Exploring the Sacred Wild

a “re-wilding” retreat with eco-theologian, Mary DeJong

September 11-13, 2020

Nazareth Retreat Center, Bardstown, KY

During our weekend retreat, we will journey through story and ceremony as we remember the ancient understanding of our interconnection with an animate and sacred Earth. Together we will apply mythic imagination to the false narratives of separation which we have been told.  We will gather in a circle of women to behold stories, including our own, using both as ways to write a new script of the reverent interdependence we share with the natural world.

The spiritual realm where our souls meet the earth will be brought into conversation through a powerful experience of Joanna Macy’s ” Council of All Beings” ceremony. This communal ritual will hold space for participants to step aside from their human identity and speak on behalf of another form of life. This simple ceremony provides a powerful way to express our solidarity with all creatures in the web of life and give language to our deep ecological grief.

The arc of the weekend aims to provide rites, rituals, prayers and practices that will reconnect us to the reality that the Holy is here – that the Sacred is incarnate in fur, feather, and frond, desperately awaiting our remembrance (recognition?). Through this “re-wilding’ we will affirm our bold resilience and abiding hope.

Retreat will begin at 4 pm on Friday, September 11th and will end by 11 am  Sunday, September 13th at Nazareth Retreat Center in Bardstown, KY.  Five meals are included, beginning with Friday evening and ending at noontime meal on Sunday.  We will be housed in Nativity Hall and The Guest House.  (Rooms are available by 2 pm on Friday).  All rooms are single accommodations.   Please learn more about Nazareth Retreat Center by clicking here.

Cost for retreat:  $365    Registration includes a $100 non-refundable deposit with a balance due of $265 by June 30, 2020.  If you choose to pay by check, send email to dana@spiritofsophia.org to alert us that your check is in the mail – and send to:  Spirit of Sophia, P.O. Box 18, Harrods Creek, KY  40027.    MAX participants:  18





About our guide, Mary:

“Mary lives in Seattle, Washington’s Rainier Valley in Columbia City, at Hedgewood, a home that for over a decade has hosted community connection through the reclamation and restoration of a neighborhood forest. As a long-time urban naturalist, and practitioner and guide of place-based pilgrimage, DeJong has a  Masters in Theology & Culture with a focus in EcoTheology and several post-graduate certificates.  Her theoretical and praxis focus within deep ecology, ecotheology, ecopsychology and specialization in Thomas Berry’s Universe Story delves into why place matters, the sacramentality of creation, and how together this informs the development of our ecological self. Mary terms this work “sacred eco-awakening” and sees this as a critical and holy endeavor as it allows us to come to grievous terms of our human history and to posture ourselves once again side-by-side with the whole of creation.”  To learn more about Mary, her work and retreats, click here.