What's The Best Way To Learn About The Natural World?
If you want to connect deeply with nature it's important to take a strategic approach to your learning process.
There are so many different layers & aspects to the natural world that it can be easy to miss the big picture and feel unsure about how to orient yourself towards going deeper.
In addition to spending time outside, we can greatly enhance the entire natural learning journey by taking intentional time to review our memories and reflect on what we experienced.
Here's a video I made to explain this in more depth:
Why You Should Keep A Nature Journal
Mentoring is the foundation of deep nature connection.
By sharing our stories & experiences over and over again with a mentor it helps us to make deeper observations & understand how to fit together all the different pieces of holistic nature interpretation.
One great strategy that helps to facilitate this kind of experience for yourself is the routine of keeping a journal. Whenever you come in from exploring or having a nature experience you can ask yourself,
'What just happened? What did I observe & experience?'
Spend some time recording in detail what you heard, felt, saw & observed about the birds, plants, weather, or whatever it is you're most passionate about in your journal.
Overtime as you start to fit all the pieces together your learning will deepen and you'll find a new passion & excitement for learning in the natural world.
The Big Stumbling Blocks And How To Solve Them:
Keeping a journal is such a powerful routine for connecting with nature, but it's not necessarily easy for everyone. There are a number of major problems that consistently prevent people from getting the most out of this practice.
First of all, many people need external support in order to really get engaged with a journaling routine. It's not that the work is too hard but keeping a journal just isn't as much fun when no one is going to be reading it.
Secondly, even if you are very self motivated and doing the work without external support is easy for you, journaling is still less effective when no one is giving you feedback on what you write.
There's no guidance
No one is encouraging you to keep going
You have no perspective on your blind spots
You don't know what questions to ask
The process often seems disconnected from your time outside & doesn't help you go deeper with nature
But what if you had your own personal mentor who was expecting you to send in your journals, stories & observations and you knew that this person would be reading your work and responding with questions & ideas to help you grow & connect more deeply with your local area?
Most people would find that immediately they feel a new motivating energy rising within them at the prospect of having that outside support from someone who really understands how to help them get the most out of the time they invest in keeping a journal.
No longer would you just making a journal for the sake of writing a journal, all your hard work is actually going to be read, reflected on and responded to with thought provoking questions, tips, ideas & guidance.
A New Approach To Mentoring
The combination of your own journaling process with a real live person reviewing what you create and helping you continually take it to the next level is one of the best live mentoring solutions for the modern world. It's simple, it's effective, and it's extremely affordable.
Because you’ll be writing to someone who will be reading & responding to your reflections, it changes the way that you approach the task.
I'm very pleased to be rolling out this new distance mentoring program that is designed to help you overcome your blocks to core nature connection routines and help you deepen your level of engagement with the natural world.
This personalized mentoring opportunity will get you on track to learning & connecting with your local environment, so you can reach your naturalist dreams & discover the joys of deep nature connection.