About Us

We are earth-lovers with a deep desire to be of service in the work of re-connection.

Wild Nature Heart supports people to 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.

We offer nature connection and creativity workshops, multi-day soul-rooted wilderness journeys and retreats, individual mentoring, and wilderness vision quests/fasts.

We work primarily in the Northern California area, including Oakland/Berkeley, Sacramento, Santa Cruz mountains, Yosemite, and Grass Valley. Contact us for how you want to reconnect or if you would like us to offer a program in your area.

Katie Baptist, LCSW, is an ecotherapist, IMG_8088naturalist, writer, and rite-of-passage guide. She is passionate about preserving wild nature; both human and otherwise. Katie holds a master’s degree in women’s spirituality and is devoted to healing through embodied, earth-based practices for reconnecting to ourselves, each other, and the planet. Her psychotherapy practice, Heart Story, is located in midtown Sacramento. Email:passageway@sbcglobal.net


Ryan Van Lenning, M.A., is an inner and outer wilderness guide and poet/writer. Certified as an ecotherapist through the Earthbody Institute,  he is passionate about facilitating re-connections with wild nature and our most authentic selves to assist in the work of repairing broken belonging. He is the author of  Re-Membering: Poems of Earth & Soul, and High-Cooing Through the Seasons: Haiku From the Forest.  He is the 2019 winner of the Jodi Stultz Poetry Award by Toyon Literary Magazine and has published work in Earth Island Journal, Deep Time: The Journal of the Work That Reconnects, Terrain Magazine, Elephant Journal, various poetry journals, and the forthcoming book A Walk with Nature: Poetic Encounters that Nourish the Soul.  He splits his time between the rich redwood forest of the East Bay hills, the wild oaks & coyote along the American River, the alders and otters along the Mad River, and the lodgepole pines of the Sierra mountains. Email: ryanvanlenning@gmail.com

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