Out With the Old…

Well, we know it’s not always that simple.

A turn of an arbitrary clock, even with well-set intentions, is hardly a match for old habits, storylines, let alone outdated collective beliefs and cultural paradigms.

Sometimes a giant freaking wave comes and wipes the slate clean. But often it’s many successive smaller waves slowly eroding the the old. Sometimes the old is composted with hard work, big hearts, and well-practiced presence, becoming soil for the new.

Or just as likely, the new and the old co-exist like broken shells and washed up seaweed. Like new ferns on old rotting tree trunks. We birth the new while letting go, we grieve while celebrating. That’s how nature works, and we’re no different.

It’s okay. Let’s keep it real, so we’re not disillusioned when suddenly we wake up tomorrow and we still have work to do and play to be played. And we’re still our wonderfully messy and mysterious selves.

Still, like the waves on the shore and the sun at dawn, we keep showing up, raw and open, ready to give life, ready to shine on, ready to shape the next shoreline of our lives.

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INTO THE CAVE Course begins January 22. What emerges in the fruitful darkness?

DEEP BELONGING Course begins January 16. Re-Belong yourself to Place and Purpose.

Take the self-paced WILD NATURE HEART CHALLENGE at anytime from anywhere.

Links in Shop. 🌿

THANK YOU ALL FOR SHOWING UP AND SHINING YOUR LIGHT

Thank you wild nature hearts for all you do! Thank you for showing with your gigantic hearts and medicine.

Whether it’s regenerating culture, forests, soils, or souls, spreading the seeds of the new paradigms, lifting up the marginalized, fighting for justice, whether it’s deep listening, holding space, creating art, seeing people’s light and their sacred wounds, inspiring people, or connecting people more deeply to nature, their bodies, health and wholeness, their Inner Guide, their calling, or their best Selves, YOUR WORK OF LOVE AND PURPOSE MATTERS.

So keep on keepin on, and step even more clearly, more grounded, more YOU, into the next stage of your journey and work. Never forget that you have a unique way of showing up fierce and and sharing gifts that only you can and were meant to, and We are all medicine for each other, helping each other remember, walking each other home.

We are each GREAT REMEMBRANCERS in this collective initiation of THE GREAT TURNING. How amazing to be embodied right now!

Thank you for walking with Wild Nature Heart this year and I am grateful to be connected, whether that has been on social media, online gatherings, in circle, or out on the land learning alongside the river or among the trees.

Looking forward to continuing our journeys in the new seasons. 

In all the best and wild mysteries,

🌿💚🐻🙏🏽 -Ryan 

Solstice Blessings

Solstice blessings and warm holiday wishes! 

Today marks the longest night, the point of absolute dark before the return of the sun.

What emerges in the fruitful darkness?

We have been experiencing the season contracting, things slowing down, energies withdrawing, going underground. The earth releases and composts the old in order to make way for the new and recharge. We honor the earth’s and our own season by doing the same.

There is a reason for the seasons, and it is yet again an opportunity to be present with what is and apprenticeship ourselves to the necessary energies of dark, silence, and slowness. A time to integrate all  the wonderful and difficult and intense experiences of the year and replenish our powers.

And also to reconnect to the people, voices, and energies that are truly aligned. In the restful darkness we are able to see-feel our inner light more distinctly. In the silence, should we allow it, we are able to hear our own inner voice more clearly.

We know the sun always returns. The light will now grow incrementally, the days becoming fractionally longer, as we begin to unfurl into the next season of our lives.

What emerges in the fruitful darkness for you?

Thank you for walking with me and Wild Nature Heart. I am so grateful for connecting with you, whether that has been through words, classes, circles of the Great Turning, wilderness ceremony, full moon hikes, or one-on-one sessions. We are all just walking each other home and I am looking forward to continuing the journey with you in the new year!

In all the best and wild mysteries,
Ryan 
Director of Creative Earthiness
Within the Cave Something Pulses

 I. Sip the Season Darkly

Darkness has arrived
wrapping its inky cloak
across the season
of our lives

long shadows and owls stand tall and salute
autumn’s bright slow song
becoming winter’s march

asking us not skip too quickly
over the hour
with an eager eye
grasping towards cherry blossoms
awaiting on the other side

Drink deeply from the season,
they say, from the cup overflowing
with the sweetness of the fruitful darkness

Sip the season darkly
in its slow inward night embrace

Wisdom hidden from summer’s glare
may yet pass our lips
should we have the thirst for it

Until finally, the world becomes too much with us:

We go to the cave, the secret one
in the mountain of ourselves
seeking stillness, a retreat
an inward looking

and listen for it, our own voice amidst

The Silence – can you hear it?

 II. Within the Cave Something Pulses

Within the cave something pulses.

We hear it even now
feel it even now
that which deepest dark cannot smother,
and even winter’s hands cannot touch

tender tendrils of our very own vine,
bearing the wine of our heart

A Remembering–Aha!

Some secret vial of our heart’s fuel
distilled for this very hour
to sip the season brightly

And the sun too misses its lover earth
and cannot too long stay away

The sun was meant for this: to shine

To not share the big love is a wounding

So in this darkest hour
the sun knocks on the nearest horizon
and announces The Return with a subtle beat:
“Dear Love, I’m Here.”

Which is exactly what we find
written on the walls of our cave

“Dear Love, I’m Here.”

And we open our new eyes of dawn
with a deep breath
and though it’s just a whisper now
it is enough to start it all again
and again…again….again…
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Included in the new collection, Within the Cave Something Pulses, forthcoming 2020. You can get RE-MEMBERING: Poems of Earth & Soul. and High-Cooing Through the Seasons: Haiku From the Forest through your local bookstore, on Amazon or Indiebound. A book of mystery poems, Silence Begins Here, book of love and erotic poetry, Wild Rose Hips, and a celebration of the flow of rivers and souls, Riverever will also be out in 2020.

INTO THE CAVE Courses begin January 8. What emerges in the fruitful darkness?
Two groups—one All/No Genders Cohort and one Men Only Cohort.

DEEP BELONGING Courses begins January 9. Re-Belong yourself to Place and Purpose. Day and evening times.

Take the self-paced WILD NATURE HEART CHALLENGE at anytime, from anywhere.

TAKE THE WILD NATURE HEART CHALLENGE

We’re so excited to announce the Wild Nature Heart Challenge – A Self-Paced Season Of Deepening!! The Challenge is a self-paced mini-adventure that guides you through easy-to-implement earth practices, concepts, and poetry that help you drop deeper into your body, natural cycles, and your inner and outer wild nature.

Engage in various activities that help you reconnect, feel alive, have fun, engage your senses, be inspired, reground, and reconnect to your rhythm and the rhythms of nature.

What’s Included:

25+ Practical Earth-based Practices and Soulful Sense-based Activities

25+ Earth Poems

Dedicated Wild Nature Heart Facebook Group 

Each module comes with a description, examples, how-to exercises, and earth poetry related to the theme.

Modules include:

Cultivating Gratitude/Curiosity/Reciprocity

Sacred Pause and the Love Affair with the World

Deep Belonging

Living Seasonally and Cyclically: Honoring Nature’s Rhythms

Exploring Where You Are: Urban Wild, the Nearby Faraway, Deep Wild

Becoming Animal – Coming to Our Senses

Finding Your Flow and Stillness

Conversations With Wild Nature

Courting the Muse and Mystery

You can start and end at any time, and you can complete the Wild Nature Heart Challenge at the pace that works for you.

3 levels of investment: $31/$49/$67 – choose what you’re able.

We are confident you will feel inspired, nourished, more whole, and wilder by participating in the challenge!

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Have fun! 🌿🙏🏽🐾🤠

#wildnatureheartchallenge

Off the Rails

The journey from the dominant culture to exciting and meandering alternative paths to our own authentic and sovereign path. As we each individually step off the rails and into our uniqueness and wholeness, we are co-creating the new paradigms needed for The Great Turning.