“Doing a wilderness rite-of-passage ceremony will not make your life easier, but it will make it more authentic.”—Scott Eberle, School Of Lost Borders guide
The modern day wilderness fast is a new/old ceremony of setting time aside in sacred ceremony to be by ourselves in/with/as wild nature in order to leave behind the voices of the dominant culture, cross over into a liminal space where our senses re-awaken, and we re-member our deep belonging, and bring our gifts back to our communities.
Modern life can be so loud–the sounds of incessant jet engines up above our heads, electronic devices chirping out each minute of our over-scheduled days, and advertisements shouting out about the things they claim we just can’t live without. It can be hard to hear yourself think, let alone make space to hear the whispers of your soul’s true callings.
But the voice of your true self does not give up easily. It’s been whispering to you, maybe for a long time, and maybe the time to listen has arrived at last.
In this rite-of-passage we cross a threshold into liminal space, where we find a world alive with sentience and with meaning as we come into a conversation with animals, trees, rocks, spirit, and our own true natures. From this conversation we may come away with treasure; inspired and imbued with pieces of our truest voice and wild purpose.
When: September 18-26, 2021
Where: Inyo Mountains (outside of Big Pine, CA)
Guides: Ryan Van Lenning and Katie Baptist (and an assistant guide)
Investment: $800 (Early Bear, if registered by May 15. $900 after)
Contact: Ryan: firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-219-3349; Katie: email@example.com
Scholarships available for BBIPOC & LGBTQ2+
For people coming from current and/or historically marginalized populations, such as First Nations, BIPOC, or queer or trans people, please reach out to us for scholarships, we would love to chat about what would be supportive of you.
Wild Nature Heart’s Wilderness Rite-of-Passage programs involve 1-2 days of preparation, a 2-4-day solo fast, and 1-2 days of incorporation before returning home. The fast is not only from food, but from news, devices, and other ways we can distract ourselves. Our programs are small (group of 4-8 participants), to ensure an intimate setting.
Preparation: We will ask you for an intention letter, as you explore what is alive in you right now and what you are claiming. You will be given comprehensive packing lists, and your individual needs around camping and fasting will be discussed ahead of time and respected. We will meet once as a group online prior to the program in order to begin to get to know one another and discuss practicalities.
Once you say yes to this journey, you will want to start paying close attention to your dreams, and to the synchronicities that show up in your life. You might want to take one or several intention walks in the weeks/months leading up to your time on the land.
(We are considering offering a DayQuest in July in Northern California – FREE to anyone who is registered)
Once you arrive, we will hold council circle, and you’ll be provided with soul tools (including a means of looking into the mirror of nature and cultivating wholeness and ideas for how to do self-ceremony during your solo time) and practical tools (shelter, safety, etc.).
Threshold/Solo Time in Your Power Spot: The drum beat will come at dawn and you’ll be invited to cross the threshold and enter the dreamscape of your ceremony. To go “sit on the mountain” as we say. You will fast alone in the wild while your guides hold the circle and prepare for you to return with the stories that will feed the people. You will take water with you, we will be aware of your location, and there will be a buddy system for safety. At dawn of the final day, you’ll return and cross back into community with your fellow fasters and your guides. (Note, we want our participants to fast in the way it makes sense for their bodies. Some go completely without food, some with just liquids, some with a little snack each day)
Return/Incorporation: We will share a fast-breaking meal together, and then come together in council circle to hear the stories that your journeys into wild nature have gifted. Your guides will listen, and then mirror your story back to you as medicine for yourself and for the group.
Together, we will feast on these stories and then help you prepare to carry the medicine back into the world of your community with new understanding.
If you are hearing the call, or if you have questions on the edge of your calling, let us know. We are happy to have a phone conversation with you. We are excited to bring you “up on the mountain” and to support you along the next steps of your journey.
With love and in service to the Great Turning.
Ryan and Katie
(see About page for to learn more about us)
“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 Inner Wilderness Client and Course Participant
“Ryan naturally holds sacred space and creates a sense of safety for exploring oneself deeply, freely, and without judgment. My wilderness ritual was more fruitful for the guidance he provided, the deepening questions he asked, and the reverence he embodies for the process.” —Kelly, Wilderness Ceremony
“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, Deep Belonging for the Great Turning Course Participant (Fall 2020)