Reclaim Your Wild Nature Heart Course

We’re happy to announce Wild Nature Heart Academy’s 6-class series called Reclaim Your Wild Nature Heart for people transitioning or ready to transition to a deeper earth-centered life and eager to cultivate a deeper belonging to place and purpose.

(This is the in-person course in Humboldt County — An online version is also coming soon.)

This course is for you if any of the following describes you:

  • You are longing for a deeper earth-centered, sensual, and meaningful life.
  • You know in your bones there is a more authentic, earth-honoring, community-centered way of living.
  • You are exploring, or want to explore, your inner wilderness and eager to expand your toolbox of exploration.
  • You are on the path of rewilding and cultivating a deeper belonging to place, purpose, and people.
  • You are interested in and passionate about nature-based personal growth work and human wholeness.
  • You are ready to live more aligned and eager to clarify and step more fully into your unique gifts and powers

THROUGH 6 CLASSES (Meeting Thursdays September 5-October 17 (no class Sept. 19), we’ll explore conceptually and through practice these topics:

  • Deep Belonging
  • Deep Listening
  • Watershed and Local Flora
  • Living the Seasons
  • Bill Plotkin’s Nature-based Map of the Psyche with the 4 Facets/Directions
  • Council Circle and the Art of Mirroring
  • Wilderness Rite-of-Passage and Other Ceremony
  • Joanna Macy, Ecogrief, and The Work That Reconnects
  • Council of All Beings
  • Decolonization and Conscious Activism
  • Returning to Our Wild Purpose

Participants will learn various tools and concepts for re-connecting to nature, their soul callings, and each other.

There will be Sense-based and soul-based exercises that help re-connect us to inner and outer wild nature and help us drop deeper into our bodies, senses, and aspects of our wholeness.

Participants will have the opportunity to do a solo overnight on the land ceremony. (This component is more deeply explored in the Immersion course)

Participants will have the opportunity to share an offering and/or service project. (This component is more deeply explored in the Immersion course)

In addition, ALL participants in ANY Wild Nature Heart course series receives:

  • A copy of Re-Membering: Poems of Earth and Soul
  • A copy of High-Cooing Through the Seasons: Haiku From the Forest
  • A Pdf/Ebook of earth poems
  • Private, Facegroup group to connect, share, learn, and ask questions
  • A Certificate of Completion
  • Discount on future Wild Nature Heart Courses
  • Substantial discount on the Annual Wild Nature Heart Gathering
  • Recommended Rewilding and nature connection Readings and Resources

In the first gathering, we’ll do introductions and beginning digging into the themes of Re-Belonging, Deep Listening, Council Circle, and the Sacred Pause and Love Affair with the World.

When: Thursdays, Sept. 5-Oct. 11 (no class September 19)
Time: 6pm-8pm
Where: McKinleyville (Various places: Mad River Bluffs, Hiller Park, Pierson Park)
(When possible and as light allows, we will be outside. We will meet indoors as it gets darker and colder/wetter)

Cost: $180 (Or Only $120 IF YOU REGISTER BEFORE AUGUST 1 – just $20 a class)
To Register: Email ryan@wildnatureheart.com with your interest & send registration fee to PayPal.Me/WildNatureHeart.

(Note: Class limited to 10 participants)

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Allying with Nature’s Wisdom

Conversations with wild nature. Leading with our noses. Body wisdom. Learning from our more-than-human elders. Trusting. Sense-walking. Becoming elders. Meeting new plant neighbors. Play and innocence. Stillness. Just Being.

These were a few of the things we did and themes that were evoked in today’s Allying with Nature’s Wisdom gathering in the Redwoods.

Gratitude to all the beings of the forest and for everyone who came out for a sacred pause and reconnecting this morning 🌲

And thank you to author, biologist, teacher, painter Lorrie Klosterman for bringing your heart presence, thoughtfulness, and skills in leading us in our wild conversations walk.

Return to the Moon, Return to Self

Full Moon Blessings!

Last night a group of about 10 of us gathered to slow down and re-connect to nature, our inner voice, and each other. A sacred pause with the moon.

Only the moon hid behind the fog! Or was the fog there to teach valuable lessons?: That our wholeness is always there, despite clouds of distraction, doubt, division that we allow to gather in front of it.

That getting thwarted in agenda-driven life (even ‘lets go see the moon!’) can make us notice and simply BE WITH what is right there (persistent crickets, fresh air and summer scents, our bodies and breath and minds as they are, bats and mugwort)

After a simple spaciousness of silent BEING WITH the moment, we shared insights and stories that becomes medicine for each of us as we travel this human journey, as we keep coming back to wholeness, our enoughness, and our Groundedness at our core.

And as we walked back on the trail, knowing ourselves and each other better, the moon blessed us with an evocative dance through the Monterey pines, saying, thanks for visiting.
No, thank you, 🌝Moon.

In all the best and wild mysteries,
-Ryan

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SIMPLICITY?

Tornado. Whirlwind. Sooo busy. Overwhelmed. Too much going on. Just trying to catch a breath. Clusterfuck.

This is our life we’re talking about?! These phrases I hear a lot, from friends, family, colleagues. I myself utter them from time to time.

Today is National Simplicity Day, celebrating Henry David Thoreau and advocating simple living close to nature. But it has me wondering what simplicity could possibly look like in today’s fast-jet, multi-tasked, overbooked, commodified, insta-world. Is it possible? Desirable? Hmm

Distinguishing the necessary from unnecessary was one of Thoreau’s first counsels. Simplify, simplify, simplify, he continues. Sounds simple and easy enough. But maybe not as straightforward as it would seem.

That new book I bought, that splurge at the Mexican restaurant, is it necessary? Is social media? What (money, energy, time) am I exchanging for what? That week along the River? How many plates/shirts/shoes/books/devices/plastic things do I need?

I don’t know definitive answers, but I think it must start at least with taking A SACRED PAUSE, preferably with wild nature, to slow down enough to ‘take stock’ of what indeed is claiming so much of our time, energy, ‘resources’.

Then Letting what is aligned (with my goals, my authentic self), rise up and vibrate, letting what is not begin to release its claims. It may require ‘sacrifice’—which really just means trading something for something of greater value.

Friends, meaningful and soulful interactions, nature connection? Check. Health, food, fresh air and water, inspiration and creative outlets? Check. Dreams and beauty? A bowl, a spoon, pants? Check. Living Soul purpose? Triple-check.

Beyond that? Not much certainty. Still sifting, shifting, simplifying.

Some reminders from Thoreau:

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”

“As for the complex ways of living, I love them not, however much I practice them. In as many places as possible, I will get my feet down to the earth.”—Journal, October 22,1853

“Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.”—Walden

WILD BERRY WALK

Hermit thrushes slinging their ethereal songs among the Sitka spruce set the scene for @wildnatureheart’s first Berry Walk of the season. Lots of first time tasters for salmonberry and salal berry.

Blackberries and thimbleberries are just starting, and wild cucumber vines/coastal manroot were trailing and setting their exotic gourds among the huckleberries and currants. And don’t forget about twinberry honeysuckle and elderberry.

So great to connect to our local plant communities and each other. Thanks all who came out!