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The Wilderness Between Summer/Fall 2023 Newsletter

We may have been a little too vocal in asking for rain! After a long and early drought, the skies have opened and rain has blessed us - over, and over, and over again. It is wonderful to see the flowers blooming and everyone’s gardens thriving as we move into the hottest months of the year. We hope you will join us as we cool off in the swimming holes of Elizabeth Furnace and camp in the woods of Prince William Forest.


Event Announcements


Wilderness Between

The latest details on all WB events are on Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/wilderness-between/events/


The next Planning Council Meeting for Fall/Winter events will be held in mid-September.


In keeping with the spirit of growth and our purpose as a collective organization, we would like to hear from members who have skills they would like to share or events they would like to lead. If you feel called to do so, please visit the new page on our website and fill out the form here:


Lughnasadh Cookout

Sat, Jul 29 · 11:00 AM

Elizabeth Furnace


Getting to Know Trees: Summer

Sat, Aug 12 · 11:00 AM

National Arboretum


Foraging Hike

Sun, Aug 13 · Time TBD

Cedar Creek Battlefield


Relearning Indigenous Sovereignty

Sun, Aug 20 · Time TBD

Virtual Event


Backpacking and First Aid Fundamentals

Wed, Aug 30 · 7:30 PM

Virtual Event


Frederick Pagan Pride Day

Sat, Sep 9

Universalist Unitarian Congregation of Frederick


Book Club

Sun, Sep 17 · 3:00 PM

Virtual Event


Equinox Camping Trip

Thurs, Sep 21 - Sun, Sep 24

Prince William Forest Park


MD Renaissance Festival

October 8 · Time TBD

Crownsville, MD


Backpacking

Fri, Oct 13 - Sun, Oct 15

Seneca Creek Backcountry


Ravenwood Faire

Sat, Oct 28 · Time TBD

Winchester, VA


Friends of WB


The Firefly House

Lugnasadh Celebration

Sun, Jul 30 · 3:00 PM

Rock Creek Park


Sharing Sacred Spaces hosted by The Firefly House

Sun, Oct 15 · 3:00 PM


Frederick CUUPs

Earth Centered Spirituality Service

Sun, Jul 9 · 12:00 PM

Universalist Unitarian Congregation of Frederick


Stone Circle Council


Bramble and Moon


Virtual Bardic Circle

Photos taken by Mason and Caitlin on a recent backpacking scouting trip to Seneca Creek, WV

Photo of Stonehenge from Mason's recent visit to the UK


Meet a Steward


Usually we use this section to introduce one of the Stewards, but we were asked recently to clarify some questions about what the role of a Steward is.


Who are the active Stewards? That's an easy question to answer: Rosey, Caitlin, Jillian, Jay, Marybeth, and Mason.


What are the Stewards? That's a more interesting question.


I was once asked if we were like priests. No; I would definitely not say that. Do I, Mason, think of myself as providing spiritual care to this community in the way a minister or priest might? Yes; but that is a contribution I make as a Steward. Other Stewards contribute in other ways. Stewardship in Wilderness Between is about helping to foster our community, and a community has many needs. We need to figure out how to have fun and be safe; we need to create opportunities to go deep and be transformed; we need to think about group dynamics, and leadership, and administration; we need to make sure someone brings the supplies; we need to be called on our shit; we need to scout locations; we need ideas, skills, and resources.


Wilderness Between is a collective, so everyone who comes to feel a part of this community is equally welcome to share, offer, and contribute to our community. A large part of being a Steward is about encouraging and lifting up the voices of others in the group. Stewards also contribute our own ideas, time, energy, and resources where we can. All in an effort to make this a space where we can learn from one another, explore together, and take steps on our individual paths in whatever way is best for each of us. All of us who are Stewards came to it because we enjoyed what was happening here and wanted to contribute. We started showing up. We kept showing up.


That is the ever so slight difference between being a member in Wilderness Between and being a Steward: we choose responsibility for the community. At the micro level, that means making sure things are getting on the calendar, but in the broad sense it means that we want to make sure that this space is welcoming, safe, engaging, and meaningful. Each of us have our own skills, our own professional or vocational expertise, but none of us are experts in building a community. We are just helping it get built.


So, please, don’t hesitate to reach out to a Steward with any question, concern, or idea for the community. We can’t promise we’ll have an answer for everything, or that everything can or will happen, but we want to know what you think, feel, and experience in the spaces that we find and create together.


Links:

Website: https://www.wildernessbetween.org/

Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/wilderness-between/


Contact Rosey and Caitlin via Meetup or Discord if you have something you would like to share with the community and we will include it in the next newsletter.


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