What we're about

This group is for anybody who wants to cultivate a deeper connection with nature and their most authentic selves. 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. (Note: while we are all hike-lovers and sometimes saunter, this is not primarily a walking/hiking group)

We will meet 1-4 times a month in nature for various sense-based and soul-based nature- and self-connection activities, including nature therapy exercises, council circle, creative writing, practices drawn from Joanna Macy and The Work That Reconnects and Bill Plotkin's SoulWork, poetry, foraging, and/or simple mindful activities.

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

Upcoming events (5)

Memorial for Gray Whale and Dolphin Deaths

Trinidad State Beach

We will hold a memorial service at dusk for the 181 whales found dead along the Pacific coast this year, including 37 found in California, the hundreds of dolphins washing up dead on the Gulf Coast, the thousand dolphins found mutilated in France, and the increasing numbers of marine life impacted by plastic. Many hearts are breaking open as we witness these losses. These species have shared this planet with us for as long as we have been human. Our world will be a poorer place without them. Our intention is simply to offer an opportunity for people to gather together and share our grief and sense of loss at what’s happening with the whales and many other of our more-than-human family and habitats. Gray whales have washed up dead along the Pacific coast in record-breaking numbers recently. Researchers estimate that the number found is a small percentage of those dying at sea but not seen, since most sink in the ocean depths. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared an “unusual mortality event,” for both the gray whales on the Pacific and the bottlenose dolphins on the Gulf Coast, prompting investigations to determine the cause of the die-offs. Because we are NOT separate from nature and others, we cannot help but be impacted on many levels. Grief is an essential process and a critical feedback of Earth/Gaia itself. Because we love and care for the world, we feel grief and other emotions when we see the harm being done. We are often not able or willing to fully feel or express these emotions for a variety of reasons. The idea here is that by allowing the space to feel and be seen with these emotions, we are honoring nature's feedback loop and can become unstuck. By sharing grief and other emotions, and moving through them (not wallowing!), we can step into new ways of seeing and reconnect to each other and nature, and thereby become even better stewards of the world and the work that needs to be done to heal. We will gather at 8:15pm at the parking lot at Trinidad State Beach. Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/327492958136570/ What to expect: This is a FREE, non-religious, simple earth-based gathering and everyone is welcome. Together we will do an opening circle, share a moment of silence, and an opportunity to share our grief, gratitude, and other emotions. Attendees may expect poetry, movement, and singing. It will be about an hour. What to bring: Layers An item that symbolizes something you are feeling about what is happening in the world and our relationship to Mother/Lover Earth. Water and a snack. [Cover photo "Gray Whale" by Eric Neitzel https://www.flickr.com/photos/ericneitzel/12425582715 ; Creative Commons License C BY-NC-ND 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/; no changes made ]

Finding Our Flow and Groundedness With Nature

Mad River Bluffs

Join us among the Sitka spruce, hermit thrushes, and huckleberries for a morning of reconnecting to nature, ourselves, and each other. The theme for our time together in nature is Grounding and Flow. This is an opportunity to lean into the ways in our lives that we may be stuck and where we are hoping to see more flow. Through solo and group activities, we will re-connect to our most authentic and ecological selves and align with our groundedness and flow, with nature as ally. If you feel called to it, I invite you to form an intention(s) for your time on the land. If you don't have one, that's fine too -- It's amazing how nature can evoke exactly what you need! What to bring: Water and a snack. A pen and journal if you keep one. Cost: $10-$20 To Register: RSVP here and send registration fee (pay what you are able) to PayPal.Me/WildNatureHeart Looking forward to meeting and exploring with you! Ryan

Healing the Healers With Nature as Ally Workshop

Sequoia Park


Join us in the redwoods for an afternoon of reconnecting to nature, ourselves, and each other. As a professional in the healing professions, you know that being grounded in yourself and well-resourced is critical to serving your population. But sometimes we don't have (or rather, don't take) the time or allow the space for ourselves to re-connect to our own vitality and wholeness. This workshop is for healers of all kinds (LMFTs, bodyworkers, massage therapists, nurses, wellness and personal coaches, social workers, etc) to take a sacred pause with nature to allow our natural body and heart wisdom to re-emerge. Through experiential and eco-therapeutic activities (both solo and group), we will be invited to re-connect to our most authentic and ecological selves and align with our intuition. We will explore our own flow, groundedness, and spaciousness, and re-connect to our own vitality and purpose. We will relax deeply into our senses and cultivate skills on how to embody self-care with nature as ally. We know (and probably tell our clients) that disconnecting from our bodies, hearts, and nature comes at a cost. With nature as therapeutic partner, you will come away feeling recharged, rejuvenated, clear, and inspired, so to better serve your people. It will also be an opportunity to meet colleagues in the healing professions. Workshop Offerings: Nature connection and sense-based activities Mindfulness and embodiment exercises Nature art from the heart Council circle and Deep listening activities Integration time through journaling Earth poetry When: Sunday, August 4 Time: 12pm-3pm Where: Sequoia Park, Eureka Cost: $75-$95 (Pay what you are able) To Register: Email [masked] with your interest/profession and send registration fee to PayPal.Me/WildNatureHeart Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/342103840046140/?ti=icl For more Wild Nature Heart: www.wildnatureheart.com

Wild Mind: Exploring the Facets of Human Wholeness

Hiller Park


Welcome! This is a 5-class series for people ready to take a deep dive into their own wholeness, exploring their own inner wilderness and eager to expand their toolbox of exploration. It draws on the work of Bill Plotkin (author of Wild Mind, Nature and the Human Soul, Soulcraft) and my own experience of inner/outer wild and training as an ecotherapist. In particular, we explore the Nature-based Map of the Human Psyche, with the 4-directions of North, East, South & West each containing various energies and aspects of nature which mirrors the cycles and aspects of our own inner nature. "What if our primary human need and opportunity is not to endlessly attend to our emotional wounds and the eradication of perceived psychological disorders but rather to fathom and flesh out our natural human wholeness and to embody this integral bounty as a gift to others and our world?” — Bill Plotkin, Wild Mind The idea is that we, like all wild nature, have an original wholeness and vibrancy that too frequently gets stunted for various reasons, and that we can cultivate these capacities and find ways to access and express these in our lives, thereby empowering us to be more authentically who we are. This course is for you if any of the following describes you: *You are interested in and passionate about personal growth work, human wholeness, shadow work, dreams, and nature-based soul work. *You are exploring, or want to explore, your inner wilderness and eager to expand your toolbox of exploration. *You are transitioning to or wanting to transition to a deeper earth-centered, sensual, and meaningful life. *You are on the path of rewilding and cultivating a deeper belonging to place, purpose, and people. THROUGH 5 CLASSES (Meeting Wednesdays September 4-October 2), we’ll explore conceptually and through practice the following: +Bill Plotkin's Nature-based Map of the Psyche with the 4 Facets/Directions. These are our innate gifts/resources that we’re born with, but that often get covered up or forgotten about. +Those wounded or under-developed parts of our psyche that have served their purpose, but often get in the way of our authentic wholeness (subpersonalities/shadow work). +Sense- and soul-based exercises that invite us to re-connect to inner and outer wild nature and drop deeper into our bodies, senses, and aspects of our wholeness. In the first gathering, we'll do introductions, a grounding exercise, and explore the basics of the Nature-based Map of the Psyche. In the following 4 classes, we will go through each of the other Facets/Directions: South: Wild Indigenous One/Childhood West: Dark Muse Beloved/Adolescence North: Nurturing Generative Adult East: Innocent/Sage/Elder When: Wednesdays, Sept. 4-Oct. 2 Time: 6pm-8pm Where: Hiller Park, McKinleyville Cost: $145 (Or Only $100 if you register before August 1) To Register: Email [masked] with your interest & send registration fee to PayPal.Me/WildNatureHeart. (Note: Class limited to 10 participants) For more Wild Nature Heart: www.wildnatureheart.com About Me: My name is Ryan Van Lenning and I am an earth-lover with a deep desire to be of service in the work of re-connection, re-wilding, and re-membering. I started Wild Nature Heart to support people to re-connect with the wisdom of wild nature, to claim their authentic adulthood by showing up as their truest selves, and to live their soul callings and heart stories into the world. I am an inner and outer wilderness guide and poet (author of Re-Membering: Poems of Earth & Soul) and believe in catalyzing human wholeness and that our world desperately needs each person becoming more fully themselves and offering their gifts back to the community and the more-than-human world. I am certified as an ecotherapist through the Earthbody Institute. (Artwork: Doug Van Houten)

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