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DAYSPRING EARTH MINISTRY-- AWAKENING TO THE DREAM OF THE EARTH

2021 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 14 and 25; February 11 and 25 - Fireside Chats: The Sacred Land and Ecosystem of Dayspring

January 3, February7, and March 7 - Wild Earth Spiritual Community at Dayspring

March 21 Spring Equinox Ceremony

March 29 Coming Down to Earth: Finding Our Place in the Great Economy

June 22 Summer Solstice Ceremony

September 10-11 Soul Nature Retreat at Rolling Ridge: Pilgrimage on the Wild Earth: Finding Holy Ground in a Time of Unknowing

September 21 Autumn Equinox Ceremony

November 7 and December 5 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 14 and 25; February 11 and 25

The Sacred Land and Ecosystem of Dayspring

Fireside chats by zoom, 7 - 8:30 PM

Through the tender mercy of our God, with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.                       Luke 1:78-79

We all love the sacred land of Dayspring. But what do we know about the ecosystems of this sacred land? Hear the “back story” of our Water, Earth-geology, Fields, Trees, Birds and Fauna

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/
March 21 at 5:45 PM

Spring Equinox Ceremony

On Sunday 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 new life that spring forth from Creation and from the Creator in this season. This spring we will focus on gardens, gardening/growing food/farming in this time of so much hunger in our country and around the world.

In this time when the peril of Earth has increased and all life is endangered, it is especially vital that we do this; that we take time to express our gratitude to the Earth for all the ways Earth nourishes and renews us. Earth awakens dream and imagination in us. Earth gives us courage to blossom and bear fruit.

We will gather outside the Dayspring Farmhouse at 5:45 pm 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. Aware of the current pandemic, please do not join us if you are sick, keep physical distance when we gather, and wear a face covering. For questions and information call Jim or Cheryl at 301-916-4827.
March 29 2-4 PM Workshop for Faith and Money Network and the Memphis Seminary

Coming Down to Earth: Finding our Place in the Great Economy

How can we begin to live within the reality that our human economy can only exist and thrive within the larger economy of the Earth -- the reality that endless economic growth cannot happen on a finite planet? Today this question grows more and more urgent as we witness the devastation of Earth’s health, beauty and diversity, the impending collapse of our climate, and the growing injustice and fragility of our political and social systems.

In this workshop we ponder this question as we visually experience the land, surprised anew by the mystery and dream of the Creator in field and forest, pond and creek valley -- as we visit a simple living project, permaculture gardens, solar powered pottery studio featuring fair trade gifts -- we ask ourselves: what is our small yet beautiful place in this wondrous world and its economy? 

Presenters - Jim Hall, Earth Ministry and Jean Brown, Earthen Hands Ministry at Dayspring
June 22 -- 7 PM at Dayspring

Summer Solstice Ceremony

An Invitation to a Gathering of Summer Earth Wisdom and Beauty

On Tuesday evening following 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, a circle dance, 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 7:45. All are welcome, including children.

Aware of the current pandemic, we ask that you not join us if you are sick. If you are not fully vaccinated, please wear a face covering. No bathrooms are open here so plan accordingly. For questions and information call Jim or Cheryl at Dayspring Earth Ministry -- 301-916-4827.
September 10-11 Retreat at Rolling Ridge

Pilgrimage on the Wild Earth: Finding Holy Ground in a Time of Unknowing

A soul and nature retreat
September 10, 7-9 PM on zoom at home
September 11, 10 AM to 5 PM on the land at Rolling Ridge

Everything is plundered, betrayed, sold,
Death’s great black wing scrapes the air, 
Misery gnaws to the bone.
Why then do we not despair? 

By day, from the surrounding woods,
Cherries blow summer into town;
At night the deep transparent skies
Glitter with new galaxies,

And the miraculous comes so close
To the ruined, dirty houses --Something not known to anyone at all,
But wild in our breast for centuries.                                                                                                                                             --  Anna Akhmatova

In this time when the center cannot be found on the outside, mythic storyteller Michael Meade says it has to be found on the inside. On this retreat we will seek to find that sacred center inside us as we walk the land at Rolling Ridge, rich in possibility of numinous encounter with the holy.

We will carry with us in our backpacks these beautiful questions:
How are we being shown what can sustain us and even allow us to thrive in a time of uncertainty, unknowing, and continuing chaos?

How can we find the holy ground within us?

How can we be deeply, viscerally connected with and companioned by the Wild in this time of ongoing storm and planetary peril?

The retreat will begin on Friday evening in our own homes with a session by zoom from 7-9 PM when we will introduce the theme, share stories of how our hearts have been opened to the holy in both suffering and joy in this pandemic time, and be invited into ceremonial time and the mystery of dreams.

On Saturday we will gather together on the land at Rolling Ridge from 10 AM to 5 PM for a generous time of wandering in solitude, for story and poetry, art and circle dance, ceremony and song. We will close our day with a sacred wisdom circle.

This program is for people of all faiths and all those seeking to know the beauty and wisdom of the sacred Earth.

Retreat Leaders: Jim Hall,Cheryl Hellner, and Lindsay McLaughlin longtime members of Rolling Ridge Study Retreat, have apprenticed nature-based soulwork through numerous programs for many years.

The Saturday portion of the retreat will be held outdoors at Rolling Ridge, a 1400-acre tract of wild forest near Harpers Ferry, WV. Access is by private vehicle only. The last mile is over a gravel mountain road. Please plan to arrive at 9:30 AM so we can start promptly at 10 AM. Park at the Study Retreat Center where bathrooms will be available.  You are responsible for bringing your own food and water and clothing and footwear appropriate for the weather. In the event of light or intermittent rain, the program will take place. You must be fully vaccinated to participate in this retreat.

Cost for program is $50

Spaces are limited. Register early. To register, contact Lindsay McLaughlin at lindsay.mclaughlin66@gmail.com
Holy Ground [Collage]. Doug Van Houten©
used by permission
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
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.