About Wild Nature Heart

Wild Nature Heart supports you to connect with the wisdom of inner and outer wild nature, to embody your wholeness, and to live your wild purpose into the world.

I am an earth-lover with a deep desire to be of service in the work of re-connection, re-wilding, and re-belonging in this time of the Great Unraveling/Great Turning.

I offer 1-on-1 earth-rooted mentoring, custom wilderness ceremonies/rites-of-passage, Deep Belonging courses and workshops, and wilderness backpacking journeys,.

I work primarily in Humboldt and Trinity Counties, but occasionally also in Oakland/Berkeley, Sacramento, Santa Cruz, and the High Sierra. Contact me for how you want to reconnect or if you would like me 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 being present to what is, 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’ responding to current immigration policies and social injustices.

I have published articles, essays, and poetry in Earth Island Journal, Deep Time: The Journal of the Work That Reconnects, various poetry journals, and the newly released books Behind the Mask: 40 Quarantine Poems from Humboldt County and A Walk with Nature: Poetic Encounters that Nourish the Soul. My newest collections, Wild Rose Hips, Riverever, Silence Begins Here, and Within the Cave Something Pulses, will be available in 2020-2021.

I live among the diverse forests and rivers of so-called Humboldt County, ancestral Wiyot and Yurok territory. 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.

I’d love to hear from you:  ryan@wildnatureheart.com

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