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Wisdom Camp: Contemplative Resilience for Dangerous Living

July 13, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


I’m throwing a party on Thursday, July 13th – and I hope you can join us.

Wisdom Camp continues the wildly successful tradition of last year’s Wild Goose Mystic Action Camp, curated by my friend Holly Roach, that featured voices like Dyron Holmes, Adam Bucko, Mirabai Starr and Matthew Fox.

Oppression, tyranny, abuse and injustice seem to be everywhere we turn and people are mobilizing at record highs, for which I’m grateful. But I’m also seeing alot of activists – as well as ministers, social workers, not to mention parents and just plain caring people of all stripes – getting burned out.

So in great Goose fashion, I decided to gather together friends and colleagues deeply rooted in their contemplative lineages, to call and equip us to ways of active being that don’t drain us, but instead allow us to commune with our source even as we’re poured out on behalf of others.

At Wisdom Camp, I want to see us set meaning in motion in fresh ways. 

It’s a one day – Thursday only – retreat on the grounds of the Wild Goose Festival in beautiful Hot Springs, NC for only $59, including free camping for your convenience on Wednesday evening.

It will be a more intimate gathering than the Festival proper, with a good mix of inspiring teaching and hands-on, try-it-out practice.

Join us as we seek deeper depths and more joyful ways to pursue the healing of our world!

Speakers and Storytellers

Drawing from the deepest reservoirs of Jesus-informed spirituality alongside receptive hearts to other vital wisdom lineages, Wisdom Camp equips us to take up these resources together, fearlessly and lovingly facing the present moment, in all its beauty and pain alike.

WGF Wisdom Camp - Lerita Coleman BrownLerita Coleman Brown, PhD, Professor of Psychology Emerita at Agnes Scott College, is a spiritual companion/director, writer, retreat leader, and speaker. A graduate of the Spiritual Guidance Program at the Shalem Institute, Lerita writes about and promotes contemplative spirituality in everyday life, the life and work of Howard Thurman, and uncovering the peace in one’s heart on her website PeaceForHearts.com, and also on Facebook and Twitter. Her publications include, “Praying without Ceasing: Basking in the Loving Presence of God,” published in the edited book, Embodied Spirits: Spiritual Directors of Color Tell their Stories, and “Dissecting Racism: Healing Minds, Cultivating Spirits,” published in the edited volume, Living into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America.

Carl McColman is the author of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism and several other books. He is a member of the Lay Cistercians of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit―a contemplative community under the spiritual guidance of Trappist monks. He is active in the Atlanta interfaith community, and regularly leads workshops and retreats on contemplative spirituality at churches, seminaries, monasteries, and retreat centers. Connect with Carl online at carlmccolman.net.

WGF Wisdom Camp - Lama Rod OwensLama Rod Owens, officially recognized by the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, is one of the leading teachers of his generation of Buddhist teachers. He is the Guiding Teacher for the Radical Dharma Boston Sangha and teaches with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education and Natural Dharma Fellowship. He will be completing a Master of Divinity degree at Harvard Divinity School in May where he has been focusing on the intersection of social change, identity, and spiritual practice. He is also heavily engaged in social change work and has just released a book with Rev. angel Kyodo Williams and Dr. Jasmine Syedullah entitled, Radical Dharma, Talking Race, Love, and Liberation. He can be reached through his website LamaRod.com.

WGF Wisdom Camp - Aline DefigliaAline Defiglia LCSW, MPH, CADC is an integrative, licensed psychotherapist adventuring at the intersection of health, healing, and the restoration of connection in a disconnected world. Aline currently serves as a behavioral health provider at a primary care clinic through the National Health Service Corps. She also owns a private practice and works with clients using a unique blend of mind and body healing modalities, life coaching, and team performance improvement. She lives with her husband in Chicago. Discover more at ABWellness.life.

George Craig McMillian {Kirantana} began his formal spiritual research with the Catholic Brothers of the Holy Cross of Notre Dame. He had already mastered two styles of Kundalini yoga in over 20 years of practice in ashram and monastic life before meeting Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, who taught and initiated him into the Kalachakra Tantra. After having received a vision of the Universal Christ, he gave up all titles and compiled the knowledge of his three decades of spiritual search into the “Peace Yoga” classes and seminars. Today he is a musician, licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor, and teacher of peace studies.

Lynyetta Willis, PhD, has woven spirituality into her healing work with individuals and families for over fifteen years; she specializes in spiritually-centered psychotherapy, trauma healing, and is the creator of the Inner Pathways Parenting program. As a speaker, teacher and multi-award winning author, Lynetta’s latest is a children’s book, My Forgotten Self: A Story About a Girl, a Powerful Encounter, and a Universal Message. She lives with her husband and their two children in Georgia. Learn more at MyForgottenSelf.com and MyInnerPathways.com.

David Bollt has cultivated a remarkable capacity to help people map their inner landscapes through years of spiritual inquiry, meditation, personal transformation and relational training He has an uncanny ability to illuminate unconscious behavior patterns that cause people to feel disconnected from themselves. Connect more at RelationalYoga.life

WGF Wisdom Camp - Mike Morrell IIMike Morrell is the Communications Director for the Integral Theology think-tank Presence International, co-founder of The Buzz Seminar, and a founding organizer of the Wild Goose Festival. Mike curates contemplative and community experiences via Relational Yoga, the ManKind Project, (H) Opp 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 acceptance. Mike is also an avid writer, publishing consultant, author coach, futurist, and curator of the book-reviewing community at Speakeasy. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Asheville, North Carolina. You can read Mike’s ongoing exploration of Spirit, Culture, and Permaculture – and receive his free exclusive updates – at MikeMorrell.org


Wisdom Camp: Sessions 

Lerita Coleman Brown: The Enduring Spirituality of Howard Thurman

“Silence is the door to God.”

Howard Thurman always encouraged people to “center down,” embrace quietness, befriend stillness, and cultivate a relationship with silence.  Mystic, theologian, and spiritual adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurman possessed the uncanny and prophetic ability to make a connection between silence and the scrutiny of one’s inner life.  Drawn to nature and a contemplative life as a young boy, we will explore and experience why Thurman felt silence and stillness are so powerful and how they ready the spirit for an encounter with God.

Rod Owens: The Black prophetic tradition and the wisdom of the Dharma

Whether we are talking Black Liberation Theology or Radical Dharma, we are talking about socially liberating beliefs and practices that privilege a development of fundamental love for what we have been taught is unlovable. In this talk Lama Rod explores the profound and revolutionary practices of love as a tool for marginalized people to achieve both social and spiritual liberation that is rooted in the liberatory theology and dharma traditions.

Lynyetta Willis: Soul Sight: from Shame to Compassion

We often act from parts of us that carry beliefs of brokenness, shame and not enough-ness; however, when we connect with the Divine within, we see ourselves, others, and the world through eyes of love, compassion and wholeness. This session explores how to shift our mindset from shame-sight to Soul Sight. This session will combine teaching with experiential exercises that will help participants not only connect with our Divine essence, but also gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for those parts of ourselves that carry the brokenness and shame. Participants will leave able to view themselves with a softer gaze of self-love and as a result reflect the same healing energy outwardly towards the world.

George Craig McMillian: The Tantra of Jesus Christ

Drawing from his experience as a devotee of Jesus, a Kalachakra Monk, and a Kundalini Laya Yoga teacher, Kirantana Khalsa – aka George Craig McMillian – looks at how Jesus rested in the trust, voice, and guidance of Spirit – and how you can do the same, practically and everyday, with confidence that you can act appropriately and wisely as the challenges of each moment unfold.

David Bollt & Aline Defiglia: Practicing the Presence of People

Who are you? Who is this stranger – or friend – standing next to you? Dive into fun, highly interactive group exercises that explore the present moment as well as the stories we all bear – getting to know yourself better while at the same time learning to see and appreciate more about everyone you connect with. This space of “practicing the presence of people” becomes a safe space for taking risks, playing outside our comfort zones and discovering more about ourselves than we typically do in our everyday lives. Just as contemplatives and mystics go beyond their ordinary awareness to experience an expanded sense of communion with God, we’ll practice Jesus’ second great commandment and see the Divine show up in our neighbor’s face. Aline Defiglia and David Bollt set a tone that’s equal parts fun and profound, creating a container where anyone willing can go beyond small-talk and social awkwardness.

Mike Morrell: Evolving Wild: Wisdom Interventions for a Primal Future

What do hunter-gatherers, developmental psychology, and forgotten Bible stories have in common? A surprising common revelation about the trauma of our origins – and the way through them. In this far-ranging exploration, we’ll look at the recurring mysteries of who we are as a species, how we wound up in a cul-de-sac of disconnection from Spirit, self, society, and our surroundings – and how we can consciously choose re-connection. It isn’t too late, and the wisdom we need is hiding in plain sight.

Carl McColman: Embodied Liberation: Contemplation, Chaos, Crisis and Compassion

Are practices like mindfulness meditation or centering prayer simply the way privileged people manage their stress? Or do these “interior” disciplines invite us into a new way of seeing and being Christ in the world? By weaving together theological reflection, conversation, and silence, Carl McColman looks at how contemplative practices can be abused by our consumer culture — but also how they invite us into a transfigured life of radical service, joy, and care. “Silence is praise!” proclaims the oft-mistranslated first verse of Psalm 65: but it’s not only praise, it’s also a vocation: to a deeper way of knowing, a new way of seeing, and a compassionate way of working for justice and peace.

  • In the exile of inhumanity, we’re discovering our kinship with all creation.
  • In the branching sorrows of seemingly-endless conflict, we’re rooting in the eternal joy of the Divine.
  • Come discover the stories, tools, and practices that reconnect us to God, ourselves, each other, and our world.


July 13, 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


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