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Camp Leader Resources

Wild Companion: Spirituality in Nature for Camp Chaplains & Staff

This program is designed for spiritual camps seeking intentional space and instruction for staff bonding and shared learning on how to more deeply engage with place, nature, and spirituality. 

Wild Companion is an introductory workshop for camp chaplains, spiritual directors, staff and/or counselors in engaging the unique natural landscape of camps as a companion in care, creativity, discovery, and spiritual formation.

This program will:

  • Explore the myriad benefits of nature immersion for physical, mental, and spiritual wellness and wholeness.

  • Examine how sacred texts and traditions are steeped in deep, engaged relationship with nature and honoring the Divine presence in the natural world.

  • Discuss how nature-based spirituality can support and enrich spiritual formation and direction.

  • Introduce helpful guidelines for engaging nature spiritually.

  • Present several spiritual practices that guide participants in deepened relationship with Spirit, the wilder world, and one another.

  • Offer opportunity for participants to engage directly with select spiritual practices in nature.

  • Invite dialogue and exploration of how the natural setting and grounds of a camp present a unique opportunity for creativity in crafting spiritual programming and offering care to campers. 

How to Participate

This program is typically offered as a one time 3-hour virtual workshop incorporating time for staff connection and dialogue, instruction on spirituality in nature, engagement with spiritual practice, conversation on implementation, and Q&A.

To discuss bringing this program to your group, contact Program Director, Payton Hoegh. 

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I am constantly in a state of awe, wonder, doubt and unsure of how best to use this "one wild and precious life". Being involved with your efforts along with my contemplative pockets of time are the moments I feel I’m doing the right thing.
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