A new expression of church that participates in the evolving story of God told through sacred narratives, wilderness and our lives.  Church is not a building or a set of beliefs, it is a Conversation.

Church of the Wild is a gathering for those who are allured by the call into the Great Conversation between all things as a pathway to personal wholeness and societal transformation. 

We meet outside, on the edges of Ojai’s wilderness, because nature reflects not only glimpses of God, but mirrors an inner reality as well. This call to the edges is a call to wildness, to our True Selves, that lies beyond our domesticated, neat, safe, and secure lives.  




In the beginning was the Conversation.
And the Conversation was with God.
And the Conversation was God.
— John 1:1-3



With love a

With love and broken hearts, this piece of music,

written and performed by John C Slade, a founding member of Church of the Wild, remains our theme song.  We love you and deeply miss you, John.  



We meet outside, usually on Sundays.

in different spaces throughout the Ojai Valley, on the edges of the wilderness.  

Preachers include blue jays and barren river bottoms and thistle down.  

Readings come from the first book of God, imprinted in all of nature

as well as the works of mystics, poets, visionaries...and one another.

 Church, to us, is a place where Mystery is experienced, not explained.


The wilderness of our Ventura River watershed is more than a beautiful location to experience the presence of God. Wilderness is where God calls people throughout history to change their identities, to surrender their small visions and open up to larger ones, to step into their callings to be agents of restoration to a broken and disconnected world.  From Sinai to Mount Horeb to the Judean desert to Gethsemene, to Ojai, wilderness is a context for transformation.  

Through wandering in nature, in community, grounded in sacred conversation, we re-connect with our watershed to re-member ourselves into the whole, where we belong. We believe in, and more than that, experience Christ present in all things,

Church is a call to deep discipleship, where we reclaim the wild call of our own souls to bring about restoration of a dislocated planet and people. 

Join us:

Next Meeting: August 29, 10 am

Stone Whispering at Piedra Blanca Trailhead, Ojai CA

(carpooling from Full of Beans, in Ojai, at 9:30)

We gather to develop spiritual practices of RE-connection

through conversation with one another, within ourselves, and with the natural world, itself.

And this, this conversation, the gospel of John tells us.....this is God. A radical re-imagining.

Join us on Sunday morning to practice spiritual exercises of conversation and reconnection together. Bring food, water, journal, hat.

Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into the conversation. The kettle is singing even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots have left their arrogant aloofness and seen the good in you at last. All the birds and creatures of the world are unutterably themselves. Everything is waiting for you.