I’ve been on the nature connection journey since my teen years, and in that time, I’ve had the opportunity to observe some of the world’s best nature schools in action.
I have to say, it’s pretty amazing to witness the transformation that happens for kids & adults who get the opportunity to grow in a community learning environment based around nature connection & positive leadership.
But I’ve also seen the incredible struggle that many people go through when trying to get their own schools & local community projects started.
In most cases the challenge is simply a lack of support. I can tell you it’s 1000 times easier to get things going when you have 10 brains working together instead of just one.
So where do you find the brain power & support from like-minded naturalist allies?
Today’s podcast talks about one of the greatest sources of wisdom and support for your community that probably already exists in your local area.
Here's a few things we talked about:
How Wilderness Awareness School integrates Elders with their programs for kids, adults & the larger community
Why intergenerational mentoring is a 2 way street. Elders bring gifts to children, and children bring gifts to elders.
How elders can help to relieve stress & pressure on educators to meet the needs of their students.
Elders are a key for passing on connection to place through stories & oral tradition
How to know if your community is slowing or growing intergenerational connection
Why it's important to see yourself as an "Elder in Training" no matter what your current age or status.
This was a really fascinating conversation. You’ll come away feeling inspired with lots of new ideas to apply in your local area. Let me know what projects you’re working on!
When I was 15 years old I had an experience of sudden lucid clarity while hiking in the woods. Since then I’ve been passionately seeking tools for helping modern humans develop razor sharp natural instincts. I’m the author of multiple courses & ebooks about bird language, naturalist training, observation skills & outdoor mindfulness. My goal is to share these life changing skills with YOU! Continue reading