About Us

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.

Founder and Director of Creative Earthiness
Ryan Van Lenning

IMG_8086My 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 Humboldt County, and when I can, also spend time in 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: ryan@wildnatureheart.com

Katie Baptist, LCSW

Katie is one of the original co-founders and fire-keepers of Wild Nature Heart. She is an ecotherapist, IMG_8088naturalist, 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: passageway@sbcglobal.net


Wild Nature Heart Facilitators and Guides – Coming Soon!

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