This is a 6-week experience for people longing to cultivate their ecological self, embody their wholeness, and deepen their belonging to place and purpose as we intentionally meet this collective initiation of intersecting ecological and social crises.
Benefits you will forage:
- Cultivate a deeper belonging to place, purpose, and people.
- Co-create a deep earth-centered, sensual, and meaningful life.
- Become a conscious conspirator and composter in the new paradigms.
- Explore your inner wilderness and expand your toolbox of exploration.
- Begin or deepen your decolonial pilgrimage and process of troubling your belonging.
- Align with your wild purpose and step more fully into your unique gifts and powers.
- Experience a supported solo overnight or extended day quest on-the-land ceremony through the framework of wilderness rite-of-passage.
When: 6 Thursdays, September 2-October 14 (No class September 23)
Time: 10am-11:30am PST (California)/ 6pm-7:30 GMT (London)
Where: ONLINE – Zoom (and practices on the land between classes)
Over 7 weeks, we’ll explore through conversation in circle, sense and somatic exercises, soul work and integration activities, poetry, 1:1 consultations, and a private online group, the following themes:
- Cultivating Deep Belonging and Deep Listening
- Honoring the Seasons and Living the Cycles
- Belonging to Place: Befriending Your Watershed and Local Flora & Fauna
- Wilderness Rite-of-Passage and Self-Designed Ceremonies
- Decolonizing Our Hearts and Minds
- Trickster Living in the Great Composting
- 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 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/Fall 2021)
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.
Cost: EARLY BEAR $222
(Regular price $249 after June 30)
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. Reserve your spot by registering now.
Or Email: email@example.com with your interest or questions.
(Note: Class limited to 8 participants)
Scholarships available for BIPOC and LGBTQ2+
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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, re-wilding, & 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 trained as a rite-of-passage/wilderness vision fast guide through the School of Lost Borders, certified as an Ecotherapist through The Earthbody Institute, 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.
Appreciations from the last 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 Siringer, 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)