Write Your Wild River Day Quest – April 18 (POSTPONED UNTIL FEASIBLE)


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“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.” -Leonard Cohen

Poetry and nature are good medicine. We invite you to join us along the Mad River (Baduwat) exploring the magical alchemy that can happen when you take the time to slow down, be really present from to the natural world, and then write from that place.

The joy of creative writing isn’t something that belongs only to a select few. Everybody contains a treasure trove of poetry just waiting to be tapped and nature beckons as a mirror inviting exploration. This workshop is for anyone who would like to explore the poetry that lives within them with wild nature as co-creator.

Date: Saturday, April 18
Time: 10am-1pm
Where: Along Mad River, Blue Lake (details will be sent upon registration)

Through reflection, activities, and writing exercises, you will be invited to create a river of words that tap into the earth as poet and the music of your whole self.


  • Embody techniques for cultivating your natural poetic creativity
  • Learn to see nature as a mirror for reflecting what lives inside you
  • Deepen your capacity to slow down to hear what is authentic
  • Sharpen your senses as a guide to sharpen your writing
  • Be inspired by the poetry of your peers
  • Cultivate a deeper connection with nature
  • Explore different poetic forms, style, and images

For both new and experienced poets and creative writers, and anyone who loves nature and likes to play with words.

Please bring: water and a snack, a blanket and/or seat, pen/pencil & paper, an item that appeals to your inner poet to set in the circle. Come dressed to spend the entire time outdoors.

Contact Ryan with questions: ryan@wildnatureheart.com

About the Instructor:

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. 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. My poem ‘All The Walls Between Them” was the recipient of last year’s HSU’s Toyon Literary Magazine’s Jodi Stutz Poetry Award.Prior to moving to California 12 years ago, I taught Comparative Religion, Philosophy, and Environmental Ethics at Sinclair College in Ohio. I live among the diverse forests and rivers of Humboldt County, in ancestral Wiyot and Yurok territory.

“Thank you for awakening not only my inner playful poet but for allowing me to remind myself all that is in there… including nature and everything in it. What is true reveals itself as I am ready for it, through you guiding us. It’s all unique to everyone; more an ‘unfoldment’ than ‘class’ or exercises. You guys, if you didn’t make it, you are really missing out!” – Karen S., Fremont

“I have never thought of myself as a poet, or even very good with words. Until fairly recently, most poetry left me feeling lost. Ryan helped me discover my “inner poet” by using nature as a means of finding it. It was surprising how easily I slipped over the line from non-poet to poet! Ryan has a gentle way of helping us feel more connected to nature, and thus, to ourselves. I highly recommend trying out his nature poetry events, even if you don’t “feel” like a poet.” — Diane Dew, Oakland

“Ryan is a deeply earthy, magical, inspiring poet and person. Katie is a courageous, heart-full, dynamic storyteller and writer. You will be amazed and forever touched by learning and creating with them!” — Ariana Candell, Psychotherapist, Ecotherapist, Dance Movement Therapist, Berkeley

“I went to an event with Wild Nature Heart on the River, and it was magical! Ryan and Katie were excellent guides and mirrors, and made me completely comfortable sharing my story- even personal at times. I feel more at peace, and a passion for writing has been rekindled; it also doesn’t hurt that they found a beautiful and secluded location 🙂. If you love writing, nature, community or even need a safe space to explore who you are, I highly recommend them!” – Candace C., Writing Wild Gathering, Sacramento



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