What is Wild?
”It is something that is self-willed, autonomous, self-organized. Basically it’s the opposite of controlled. You can see wildness in the movement of glaciers, or you can track it in star-forming regions in the Orion Nebula. Wildness is everywhere. It starts with microscopic particles, and it goes more than 13 billion light-years into the cosmos. It’s in the soil and in the air, it’s on our hands, it’s in our immune systems, it’s in our lungs — where there are two thousand bacteria per square centimeter! In a certain respect, much of what we consider us is in fact not us. We breathe, and wildness comes in. We don’t control it, it can be the Coronavirus”.
Real wild places allow you to sit quietly with few distractions, away from advertising, entertainment, and the rest of the modern mind-flood. I recommend going to a wild place for a week or two for a Nature Quest solo, and without bringing along anything, not even a book or a journal. Just be open and be present for everything. Smell, hear, sense, taste, and see life going on. For people just beginning to do retreats of any kind, the mind is in a state of turmoil for a while. But if you stick with it, you quiet down, and “something” begins to settle. …”A retreat doesn’t have to be formal. It’s doesn’t have to be “Zen” or in the most severe wilderness. Isolation, solitude, and silence can all come together to allow for contemplation of the here and now….Inspiration”, Quote Jack Turner.