ENCOUNTER | CREATION

July 13th, 2019 - July 20th, 2019

Possibility in a word. Actuality struck in a match. For beginnings without end, the darkness has not overcome it.

 

Look up! Look around! Cumulonimbus, cirrus, nimbostratus, cotton candy marshmallow. A riot of color, canvas for the divine. But air. Nothing but atmosphere. Blank space. Yawning portal for prophet’s chariot, for the men of Galilee’s upturned eyes. 

 

Pangea crashing, sharp teeth rising, old bones weathered down. Whipping winds and sun-bleached stone. Moriah and Sinai. Golgotha and Tabor. 

Sprinkling drops on dusty ground, swirling eddies, crashing tide, thunderous crack of the first summer storm. Rising floodwaters, a parted sea, waves calmed by Word. A font, an infant’s cry.

Tree bark, cherry blossoms, weeds and wheat and chaff. Ground grains with water (hold the yeast). Ancient words on modern altars. From life to death to Presence. 

 

Soft glow of dawn. Brightness of noon. Golden evening. Fiery leave-taking. An appointed time for everything. Wax and wane. Abraham’s promise, Guadalupe’s cloak. 

 

Thrumming wings, dappled scales beneath the ripples. Eagles soar and dove descends. Fish come quicker than nets take in. Trumpeting Serengeti sounds, majestic antlers, sinuous tiger-lines, the quick dark of a stumbled-upon wild thing. Nose smudges on zoo glass. Reports in elementary scrawl. Did you wonder once? Do you wonder still?

 

Good, good, good, good, good, very good! So He speaks.

This is your stuff, oh child of dust.

You are here. 

Breathe in, breath out.

Fearfully and wonderfully made.

A part and apart, destined for glory. 

Destined for stewardship of all we've received, of the sacred geography of body and soul.

 

May we never lose our wonder.

"I praise You 

because I am fearfully,

wonderfully made; wonderful are your works!

My very self you know."

| Psalm 139: 14 |

Join us for 8 days & 7 nights at the wild edges of God's creation!

| WEEK AT A GLANCE |

 

Saturday, July 13

Arrive at Denver International Airport, transportation to Wyoming

Sunday, July 14 

Rock climbing lesson, camping gear distribution

Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19 

Wilderness backpacking through the Wind River Range

Saturday, July 20 

Return transportation to Denver

| BODY |

Physically demanding hiking across scenic mountain ranges

All meals & camping gear included

Outdoor rock climbing + belay lesson

Outdoor skills training:

Map & Compass Navigation

High Country Safety

Backcountry Cooking

| SOUL |

Personal prayer & Catholic sacraments

Friendship & community growth

Whole Person formation:

Solitude before God

Body & Soul Unity

Created Male & Female

Interdependent Community

Choices, Falls, & Rising Anew

| COSTS |

$750 + your transportation to Denver

$200 non-refundable deposit due at registration

$550 final payment due by June 2nd

This trip is in collaboration with COR Expeditions, who will provide: 

Wilderness Permits

Professional Guides

Transportation to & from Denver Airport

Food & camping gear 

2 nights accommodations at turn-of-the-century dude ranch

Note: you will need to bring your own clothing, toiletries, and assorted personal effects. A full packing list will be provided to registered participants.

| LEARN MORE |

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Registration deadline: JUNE 2ND