It’s been a year since the world shut down, and the post-pandemic world is upon us. As the many will inevitably return to the old survival dance of “business-as-usual,” the growing few who stand at the precipice of this threshold of danger and opportunity are boldly stepping through a doorway into a wilder realm of participation. We are an emerging community of women and men living in an age between myths. We seek a new Story, new ways to embody our “sacred dance” – rooted in the wisdom-streams of our ancestors – as a future vision. People are waking up to a new dream of Earth, a deeper vision of the divine, a wilder embodiment of the Self. You are an integral voice of this wilder dream, this Spirit emergence summoning forth your gifts and a new humanity.
“For millions of years, before you arrived here, the dream of your individuality was carefully prepared. You were sent to a shape of destiny in which you would be able to express the special gift you bring to the world… It is in the depths of your life that you will discover the invisible necessity that has brought you here. When you begin to decipher this, your gift and giftedness come alive.” – John O’ Donohue
The Seminary of the Wild Eco-Ministry Certificate Yearlong Program is an experiential, nature-based, yearlong offering to help you remember your primary participation in sacred Earth. In the face of profound ecological and social challenges, a New Story is emerging. At the core of that Story is a weaving of an ancient path and a new way of relating to Earth, other species, each other, and the Divine. Thomas Berry calls this path “The Dream of the Earth.” This Eco-Ministry Certificate program offers nature-based tools, practices, teachings, experiences, and support for your inner transformation with a band of wild pilgrims and guides as you move toward your wild calling during this period of turbulence leading us into profound transformation that Joanna Macy calls “The Great Turning.”
Nature-based spiritual practices, such as contemplative wanders, sacred council, facilitated group work, ceremony, dreamwork, imaginal journeys, embodied movement, writing, and eco-theological reflection and discussion will help us return to our original wholeness, our wildness, and our authentic service.
What Will You Experience During the Yearlong?
1. Nature-Based Guided Immersions Into your own wildish place. At the end of the program — pandemic restrictions pending — we will gather together for a five-day immersion on the land November 29 – December 3, in Aravaipa, Arizona.
2. Monthly Online Webinars Experience the wisdom of our Wild Luminaries Webinar speakers from interdisciplinary fields on the cutting edge of ecology and spirituality.
3. Weekly Zoom Conference Sessions Building an experiential-learning community through councils, Wild Cafe, and discussion groups facilitated by Seminary of the Wild Guides and participants.
4. An Eco-Ministry Reading List Discuss in-depth readings for reflection, plus curriculum and electronic resources, including video.
5. Ten Personal Mentoring Sessions With a Seminary of the Wild Guide to deepen your psycho-spiritual journey.
GROUNDED IN EXPERIENCE
The yearlong is designed around at-home intensives with on-the-land invitations that immerse participants in the wild Earth in a way that cultivates deep conversation between the more-than-human community and the Wild Self. The big book of creation offers its revelatory voice and vision, permeating our magnificently diverse and astonishing world. We find our wholeness and purpose in direct conversation with nature and the soul. Wild Seminarians learn to ‘listen to” and “speak to” the land, and to be ‘mirrored’ by Earth. These practices assist the cultivation of our greater wholeness and the discovery of our deeper calling.
GUIDED SUPPORT & MENTORING
Each participant receives ten one-on-one mentoring sessions from experienced nature-based human development guides from various backgrounds in spiritual direction, coaching, and Wild Mind training (Animas Valley Institute). The guides are joined by eco-spirituality authors, theologians, and cultural artists through the monthly Wild Luminaries guest speakers. These individuals offer insights and invitations to deepen our journey toward sacred Earth connection, wholeness and Self-healing, and a numinous encounter with the mystery of God, and practical embodiment of your unique calling.
AUTHENTIC LEARNING COMMUNITY
Each yearlong cohort meets online every week throughout the year (with a monthlong break in December) for learning and mutual support. These cohort companions ask similar questions and develop into significant friendships and allies for this work, which can occasionally feel isolating and confusing. The guided practices and in-depth reading syllabus create fertile soil for un-colonizing the imagination. Creative collaboration arises in the context of intimacy built in a group that spends the year together.
$320 Deposit (10%) Secures Your Place in the 2021-2022 Cohort.
$3,200 total cost
Balance due one month before program begins. Monthly payment options available, please contact email@example.com
The deposit is $320 due upon registration. The deposit is non-refundable after the yearlong program is confirmed. The deposit is included in the total cost of the yearlong program of $3,200. Seminary of the Wild does also offer payment options upon request.