Editor’s note: We are now providing summary reports on the “Classics” presentations above the original program description, which is below.
To launch her session, Deb Denome asked us to imagine a special “quiet place” that we could meditate upon for a few moments, and to relate impressions that came up from a stone she passed among us. Around the circle, we shared our thoughts, then she reviewed the various inspirations that led her to formulate her nature-based spirituality and develop the foundation of what is now Shimmering Light Farm.
Childhood experiences with animals and with nature were a key part of Deb’s early journey. Later influences include native traditions, Sufism, Buddhism, Celtic traditions, and others. Shimmering Light Farm itself grew out of a women’s group that came together to create life as an extended family. Gradually that led them to an exploration of biodynamic farming, herbalism, and the Hollow Bone approach to spiritual growth.
Deb spoke of her experience with “Earth church”: having a daily and weekly practice involving walking outdoors, being quiet and receptive. The programs at Shimmering Light have more recently grown to include ecotherapy (whether horticultural, dog-related, or equine), and specifically forest therapy (also known as forest bathing) programs.
The key element, Deb told us, is learning to connecting with one’s spot or place in the world, and opening the senses, one at a time. She showed us how this can be done with a regular visit to a special place, where one can meditate and connect with the surrounding Nature.
Monday December 10, in the Classics in Religion series. This group is open to all and meets Mondays at 11 a.m. to Noon at the Penn Yan Public Library.
Most indigenous cultures honored being in good relationship with the Earthly Mother/Creation and some form of Sky Father/Creator. Creation was the path for accessing our Oneness with Creator. Because humanity was indigenous for millions of years, and has grown more disconnected from creation for only the last couple hours (in evolutionary scale!), this connection is in our DNA.
Many spiritual traditions still honor nature connection as a spiritual path. Often it has been found in more indigenous and mystic paths but is becoming more prevalent as we face personal and environmental crises due to our disconnection from the sacredness of the natural world.
Join us December 10th to explore some of these traditions and learn practices to remember more of your own spiritual connection to our sweet Earth home, and All That Is.
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Facilitator: Deb Denome
Nature has been Deb Denome’s spiritual guide and muse since her earliest memories. Since 1997 she has served as Director of Shimmering Light Farm & Renewal Center. In 2016 she co-founded Finger Lakes Forest Immersion with a similar mission via forest vs. field. She is a Mother, an Earth Dreamer, a registered Horticultural Therapist, a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, an Herbalist and Lover of Creation.