Roots into Reverence is a union of contemplation and celebration. Sinking into the senses, becoming present to life as it is, and thus experiencing the wonder of life simply as it is.
We are fed countless stories in the world of today. Many of these stories are of fear, consumption, competition and greed. But there are other stories. These are the stories told to us by snail tracks, by bird calls, by fox scents, by the ripples of rivers. We can choose which stories we pay attention to, which stories we take as truth, and which stories we align our hearts to.
These pilgrimages are an invitation to follow stories that speak to the senses and through remembering ourselves as sensory beings also remembering our relationship and belonging with all other sensory beings with whom we share life. It is an invitation to remember that our bodies are of the Earth, just like a tree it is born of the matter of the planet and of the atoms of the stars.
Walking and dancing, when done with presence and intention, can be forms of body prayer, bringing us into relationship with the Earth very viscerally through being fully in flow with the movement and life of our bodies. Prayer is simply an act of listening and engaging that brings one into a more intimate relationship with Life. It can be in deep silence and contemplation or it can be in joyful song and playful dance. The desire is to integrate what is often separate; either you are serious and meditate, or you ‘let your hair down’ and party. The separation is to the detriment of both… these pilgrimages ask the question; what does it feel like to bring the two together? and how can this integrated practice of presence and reverence shape our engagement with the world in service to all life?
We invite you to become a participant of this enquiry by walking with us along the well-trodden footpaths of this land, and by dancing with us within the well-prayed stones of our churches.