restore kindred relationship with the land as spiritual practice.
A former pastor and bestselling eco-theologian and deep sustainability evangelist--his passion is sharing 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.
an American author, spiritual writer, and Franciscan friar based in Albuquerque, New Mexico--he has been called “one of the most popular spirituality authors and speakers in the world.” His mission 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.
Geneen Marie Haugen, PhD
an author and guide to the experiential, intertwined mysteries of nature and psyche with the Animas Valley Institute. She is on the faculty of the Esalen Institute, Schumacher College, and the Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality. The wild Earth has been her mysterious, magical, and mossy-rooted companion and teacher.