Into the Cave

The season is turning, both outside and within. The cave is beckoning. We go to the cave to find solace and our own sacred. To find the Big Silence where we can hear ourselves–not the voice of society, not the voices of family and friends, but our own sovereign voice. We go to the cave for the dark descent into ourselves, to confront and embrace the wounds and monsters, but also uncover the shimmering treasures to bring back as a gift to a world in need. We go to the cave, not to disappear, but return to the world and show up in our unique way.

This is not a Cave full of gadgets and toys. This is the Cave of Yourself. You are done with distractions. You are done with destruction. You are ready to know yourself in all its grand ripples, all its wounds and powers. You are ready to be of service to people and your purpose.

This experience is for you if any of the following describes you:

  • You are ready to really know yourself and cultivate a deep belonging to your power, place, and purpose.
  • You are tired of fucking around, and ready to own your shit and get real with your wholeness.
  • You are exploring, or want to explore, your inner wilderness and eager to expand your toolbox of exploration.
  • You are longing for a deeper earth-centered, sensual, and meaningful life.

Over 6 weeks leading up to the Winter Solstice and into the new year, we will explore through Online Gatherings, exercises and hard work in between the following topics:

  • Deep Listening/Deep Belonging
  • Allying Yourself with Bear Energy (Fierce Purpose, Grounding, Hunting Your Wholeness, Power, Presence, and Protection, Unleashing Your Growl)
  • Knowing Yourself Like Guardian Oak
  • Wilderness Rite-of-Passage and Other Ceremony
  • Cultivating Your Wild Eros
  • Living the Seasons
  • Honoring the Darkness
  • Shadow Work/Embracing the Monsters

A key component of this experiences is having the opportunity to do a supported solo overnight or extended DayQuest on-the-land ceremony.through the framework of wilderness rite-of-passage.

Engage in Sense-based and soul-based exercises that help you re-connect to inner and outer wild nature and drop deeper into your body, senses, and aspects of your wholeness.

In addition, ALL participants in ANY Wild Nature Heart course series receives:

  • Private Facebook group to connect, share, learn, and ask questions
  • A copy of Re-Membering: Poems of Earth and Soul
  • Discount on future Wild Nature Heart Courses and Wilderness Programs
  • Substantial discount on the Annual Wild Nature Heart Gathering (Next one Summer 2020)

Cost: EARLY WORM $275 IF YOU REGISTER BEFORE November 17 (save $50)

(Regular price $325- After November 17)

Register and pay course fee below

Or Email: with your interest & send registration fee to PayPal.Me/WildNatureHeart.

(Note: Class limited to 6 participants)

There are two groups: Click here for Men’s Only cohort and here for Mixed Cohort.

About the Instructor:

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 started Wild Nature Heart to support people to re-connect with the wisdom of both inner and outer wild nature, to live their soul callings into the world, and to assist in the work of repairing broken belonging.

I am an inner/outer wilderness guide and poet (author of Re-Membering: Poems of Earth & Soul) and High-Cooing Through the Seasons: Haiku From the Forest, certified as an Ecotherapist through The Earthbody Institute & Certified Wilderness First Responder through Foster Calm. Prior to moving to California 12 years ago, I taught Comparative Religion, Philosophy, and Environmental Ethics at Sinclair College in Ohio.

Recent Testimonial:

“Thank you again Ryan for your mentorship prior to this quest of mine. You empowered me to trust in myself, in the wild, and in the ceremony and it seemed so fitting to receive these gifts of yours just prior to a decent. I love and am sincerely grateful for your poem. It certainly helped give me courage to unflinchingly make those leaps over trees and off every known cliff and will continue to do so.

I feel super motivated to continue on this path of mine and stay open to all the wild mysteries that present themselves within myself and within this more-than human world of ours. And to taking the next steps in unfurling my own gifts and presenting them to the world.”

— Brady W., Mendocino, 1-on-1 Client and Course Participant

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