Church of the Wild - Honoring the Darkness

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Dayspring Silent Retreat Center

11301 Neelsville Church Road

Germantown, MD 20854

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Honoring the Darkness

As we approach the winter solstice, Church of the Wild will explore the spiritual and ecological importance of darkness. Diminishing light provides important signals to the natural world that it is time to stop, to rest and to recharge. While spiritual darkness can be extremely difficult, it can also offer important clues to us as we seek to go deeper with the Great Mystery.

Many faiths have traditions for holding and honoring the dark times as well as anticipating the inbreaking of light. During Advent, Christianity celebrates the Divine incarnation during a time of political and economic hardship. Together, we will explore what nature has to teach us about darkness and looking for light in the midst of it.

Drumming and centering will begin at 2:45 p.m.

NEW Location!

During the winter, we will be meeting at Dayspring Retreat Center in Germantown (just north of Gaithersburg) so that we might have a roaring fire to keep us warm. It's closer than you might think! Only a half-hour from most locations in the DC area. Many thanks to Dayspring for their generosity in hosting us. Specific directions below.

Church of the Wild DC MD VA

Church of the Wild gathers together monthly to honor the mutual indwelling of the Divine with the Earth and all of its beings, remembering our sacred interconnection and interdependence through multi-traditional spiritual practices, music, and solo or group wanderings. As participants in the web of creation, we seek to be attentive to the Holy in our midst and invite one another to come home to the sacred ecological ground in which we live. This groundedness guides us to live from a place of deeper compassion, care, and gratitude for all living things.

All Are Welcome

We strive to be intergenerational and accessible to all. There is a short walk across a generally flat dirt path to our gathering site. We welcome children and can offer age-appropriate programming. Please contact us when you'll be attending with children or when accessibility is a concern so that we can be fully welcoming. All are welcome and respected!

Coming by Metro?

We will have a pickup at 2:15 pm at the Metro IF folks are interested. Just email Beth by noon on Saturday, December 1, if you need a ride from the Metro, and we can coordinate locations.

Stay Connected

We look forward to connecting with you and this sacred community. For more information on Church of the Wild or this event, check out our website or email Sarah Anders, our Spiritual Leader, or Beth Norcross, the Executive Director of the Center for Spirituality in Nature.

Check out the video from our April 8 launch!

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Help Keep Church of the Wild Going

Church of the Wild is free of charge and open to all. We love leading this gathering, but we do have numerous expenses. We would be very grateful to those of you who are able to contribute as you can so that we can continue to offer this program to a broad range of participants.

Many thanks!

Directions

As you enter Dayspring, follow "Silent Retreat" signs. Following those signs, you will enter the woods and then come to a fork in the road. Follow the sign to "Church of the Wild parking." You can park in the Silent Retreat parking lot where there is a gate. Then follow the signs that say "Church of the Wild, walk this way" that will lead to the gathering place.

Photo credit: Thermodynamix, Creative Commons License

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11301 Neelsville Church Road

Germantown, MD 20854

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