This blog proposes to step outside the box of conformity, academia and religious organization, into an experiential encounter with nature. It will offer observations, discussion, photos and reflection.

I will seek an encounter with urban wilderness over the next year in order to see if the symbolism of wilderness tradition from the Judeo-Christian spiritual record is still valid in urban natural areas. In Scripture wilderness is presented as place of independence, trust, and divine gift. I will seek areas close to my Portland, Oregon neighborhood semi-daily in order to ‘be’ in nature for an unspecified time.

The experiment will take place in settings within the boundaries of a large metropolitan city, Portland, Oregon. You are invited to join the pilgrimage. Discussion and comments are welcome.


  1. Oh dear Barbara,

    You remind me of what a beautiful world I live in!


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