New Seeds of Integration: A Wide-Awake Contemplative Experience
“Where there is no vision, the people perish; but blessed are those who heed wisdom’s way.”
— Proverbs 29:18
Wisdom: A way of sensing, seeing, and perceiving the sometimes-hidden wholeness behind reality; greater conscious connections between Spirit, self, others, and world.
Contemplative practices: Ways of exercising our Wisdom-perceiving muscles.
Our inner and outer landscapes are often constricted; our souls (soils) are tired. “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies,” Jesus said, “it can only be a single seed. But if it dies, it bears much fruit.”
What is planted in the Adamah (אדמה) can stir life or death in the humus of humanity. What are we cultivating?
Thomas Merton wrote over 50 years ago in New Seeds of Contemplation: “To enter into the realm of contemplation, one must in a certain sense die: but this death is in fact the entrance into a higher life. It is a death for the sake of life, which leaves behind all that we can know or treasure as life, as thought, as experience, as joy, as being. Every form of intuition and experience die to be born again on a higher level of life.”
Those of us yearning and working for a more loving, equitable planet experience dying in many forms:
Political upheaval, ecological devastation, racial oppression, social disintegration, and spiritual despair.
How can we continue working in our vital vocations — be we minister, artist, activist, teacher, parent — without depleting our soils or souls?
Is it possible to slow down and nourish ourselves with what truly sustains, even as we continue feeding others?
Is it possible to marry our outer work with inner energy?
At Wisdom Camp, we think so…and on the morning of the Wild Goose Festival launch, we intend to spend a day together exploring these wisdom-ways of seeing, these new seeds of integration!
Drawing on time-tested streams of contemplative seeing — from the spirituality of Jesus, the compost of Christianity, interspiritual and trans-racial lineages of Buddhism and Quaker practice, and more — this year’s Wisdom Camp brings us water from deep wells.
Join us as we set the table for:
- Divine communion
- Genuine play
- Seeing and being seen
- Healing silence
- Resting in our bodies
- Telling better stories
Come to this one-day celebration of contemplative practice, resourcing you for the life you live the rest of the year!
Check In for pre-festival events will be available on Wednesday from 1 pm to 5 pm, and Thursday from 7am to 9 am.
If you’re tent camping, there’s no additional campsite charge for Wednesday night.
Some campsite locations are restricted due to large venue tent construction in several areas.
RVr’s will need to purchase an additional night.