• Back to the Roots of Oakland Hills -- Literally!

    Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve

    Perhaps you already know our region's plant kingdom well, or maybe you're new to the area and wonder "What smells so good?!" "What are those graceful trees with the red trunks? "What was here before the houses?" "Where can I walk in the shade?" In any case, you'll find both familiar and surprising things in the Huckleberry Botanical Preserve. Come and stroll in this protected native landscape to meet some of our local plants and have a bit of creative fun. Madrone, Chinquapin, Manzanitas, Oaks, Bay-Laurel, Sword Ferns, and other plants thrive along a shaded trail that's about a mile round-trip, and mostly level. Yum! Dogs and bicycles are not allowed on this trail so it's less impacted by visitors. We'll meet in the parking area (with bathrooms and drinking water) at 9 a.m. and head out to encounter plant beings of the Oakland Hills, including a rare type of manzanita! We might also encounter Fox Sparrows, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Juncos, Stellar's Jays, and other avian residents. Along the way, we'll pause several times to more fully experience what's around us by doing some creative activities that connect us to this special place. We'll arrive back at the parking lot at noon. -Lorrie

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  • Return to the Moon - September Full Moon Hike & Circle

    Inspiration Point

    It's Full Moon time! Together we will do opening introductions, do a brief hike, and then a 15 minute silent observation or being with the moon as it rises to the east. Then, for those who want to participate, we may hold a small circle conversation, connecting to the season, the moon, and each other. (Moonrise is 7:34, sunset is at 7:20. If you want, come early and be with the sunset) Theme: What power/achievement/aspect of ourselves do we want to claim/own?The moon is a reminder of cycles and nature's rhythm. What areas in our life do we honor or not honor our own flow and pace? Everything in nature grows towards wholeness— We'll meet at Inspiration Point, What to bring: Layers. An earth (or moon!) poem if you have one you like. Your best coyote/wolf howl. Water and a snack. Looking forward to meeting and exploring with you! -Lorrie

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  • Giving and Receiving with Nature

    Redwood Regional Park Skyline Staging Area

    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,.

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  • Allying With Nature's Wisdom

    Redwood Regional Park Skyline Staging Area

    Join us in the redwoods for a morning of reconnecting to nature, ourselves, and each other. I'm excited to co-host this meetup with new Wild Nature Heart facilitator Lorrie Klosterman. Lorrie is a watercolor painter of wild nature, biologist, and author of Animals and Plants of Monterey Bay: Santa Cruz Shoreline. What to expect: Together we will do an opening circle, then participate in a solo and a group activity that invites us to connect to our biggest and ecological selves, and so honor our deep belonging in the natural world. Expect poetry as well. After introductions and an opening exercise, we will do two activities: the first is designed to drop us more fully into our bodies and senses, and the other will drop us deeper into our ecological selves with an exercise drawing on the Council of All Beings co-developed by John Seed and Joanna Macy. We will end with a gratitude circle. We'll met Skyline Gate Parking Lot by the water fountain. The redwood grove is half a mile down stream trail east from the parking lot. Suggested donation: $10-20 To Register: RSVP here and If you feel called to and are able, send offering to PayPal.Me/WildNatureHeart What to bring: A blanket and/or seat, layer. An item or idea that symbolizes your connection to the natural world. Water and a snack. Pen and paper, if you keep a journal. Looking forward to connecting and exploring with you! Ryan and Lorrie

  • Return to the Moon - July Full Moon Hike & Circle

    Redwood Regional Park Skyline Staging Area

    It's Full Moon time! Together we will do opening introductions, then hike along East Ridge Trail. At one of the bench overlooks (2/3 of a mile), we'll have a 15 minute silent observation or being with the moon. Then, for those who want to participate, we'll hold a small circle conversation, connecting to the season, the moon, and each other. Theme: The moon is a reminder of cycles and nature's rhythm. What areas in our life do we honor or not honor our own flow and pace? Everything in nature grows towards wholeness—What power/achievement/aspect of ourselves do we want to claim/own? We'll meet at Skyline Gate Parking Lot by the water fountain. The moon rises to the East-Southeast at 8:39pm. What to bring: Layers. An earth (or moon!) poem if you have one you like. Your best coyote/wolf howl. Water and a snack. Looking forward to meeting and exploring with you!

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  • Deep Belonging to the World

    Redwood Regional Park Skyline Staging Area

    $5.00

    Join us in the redwoods for a morning of reconnecting to nature, ourselves, and each other. One reason we have found ourselves caught up, disconnected, distracted, and depressed, is that much of the modern world, buttressed by an Industrial Growth Society, has lost its sense of DEEP BELONGING to the world 🌎. What would it mean to find and cultivate a sense of deep belonging to the world, meaning not only the physical 'where' of our belonging, but also the human and greater-than-human 'whom' to which we belong, and also how the seed-image that is uniquely you takes its place in the world? What to expect: Together we will do an opening circle, then participate in a solo and a group activity that invites us to connect to our biggest and ecological selves, and unfurl our story that is ours alone, and by doing so, honor our deep belonging in the natural world. Expect poetry and art as well. We'll met Skyline Gate Parking Lot by the water fountain. The redwood grove is half a mile down the trail east from the parking lot. Suggested donation: $5-20 What to bring: A blanket and/or seat, layer. An item or idea that symbolizes your image/story in the world at this moment Or connection to the natural world. Water and a snack. Pen and paper, if you keep a journal. Looking forward to connecting and exploring with you! Ryan and Christine

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  • Return to the Moon - June Full Moon Hike & Circle

    Redwood Regional Park Skyline Staging Area

    It's Full Moon time! Variously referred to as Strawberry Moon, Honey Moon, and Rose Moon, this will be the first official full moon after the summer solstice a week before. Together we will do opening introductions, then hike along East Ridge Trail. At one of the bench overlooks (2/3 of a mile), we'll have a 15 minute silent observation or being with the moon, then hold a small circle, connecting to the season, the moon, and each other. We'll meet at Skyline Gate Parking Lot by the water fountain. Note: I (Ryan) will not be there for this one, as I will be traveling in my homeland of Iowa. But co-organizer Christine Broz (Savor Nourish Wellness founder and of Nature Art from the Heart fame) What to bring: Layers. An earth (or moon!) poem if you have one you like. Your best coyote/wolf howl. Water and a snack. Looking forward to meeting and exploring with you! (P.S. By joining this group you hereby acknowledge that you have read and understand section 6.2 of the Meetup Terms of Service Agreement that releases Organizers and Creators or Hosts of this group from all liabilities and claims. http://www.meetup.com/terms/)

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  • Nature Art From the Heart

    Redwood Regional Park Skyline Staging Area

    Come play in the redwoods! With Special Guest facilitator Christine Broz, we will listen to and explore materials from nature with the creative heart we all have. It will be a time to embrace our child-minds and heart play. If you know and admire nature artist Andy Goldsworthy's work, you'll love this hands-on creative exploration. And if you don't know him, you'll still love it. This Meetup will be an embodiment of the South Shield/Direction, a fun activity as we unfold into summer energy. The Four Shields/Directions is a nature-based map of the human psyche that helps us understand different facets of ourselves. I met Christine when she first started coming to our Return to Earth Meetup this winter. Since then, I have come to know her as a deeply soulful, nature-rooted, holistic-health conscious, and phenomenally creative woman. I'm excited to have her join for the day and lead us in co-creating art with nature as our ally. Christine Broz is a creative educator, designer, and wellness coach who supports others in creating beauty and other nourishing experiences. Visit her Instagram account SavorNourishWellness to see examples of her creations, or use hashtag #altarattheoak. Looking forward to connecting and exploring with you! Please plan to arrive 10 minutes early so we begin on time. What to bring: Comfortable shoes. We'll be in a redwood grove and meadow. We'll alternate between sun and shade so if you’re sun-sensitive, please bring sunscreen and a hat. Water and a snack. A pen and journal. Your wild nature hearts.

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  • CANCELLED - Return to the Moon - April Full Moon Hike & Circle

    Redwood Regional Park Skyline Staging Area

    It's Full Moon time! Together we will do opening introductions, then hike along East Ridge Trail. At one of the bench overlooks (2/3 of a mile), we'll have a 15 minute silent observation or being with the moon, then hold a small circle, connecting to the season, the moon, and each other. We'll meet at Skyline Gate Parking Lot by the water fountain. Note: Please RSVP What to bring: Layers. An earth (or moon!) poem if you have one you like. Your best coyote/wolf howl. Water and a snack. Looking forward to meeting and exploring with you!

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  • Return to the Moon - March Full Moon Hike & Circle

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    It's Full Moon time again (our second in March)! Together we will do opening introductions, then hike along East Ridge Trail. At one of the bench overlooks (2/3 of a mile), we'll have a 15 minute silent observation, then hold a small circle, connecting to the season, the moon, and each other. We'll meet at Skyline Gate Parking Lot by the water fountain. Note: Please RSVP What to bring: Layers. An earth (or moon!) poem if you have one you like. Your best coyote/wolf howl. Water and a snack. Looking forward to meeting and exploring with you!

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