Wildish Nature Connections

forest therapy & nature connection experiences that invite us to reconnect with the natural world and rediscover the wild one within

Operating as usual

It’s been.... well, quite some time since I’ve posted an update in this little corner of the inter webs.

Between the COVID-19 pandemic and a pandemic of racism, xenophobia, transphobia, and hatred flooding our nervous systems, it feels as though the world shifts more under our feet everyday.

While I believe in the power of nature connection now more than ever, I also believe in working from a place of rest and authenticity. It is time for Wildish to undergo a transformation, and that takes time - what better time to undertake the exploration of shadow work and transformation than the season that descends into darkness?

So, while the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Wildish Nature Connections LLC is taking a hiatus.

We aren't gone forever. Instead, we are taking this time to reflect & reevaluate our services...

*especially how we actively live out our values and show up for marginalized communities*

... and will return with high-quality nature connection experiences when it is safe to do so.

We may or may not be back to update this page. In the meantime, reach out via email if you’d like to connect.

I wish everyone rage when it’s warranted; passion when it’s useful; peace when it’s needed; and the space to move through ALL the feelings we find ourselves holding in this particular season.
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📍 Ancestral lands of the Cowlitz Tribe, Chinook peoples, and possibly others.
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#foresttherapy
#shinrinyoku
#natureconnection
#forestbathing
#transformation
#shadowwork
#antiracism
#nojuaticenopeace
#blacklivesmatter
#latwetlatla
#loowit
#mtsthelens
#volcano
#washington
#pnw

Spirit of Old

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Queer Virtual Forest Therapy - Fundraiser for Navajo Nation COVID-19 Relief Fund — Venture Out Project

Please join my fellow guide, Tam Willey of Toadstool Walks, and The Venture Out Project for a virtual forest therapy fundraiser for the Navajo Nation COVID-19 relief fund on Saturday, June 6th!

#foresttherapy
#natureconnections
#shinrinyoku
#forestbathing
#culturalrepair
#COVID19
#NavajoNation

ventureoutproject.com Date: Saturday, June 6, 2020 Time: 10:00AM - 11:15AM EST Cost:  Minimum donation* $15 to the Navajo Nation COVID-19 Relief Fund. TVOP will match total donations up to $500! Join Tam (they/she/he) of  Toadstool Walks  on a Virtual Forest Therapy Experience where we

We Are Wildness

Victoria Erickson, Writer

by Victoria Erickson

(instagram: Victoriaericksonwriter)

So true.

I'm alone! I insist to the listening crowd. You can not know me! I implore to the crowd of knowers assembled. I am human! I alone am capable of the cultivated stance! You can not help me!

And among the old gods whose bodies are plants, animals and many others, some pity the trance of confusion. Others consider a more aggressive approach to break through the delusion. Some turn and walk. Others grieve for the suffering that cloaks the humans or simply watch in sorrow at the unfolding and fresh damage.

I alone am unknowable!

Find this voice in yourself. Learn to recognize this trance of suffering. It's cultural damage and off-putting to the rest of life. Dismantle it for the good of the world. Let in more love from more sources. Come back into the fold.

#ancestralmedicine #practicalanimism #animismforthepeople #earthmagic #morelove #earthwisdom

Live Learn Evolve

This is the cathedral.

If one steps into the forest
with absolute humility
becoming as a child again
nature will come forth and speak
into the atrium of vulnerable space
into the opening
roused of innocence
you reveal from within.

hear this
there is more wisdom
in a foot of forest
than in all the World's books
though it's waiting
patiently, naturally
for you to return to your nature.

to heal the estrangement
the alienation
the abstraction of the organic.

now is the time
for the caretakers of gaia to come forth
and reweave the tapestry of interconnectivity
to break the spell of separation
and see
and feel
Earth
not as something out there
but as essentially oneself.

— Samuel Austin

Spirit of Old

This morning, my family had the honor of visiting Mother Sequoia, a giant Sequoia tree in the Sabin neighborhood of Portland.

The city has wrongly targeted this 115 year old tree for removal, and we felt called to witness and hold space for her in person.

We’re grateful to Claire & Shy @sequoiastanding (on Instagram) for allowing us to visit. Please click through to their profile to learn more, donate if you can, and sign the petition to keep her standing.

“For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfill themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves. Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree.”
- Hermann Hesse
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📍 Ancestral land of the Multnomah, Clackamas, Chinook peoples, and possibly others.
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#foresttherapy
#natureconnection
#shinrinyoku
#forestbathing
#sequoiastanding
#savethetrees
#bearwitness
#mothersequoia
#portlandoregon
#pdx
#portlandurbancanopy
#urbantrees
#pnw @ Sabin, Portland, Oregon

“There are things my body knows that my head will never grasp.”

Forest therapy isn’t about knowing the names of all the flora and fauna you encounter. It’s about *knowing* them on a personal, relational level.

This is the essence of forest bathing - experiencing other beings with your feeling heart instead of your knowing mind.

My family took a walk this evening after our quiet backyard egg hunt.
“The air smells like barbecued flowers,” my husband, Lloyd, said.
“And grilled grass,” I added.
There was a sweet smell in the air, which we traced back to clusters of white flowers on high bushes throughout the neighborhood. Or are they trees?
“What do you call those?” Lloyd asked.
“I don’t know,” I said. I wish I knew the names of flowers and plants and could name a bird by its song. But thankfully you don’t need to know the name of a flower to smell its sweetness.
That’s how healing has found me, so much of it nameless and fragrant. I don’t need to understand it all in my head. There are things my body knows that my head will never grasp. I take a deep breath, and it is sweet.

🌸I miss your sweet faces. If it brings you joy, will you post a photo/selfie below?

If you're interested in learning more about forest therapy, this A M A Z I N G podcast (linked in the comment section) is filled with so much to enrich your understanding of nature connection, or as Ben refers to it, nature relation - we are nature and nature is us, there's no separation.

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“Imagine someone that you love, someone that you feel like you really have a deep relationship with.

Now, imagine that I give you a book, and it has all the information about them – what species they are, where they were born, how they grew up, what schools they went to, their friends, their activities, all that stuff...

But you’ve never seen them, you’ve never smelled them, you’ve never touched them, you’ve never felt them hug you, you’ve never kissed them - you’ve had no sensory contact. But, intellectually, you know everything about them.

Could you love that person?

And what is love?”
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#foresttherapy
#natureconnection
#shinrinyoku
#forestbathing
#reciprocity
#love
#bodyfulness
#theforestisthetherapist
#theguideopensthedoors
#liminality
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I’ve said it many times over the last two weeks, but these are such strange and unknown times we live in.

Most parks and trails I frequent are closed in an effort to protect the vulnerable, and I fully support this effort.

In reflecting on the lessons of this time, I’m reminded to be grateful for even the most simple of pleasures. I’m spending my infrequent free moments thinking - no, feeling - my way toward what it means to be in right relationship.

We so readily forget that our own backyards, no matter how small, are nature too.

As I sat in sit spot in my small but surprisingly vibrant backyard, the cypress trees shared their loneliness with me, and I shared my overwhelm with them.

And that’s how we’ll get through this - sharing our loneliness and overwhelm together.
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📍 Ancestral land of the Chinook people, the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, and possibly others
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#foresttherapy
#natureconnection
#shinrinyoku
#forestbathing
#impactday
#nurtureournature
#wildkeeper
#washington
#pnw

S P R I N G E Q U I N O X

Today marks another turn of the seasons - day and night are equal, and life springs forth from the ground. Spring is here, and yet this year it arrives in the midst of uncertainty and crisis.

What this new season holds, we do not know for certain. But as our lives are upended for a time, I cling to the hope of the seasons. That just as spring always follows winter, so too will normalcy follow disruption... even if - when - it looks different than any normal we’ve known before.
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📍 Ancestral lands of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Wasco, Tenino peoples, and possibly others
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#foresttherapy
#shinrinyoku
#natureconnection
#forestbathing
#anftcertifiedguide
#spring
#equinox
#ostara
#oregon
#columbiarivergorgeous
#pnw

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It is in the shelter of each other that people live.
- Irish Blessing

True now more than ever.
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📍 Ancestral lands of the Chinook people, the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, and possibly others.
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#foresttherapy
#shinrinyoku
#natureconnection
#forestbathing
#anftcertifiedguide
#wayoftheguide
#washington
#pnw
#stpaddysday
#luckotheirish

I’ll share mine later, but what a great way to flood our feeds with the forest!

Show us your Forest!
A place where you feel at home;
peaceful, grounded, loved.

We invite our worldwide community to share a photo and haiku (three lines: 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second line, 5 syllables in the third line) of your favorite place to rest and reset - from forests to prairies to deserts to seasides, from far-away homelands to back yard sit-spots, all are welcome here!

We'll go first:

Killarney's cedars
invited us in to play.
We flirted with time.

Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland
photo: Leigha Horton

Now your turn! Comment below!

A moment of calm for your scrolling pleasure.
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📍 Ancestral lands of the Multnomah, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Cowlitz Indian Tribe, and possibly others.
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#sitspotreflections
#foresttherapy
#natureconnection
#shinrinyoku
#forestbathing
#birdsong
#watermedicine
#oregon
#columbiarivergorgeous
#pnw

Molly Costello Art & Design

"We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

New poster available soon

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What to do in a Pandemic...

You are welcome to share with attribution.
If interested in prints, or free download for noncommercial use, visit RLMArtStudio.com.

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Wellbeing through Nature Relation in The Time of Coronavirus

“The big picture is still coming into focus as we humans are being called to care for ourselves, one another and The More Than Human World in a new compassionate way to help repair what is broken. Climate change; over population; poverty; starvation; war; depletion of resources and ancient mutating viruses that we have lived with for millions of years in symbiotic relationship are shouting us awake. Here is the invitation: to come together; explore and build creative new relationships with ourselves, one another and The Earth as we discover how to share this world together in right relationship.”
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#covid19
#coronavirus
#foresttherapy
#natureconnection
#shinrinyoku
#forestbathing

wildwellnessguide.com Covid-19 is in the news daily; so much that it is dizzying. I have found myself drawn and repulsed by the news at the same time. In an honest check-in with myself, I find that all I want to do is to...

UPDATE: Cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions on gathering, and because it's the right thing to do!

With so many spring treasures popping up, it's a lovely time to saunter in the woods! Join me in a guided forest bathing walk to celebrate the spring equinox - this is a wonderful opportunity to spend an evening reconnecting with yourself, the forest, and each other.
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📍 Ancestral lands of the Cowlitz and Chinook people, and possibly others. We are grateful visitors.
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#foresttherapy
#shinrinyoku
#natureconnection
#forestbathing
#springequinox
#ostara
#anftcertifiedguide
#wayoftheguide
#washington
#brushprairie
#pnw
Shinrin-Yoku.org

Come walk with me and experience the magical pleasures of the world through your senses once again.
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#foresttherapy
#shinrinyoku
#natureconnection
#forestbathing
#anftcertifiedguide
#wayoftheguide
#optoutside
#nurtureournature
#washington
#pnw
Shinrin-Yoku.org

🤍 Imbolc blessings, my dear friends! 🤍
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Imbolc is a cross-quarter day in the circular wheel of the year - the midpoint between the longest night of the year and the spring equinox, when light and dark are once again equal. It is a time to nurture faith. Though still in the depths of winter, we see the coming of light, and as the days grow noticeably longer, we call on our inner strength and hope to know that spring will come again and the seeds we’ve planted will indeed grow to bear a harvest.
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Our culture promotes the constant hustle and grind - the notion that we must never rest, lest our dreams remain unfulfilled. When we look to the cycles of nature, and the wheel of the year, we are reminded that REST is an important and even IMPERATIVE part of the cycle. Imbolc is a reminder that forces unseen are always at work - beneath the soil, and within our own hearts. We need only to have faith that time will do it’s work.
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AN IMBOLC INVITATION: Wander out into a land that you feel drawn to, and explore what you find:

👀 what do your eyes observe?
👃🏻 what scents do your nose catch?
👂🏻 what sounds do your ears hear?
🖐🏻 what textures do your fingers feel?
🖤 what does your heart sense notice?
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📍 Ancestral land of the Cowlitz people.
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#foresttherapy
#shinrinyoku
#natureconnection
#forestbathing
#anftcertifiedguide
#wayoftheguide
#invitation
#imbolc
#RESTisIMPERATIVE
#wheeloftheyear
#washington
#pnw

Sometimes the mountain
Is a midwife
To joy
Sometimes it is
A midwife
To grief, unending
To loss irrevocable
To sorrow without light
Sometimes the mountain
Is not a mountain but a
Beast of burden
A beast, ample and wide
Which says
Lay down your grief
Lay down your sorrow
You have carried them so far
And for too long
Time, time to lay
Your burdens
Your burdens
down...
- Alberto Moreno
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. 📍Ancestral lands of the Nisqually and Puyallup peoples
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#wildishwanderings
#foresttherapy
#shinrinyoku
#natureconnection
#forestbathing
#grief
#wayoftheguide
#mothertahoma
#mtrainier
#washington
#pnw
🗻

I’ve been tuning into the lunar cycles for a few months now, and am learning to use them as a a guide to lend a natural rhythm of ebb and flow to my life. Some phases call for action, others for rest. New moons are ideal for setting intentions for the cycle ahead.

An invitation:

Sit out under the new moon this evening, and consider what intentions might be calling to you.

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#foresttherapy
#natureconnection
#shinrinyoku
#forestbathing
#lunarcycle
#newmoon
#connection
#invitation

Who is ready to sing & celebrate again?

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🌲🖤✨

Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.
- David Wagoner
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📍 Ancestral lands of the Cowlitz people
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#sitspotreflections
#foresttherapy
#shinrinyoku
#natureconnection
#forestbathing
#anftcertifiedguide
#wayoftheguide
#luciafalls
#yacolt
#washington
#pnw
#cascadiaexplored

There will be better days.
There will be better days.
There will be better days.

Let the wave wash over me -
Let the wave wash over me.
I am already under;
Let the wave wash over me.

There will be better days.
There will be better days.
There will be better days.

- Miner, The Wave
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📍Ancestral lands of the Hoh and Quileute peoples.
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#foresttherapy
#natureconnection
#shinrinyoku
#forestbathing
#ocean
#waves
#grief
#joy
#therewillbebetterdays
#thewave
#miner
#rialtobeach
#olympicpeninsula
#washington
#pacificocean
#pnw
#cascadiaexplored

my love letter to the earth

After years of leadership in environmental and place-based education, I was led to forest therapy as one of many modalities to promote healing from experiences related to a sudden shift in identity. With the forest as my therapist, I discovered not only a profound grief for years of disconnection, but also a deep reservoir of personal strength & resilience - and an abiding joy rooted in the hopeful abundance of nature to reconnect & restore.

I am thrilled, humbled, and honored to continue the work of healing myself by healing others and the more-than-human world. I believe that we are each in possession of our own unique talents or "medicine." We are born with this medicine within us, with which we can heal ourselves and the wounds of others and the world. In partnership with the forest, I seek to open the doors for others on the journey of discovering their own personal medicine, and believe that in doing so, we can continue the cycle of healing this world to wholeness.

Wildish Nature Connections is my labor of love to the world, with the intent to foster not only nature connection within individuals, but to deepen the ties of community that bind us all together as beings sharing the Earth. Through Wildish, I provide forest therapy and nature connection experiences that invite us to tap into and reconnect with the wild one within.

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