2019 Events Calendar

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

First Sunday of the Month - Earth Sunday for Children and Youth

January 6 and February 3 - Church of the Wild at Dayspring

March 15 Contemplative Earth Prayer Seminar for Shalem

March 19 Spring Equinox Ceremony

March 28 - May 28 Thursday Evening Class -- Sacred Cricles: Nourishing the Space Between Us

May 5 Spring Wildflower Walk

June 21 Summer Solstice Ceremony

September 13-15 Nature and Soul Retreat at Rolling Ridge

September 22 Autumn Equinox Ceremony

October 5 Solar House Tour

December 21 Winter Solstice Ceremony

Earth Sunday For Children and Youth


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 6 & February 3

Church of the Wild at Dayspring 3 PM

Theme: Spirituality Laid Bare

Join us as we gather around the fire this January for Church of the Wild at Dayspring honoring the theme of Spirituality Laid Bare

As our familiar landscapes become quiet, bare, and wintry, we have the opportunity to find spaciousness - spiritually and physically. There is an openness in winter that allows us to connect to the silence and solitude. As Annie Dillard describes: When the leaves fall, the spriptease is over; things stand mute and revealed. Everywhere skies extend, vistas deepen, walls become windows, doors open .. all that summer hides, winter reveals.

Join us as we gather around the fire to reflect on what is being revealed in nature and in our spiritual lives. How do you see spirituality different in winter?

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 (at no cost) at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/church-of-the-wild-spirituality-laid-bare-part-2-tickets-54608615840



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 19 (exact date and time to be determined)

Spring Equinox Ceremony

In this Spring Equinox Ceremony we honor and give thanks for the new trees recently planted at Dayspring. Inspired by the Thanksgiving Address -- the "Words Before All Else," from the Native People known as the Iroquois, we give thanks to the trees.
"With one mind, we greet and thank the Tree life."

We will meet outside the Farmhouse at 7 PM for a ceremony of song, silent wander, and dance, expressing our thanks to the trees. 
Please let us know (jimhallmd@yahoo.com) if you plan to come. Note: The actual moment of equinox occurs on March 20 at 12:15 PM.

Thursday Evenings, March 28 - May 23, 2019

Sacred Circles: Nourishing the Space Between Us

Whatever is going on in God is a flow that's like a dance. God is not just the dancer. God is the dance itself. -- Fr. Richard Rohr

The reign of God is in your midst/is among you. -- Luke 17:21

The difficulty we come up against in our work together, in our attempts to build community, is that we do not know how to think like a village. -- Francis Weller, in Living a Soulful Life and Why it Matters

What does it look like to, "Think like a village?" In eight Gatherings on Thursday evenings this Spring we will nourish the space between us through poetry, stories, songs, dances, ritual and ceremony and time in nature. Themes we will reflect on will include: coming from gratitude, beguiled by beauty, sacred imagination, loss and sorrow -- finding  the gold in the darkness, intrinsic hope, becoming a true elder, and facing new experiences and the unknown.

Gatherings will be from 7:30 to 9:00 PM , and after the first one on March 28, will be preceded by dinner at 6:30. There will be no class during Holy Week (April 18). These Gatherings will be led by Cheryl Hellner and Jim Hall from the Earth Ministry mission group. They have been teaching and leading retreats together at Dayspring since 1983.

To register please read and fill out the registration form at