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Embracing Darkness: December Gathering

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Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry & Retreat Center

16869 Taylors Landing Road

Sharpsburg, MD 21782

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As we approach the winter solstice, the days shorten. Perhaps this is a time to embrace the darkness of the season and our lives.

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The dark night of the soul comes just before revelation. When everything is lost and all seems darkness, then comes the new life and all that is needed. ~ Joseph Campbell

It's tempting to reach toward the light when things seem particularly unclear, unsettled. But might we befriend the darkness, allowing ourselves to stay in the place of not-knowing just a little longer, absorbing the wisdom of the dark night, waiting until our eyes are rested and we are able to see the path ahead? Let's explore this possibility together, informed by the natural rhythms of Earth, and reflect on what is possible and invited for us personally at this time.

We'll start at 3:00pm but come a little early to sign in, set up your chair and settle in. After introductions to each other and some sharing, we'll move into 30-40 minutes of silence where you'll be invited to walk on your own along the trails through the trees. Of course you may remain seated in silence if you so choose. After your silent walk, we'll come back together to share before we complete our time together.

Please note that if the weather is unusually cold, snowy or rainy, it will influence where we meet, e.g. pavillion, around the fire pit. Watch for an email to everyone registered that will provide more details.

Bring your lawn chair, reusable water bottle, and your journal if you choose. Please wear your masks while coming and going. There is no charge for Church of the Wild; however we will accept donations to pay for the space at Shepherd's Spring so remember to bring cash if you wish to contribute.

Church of the Wild ~ Two Rivers is an always forming community of like-hearted souls, meeting in the midst of and drawing inspiration from the beauty of the living earth. Our intent is to deepen our connection to the Holy by being more fully present, open and available in each moment. We learn from the earth and trees, the waters and sky, and from all living beings, human and non-human.

You are welcome! We welcome anyone who seeks to deepen their spirituality through time in nature. Whatever your religious tradition, or if you have none, Christian or otherwise, no matter your gender identity or sexual orientation, you are welcome here.

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16869 Taylors Landing Road

Sharpsburg, MD 21782

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