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 (2)

Backpacking Basics: Preparing for Mountain Season!

Do the warming days and new blossoms have you dreaming of alpine lakes and the mountains peaks? Are you new to backpacking? Do you have some experience, but want to plan a longer wilderness trip? Or just wanting to get back into it after many years away? Join us for Backpacking Basics. I'll cover the essentials of Gear, Planning/Permits, Skills/Beginner's Mistakes, Health/Safety, Maps, and Wilderness Ethics. I love to share some of my experience and help people connect to the wilderness in a fun and safe way. While the focus is on multi-day overnight wilderness backpacking trips, it's also a nice way to meet folks who love hiking and want to do local trips too. While my first love is the Sierra Mountains, where I have worn out a couple pairs of hiking boots, and I'm falling in love with the Trinity Alps. I've backpacked the Olympics, Tetons, Inyo, and Rockies. Four years ago I hiked 500 miles for 2 months on the Pacific Crest Trail. In January, I was certified as a Wilderness First Responder. But I like backpacking and hiking of all types and levels, and can also recommend trails in other areas for day hiking as well as where/how to do local overnight trips (Ohlone Wilderness Trail, Bay Area Ridge Trail, Pt. Reyes, Big Basin, Trinity Alps, Mid-Peninsula Open Space District, etc.). We want to hear your recommendations too! • What to bring Water, layers, paper and pen. Any gear you'd like to show and tell the group. Event is FREE, though donation greatly appreciated. (Suggested $10-20)

Write Your Wild Workshop

Sequoia Park


Calling all writers, poets, creatives—whether you are in the flow of it or struggling to get the tap going. I invite you to spend a day among the redwoods, exploring the magical creative alchemy that can happen when we take the time to slow down, be really present from with the natural world, and create from that place. I am Ryan Van Lenning, Co-Founder of Wild Nature Heart, author of Re-Membering: Poems of Earth and Soul, and High-Cooing Through the Seasons: Haiku From the Forest. With nature as ally and mirror to catalyze what is most alive within us, I will guide us through activities to juice up our creative processes. We will sit in council circle to speak our stories and listen to each other. I will facilitate writing and other exercises that make it easy to drop in to our senses and souls. And of course, there will be ample opportunity for solo time on the land, writing, and guidance for listening to yourself and nature. Whether you're working on or want to start your memoir, writing poetry, journaling, or other writing projects, this is an opportunity to explore writing in a way that taps into your wild one inside. Come join us as we explore our creative and authentic selves and celebrate what is emerging in us through circle, writing, and by being present with our senses. Date: April 28 When: 10am-12pm Where: Sequoia Park, Eureka Cost: $15-30 (sliding scale, pay what you are able) Please RSVP and send payment of $15-30 via PayPal:([masked]) so we know how many people to expect. (Note: I changed the way participants pay from WePay to Paypal to make it easier for people.) We hope you can join us! _________________________________ Testimonials From Past Participants: “I went to an event with Wild Nature Heart near the American River, and it was magical! Ryan and Katie were excellent guides and mirrors, and made me completely comfortable sharing my story- even personal at times. I feel more at peace, and a passion for writing has been rekindled; it also doesn’t hurt that they found a beautiful and secluded location 🙂. If you love writing, nature, community or even need a safe space to explore who you are, I highly recommend them!” – Candace C., Writing Wild Gathering, Sacramento “I have never thought of myself as a poet, or even very good with words. Until fairly recently, most poetry left me feeling lost. Ryan helped me discover my “inner poet” by using nature as a means of finding it. It was surprising how easily I slipped over the line from non-poet to poet! Ryan has a gentle way of helping us feel more connected to nature, and thus, to ourselves. I highly recommend trying out his earth poetry and wild writing events, even if you don’t “feel” like a poet.” — Diane Dew, Oakland

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Return to the Moon: February Full Moon Hike & Circle

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