Ongoing Accompaniment to the Rewilding Wheel
Spiritual practices are patterns of “routine, regular, and repeated” practice that when regularly engaged, one will discover transformation and soul-connection. However, throughout a long history within many spiritual and religious traditions, these practices have pursued transcendence or detachment from the earth as a way to fully meet the Sacred, the Great Mystery, or who many understand as God. Eco-theologian Thomas Berry taught that the earth is “a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects.” He made up the word “inscendence” to describe a way of belonging to reality that does not aspire to float above it. He invited us, on behalf of the Earth community, to lead soulful lives of connection, reverence, mystery, grace, and wholeness within the natural world.
However, the Western world is fundamentally unpracticed at this sort of interconnection with the more-than-human world and seeing creation with sacred reverence. Spiritual practices that continue to maintain a spirit of separation from the earth fundamentally will not do the much needed work of connecting us meaningfully and profoundly to our places. The current reality of our climate and consciousness raising times demands that we re-cover practices that engage us fully with the seasonal reality of a sacred and sentient world.
The Rewilding Wheel was developed to be an integration of critical aspects of the cycles and seasons of nature that would bring one into a deep sense of belonging within one’s particular bio-region. This is a move from an ego-centric posture on the planet to an eco-centric one where one’s whole identity is rooted and interconnected with all of creation
The Rewilding Wheel is a sacred circuit that seeks to locate the wisdom of universal nature symbols within one’s particular homescape for the purpose of spiritual formation. By locating the psychospiritual patterns found within the natural world to a particular place, the ancient wisdom inherent in the cardinal directions and elements takes on a practical shape and invites a focused seasonal practice. In this way, the Rewilding Wheel is unique as it invites a sacred process of remembering and recovering relationships within various ecosystems throughout your landscape.
The intention behind this wheel is to provide one with practices that connect one to their bioregion, what eco-poet Gary Snyder called the “spirit of a place,” to the deep and sacred presence that abides within the wild and wonder-filled natural world. This is a sacred round of practices that engage phenomenology and bioregional connection as holy work.
However, we cannot do this alone! Mary has received many requests to accompany people as they begin their Rewilding Wheel journey and has received feedback that it would be easier to maintain the practice if it was done in community and with accountabilities. This offering is in response to these expressed needs.
This is a way of remembering where we are, who else is here with us, and why we are meant to be together, to retrieve the meant-for-ness for our collective creation
Included in your subscription:
Monthly 60-minute online gatherings led by Mary DeJong
Monthly emails with additional resources and materials (relevant readings, quotes, poetry, articles, and imagery to inspire your practice of intentional sacred attunement to the more-than-human world)
Ongoing membership in a social platform for community connections, conversations, and formation. It is helpful to have an eco-system approach to this work. While we all live within our own niches, having a place where we meet within our shared interconnectedness is key to the inspiration and regeneratively of this ensouled work.
Requires additional purchase of Rewilding Workbook
Subscription price: $10/month
Monthly gatherings may include:
Nature-based prayers & rituals
Expert teaching on a particular seasonal/elemental/psycho-spiritual aspect of the Rewilding Wheel (3-monthly gatherings per Rewilding Wheel quadrant)
Insight into Mary’s own Rewilding Wheel practice
Deep conversation/questions/sharing of your own personal practices and wild explorations
Sign up at any time and join in and if this doesn’t serve you and your soul-formation, cancel at any time as well.