Guest Blog by Tumnus
Everytime I come back to Widjiitiwin I am both overwhelmed and amazed by the work that goes on in this place. A lot of it has to do with the spiritual community that goes on here, the relationships I’ve developed here, and the countless chances that I will get to help expand God’s church. Aside from all of these things, I find it does absolute wonders for my own spirituality on a very deep and personal level as well.
For pretty much all of my life I have been in love with the idea of being outside, surrounded by creation and being entirely engulfed by God’s majesty. Years ago I may not have worded it like that, but it’s always been the root of my inspiration and creativity. For me Widjiitiwin has been the perfect place to explore this curiosity, and bask in the raw beauty of God’s work.
This year I have been given the opportunity to come back to Widjiitiwin for the spring and summer. I would be lying if I said I hadn’t been looking forward to this moment since last summer ended. There’s nothing I love more than just spending time out here. Yesterday I went on a walk through the forest surrounding the camp, to spend some time with God. Everyone has different things that catalyze worship and prayer for them, and for me spending time outside in creation is what inspires this focused thought. It closes you off from the rest of the world, and sort of hides you away, but at the very same time it helps you open up and express yourself.
I think bringing kids to camp is of the utmost importance for this reason. A lot of kids these days grow up without ever leaving the city. I think cities are great, I truly love them, but there’s so many things that you can experience out here that you never could in the city. You can look up up into the sky every night and see countless stars. You get to experience fresh, clean and natural air. Get away from the busy, and tireless sounds of the city and experience some entirely new and beautiful soundscape.
Now, most campers won’t get the chance to spend 2 months up here this summer, but I know that just one week is more than enough to spark a flame of inspiration within them. I have included some photos that I took on my walk yesterday. It’s nothing compared to the real camp experience, but I tried my best to capture a fraction of it’s beauty.
If you’d like to see some more and get the full experience, you’ll just have to come see for yourself!
Have a good one!