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Wilderness Vigil Program 2022-2023

September 14, 2022 - June 16, 2023

In this fortification course for adults, we invite the simple yet profound practice of being with the Earth, without distraction, sunup to sundown, four times throughout the year. This discipline of being with the Earth for an extended period of time has the potential to transform us. We are not used to being without our creature comforts and everyday distractions. When we sit with ourselves and the rhythms of the Earth, we encounter parts of ourselves that typically go unnoticed. We also put ourselves in the way of receiving the subtle, or not so subtle, teachings of the Earth.

The form of this course is simple. We will meet once in the beginning of the series to orient to this practice and to one another. Then, we will gather four times throughout the year, once per season, to spend a full day on a beautiful 100 acre property in Floyd County, Virginia. At the end of the day, we will sit together to share insights and reflections that emerged from our solo time. This practice will be led by Dr. Jenny Finn and Sarah Merfeld. Jenny and Sarah have humbly engaged in this practice for years and have each participated in a multi-day Vision Quest experience. Join us if you wish to be fortified so that you can show up to your work in the world with greater courage and capacity.

What: Wilderness Vigil
When: Intro Meeting at Springhouse Campus: Wednesday, September 14th 6-8pm

  • Fall Vigil: Saturday, October 8th, sunrise-sunset
  • Winter Vigil: Saturday, January 14th, sunrise-sunset
  • Spring Vigil: Saturday, March 25th, sunrise-sunset
  • Summer Vigil: Saturday, June 17th, sunrise-sunset

Program Facilitators: Jenny Finn and Sarah Merfeld


Springhouse invests in its adult programs by providing: 

  • A safe, beautiful space, and resources to learn
  • Program materials
  • Staff planning and facilitation
  • Curriculum development
  • Communications support
  • Administrative support

At Springhouse, we believe education should not be a commodity and we strive to make sure that nobody is turned away for financial reasons. In our economic model, instead of tuition or program fees, we see your contribution as an investment in our vision and mission.

To make an informed investment for this program, visit our economic model page where you will find transparent information about what resources Springhouse needs to fulfill our mission. We invite you to consider:

  • How do you invest in the future you long to live in?
  • What will you invest in this Springhouse program?


September 14
June 16, 2023
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Pilot, VA 24138 United States
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