Hagia Sophia

guidance into the holy wisdom of your soul


Deep within you lie still waters.

An alive, expansive, wild landscape

where Holy Wisdom dwells

bidding you enter

Green Nature

Hagia Sophia, ancient Greek for Holy Wisdom, or Divine Wisdom, calls us to reawaken to this guiding presence within and in all things. In the wilderness of the unknown, we stand on a threshold of what has been and what is not yet, both in the outer world and within. Between who we have been, and what we are, individually and as a civilization. Between a culture created by the illusion of separation and the reality of an interconnected belonging. Within this unknown, a potent invitation emerges from the wholeness that is You, to live within and out of that Holy Wisdom for such a time as this. The invitation is to move deeper.


Deeper into our personal and collective fear

Deeper into the inherent gifts held

within the very cells of our being.  

Deeper into the alive world within and around us.

Deeper into Mystery.


Into a living relationship with our soul and with the soul of the world.


Hagia Sophia calls the wild You, beyond the domain of roles, fears, norms, habituation, or

patterns of the mind.


This holy wild wisdom lives deep within all of us, including trees, stones, water, moon, creature, YOU, beckoning us into sacred embodied relationship. This is what poet David Whyte names as "Hold(ing) to your own truth at the center of the image you were born with." Hagia Sophia is rooted in a sacred ecology of being, serving as guide along the path back home to your soul. Through attunement with the living earth, with the invisible subtle realms within and around, and with the archetypal truths embedded in our bodies, we enter into the fullness of who and what we truly are. Living from this landscape liberates our highest purpose, transforming the relational fields in which we are interconnected. Changing the world.

We are alive for such unprecedented times of epochal change. As we awaken and open to soul, we become co-creators of an emergent new world. A world led by courageous open hearts, embodying the feminine principles of receptivity, relational competency, and reverence for all beings. This is a revolution of a different order, where the alchemy of love and presence transforms the shadow of fear and othering. Hagia Sophia opens the door to heal transgenerational and cultural trauma.


Perhaps because you've been led to read these words, you sense that call into a deeper well of being, your own wild soul, for transformation within and in the world. 

about hagia sophia


Awakened to your Wild Soul,

your lived life is the crucible of transformation

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Eco-Spiritual Guidance 
Reiki Session
and other energy work
Spiritual Guidance 
with Gene Keys


a place of belonging
Spiritual Guidance 
with Gene Keys 
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If you live in the Rockingham/Augusta county area, consider this an invitation to connect with others on a journey back into the sacred embodied reality of our true essence, re-membering our innate interconnection with the rest of the Living World, and with our soul. Shenandoah Valley Church of the Wild is an emerging expression of community among the human and other than human inhabitants of the Shenandoah River, Dry River, and North River watersheds, a "church" without walls on the edges of wilderness and civilization. Our teachers are many, and include Black Oak and the Eastern Cottonwood, cardinal and caterpillar, ancient lichen and river stone, one another, and our own souls. Recognizing the sacred in all of creation, we re-member our kinship with all beings as holy and necessary practice in a time of socio-ecological destruction. Our free gatherings occur once a month. For more information, visit our website at www.churchofthewildshenvalley.com.

Founded and facilitated by Valerie Luna Serrels

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cow tribe
cow by the fire
cow marching winter
cow circle july
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"In every moment we can glimpse the Light that was in the beginning and from which all things have come... The threshold is always near.” 

~ John Philip Newell

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PLEASE NOTE: Hagia Sophia offers spiritual guidance. We do not offer licensed clinical therapy, nor treatment, diagnoses, or professional counseling. While the work we offer is healing and can be therapeutic, in the sense that it opens the door to integrating your whole Self, it does not come from a purely psychological model. If you are experiencing an emotional/mental crisis, please seek assistance from a licensed clinical therapist.

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