Testimonials

Ecotherapy & Retreat Testimonials

“Thank you Ryan for holding such a clear and present space, where we could feel safe and held while you confidently guided us through a very seamless experience. I gained insights into patterns that I’m applying directly today! I loved it so much, I took a dear friend there again yesterday and we spent a quarter of an hour just imbibing our surroundings in silence at a spot that spoke to us. It was fascinating to watch the different play of light on the rocks and trees later in the day.”  — Verna Lim, Oakland (Participant in Flow and Grounding in the Redwoods workshop)

“I feel like the best version of myself. There are parts of me that I feel, which haven’t shown themselves in years. On a soul level everything is very “lit up” yet calm at the same time. Content, confident, empowered, grounded, aware, exceptionally optimistic. One big thing that’s different is I feel connected with an inner knowing that I have the resources and agency to respond sustainably and healthily. This is possibly the best I have felt about myself and life that I can remember.” Karen S., Participant in Soul-Rooted Visioning Weekend

“After participating in Katie and Ryan’s New Year Visioning Weekend, I started getting very excited about all the new possibilities of experiences to lead in my new context of women’s empowerment. I hadn’t felt excited and flowing like that in a long time!” Ariana Candell, Psychotherapist, Founder The Earthbody Institute

“I attended an ecotherapy session with Katie and Ryan recently, and feel like what they are offering is greatly needed. I derived so much healing from being not only among nature’s calming beauty, but from having sacred space held by such exceptionally tuned-in guides as Ryan and Katie. It felt like not only were they channeling conscious, creative energy for the betterment of those in the circle, but effortlessly facilitating the opening of hearts. If you are run down from the hustle and bustle daily life, and journaling alone in a city park isn’t cutting it, attend one of the ecotherapy sessions and you will find that does of peace and expression that you need!” – Lyuba A., Sacramento

“For many years, I have been a fortunate recipient of Katie’s mirroring capacities in a council circle held before and after medicine walks and vision fasts; these are undertaken seasonally by our small group in various wild places on the land.  She brings to the role of council elder an authentic visionary acuity for identifying metaphorical patterns spoken as the language of the Earth itself.  Without falling prey to the temptation of too swiftly interpreting what emerges in the gap of mystery opened by the imagery of the stories shared in sacred trust with her, Katie’s gift for crystallizing gems as offerings to each of us is predicated on her respect for not-knowingness as the sacrament required for gestation of authentic insight. She is a poet with a genius for this calling.”  Holly Allen, Santa Rosa

“Ryan has a way of gently guiding people to be more connected to the earth. He has a deep appreciation for the wilder places in our world, and understands how vital they are for our well-being (physical, mental, and emotional). As a participant in his nature therapy events, I have been astonished at the deep insights and healing I feel during each and every one. His events are a great break from our fast-paced and stressful lives, where we can slow down and really listen to the deep wisdom that can be found in nature.” — Diane Dew, Oakland 

“When I arrived home I felt like I was in a new body with a different perspective of the world. I felt very humbled and wiser, I felt so blessed in so many ways – to connect with each of you in such a deep and authentic way, to be able to join so freely on several occasions with the watershed of that incredible forest. I felt so grounded, so at peace, so expanded after experiencing the way Mother Earth held all of me, all my tears of sadness and all my joy and creativity, and my dreams. And the beauty of it all is that I am still feeling it!”Constance B., Participant in Soul-Rooted Visioning Weekend

Writing/Poetry Workshops in Nature Testimonials

“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

“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 near the American 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

“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

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