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What we're about

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 will meet about once a month 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, this is not primarily a walking/hiking group)

Our Intentions:

• 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

"If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees.” -Rumi


About the Organizer:

Hi, I'm Ryan, a forest poet, certified ecotherapist (through The Earthbody Institute), and nature-based coach and inner/outer wilderness guide. I am Co-founder with therapist and writer Katie Baptist of Wild Nature Heart (, leading journeys into reconnection with wilderness backpacking trips, weekend nature retreats, day quests, vision fasts, creativity workshops, and 1-on-1 nature-based coaching. My books Re-Membering: Poems of Earth and Soul ( and High-Cooing Through the Seasons: Haiku From the Forest ( are available on Amazon or in person. My new collection Headwaters and Heartrocks will be out in early 2019.

Looking forward to connecting with you in nature soon!

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