We are earth-lovers with a deep desire to be of service in the work of re-connection, re-wilding, and re-membering.
Wild Nature Heart supports people to connect with the wisdom of wild nature, to live into their wholeness, and to embody their soul callings into the world.
We offer 1-on-1 earth-rooted coaching/mentoring, workshops and courses, custom wilderness backpacking journeys, weekend retreats, and wilderness rite-of-passage ceremonies.
We work primarily in the Northern California area (Humboldt and Trinity Counties), Oakland/Berkeley, Sacramento, Santa Cruz mountains, Yosemite Wilderness, and Grass Valley. Contact us for how you want to reconnect or if you would like us to offer a program in your area.
Ryan Van Lenning
Founder and Director of Creative Earthiness
My name is Ryan and I am an inner and outer wilderness guide and ecotherapist. I am passionate about facilitating re-connections with wild nature and our most authentic selves to assist in the work of repairing broken belonging. I believe in catalyzing human wholeness and that our world fiercely needs each person becoming more fully themselves and offering their unique gifts back to the community and the more-than-human world. I am a certified Ecotherapist through The Earthbody Institute and a certified Wilderness First Responder through Foster Calm. I previously taught Philosophy, Comparative Religions, and Environmental Ethics in the Humanities Department at Sinclair College in Ohio.
I am also a poet, and published my debut collections of earth poetry, Re-Membering: Poems of Earth & Soul, and High-Cooing Through the Seasons: Haiku From the Forest. in 2018. The 2019 Jodi Stutz Poetry Award by Toyon Literary Magazine was awarded to my poem ‘And All the Walls Between Them’ and I have published articles, essays, and poetry in Earth Island Journal, Deep Time: The Journal of the Work That Reconnects, Terrain Magazine, Elephant Journal, various poetry journals, and the soon-to-be-released book A Walk with Nature: Poetic Encounters that Nourish the Soul.
I live among the diverse forests and rivers of so-called Humboldt County, in ancestral Wiyot and Yurok territory. And when I can, also spend time in the rich redwood forest of the East Bay hills (traditional Ohlone land), the wild oaks & coyote along the American River, the alders and otters along the Mad River (Baduwat River), and the lodgepole pines of the Sierra mountains. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie Baptist, LCSW
Katie is one of the original co-founders and fire-keepers of Wild Nature Heart. She is an ecotherapist, naturalist, writer, and rite-of-passage guide 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: email@example.com
Wild Nature Heart Facilitators and Guides
Lorrie has been in love with the natural world since childhood, which led her to become a biologist and teach at the college level, but nature also inspires her to paint and write and just wander landscapes in awe and gratitude. She published the gorgeous and playful book Animals and Plants of Monterey Bay: Santa Cruz Shoreline in 2018.
Lorrie been participating in and facilitating nature-connection and deep ecology activities for several years in the northeast, and is thrilled to be doing so now in my native California, heading up the Wild Nature Heart East Bay Meetup.