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 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 1-on-1 earth-rooted coaching/mentoring, nature connection and creativity workshops, 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.

IMG_8086My name is Ryan Van Lenning and I am an inner and outer wilderness guide and poet/writer.  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 desperately needs each person becoming more fully themselves and offering their gifts back to the community. I am certified as an ecotherapist through the Earthbody Institute.

I published my debut collections of poetry, Re-Membering: Poems of Earth & Soul, and High-Cooing Through the Seasons: Haiku From the Forest. in 2018 under Wild Nature Heart Press.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 work 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 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: ryanvanlenning@gmail.com

Katie Baptist, LCSW, (Co-founder) 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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