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DAYSPRING EARTH MINISTRY 
AWAKENING TO THE DREAM OF THE EARTH

2022 Events Calendar

(Scroll down for details -- as they become available) 

First Sunday of the Month - Earth Sunday for Children and Youth (suspended due to pandemic)

January 9, February 6, and March  6 - Wild Earth Spiritual Community at Dayspring

March 11 Contemplative Earth Prayer Seminar with Shalem Institute at Bon Secours

March 22 Spring Equinox Ceremony

April 1-3 Wild Hope in the time of Earth's Song and Suffering at Dayspring Silent Retreat

April 13 Simple Gifts Tour for University of Maryland Architecture design studio

June 21 Summer Solstice Ceremony

September 21 Autumn Equinox Ceremony

October 14-16 Soul Nature Retreat at Rolling Ridge

November 6 and December 4 Wild Earth Spiritual Community at Dayspring

December 22 Winter Solstice Ceremony
 

Earth Sunday For Children and Youth

[suspended due to pandemic]

On the first Sunday of every month we have Earth Sunday For Children and Youth at Dayspring Church.  Following a Teaching/Story in worship, we explore the meadows, woodlands, creek valleys and ponds of Dayspring, letting God's word speak to us through all of creation. We try to let ourselves experience whatever the outdoor conditions of the day offer us, with appropriate clothing and footwear, but when needed we may take shelter in the solar greenhouse or a comfortable room upstairs in the Farmhouse. Some photographs of our activities are in the image gallery.

If you plan to join us some first Sunday, please call ahead of time to check about any special preparations to make for the activity planned (301-916-4827).  For information about Dayspring Church worship please call 301-515-4399.
January 3, February 7, and March 7

Wild Earth Spiritual Community at Dayspring 3 PM Theme: Walking the Wildly Sacred Path

With vaccines shipped and inoculations begun, we begin this year in hope that our global CoVid ordeal will soon be behind us. We gaze ahead in anticipation of maskless socializing and increased activity. Yet as we emerge from isolation, we risk putting on another mask - a mask of tameness and sameness - a mask that restricts our instinctual, intuitive self. In a crowd of voices, we risk not hearing what is whispering in the wind. With a full calendar, we risk external activities crowding the chance of internal guidance. As we move more quickly, we risk not seeing the Divine in the natural world, and we forget that we belong to a greater community.

Join us for the first of a six part series on Walking the Wildly Sacred Path. What does it mean to walk the wildly sacred path in 2021, and how does the natural world inform our journey?

About Wild Earth Spiritual Community (Formerly Church of the wild  DC-MD-VA)

We seek to live in deeper relationship with Earth, Divine Presence and each other. We gather twice monthly in sacred, natural woodlands in the Metro DC area. We are a diverse, inclusive and inter-spiritual community.  Our gatherings combine contemplative spiritual practices with songs and chants, drumming, silent wandering and fellowship. Our practices enhance and grow our commitment to Earth and Her Beings, informing the work we do individually and collectively in the outer world.​

We are a member of the Wild Church Network.

Please register for this free gathering so that we can keep you up-to-date on event information, including what to bring, directions, parking information, and weather-related changes! Register at https://www.wildearthspiritual.org/
Dayspring Earth Ministry


Contemplative Earth Prayer

March 11, 2022

Workshop for Shalem Institute of Spiritual Formation Program

Contemplative Earth prayer is about seeing God in all things and seeing all things in God, deepening our awareness of God in nature.
As we wander in the natural world we enter into a prayer that is already happening. The natural world is not just a backdrop for prayer, but the prayer itself. In this way of prayer we restore our ancient citizenship in the sacred world around us, a world that greets us, welcomes us home.
In this workshop we experience this prayer as we walk on the land, as we engage our bodies with the body of the Earth, as we bring images to a four seasons wheel and reflect on how the natural world mirrors our inner world. We share stories of our experiences of the wildness and mystery of God as we have encountered it in deep forests, vast deserts, mountains, and in backyards, parks, and gardens where we live.
For participants in the year-long Shalem Institute program Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats.
March 22 at 6:45 PM

Spring Equinox Ceremony


Cheer-cheerful-charmer, the bluebird sings, 
bidding us to attend to the real business of this season!

On Tuesday evening following the Spring Equinox we come together for a ceremony both ancient and new to honor and give thanks for the precious gifts of life that Spring embodies. This Spring we open our hearts to beauty and new life in this season that holds the balance between the dark and light. 

In this time when all life is endangered, much is out of sync, and we are too much caught in darkness, it is especially important to grow in gratitude to the Earth for all the ways Earth nourishes and renews us -- awakens dream and imagination in us -- gives us courage to blossom and bear fruit. Maybe even to sing a song of cheer. 

 We will gather outside the Dayspring Farmhouse at 6:45 pm and walk to the labyrinth fire circle for this ceremony of poetry, silent wander, and shared prayer on the land, inspired by the "Thanksgiving Address" (the "Words Before All Else") of the Native People known as the Iroquois. After the ceremony, there is an option to linger around the fire for a time of reflection on finding hope and balance in these times. 

 Aware of the current pandemic, please do not join us if you are sick; face coverings are optional. For questions and information call Jim and Cheryl/Dayspring Earth Ministry at 301-916-4827.
June 22 -- 7 PM at Dayspring

Summer Solstice Ceremony

An Invitation to a Gathering of Summer Earth Wisdom and Beauty

On Tuesday evening of the Summer Solstice, we come together to remember and give thanks: for the gifts of the sun's light, for the beauty and abundance of summer gardens and fields, for the wisdom of Earth herself. It matters -- perhaps more than we will ever know -- that we do this. That were member to give thanks and bless the Earth in this way.

We begin at 7 PM at the Dayspring Farmhouse and walk in silence and simple presence to a place near the stone labyrinth overlooking the fields for this ceremony of poems, songs, and prayers of gratitude inspired by the ancient Thanksgiving Address as given us by the Haudenosaunee (also known as the Iroquois or Six Nations). The ceremony will finish by 8:00. All are welcome, including children.

Aware of the current pandemic, we ask that you not join us if you are sick. Since this ceremony is entirely outdoors, in the event of thunderstorms the gathering is cancelled. For questions and information call Jim or Cheryl at Dayspring Earth Ministry -- 301-916-4827.
September 21 6:30 PM at Dayspring (tentative)

Autumn Equinox Ceremony

On the evening of the Autumnal Equinox we will gather at the Farmhouse and walk through the fields to a hill overlooking the fields of goldenrod. Join us as we take time to give thanks for the many beautiful aspects of the natural world here at Dayspring. As the season turns from the exuberance of summer to the time of harvest and letting go, we mark this passage with ceremony.

We will meet at the Farmhouse at 6:30 pm and then walk in silence through the golden fields.  We will be sharing the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address with time for silence both before and after the address.

For questions or to let us know you’ll be coming, please contact: Jim or Cheryl at 301-916-4827

October 14-16 
Soul Nature Retreat at Rolling  Ridge

leaders: Jim Hall, Cheryl Hellner, and Lindsay MacLaughlin
begins Friday, October 14 at 4 PM and ends Sunday October 16 after lunch at noon
a detailed description will be available soon
November 7 and December 5

Wild Earth Spiritual Community at Dayspring 2:45 - 4:30 PM

Theme: To Be announced

Join us as we gather around the fire this November for Church of the Wild at Dayspring honoring the theme of Deepening our Oneness Through Spiritual practice. Park at the Farmhouse and follow signs to the labyrinth fire circle.

Special: For those who would like to drum, join us a few minutes before 3 PM for a drum circle around the fire. Please bring your own drum or pick up a percussion instrument in the circle.

Please register for this event at https://www.wildearthspiritual.org/upcoming-events

About Wild Earth Spiritual Community (Formerly Church of the wild  DC-MD-VA)  We seek to live in deeper relationship with Earth, Divine Presence and each other. We gather twice monthly in sacred, natural woodlands in the Metro DC area. We are a diverse, inclusive and inter-spiritual community.  Our gatherings combine contemplative spiritual practices with songs and chants, drumming, silent wandering and fellowship. Our practices enhance and grow our commitment to Earth and Her Beings, informing the work we do individually and collectively in the outer world.​

We are a member of the Wild Church Network.
December 22 at 7 PM at Dayspring 

Winter Solstice Ceremony

On the evening just after the Winter solstice, at a time when there is so much heart-breaking news about our Sacred Earth Community, we come together to remember and give thanks: for the gifts of the darkness, for the beauty and deep rest of the winter season, and the promise of the coming light.

It matters -- perhaps more than we will ever know -- that we do this. That we remember to give thanks and bless the Earth in this way

We invite you to join us. We will begin at 7 PM at the Dayspring Farmhouse and then walk as pilgrims in the darkness in silence along the roads leading to the fire ring near the stone labyrinth. As we go, we will pause several times to listen to poems and readings that invite us into nourishing darkness. 

As we gather by the labyrinth we will light the fire to awaken the divine light in each one of us that we may “bear the light in unbearable times” as the poet Jan Richardson suggests. We will join in reading together portions of the Thanksgiving Address as given us by the Haudenosaunee (also known as the Iroquois or Six Nations). The ceremony will finish by 8 PM. 

Aware of the current pandemic, please do not join us if you are sick and keep physical distance when we gather. Wear a face covering if you wish. Please come dressed for the weather and bring a flashlight. Questions or to let us know you'll be joining us? Please contact Jim Hall or Cheryl Hellner at jimhallmd@yahoo.com.