Wild Christ, Wild Earth, Wild Self

A Nature Based Introduction to Seminary of the Wild

Join us on an experiential, nature-based journey of apprenticeship into the wild mysteries of the kingdom of God.

We'll see you in the high desert of New Mexico in 

one of the most unique landscapes. Amidst the 

red rocks and yellow cliffs of Ghost Ranch join in one of two spirit-filled adventure and learning opportunities.

Location - Ghost Ranch

Sunday, July 28 to Friday, August 2

Ghost Ranch

Sunday, October 20 to Thursday, October 24

with Keynote Speakers

Rev. Michael Dowd and Rev. Brian McLaren 


with special guests Rev. Richard Rohr and 

Geneen Marie Haugen 


Rates vary based on lodging preferences - five nights

camping to premium lodging $450-$1,150 

Rates vary based on lodging preferences - four nights

camping to premium lodging $470-$1,060

Go Outside to Go Inside

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.

Leave Your Computer and Church Building Behind

Who Should Attend

  • Anyone on the progressive threshold of ecology and spirituality connected in some way with the Christ Tradition
  • Pastors, priests, clergy, and denominational leaders.
  • Spiritual directors
  • Non-ordained leaders with Wild Churches 
  • Illuman participants and men's spirituality workers

Offered in Partnership with Seminary of the Wild

Seminary of the Wild 

  • Victoria Loorz
  • Bryan Smith
  • Brian Stafford
  • Matt Syrdal


Founding Members

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."

Brian McLaren

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 Special Guests Brian McLaren & Michael Dowd

Victoria Loorz

A pastor and spiritual director inviting people deeper into their true identities and there discover a more intimate experience of God--launched Ojai Church 

of the Wild to reconnect her congregation with 

the holy embedded in all things.

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.

Michael Dowd

Meet the October Speakers!

Fr. Richard Rohr

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

an author who is grateful to have lived among elk, moose, grizzlies, wolves, big rivers and thermal basins for decades; the wild Ones have been her abiding teachers--shenbelieves in the world-transforming potential of the human imagination in service of the anima mundi.