DEEP Belonging In The Great Turning

This is an 6-week experience for those willing to be challenged to cultivate their ecospiritual selves, deepen their decolonial journey, and practice belonging to place and purpose as we intentionally meet this collective initiation of intersecting ecological and social crises.

It’s no secret we are living through seismic cultural and ecological shifts, a time of both vast uncertainty and radical possibility. It has been called The Great Turning/Great Unraveling and has about it the feel of a grand Rite-of-Passage. It is a Collective Initiation calling us to deepen our belonging to the other-than-human world, compost old oppressive forms and ways of being, and inhabit our niche in the ecosystem of healing and justice.

This third round of Deep Belonging in the Great Turning begins in March and I’m excited to anchor the course in decolonial imaginings, to deepen our capacity for the monumental griefs and surprising joys on our doorstep, to weave in trickster values, and to explore the images of Turnings and Composting as guiding dynamic metaphors. I’m calling in a small group of curious hearts willing to be challenged to interrogate inherited coordinates and question what belonging can mean as we step awkwardly yet intentionally across thresholds of vast uncertainty and radical possibilities.

Over 6 weeks, we’ll explore through conversation in circle, sense and somatic exercises, soul work and integration activities, embodied action, poetry, 1:1 consultations, and a private online group. A core component of this course is the opportunity for a supported solo night or extended day quest on-the-land ceremony through the framework of wilderness rite-of-passage.

WHEN: Fridays, March 4-April 8
TIME: 10:00am-11:30am PST | 6pm-7:30 GMT (London)
Other Options: $99-$299 (See justice pricing note below)

**20% of the course’s proceeds will go to front-line indigenous water and earth protectors.
*Scholarships available for BBIPOC & LGBTQ2+

Message me with questions or comments:


  • Sacred Pause and Deep Listening
  • Honoring the Seasons and Living the Cycles
  • Practicing Belonging to Place: Watershed and More-Than-Human Kin
  • Deepening Our Decolonial Journey
  • Trickster Living in the Great Composting
  • Returning to Our Wild Purpose
  • Sacred Grief as Enzyme
  • Rite-of-Passage and Self-Designed Ceremonies
  • Nature-Based Map of Human Wholeness



  • Six 90-minute group Zoom calls with a small group of peers
  • Sense-based and soul-expanding exercises and invitations that help you re-connect to inner and outer wild nature, drop deeper into your body, senses, and aspects of your wholeness and wild purpose.
  • Prompts to deepen your decolonial commitment and journey
  • Two 1:1 consultations on program material and solo wilderness ceremony experience
  • Private Online group to connect, share, learn, and ask questions between calls
  • A copy of Re-Membering: Poems of Earth and Soul
  • Additional decolonial and mythopoetic resources
  • Discount on future Wild Nature Heart Courses and Wilderness Programs
  • Invitation to the Annual Wild Nature Heart Gathering (Next one Summer 2022)

*This course requires 6 participants minimum to run.

A Note on Justice Pricing Structure:
I wish all my offerings could be free for everyone! I hope to work towards that reality. In the meantime, I am offering this course experience on a system of sliding-scale justice pricing to make it as accessible for as many folks who want to join us as possible.

Acknowledging historic and on-going structural harms for certain people, in particular black, indigenous, and communities of color, I support leveraging economic and white-bodied privilege to support others in our community, and ask that you pay on the scale according to your ability, in order to support access, and engage in co-liberatory interdependence-in -action.

The practice of choosing a rate that is both affordable and heartfelt is a mindfulness and liberation-seeking practice. I will not question your self-determined rate.

This helps make offerings accessible to more people and allows portions of the course proceeds to be given to BIPOC-led organizations and campaigns.


“Ryan was FANTASTIC. He was knowledgeable and most importantly, a great listener and guide. I greatly admired his mirroring skills, which have clearly been learned from Mother Nature herself. I have learned so much from Ryan and look forward to incorporating his techniques into my practice as well.” — Participant in Spring 2021 Ecotherapy Certificate Course

“Ryan’s well-designed course on Deep Belonging was just what I needed at a stressful time in life. The facilitation, knowledge and materials shared were generous and truly a gift to enhance my nature connection and learn about myself. This course also provided support for a solo experience which was rich and rewarding. I appreciated being in a group and connecting with other like-minded people.” Lezlie Scaliatine, Psy.D, Deep Belonging for the Great Turning Course Participant (Fall 2020)

“Ryan is a very thoughtful and sensitive instructor. His background in teaching and poetry, along with his ability to effectively “mirror” our stories about our journeys make him an excellent facilitator. Ryan helped us to organize our thoughts and feelings in this politically and environmentally challenging time, gave us hope, and guided us towards developing a personal plan for coping with the future of our planet.”
Nan S., California, Deep Belonging for the Great Turning Course Participant (Fall 2020)

“This course is a deep-dive across 6 weeks. Ryan’s skill and generosity of spirit has guided me through a variety of themes and practices that have been both thought-provoking and empowering. I’ve valued this time immensely, and the abundant materials provided will keep me moving through this journey for a long time to come. I’ve developed a richer relationship with my Urban Wild environment in very unexpected ways, and for that I am so very grateful.” —Claire, United Kingdom, Course Participant (Fall 2019)

“Thank you again Ryan for your mentorship prior to this quest of mine. You empowered me to trust in myself, in the wild, and in the ceremony and it seemed so fitting to receive these gifts of yours just prior to a descent. I love and am sincerely grateful for your poem. It certainly helped give me courage to unflinchingly make those leaps over trees and off every known cliff and will continue to do so. I feel super motivated to continue on this path of mine and stay open to all the wild mysteries that present themselves within myself and within this more-than human world of ours. And to taking the next steps in unfurling my own gifts and presenting them to the world.”
— Brady W., Wisconsin, 1:1 Ecotherapy Client and Course Participant (Fall 2019

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