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Wisdom Camp 2018

July 12, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Mystic Mayhem for Misfits.

Are you an activist, artist, or other change-maker?

Then you know how challenging it can be to maintain your equilibrium while putting yourself out into the world.

At Wisdom Camp, a circle of brilliant Christian, Buddhist, Muslim and Integral teachers and facilitators will be guiding us through a series of inspired teachings and contemplative practices for connecting with the embodied Divine in resistance, resilience, and renewal.

Get refreshed and resourced as we explore the stories, tools, and practices
that re-connect us to God, ourselves, each other, and creation.
Find your people at Wisdom Camp.

just $59

“Often, to be free means the ability to deal with the realities of one’s own situation so as not to be overcome by them. Freedom is the manifestation of a quality of being and living that results not only from understanding of one’s situation, but also from wisdom in dealing with it.” ― Howard Thurman

The chains of constraint seem everywhere these days: political restriction, ecological devastation, racial oppression, social disintegration, spiritual despair… For many, these chains are robbing our energy, momentum, and sense of well-being.

But we believe a deeper wisdom can help us break free and live free from these chains!

Join us as we immerse ourselves in:

  • Divine communion
  • Genuine play
  • Seeing and being seen
  • Healing silence
  • Resting in our bodies
  • Telling better stories

Come to this one-day exploration of contemplative wisdom rooted in Jesus’ primal orientation to life, and branching into the insights of several world faiths. Discover the stories, tools, and practices that re-connect us to God, ourselves, each other, and creation.

Our Guides:

  • Mona Haydar
  • Alexander John Shaia
  • Bushi Yamato Damashii
  • Jasmin Morrell
  • Mike Morrell
  • Aline Defiglia and David Bollt
Mona Haydar

Mona Haydar

Mona Haydar is a Syrian American rapper, poet, activist, practitioner of Permaculture, meditator, composting devotee, mountain girl, solar power lover, and a tireless God-enthusiast.

Her single, “Hijabi”, was a groundbreaking debut with millions of views. Billboard critics named it one of 2017’s top protest songs and one of the 25 top feminist anthems of all time. Her work as an artist and activist has been featured on BBC, CNN, BuzzFeed, AJ+, NPR, Mic, Psychology Today, Refinery 29, The Huffington Post, Ms Magazine, Al Jazeera, The Boston Globe, New York Times, and many others. Her first EP is set to drop in 2018.

Mona practices a life of sacred activism, poetry, contemplation, and advocacy for living gently upon the Earth. She is currently working towards her Masters in Theology and lives in Harlem, New York City, with her husband and their two sons.



Aline Defiglia

Aline Defiglia

Aline Defiglia is a licensed psychotherapist adventuring at the intersection of health, healing, and the restoration of connection with self, others, and the sacred.

Her practice specializes in mind and body healing modalities, life coaching, hypnotherapy, and team performance consulting.

Aline is also a Certified Senior Advisor and serves as a foundational partner and facilitator with the Life Compass Living Community.

She and her husband are currently in the process of moving from Chicago, Illinois, to the Southeast.




Jasmin Morrell

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Jasmin Pittman Morrell is a writer and a collaborating editor for The Porch Magazine: a slow conversation about beautiful and difficult things.

She is also the producer of the Movies and Meaning Experience, a conference, festival, and community gathering held in Asheville, North Carolina.

She’s been an editorial consultant for numerous authors and publishers, and Communications Director for Love Wins Ministries and the Wild Goose Festival.

Jasmin lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her family and believes in beauty, radical hospitality, and deep laughter.

282 The Hub of the Wheel: Disability, Spirituality, and Justice


Mike Morrell

Wisdom Camp
Mike Morrell is the collaborating author, with Fr. Richard Rohr, on The
Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation, founder of Wisdom
Camp, and a founding organizer of the justice, arts, and spirituality Wild
Goose Festival.

Mike curates contemplative and community experiences
via Relational Yoga, the ManKind Project, and Authentic North Carolina,
taking joy in holding space for the extraordinary transformation that can
take place at the intersection of anticipation, imagination, and radical

Mike lives with his wife and two daughters in Asheville,
North Carolina. You can read Mike’s ongoing exploration of Spirit,
Culture, and Permaculture at MikeMorrell.org. You can read more about
his educational background and sources of inspiration here.



Alexander Shaia

Alexander John Shaia

Alexander John Shaia is an internationally sought-after author, speaker, ritualist and pilgrim mentor. He is known as a poetic and reflective gay man, living the ancient rhythms of his Lebanese, Aramaic and eastern Christian heritage.

His seminal work, Heart and Mind: The Four-Gospel Journey for Radical Transformation, is being hailed as a breakthrough that restores the four gospels to their first-century context, revealing how they were chosen to be one, continuous, non-dualistic account of Jesus the Christ. In this way, the Gospel becomes a wise and numinous text, leading us on the journey of growth and transformation.

Alexander holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and has been a spiritual director, Jungian and Sandplay psychotherapist, cultural anthropologist, and pastoral associate. When not on the road, a perfect day finds him with his dog, a book of poetry, and the presence of ancient trees.


Bushi Yamato Damashii

Bushi Yamato Damashii, born Torrence Marquis Ramsey, is an authorized Dharma teacher, mystic, and Abbot at Daishin Buddhist Temple Monastery in Thomasville, North Carolina. He is a student of Lama Rod Owen, and Lama Justin von Bujdoss (Repa Dorje Odzer) under whom Bushi practices Vajrayana Buddhism in the Repa tradition. Bushi is a former Christian minister who has studied and teaches what he calls The Wisdom and Practical Parallels of Christianity and Buddhism as a method for healing human suffering for twenty five years. Now as a Buddhist teacher, he returns to the Goose with Wisdom of both Jesus and the Buddha that may enhance your depth of what it means to be human in the body of Christ.

303 Jesus and the Buddha



David Bollt

“Whatever I’m seeking in life, I realize I’m not going to find it alone. I believe our greatest opportunities for fulfillment and a sense of true connection can be found in relationship with others. I love creating spaces where we put aside all other distractions and dive into what really matters … being with people.”

Through years of personal transformation and relational training, David has cultivated a remarkable capacity to help people illuminate unconscious behavior patterns that cause them to suffer. Along with events in Asheville, North Carolina, he leads weekend workshops and retreats around the country, including the Servant Leadership School and the world famous Authentic Man Program. With his fluency in transformational work, David sees group facilitation and personal growth as an art form. He has developed his own highly articulate style of helping people realize authenticity and freedom.


276 Holding Space for God and One Another
319 Practicing the Presence of People




July 12, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


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Hot Springs Spa & Resort
314 Bridge St.
Hot Springs, NC 28743 United States
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