This is a 6-week experience for people willing to be challenged to cultivate their ecological self, embody their wholeness, and deepen their decolonial journey and belonging to place and purpose as we intentionally meet this collective initiation of intersecting ecological and social crises.
Benefits you will forage:
- Cultivate deep belonging to place, purpose, and people.
- Begin or deepen your decolonial pilgrimage and process of interrogating your belonging.
- Become a conscious composter of the old paradigms and co-creator in the new paradigms.
- Align with your wild purpose and inhabit your unique gifts as an ecological niche.
- Embody a deep earth-centered, sensual, and intentional life.
- Explore your inner wilderness and expand your toolbox of exploration.
- Experience a supported solo overnight or extended day on-the-land ceremony through the framework of wilderness rite-of-passage.
When: 6 Thursdays, October 7-November 18 (No Class October 28)
Time: 10am-11:30am PST (California)/ 6pm-7:30 GMT (London)
Where: ONLINE – Zoom (and practices on the land between classes)
Over 6 weeks, we’ll explore the following through conversation in circle, sense and somatic exercises, soul work and integration activities, poetry, 1:1 consultations, and a private online group::
- Cultivating Deep Belonging and Deep Listening
- Honoring the Seasons and Living the Cycles
- Belonging to Place: Befriending Your Watershed and More-Than-Human Kin
- Decolonizing Our Hearts and Minds and the Land)
- Trickster Living in the Great Composting
- Wilderness Rite-of-Passage and Self-Designed Ceremonies
- Nature-Based Map of Human Wholeness
- Returning to Our Wild Purpose
- Sacred Grief and the Work That Reconnects
The program includes:
- Six 90-minute group Zoom gatherings 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 your wild purpose.
- Prompts to deepen your decolonial commitment and journey
- 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
- Additional decolonial resources and download of inspirational poems
- Discount on future Wild Nature Heart Courses and Wilderness Programs
- Invitation to the Annual Wild Nature Heart Gathering (Next one Spring 2022)
A core component of this experiences is having the opportunity to do a supported solo overnight or extended day quest on-the-land ceremony through the framework of wilderness rite-of-passage.
Scholarships available for BIPOC and LGBTQ2+
*25% of the course’s proceeds will go to front-line indigenous water and earth protectors.
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.
In this moment of vast unraveling of systems and forms, you know in your bones there is a more authentic, earth-honoring, community-centered way of living. Register below.
Or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your interest or questions.
About the Teacher:
My name is Ryan Van Lenning, 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 and re-membering during this Great Turning/Great Composting. 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. I am certified as an Ecotherapist through The Earthbody Institute, at which I teach the Level 1 Ecotherapy Certificate course. I am trained as a rite-of-passage/wilderness vision fast guide through the School of Lost Borders and am a Certified Wilderness First Responder through Foster Calm. Prior to moving to California 13 years ago, I taught Comparative Religion, Philosophy, and Environmental Ethics at Sinclair College in Ohio. I live among the forest and rivers in northern California, ancestral Wiyot, Yurok, and Sinkyone land.
“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 hirself. I have learned so much from Ryan and look forward to incorporating his techniques into my practice as well.” — Participant in Spring 2021 Earthbody Institute Ecotherapy Certificate Course
“Ryan’s well-designed course on Deep Belonging for the Great Turning 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, California, Deep Belonging for the Great Turning Course Participant
“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
“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., Wisconsin, 1-on-1 Ecotherapy Client and Course Participant
“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)