2020 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 5 and February 2 - Church of the Wild at Dayspring

March 1 Church of the Wild at Dayspring

March 13 Contemplative Earth Prayer Seminar for Shalem

March 21 Spring Equinox Ceremony

March 27-29 Silent Retreat: Wild Hope in the Time of Earth's song and Suffering (canceled due to pandemic)

May 3 Spring Wildflower Walk (canceled due to pandemic)

June 20 Summer Solstice Ceremony

September 11-13 Soul Nature Retreat at Rolling Ridge (canceled due to pandemic)

September 22 Autumn Equinox Ceremony

October 3 Solar House Tour (canceled due to pandemic)

November 1 and December 6 Wild Earth Spiritual Community at Dayspring

December 20 Winter Solstice Ceremony

January 3 and February 7, 2021 Wild Earth Spiritual Community at Dayspring




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 5, February 2, and March 1

Church of the Wild at Dayspring 3 PM

Theme: Deepening Oneness Through Spiritual Practice

March: The Practice of Waiting

We're returning to Dayspring this month and continuing our theme of Deepening Oneness through spiritual practice. We'll focus on the Practice of Waiting. At this time of climate catastrophe, waiting may seem contrary to our penchant for swinging into action. Yet what if, in waiting, we find the peace and equilibrium that best guides us as we strive to be part of reshaping the world? We'll look at how nature thrives in waiting, and how waiting empowers our spiritual lives in transformative ways.

About Church of the Wild DC-VA-MD

Coming from many faith traditions, Church of the Wild gathers monthly in the Metro DC area to honor the mutual indwelling of the Divine with the Earth and all of its beings, remembering our sacred interconnection and interdependence through contemplative spiritual practices, music, and wanderings. As participants in the web of creation, we seek to be attentive to the Holy in our midst and invite one another to come home to the sacred ecological ground in which we live. This groundedness guides us to live from a place of deeper compassion, care and gratitude for all living things.

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.eventbrite.com/e/church-of-the-wild-the-practice-of-waiting-tickets-95432448021

 

 






 

March 15, 2019

Contemplative Earth Prayer

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 21 at 6PM

Spring Equinox Ceremony


On Saturday 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.

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 6 pm for this ceremony of song, 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. For questions and information call Jim or Cheryl at 301-916-4827.



Wild Hope in a time of Earth's song and Suffering: A Silent Retreat at Dayspring

March 27-29, 2020 [Canceled due to pandemic]

We live in the time of the sixth mass extinction of species -- animals and plants -- on Earth. How can we open our hearts wide enough to take in the cry of all our relations in the great web of life and, at the same time, hold our hearts open to each deloicate wildflower rising inthe woods and the song of birds returning to the fields?  


Through poetry, story, music and wandering in the early spring woods and fields we will carry this question. And perhaps in doing so, we may glimpse a deeper, wilder hope than we have yet imagined. 

Leaders: Jim Hall and Cheryl Hellner are experienced retreat leaders who live and work in Earth Ministry at Dayspring.

Weekend retreats run Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. The silence begins Friday night after dinner when the leader opens the retreat and introduces the theme. The leader usually offers brief meditations with morning and evening prayers on Saturday. The silence ends late-morning Sunday with a time of sharing and worship, followed by lunch and departure.

For more information and to register go to 

http://www.dayspringretreat.org/events/321




 



May 5, 2019

Spring Wildflower Walk

[Canceled due to pandemic]

Join us for a spring wildflower walk at Dayspring Creek after worship on Sunday May 5. We will leave at noon from the Farmhouse and return by 1:30 pm. Bring a snack to eat ahead of time if you wish. The walk is a little over a mile round-trip. The trail is steep  in some places, rough and rocky in other places. Among the flowers we expect to see are wild columbine and rue anemone.






June 20 -- 7 PM at Dayspring

Summer Solstice Ceremony

On the evening of the Summer 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 sun's light, for the beauty and abundance of summer gardens and fields, for the blessing of life itself.


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.


So we invite you to  join us. 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. There we will do a simple dance, listen to a poem or two, and read together the 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.




September 11-13 -- Retreat at Rolling Ridge Study Retreat

A Soul-nature retreat (Theme to be announced)   Leaders: Jim Hall and Cheryl Hellner

[canceled due to pandemic]

In soul-nature retreats we step out of our busy, sometimes frantic and undernourished lives and into places of quiet beauty in wild forest and meadow. We wander beside splashing creeks and still waters. In this other world of nature and soul we are touched by the numinous presences of the Holy. We gather together for sharing our stories, for songs and poems, and for sacred dance.


In these deeply troubled and uncertain times, nothing is more important than that we do this -- for ourselves, yes, but even  more, for larger community of all life that longs for our return.





September 22   6:30 PM at Dayspring

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 3

Solar House Tour
Simple Gifts Cottages and Greenhouse at Dayspring
Saturday, October 5 from 11am - 5 pm

[canceled due to pandemic]

Grace, beauty, and ecological integrity.  These are the principles embodied in the Earth Ministry Simple Gifts project at Dayspring.  This project has arisen out of a passion to explore ways of living more simply, justly, and in harmony with the Earth. 

The Simple Gifts project includes two staff cottages and a solar, straw-bale greenhouse.  Each cottage is 1250 square feet, and is designed to provide a well-crafted and energy-efficient home for a couple or a small family. The cottages have accomplished this in different ways; between them they include the following features: passive solar heating and cooling, well-insulated walls and roof (structural insulated panels/ blown cellulose), top energy efficient windows and appliances, insulating window shades, living roof, FSC-certified framing lumber, geothermal heating and cooling, grid-tied and grid-independent photovoltaic panels, solar hot water, masonry heater, oak and cherry trim from trees on the land, earth plaster and milk paint wall finishes, stained concrete slab floors, bamboo floors, fiber-cement composite siding and trim, roof water collection and landscaping with native plants. Integration of these features and "simple living" practices have resulted in these cottages being nearly zero-energy homes and a delight to live in.


The solar, straw-bale, year-round greenhouse and permaculture gardens demonstrate one approach to meeting the need for healthy, nourishing, locally grown food.  The greenhouse incorporates stone, wood, and clay from the land.






 

November 1 and December 6 

Wild Earth spiritual Community at Dayspring 3 PM

Theme: Deepening our Oneness Through Spiritual Practice

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.

Church of the Wild DC MD VA: 

Church of the Wild gathers together monthly to honor the mutual indwelling of the Divine with the Earth and all of its beings, remembering our sacred interconnection and interdependence through multi-traditional spiritual practices, music, and solo or group wanderings. As participants in the web of creation, we seek to be attentive to the Holy in our midst and invite one another to come home to the sacred ecological ground in which we live. This groundedness guides us to live from a place of deeper compassion, care, and gratitude for all living things.

VERY IMPORTANT -- please register (no cost) via https://www.centerforspiritualityinnature.org/church-of-the-wild














December 20 at 6 PM at Dayspring

Winter Solstice Ceremony

On the evening of 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

So we invite you to  join us. We begin at 5 PM at the Dayspring Farmhouse and walk in silence and simple presence to a place near the stone labyrinth overlooking the fields. We light the fire, and then gather around and listen to a poem or two. Then we take time on our own to  wander and greet the other-than-human ones around us, and finally regather and read together the Thanksgiving Address as given us by the Haudenosaunee (also known as the Iroquois or Six Nations). The ceremony will finish by 5:45. 

All are welcome, including children. 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.