Coming Back to Life

pothole with reflectionComing Back to Life:
Gratitude, Grief & Wonder
in Wild Nature

October 9-10, 2021

Guided by Gene Dilworth and Lauren Golten

at Wild Tinaja Ridge
near Lyons, CO

As we begin to come back from the depths of the pandemic into the possibility of more active engagement with everyday life, it is time to gather together and collectively acknowledge the extraordinarily challenging times we’ve been living in. In almost every realm of life, in every strata of society, personally and collectively, we are experiencing multiple, sustained, systemic trauma and loss, including but not limited to our natural human grief response to ecological & climate disruption. And wisdom traditions from around the world teach us that in the very depths of our sorrow lie the seeds of new life.

Thankfully, there are some bodies of work — teachings, maps and practices — that are especially helpful in such challenging times. One of the best we’ve found is the Work that Reconnects, created by Joanna Macy and others — a set of group practices designed to support us both to be with, and to move through our grief and despair to a place of embodied, active hope.  We are privileged and grateful to offer these teachings and practices at Tinaja Ridge.

In order to see with new eyes, with gratitude and hope, and to move forward with empowered action, we must first pause and give our compassionate attention to the pain and difficulty we are experiencing in the world now. And just as essentially, we must turn our gaze toward what is beautiful, what we are grateful for, and what we love.  In wild nature, in embodied relationship with a more-than-human world, we find ways to access the inner resources, resilience and guidance we need to more actively engage with an uncertain future — to come back to life.

Please join us for this weekend of profoundly powerful work as we journey together through the spiral of The Work that Reconnects — coming from gratitude, honoring our pain for the world, seeing with new eyes, and going forth — while deeply grounded in connection with wild nature and a supportive community of participants and guides.  Together we will courageously turn toward our pain, grief and despair — not avoiding what is difficult, but actually being informed by it — finding our way through it to a more connected, embodied, and empowered place, so we can move in the world with renewed inspiration, clarity and energy.

“The Work that Reconnects helps people
discover and experience their innate connections
with each other and the self-healing powers of the web of life,
transforming despair and overwhelm into inspired, collaborative action.”
~from WTR website


Program details:

  • DATES: Saturday & Sunday, October 9-10
  • TIME: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm — two full days entirely outdoors, rain or shine!
  • LOCATION: Wild Tinaja Ridge, private land northwest of Lyons, CO (15 mins drive from Lyons; 35-40 mins from Boulder)
  • GROUP SIZE: Our group size will be limited to 10 people, including guides.

We’ll be in compliance with current Covid-19 safety protocols, including:

  • Gathering outside the entire time
  • Maintaining at least 6 ft. distance (and more when desired)
  • Wearing masks when closer than 6 ft. together
  • Having a group of 10 people or fewer (including guides)
  • Asking folks to stay home if they’ve had contact with someone who was Covid-positive, are not feeling well, or have any possible Covid-19 symptoms

To keep this accessible to all, we are offering a deep discount for early registration (by September 25). 

If financial hardship is a barrier to your participation, please contact us to inquire about payment plans or other options. 

Group size is limited, so sign up today!

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Your guides:

Gene Dilworth photo fbGene Dilworth, MA: Gene is dedicated to the project of rewilding the human spirit as an essential dimension of being fully alive and fully human in these challenging times. By nurturing meaningful relationship with the more-than-human world and facilitating deep inquiry into the mystery of one’s true nature, he supports individuals to discover, re-member and live from the center of their soul-rooted sense of belonging to the world. With degrees in ecology and ecopsychology, Gene has been teaching and guiding groups and mentoring individuals in transformative nature-based experiences for over 30 years. He currently guides wilderness retreats for Animas Valley Institute and is founder of the Wild Heart Center for Nature & Psyche.


lauren jan 2016 photoLauren Golten MS, MA: Lauren is a nature-based therapist and a group facilitator drawing upon her extensive training and experience with the Wild Mind model of Animas Valley Institute, the Work That Reconnects, and Matrix Leadership Institute. She holds masters degrees in Field Biology and Wilderness Therapy. Lauren’s 20-year practice and study of meditation and mindfulness, and her life-long love for and study of the natural world, are core to her work as a therapist and facilitator. She sees clients and leads nature-based programs at her home-place of Wild Tinaja Ridge near Lyons, CO.

Coming Back to Life:
Gratitude, Grief & Wonder
in Wild Nature

Saturday & Sunday, October 9-10

10:00 am – 5:00 pm




To register, please send a brief email expressing your interest to Lauren at, and use one of the payment methods below.  (Venmo or check preferred, but any method will work!):

If you have any questions or need more info, please contact Lauren at