The season is turning, both outside and within. The cave is beckoning. We go to the cave to find solace and our own sacred. To find the Big Silence where we can hear ourselves–not the voice of society, not the voices of family and friends, but our own sovereign voice.
We go to the cave for the dark descent into ourselves, to confront and embrace the wounds and monsters, but also uncover the shimmering treasures to bring back as a gift to a world in need. We go to the cave, not to disappear, but return to the world and show up in our unique way.
This is not a Cave full of gadgets and toys. This is the Cave of Deep Self and Season. You are done with distractions. You are done with destruction. You are ready to know yourself in all its grand ripples, all its wounds and powers. You are ready to be of service to people and your purpose.
This experience is for you if any of the following describes you:
A key component of this experiences is having the opportunity to do a supported solo overnight or extended DayQuest on-the-land ceremony through the framework of wilderness rite-of-passage.
Over 6 weeks we will explore through Online Gatherings, exercises and hard work in between the following topics:
Deep Listening/Deep Belonging
Honoring the Darkness & Living the Seasons
Allying Yourself with Bear Energy (Fierce Purpose, Grounding, Hibernation, Hunting/Gathering Your Wholeness, Power, Presence, and Protection, Unleashing Your Growl)
Wilderness Rite-of-Passage and Other Ceremony
Knowing Yourself Like Guardian Oak
Shadow Work/Embracing the Monsters
Engage in Sense-based and soul-based exercises that help you re-connect to inner and outer wild nature and drop deeper into your body, senses, and aspects of your wholeness.
In addition, ALL participants in ANY Wild Nature Heart course series receives:
When: Tuesdays, January 19-February 23
Where: ONLINE – Zoom (time determined by participants’ schedules)
Cost: EARLY BEAR $222 – IF YOU REGISTER BEFORE December 31)
(Regular price $225- After December 31)
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Or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your interest & send registration fee to PayPal.Me/WildNatureHeart.
(Note: Scholarships available for BIPOC. Class limited to 6 participants)
About the Instructor:
My name is Ryan Van Lenning, Co-Founder of Wild Nature Heart, and I am an earth-lover with a deep desire to be of service in the work of re-connection, re-wilding, & re-membering. I started Wild Nature Heart to support people to re-connect with the wisdom of both inner and outer wild nature, to live their soul callings into the world, and to assist in the work of repairing broken belonging.
I am an inner/outer wilderness guide and poet (author of Re-Membering: Poems of Earth & Soul) and High-Cooing Through the Seasons: Haiku From the Forest, certified as an Ecotherapist through The Earthbody Institute & Certified Wilderness First Responder through Foster Calm. Prior to moving to California 12 years ago, I taught Comparative Religion, Philosophy, and Environmental Ethics at Sinclair College in Ohio.
“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)
“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 decent. 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., Mendocino, 1-on-1 Client and Course Participant (Fall 2019)
“Reclaim Your Wild Nature Heart 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)