Celebrate Your Summer Wild Nature Heart

Nature is the Master Teacher. One of the biggest lessons is that change is a constant and movement is perpetual–nature unfurls the next moment/season/image out of the old. This applies as much to the movement within–can we be present with this ever fascinating dance?

Our Wild Nature Hearts are rich from spring nurturing and swelling with the unfolding summer season. In April, we marked spring with a powerful EMERGENCE weekend of nature, community, and soul witnessing. It feels like yesterday we were sitting in the meadow together in council circle with the sun on our backs, creating nature art, mirroring, sense walking, and singing and sharing around the fire.

It was such an honor to share time in sacred circle with 7 other people on the land! We all returned nourished by each other’s soul stories and a connection with the earth community. The mystery of how it is that the exact right people show up to weave the tapestry of interconnected stories continues to astound us. And it’s what feeds us as we create new programs.

Now, spring is ripening into summer and Wild Nature Heart too is ripening with summer programs that celebrate wholeness, affirm our sensual bodies, and embrace our big dreams with purpose and playfulness.

Many summer fruits are growing, but we are excited to announce two of our juiciest: Say Yes to Your Wild Nature Heart July Wilderness Journey and our  Claim Your Wholeness and Soul Calling Individual Mentoring Packages.

Of course, we are also continuing to expand our free themed Meetups along the American River in Sacramento and the redwoods in the Oakland hills.

OTHER OFFERINGS & UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Ryan is offering custom-designed 1-5 Night Individual and Small Group Guided Soul-rooted Wilderness Journeys during parts of July through September–Contact us with your dates and needs.
  • Nature Art From the Heart – FREE EVENT (June 2, Redwood Regional Park, Oakland)
  • The Way of Council and the Four Shields – FREE EVENT (June 3, River Bend Park, Sacramento/Rancho Cordova)
  • Wilderness Vision Fast (August 22-26, Yosemite Backcountry – Contact us for details)

Click here for a glimpse of more upcoming 2018 programs.

Why the Wild?

Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.” — Terry Tempest Williams

Why the wild?

We embrace wild nature to not abandon ourselves.

We go to listen. We go to remember. There we can hear without distraction. Without the million and one voices of the world that want us to be and do things their way.

We can hear the true things at the center of our selves, the deepest whisperings, the ways in which we show up with either fear or love.

Wild nature is our most ancient place of belonging. It is us. We are one facet of the great wild expression. That is why it can be a clear and powerful mirror for the movements of our psyche.

Whenever there is too much: grief, busy-ness, confusion, unknowing, anxiety, distraction, pain…we can go into the wild and there find the answers within and all the juicier questions.

And we go to celebrate, to play with joy amidst the beauty of our natural world, to have that love affair with the bigger, more-than-human world.

There we access the deeper breaths, the richer dreams, the soft and strong animal of our creature bodies, and the natural eros that permeates ourselves and the world.

It is where we can find more clearly the wisdom of the psyche and the wisdom of the body having that conversation with the wider intelligence of the world.

We step into our fullest selves and wildness meets us fully in return.

Spring Emergence Weekend

It was a powerful weekend of nature, community, and soul unfurling. It feels like yesterday we were sitting in the meadow together in council circle with the sun on our backs, creating nature art, mirroring, sense walking, and singing and sharing around the fire.

It was such an honor to share time in sacred circle with 7 other people on the land! We return feeling nourished by everybody’s soul stories and the connection with the earth community. The mystery of how it is that the exact right people show up to weave the tapestry of interconnected stories continues to astound us. Here’s a small glimpse of the magic.

Gratitude to all!

 

 

 

Happy National Poetry Month!

🦋April may be the cruelest month, as T.S. Eliot immortalized in his poem The Wasteland, though we don’t think so. We are rather fond this time of year, because of the longer days and the land stirring with life, but also because it’s National Poetry Month. It’s a month for all of us word- and nature-lovers to geek out on writing, reading, breathing, swimming in earth #poetry and give full controls over to our mytho-poetic consciousness.

SHARE an original #poem with us and on your social media channels with the theme of EMERGENCE, SPRING, or PLANTING. Then tag @WildNatureHeart and use the hashtag #wildnatureheart. We’ll share some of your poetry on our Instagram and Facebook, PLUS we’ll feature one of our favorites in our #spring Newsletter.

Happy poeming!!
Katie and Ryan

Here’s the rest of the poem that the above image introduces, called “I Bent My Ear” by one half of Wild Nature Heart, Ryan Van Lenning.

They were calling for attention
as I walked past—

the ladybugs and horsetails
the mugwort and the trillium
bellowing the rainbow through the redwoods

and baby ferns
curled like seahorses of the forest
confided in me

I supposed I could have kept up my pace
stepping past them,
never learning what song they were singing

or what the the slug was saying
in its bright hum of the earth
from his banana mouth
and sure-footed saunter

But as they were calling
so charmingly and gently
I slowed down
bent my ear
and gave them what they asked for.


And here’s the first few lines of The Wasteland by T.S. Eliot.

April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers.

Sense Walk – A Poem

This was inspired by witnessing participants of our Writing Wild gathering do what we call a sense walk, where one is blindfolded and a partner guides them through experiencing the landscape through all their other senses. It’s a beautiful thing to see, no pun intended.
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Blind from their chrysalis
they take the first delicate steps

like new walkers of the dawn
in the bright meadow of life

a late winter curiosity guides them
with a friendly hand at their back

and butterfly voices
flit across their swallowtail innocence

as sand sift through
their blackberry bramble hands

like the grains of childhood time
falling upward into their truth

they kneel for a mugwort blessing
feathered across their faces

flowing with the emergence
of spring wings

-Ryan Van Lenning