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 half-day and full-day nature connection and creativity workshops, multi-day soul-rooted wilderness journeys and weekend retreats, 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 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

 

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Ryan Van Lenning, M.A., is an inner and outer wilderness guide and poet/writer. Certified as an ecotherapist through the Earthbody Institute and an Adventure Out Guide, he is passionate about facilitating authentic re-connections with nature and our deepest selves to assist in the work of repairing broken belonging. He 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.  His first collection of earth and soul poetry, Re-Membering, will be out in July 2018. For a taste, visit Rumi and the Shadow. He splits his time between the rich redwood forest of the East Bay hills, the wild oaks along the American River, and the lodgepole pines of the Sierra mountains. Email: ryanvanlenning@gmail.com