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.
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.
Sacred Pause and the Love Affair with the World
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!
Have fun! 🌿🙏🏽🐾🤠
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.
WE BELONG TO OUR PURPOSE (Not the other way around)
When I talk about Deep Belonging, I often divide into belonging to Place, to People, and to Purpose. Or put another way, we cultivate belonging to the land and other-than-human kin, to community, and to our calling. Each is distinct, yet are woven together.
But Purpose isn’t something we go and get out there, let alone own. It doesn’t belong to us; WE BELONG TO IT. A number of things follow from this slightly different way to think about it, including a deeper sense of responsibility, as well as a deeper sense of belonging and vitality.
Our purpose is an energy of its own, an aspect of our Ecological Self, that wants to live THROUGH US.
The 6-week Deep Belonging Interactive Experience begins in January. There is a daytime course and an evening course.
This is for all you creative and courageous wild ones bringing your big heart, your beautiful gifts, and your embodied soul into the world that desperately needs you.
I see you. We see you. Keep showing up. Persist. Go to the forest, go to the cave, go to the sacred river for nourishment and renewal, but keep coming back, bigger and more powerful than ever. I know you will, because that’s what you’re meant to do. We need you. We build each other up because The Great Turning needs it.
Here’s a little reminder from Bill Plotkin:
“You’re attempting to bring mystery, wildness, deep imagination, and praise of the sacred (the natural) to a society obsessed with security, comfort, material wealth, and the ownership of things. The culture you live in consists mostly of commodities and objects, while all things you encounter are entities and subjects.
As an Artisan in an egocentric world, you have no guarantee that society will welcome your gifts. It’s possible that people will look upon your innovations or your original voice as odd, irrelevant, or crazy, or perhaps as subversive or immoral. Or you might do your work in complete obscurity and frustration, at least for a while.
In an egocentric society its easier to become discouraged in the always difficult work of creative innovation, beause its easier to convince yourself that no one cares about what you have to offer.
But this is just a strategy of the Loyal Soldier, who is still attempting to keep you safe by making you feel small. Thank him or her for his/her kind intentions, and stay on your course. The fact is, in an egoentric world, your soul gifts are needed EVEN MORE than in a healthy one.
Remember that self-doubt is as self-centered as self-inflation. Your obligation is to reach as deeply as you can and offer your unique and authentic gifts as bravely and beautifully as you’re able.
From the Artisan in the Wild Orchard chapter in Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World
A core orientation towards the world when living open and from our wholeness is a romantic one. It is inherently sensual, perhaps even erotic, in the sense of Eros—bringing our passionate love and deep imagination and curiosity to everyone (including every other-than-human sentient being) we meet.
I’m talking courting romance of all, the flowers and sunsets, the deep autumn reds and sexual lovers, yes, but also your friends, the bees, the seasons, the bark of madrone, the flowing creek, the otters, the marshy mud, the muse, the moon, your monsters, the godwit hunting aquatic worms!
Have you stared alluring into eyes of death?
And don’t forget about romancing your own beautiful and endless depths.
We are the great lovers with the world, with wild nature. This is a core pillar of Wild Nature Heart.
This orientation honors and restores the fundamental wonder and mystery and radical intimacy at the heart of all. We are in love, in awe, with the alluring world and it’s intoxicating vitality; and therefore we feel our own vitality and allurement.
And ‘wonder is an essential survival skill for the Anthropocene,’ as Robert Macfarlane says.
However, there are always depths to explore, in us…and in everyone else. This is bad news for us if want to figure everything out, or need certainty. But it’s fantastic news for us when we become great lovers of the world.
Diane Ackerman captures this so beautiful in A Natural History of the Senses, “It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery. However many of life’s large, captivating principles and small, captivating details we may explore, unpuzzle, and learn by heart, there will still be vast unknown realms to lure us. If uncertainty is the essence of romance, there will always be enough uncertainty to make life sizzle and renew our sense of wonder.“