26449 1340 N Avenue
Wilderness and the Awakening of Desire:
A Retreat for Men with Belden Lane
When: October 27, 2023 @ 4:30 pm – October 29, 2023 @ 1:00 pm
Where: Pilgrim Park Camp and Conference Center, 26449 1340 N Ave
Princeton IL 61356
Illuman of Illinois is excited and honored to welcome back Belden Lane, long time wisdom elder and master storyteller. Through his teachings and writings Belden has been a major influence on our men’s movement and he will share insights from his years of walking with the saints and exploring the great mystical traditions.
Deeply earthy and sensual in their yearning for union with the Divine, the mystics keep calling us back to a “Great Conversation” with the natural world, reconnecting our spiritual lives with the earth. In this late autumn retreat, we’ll be using story and poetry, wilderness hiking and contemplative practice in exploring how wild terrain can awaken our spiritual consciousness.
Come celebrate the changing of the seasons, practice soul work, and honor our relationships and journeys!
Cost: $195, includes two nights lodging and 6 meals; some partial scholarships available. Registration: https://illumanofillinois.eventbrite.com (closes October 25, 2023)
Belden Lane is a storyteller, wilderness backpacker, and Presbyterian minister who taught theology with the Jesuits at Saint Louis University for many years. He’s also been active in the work of Illuman, a gathering of men influenced by Fr. Richard Rohr. Belden has worked with the men of Illuman of Illinois several times. His books include The Solace of Fierce Landscapes, Backpacking with the Saints, and The Great Conversation: Nature and the Care of the Soul.