Earthing Faith Retreat Day – 6th June 2013

Connecting with God and nature

contemplative in style + practical in nature

Thursday, 6th June 2013

Wonder and awe are important sources of spiritual growth for many of us, and such transcendent moments, when we feel deeply connected to something bigger than themselves, often occur in nature.

Join us for an exploration into nature based Christian practices and natural theology with guest facilitator Bruce Stanley, author of the new book Forest Church: A Field Guide to Nature Connection For Groups and Individuals and hosted by Matt Freer, Diocesan Environment Officer.

This retreat style day will explore the relevance of natural theology to our faith, with lots of space for guided practical exercises interwoven as we walk through the woods.

What is Forest Church? The idea is a fresh expression in nature, and drawing on contemporary research that highlights the benefits of spending time with nature in wild places. Read about the new book here.

The day will take place in Wytham Woods just outside Oxford and will be largely based outdoors.

Cost: £22 per person, which will include refreshments, but attendees are asked to bring a packed lunch. Spaces are limited to 25 people, and booking for the day is essential.

Please note: As the day will require walking in the woods and uneven surfaces participants will need to be physically fit to walk in such terrain. Although we hope for a sunny day participants will also need to dress appropriately for all weather conditions.

Questions? Contact Matt Freer, Diocesan Environment Officer.

* Sorry the day is now fully booked – come to the evening gathering instead – see below *

Can’t make it? Join us for the Earthing Faith network gathering in the evening instead.

The next Earthing Faith network gathering will take place in the evening of the 6th June at Wytham Woods – 7.30pm-9.30pm. The focus for the evening will be to introduce the idea of Forest Church and explore together how we might nurture expressions of Forest Church in our local areas and hear from those already running Forest Church groups. This will be free of charge and open to anyone, so if you can’t come to the day itself please also feel welcome to join us for the evening. Join the Earthing Faith network mailing list to automatically get more details.

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