Wild Sacrament & Mycelial Imagination
Online Intensive | September 6, 8, 10
But when I lean over the chasm of myself—
my God is dark
and like a web: a hundred roots
This is the ferment I grow out of.
More I don’t know, because my branches
rest in deep silence, stirred only by the wind.
"Wild Sacrament & Mycelial Imagination" Online Intensive | September 6, 8, 10
Three online days (Mountain Timezone):
Wednesday (6th) 9 am - 2 pm
Friday (8th) 9 am - 2 pm
Sunday (10th) 1 pm - 3 pm
[Thursdays and Saturdays will be asynchronous solo wanders and practices on your own time.]
- Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Anita Barrows
Deep in the dream-realm of myth and poetic imagination lies visionary treasure waiting to be uncovered, like something of inestimable value. This treasure is one's unique image, a 'seed' of psycho-spiritual becoming, a greater night, an emergence dreamed of stars and dust, woven in the living waters of myth and the stories of ancestors, vibrating in the songs and patterns of the Earth. We are all born to encounter this "treasure hidden in the field" of soul and Earth. The indigenous streams of ancient Celtic, Hebrew, and many other Earth-based myth offered a path traveled by saints, mystics, poets and shamans through the ages and are available for us today.
Through the lenses of mycelial imagination and wild sacrament, this module aims to reawaken the animate and ecstatic powers of Earth and soul, fostering a new vision for the healing of sacred land and the possibility of renewing human culture. This online intensive will explore the little known archetype and hidden myth of the Green Christ, that has grown underneath the linear theologies and patriarchal traditions of Christianity. Deep in the compost of our dying cultural ways spreads an ancient vine growing from the myths of cosmic tree at the navel of the world. Green Christ carries the wisdom of divine eros, ritual embodiment, movement, ecstatic trance, celebration of life, for the redemption of sacred land. We will explore myth as interstitial, relational story with its own ecosystem spreading, mycelia-like through oral tradition, fermenting in ritual community and subversive embodiment. A return to the virtuous cycle which holds all the vegetal powers of death, decay, and regrowth.
By exploring ancient archetypes of the divine, participants might rediscover the full mythic experience of incarnation, reconnecting with the somatic, erotic, and instinctual aspects of their being. Through this exploration, they will encounter an elemental Christ intertwined with nature-based images within animistic traditions, fostering a sense of immanence and intimacy with Mystery in their daily lives, livelihoods, and community. Experience a transformative pathway towards a more holistic and interconnected way of being.
September 6,8,10: "Wild Sacrament & Mycelial Imagination" includes:
A six-day intensive including three guided online days with the cohort (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) and three asynchronous days for solo-wandering on the land and practices on your own)
Access to pre-recorded seedings & downloadable practices.
Recommended readings for further study
A one-on-one follow-up mentoring session with your guide after the intensive.
Myth & Eco-Spirituality
Practices we will explore:
Dreamwork in the morning sessions
Sacred Art, Poetry & Journaling
Movement & Embodiment Practices
Working with Mytho-scapes
Guided group processes including the Way of Council and Art of Mirroring (adapted from Animas Valley Institute).
Consciousness-shifting practices & invitations to solo wanders on the land for deep reconnection.
You may have sensed it, glimpsed it deep within you - a passion that ignites you, a call, a gentle but persistent whisper in your deepest self, a humming at the ear of your soul in the night.
The treasure allures us, and may also unsettle us. The path may lead us through our own hidden depths and wounds. Perhaps something in us must die amidst the birthpains of our germination. But without this germination, the most precious part of us will remain unlived, and Mystery shares in our grief at its loss.
If this treasure within each of us remains dormant, undiscovered or unlived, a unique fragment of the face of Mystery will be lost forever - and the infinitely creative, abundant and breathtaking mosaic of this Face will include blanks, gaps and missing pieces.