Founder & Lead Guide
Hi, I'm Matt. I want to live my life in service to decomposing the dying institutional forms of religion, the broken images of a colonial Christendom. I am here to remystifying the divine image, that feral and visionary seed at the heart of the world itself. There is a deep psycho-spiritual alchemy at work in our age of awakening that gives me hope, as more people turn to the old wisdom of perennial Earth-based traditions. I don't believe that religion has no place anymore. But it must be rewilded, remystified, returned to the primal headwaters of Life. I believe what we are really longing for, and even beginning to experience, is the emergence of a new myth. A dream tapestry of mycelial threads are beginning to connect us across time and space. Not just more fancy words and impotent policy but the return of deep magic, of the animal powers and the sacred poetics needed to decompose the old destructive narratives, the dying culture and Western worldview. Deep in the heated microbial soil of the sacred Earth is the memory and wisdom unearthed by visionaries that has always been carried in myth. It is in our bones. It is the food we eat. It is what sustains our unique quests for Mystery, belonging and purpose. This treasure is no longer found in temples made by human hands, but in the wild and sacred places of Earth and the soul. It is only the nutriment of numinous vision and dreams that hold out the possibility of rebirthing new forms of life-enhancing communities in the Western World. These may just be the ramblings of a madman, or they may be a cry for sanity, for real love, for homecoming.
I have a background in the Christian mystical tradition, and more recently in the visionary lineage of Animas Valley Institute, certified as a Wild Mind Guide in nature-based human development, currently training as a Soul Initiation Guide. I come from a line of Sami ancestors who lived in northern Sweden in unceded lands called Sapmi, and Salthammer ancestors on an old Norwegian homestead that was once a Viking funerary site of sacred ritual now deserted except for seven crumbled rune-stones. In 2014 I founded Church of Lost Walls, a Denver Wild Church seeking to step across the threshold into a community based on sacred-reciprocity, relationship with the watershed, wild sacramental worship, and a commitment to ecological education and justice. In 2018 I co-founded Seminary of the Wild, an eco-ministry leadership and movement hub for a wilder spirituality. I am an artist, poet and writer which is where creative alchemy originates. I am a novice storyteller and lover of myth.
Growth & Depth Oriented Mentoring:
Soulcraft and Wild Mind approaches (Animas Valley Institute) and practices including:
Deep Imaginal Work
Leadership Coaching & Systems
Archetypal & Depth Psychology
Anthropology & Ritual
"As a board certified psychiatrist, I myself have had both years of life coaching and psychotherapy. I can say without a doubt that I have never experienced any inner work as effective as I have with Matt Syrdal. Trained in the Animus Valley Institute traditions of Soulcraft and dreamwork, Matt was able to help me to rapidly access my core life's work desires and values (otherwise known as "true self") and begin to restructure my life in a way that is most consistent with those values. The work I have done with Matt over the last three months has rapidly brought me to a place where at age 61, I finally have a much clearer direction on what I want to be when I grow up. Matt is a phenomenal coach and mentor and I cannot recommend him highly enough."
- Si Steinberg / Psychiatrist
"Matt is a deeply gifted spiritual guide and mentor. His gentle wisdom and deep listening can distil the inner elixir, facilitate healing and wholling, and thin the apparent veil between Mystery and all beings. Matt is profoundly gifted in illuminating the treasure within to 'bring forth what is within you' (Gos. Thom.), so that your unique gifts can be recognised, witnessed, nurtured and offered. This is soul nectar at its most mysterious and transformative. Matt has a prophetic voice in articulating the rewilding of the Christ traditions, richly drawing in the mysteries of Earth-based wisdom and ancestral myth, and stirring fresh reconnection with our deepest roots. For any soul work or deepening exploration, I cannot recommend Matt highly enough."- Sarah Prime
"The first thing that impressed upon me when meeting Matt was the deep calm of his presence. Presence is one of the best gifts he brings to each session. He listens deeply and invites me into actionable steps to interact with the Wisdom arising out of the session. He encourages me to more fully inhabit my authentic, embodied self. He appropriately shares his own experiences in ministry and points in directions of helpful resources for my work as pastor. His depth of training and experience provide a solid basis for the journey of growth upon which he accompanies me. I am so grateful to be able to work with him!"
- Jule Nyhuis / Pastor