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Wilderness Spirituality: The Psychology of the Desert Fathers and Mothers
10-11 a.m. Pacific Time, Tuesday, December 8, via Zoom, with Will Hunter
This introduction to wilderness spirituality goes straight to its roots in the Desert Fathers and Mothers, roots which are shared with the Benedictine tradition of St. Gertrude’s Monastery. The session will offer a historical and psychological framework with which to relate the desert tradition to the wilderness of your own experience. Topics addressed will include: therapy and the origins of the desert tradition; wilderness as a metaphor for the psyche; the stages of spiritual development; the parts of the psyche; the eight thoughts; the rise and fall of thoughts; and pure prayer. Special attention will be paid to the desert tradition’s contributions to managing solitude and building resilience as they relate to the current wilderness of the COVID pandemic.
Will Hunter is currently the Innkeeper at the Inn at St. Gertrude. Prior to this role, he spent four years as a Benedictine monk in formation at Saint John’s Abbey, during which he taught an entry-level theology course at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University and a course on the origins of Christian monasticism at Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary. In addition to his monastic formation and academic background, his experience with the Catholic Worker movement, as a wilderness therapy guide, and as a musician are major influences on his approach to the search for God.
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