Sat, Oct 23 | Saranam Retreat Center

Hallowing our Relationship with Nature

Drawing from Zen Buddhism and Christian mysticism, we will engage in experiential/contemplative activities designed to cleanse our “doors of perception,” deepen our embodied sensitivity, and foster intimate conversation with the wounded yet ever marvelous natural world.
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Hallowing our Relationship with Nature

Time & Location

Oct 23, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saranam Retreat Center, Montrose, WV 26283, USA

About The Event

There is no not-holy, there is only that which has not yet been hallowed. ~ Martin Buber

There are no unsacred places; there are only sacred places and desecrated places. ~ Wendell Berry

If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is: infinite. ~ William Blake

The most radical intervention anyone can make [is] to engage in the practice of love. ~ bell hooks

        Given the infinitely glorious and nourishing qualities of nature on the one hand, and given climate emergency, mass extinction, and nature deficit disorder on the other, cultivating a mutually enhancing relationship with the rest of nature is the preeminent opportunity and responsibility of our era. Drawing from Zen Buddhism and Christian mysticism, we will engage in a variety of experiential/meditative/contemplative activities designed to cleanse our “doors of perception,” deepen our embodied sensitivity, and foster intimate conversation with and service toward the wounded yet ever marvelous natural world. Most importantly, we’ll share a fun and refreshing day with each other and with the beautiful natural community at Saranam. 

Whole group and solo activities will include:

· intimate involvement with the more-than-human world

· guided meditation and other experiential awareness activities

· a meditative approach to eating (including the day’s lunch)

· poetry and art

· honoring the wisdom of our joy, wonder, and gratitude as well as our grief and anger

· support for bringing loving, compassionate, and responsible attunement into our lives and communities after the workshop

· suggestions for later reading and socially engaged action

COVID Precautions: All participants will be required to be fully vaccinated; the event will be held outdoors; and participants will maintain a 6-foot distance from each other.

About the workshop leader: Dr. Will Adams completed a B.S. at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, an M.A. in Psychology at West Georgia College, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Duquesne University. He trained as a Clinical Fellow in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Will currently serves as a psychology professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. His special interests include contemplative/meditative spirituality (especially Buddhism and Christian mysticism), ecopsychology/ecospirituality, and psychotherapy. Will’s training includes 34 years of practice with esteemed meditation teachers, both Christian and Buddhist. For the last 22 years he has studied Zen with Bruce Harris Rōshi, who has heartily encouraged him to share his practice with others. Will’s scholarly work has appeared in numerous psychology journals and he recently completed a book on our relationship with nature which offers a psycho-spiritual approach to crises such as global warming, mass extinction, and humankind’s alienation from the rest of nature. 

Cost:  $70.  Please note: We do not want the fee to deter your participation in the workshop. A lower fee can be arranged to suit your circumstances. Email us at to enquire. Preregistration is required so that we can plan appropriately and communicate with participants beforehand as needed. Go to:

Food: Please bring your own water, lunch, and snacks. What else to bring: Appropriate clothes and shoes for the weather and light walking in the woods; a facemask; a notebook and pen; and, especially, an open heart and mind.

 For more information: You are welcome to email Will Adams at    

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