DEEP Belonging In The Great Composting: 6-Week Interactive Course

This is an 6-week experience for those longing to cultivate their ecological selves, embody their wholeness, and deepen their 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.

Over 6 weeks, we’ll explore through conversation in circle, sense and somatic exercises, soul work and integration activities, poetry, 1:1 consultations, and a private Facebook 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: Thursdays, September 2-October 14 (No Class September 23)
Time: 10:00am-11:30am PST | 6pm-7:30 GMT (London)
Cost: Early bear $222
(Regular price $249, after July 15)

Class limited to 8 people to ensure an intimate group

Scholarships available for BBIPOC & LGBTQ2+

Program themes and topics:

  • Cultivating Deep Belonging and Deep Listening
  • Wilderness Rite-of-Passage and Self-Designed Ceremonies
  • Nature-based Map of Human Wholeness
  • Returning to Our Wild Purpose
  • Belonging to Place: Befriending Your Watershed and Local Flora & Fauna
  • Decolonizing Our Hearts and Minds
  • Trickster Living in the Great Composting
  • Sacred Grief and the Work That Reconnects
  • Honoring the Seasons and Living the Cycles


The program Includes: 

  • Seven 90-minute group Zoom calls with a small group of peers
  • Sense-based and soul-expanding exercises that help you re-connect to inner and outer wild nature, drop deeper into your body, senses, and aspects of your wholeness and your wild purpose.
  • Two 1:1 consultations on program material and the 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
  • A Download of additional inspirational earth poems
  • Discount on future Wild Nature Heart Courses and Wilderness Programs
  • Substantial discount on the Annual Wild Nature Heart Gathering (Next one Summer 2021)

Recent Testimonials:

“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 Siringer, 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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