This group is for anybody who wants to cultivate a deeper connection with nature and themselves. We are nature-lovers interested in coming together to shake off the old stories of our culture and live into the new stories that we and the earth are calling for.
We meet in an East Bay park for various sense-based and soul-based nature- and self-connection activities, including ecotherapy exercises, practices drawn from Joanna Macy and The Work That Reconnects, earth poetry, and/or simple mindful activities. We also meet occasionally for full moon hikes.
(Note: while we are all hike-lovers, and we have Full Moon Hikes, this is not primarily a walking/hiking group)
• Slow down in order to be present with nature and hear our own authentic voices
• Hold a healing space for each other and our emotions, including joy, sadness, fear, and anger, with nature as ally.
• Connect with others in nature and cultivate an earth-based community
• Empower ourselves to go forth in the world to share our gifts for the benefit of earth
"If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees.” -Rumi
My name is Ryan Van Lenning, Co-Founder of Wild Nature Heart, and I am an earth-lover with a deep desire to be of service in the work of re-connection, re-wilding, & re-membering. I am an inner/outer wilderness guide and poet (author of Re-Membering: Poems of Earth & Soul), certified as an Ecotherapist through The Earthbody Institute & Certified Wilderness First Responder through Foster Calm.
Wild Nature Heart (https://wildnatureheart.com/) leads journeys into reconnection through classes and workshops, 1-on-1 earth-rooted mentoring, wilderness backpacking trips, weekend retreats, day quests, and wilderness rite-of-passage ceremonies. My books Re-Membering: Poems of Earth and Soul (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1727153847/) and High-Cooing Through the Seasons: Haiku From the Forest (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1727153847) are available on Amazon, Indiebound, or in person. My new collections, Silence Begins Here and Headwaters and Heartrocks will be out in late 2019.
Looking forward to connecting with you in nature soon!
Being in nature offers many gifts to us. We may find calm, wonder, introspection, truth, and lots more. Let's gather to receive, and also to give back to nature!
At 10am we'll head to the redwood grove for a welcoming circle. Then we'll get underway with an activity to deeply notice and enjoy what is right around us in the grove and nearby field. There will be solo time to do this, followed by a group sharing about what we experienced.
Then we'll do an activity to help us look inward, and to discover what form of giving back to nature feels right to each person. A few simple questions will guide that process. We'll share those ideas and inspirations with each other, and find a "next step" that empowers us to fulfill our idea of giving.
A closing ceremony will offer thanks to the natural world and to each other for gathering.
Writing/drawing materials will be provided.
What to bring: water bottle, something to sit on if you wish, a journal if you have one, a rattle or other small instrument, hat and/or sunscreen for our walk to and from the shady grove,.