The purpose of NatureConnect NW is to foster and empower kinship with Earth and all her creatures.
Our vision is humanity living according to Nature’s guidance, in harmony with the web of life.
We revere Nature as Source, healer teacher, inspiration and primary guide.
We practice connection through deep listening, stillness, curiosity, gratitude, willingness and doing no harm.
We create safe haven, inviting, nourishing, witnessing, heart speaking, and tending to safety and well being of all.
We act from the heart with care, receiving what comes with grace and gratitude, walking in beauty.
NatureConnect NW Programs
NatureConnect NW Escapes! These are simple, short, sweet adventures in the natural beauty and bounty of the seasons in our home terrain. It’s always family-friendly, multi-generational, affordable or simply by donation. We have witnessed spring migration at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, kayaked Estacada Lake to take in the fall colors, followed the tracks of birds and animals along the floodplain at Oxbow Regional Park, and explored the eco-edges at Smith & Bybee Lakes. A great place to just bathe in the wonder, fun and surprising lives of the other-than-human creatures. More to come!
NatureConnect NW Excursions are 2-4 day trips into the wild where connection is determined by the landscape, waters, trees, creatures and what they evoke in us. We travel to diverse ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest: mountains, deserts, rivers, lakes, wetlands, grasslands, coastal forests and beaches. Our journey begins with leaving behind busyness, electronics, rushing and tasks. NCNW practices help us to enter place of the landscape and make kin of its community. Excursions include the delight of camping, explorations of outer and inner landscapes, shared and solo time, storytelling and deep listening—always looking to Nature as Source, healer teacher, inspiration and primary guide.
NatureConnect NW Immersions are 4 or 5 day adventures ranging farther from home, traveling and learning in landscapes to more deeply understanding ecosystems, geology, biology, history, threats and challenges. Attention is on our inherent naturalist self and our birthright of belonging to the places we love or come to love as we come to know them. More challenging, not extreme, we camp, often sleep under the stars when weather allows, take on sacred tasks to fee our souls, and bring home gifts we find there. These are life-changing engagements in a guided vessel of wellbeing.
NatureConnect NW Women’s Epiphany Retreat takes place every January as its namesake suggests. Built on ancient knowing before the time of religious meanings, this framework of three to four days is when we gather the power of the year behind us, look to the year of our lives ahead, and choose where, what and how to engage and enact, supported by others. No one leaves unchanged by the collection of wise, loving, steadfast women who find their way to this Retreat.
Winter Circle is our offering to hold fast the winter-days community of those who feel a draw to be with others, to learn, share and always with the guidance of winter’s nature.
Tending the Wild projects focus on conservation and restoration of natural and wild places. Often we partner on these events with kindred organizations. We’ve surveyed birds on Powell Butte with Portland Parks. We’ve cleared trails with Washington Association for Trails. We joined the Metro sponsored EcoBlitz to inventory species in the Sandy River Floodplain. We’ve gone with Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) to plant native trees and shrubs on the overgrazed banks of sections of the Crooked River. NCNW launched its first Monarch Butterfly Waystation in 2016.
“I have consistently left more relaxed, energized, focused and happy each time I have attended over the past 15 years. You are supportive, creating space for growth to naturally occur. These are wonderful opportunities I will continue to embrace again and again!”
— Margaret Theisen, Non-profit Executive Director