For two decades the Art of Mentoring has been sweeping the world, providing life altering experiences for participants and transforming forever how they approach education.
Deep inside all of us are whispers of a time when our ancestors lived within vibrant regenerative communities held by a strong healthy culture, whispers of deep connections to the land, each other, and ourselves.
The Art of Mentoring is designed to remind us of the old ways and help us reconnect with each other, the land, and help heal our modern classrooms, communities, and selves.
This course is a six day experiential nature based training for teachers, mentors, environmental educators, parents, uncles, aunts and grandparents.
Course instructors and participants will come together to form a joyful engaged learning community where you will learn new mentoring techniques, regenerative community design, 8 shields map for curriculum design and facilitation, core routines for deep nature connection, and gain an amplified passion for learning.
This course is taught through a combination of experiential learning exercises, nature games, storytelling, and immersion in the 8 Shields mentoring model.
With Texas' Premier Outdoor, Nature, and Wilderness Survival School
Bow Building - February 18-19 & 25-26
Coiled Yucca Baskets - March 11
Knot Tying 101 - March 12
Art of Mentoring - March 13-18
Wilderness Survival 101 - March 25-26
Flint Knapping - April 1
Edible Plants - April 1
Medicinal Plants - April 2
Flint Knapping - April 2
Wildlife Track and Sign SPECIALIST Certification - April 8-9
Knife Making - April 21-23
Arrow Making - April 22-23
Muddy Shoes: Preschool Explorers - February 25
Ninja Coyotes - February 26
Muddy Shoes: Preschool Explorers - March 4
Sticks and Stones - March 12
Muddy Shoes: Preschool Explorers - March 25
Fire! - March 26
Forts and Fairy Houses - April 9
Egg Hunt and Nature Fun! - April 15
Muddy Shoes: Preschool Explorers - April 22
Muddy Shoes: Preschool Explorers - May 6
Primitive Projectiles - May 20
Tracking Detectives - May 21
Summer Camps begin on June 5...
I have attended courses at ENWS for 4 years. To call the classes "impactful" is a severe understatement. They have been perspective altering. To quote Thomas Henry Huxley:
"To a person uninstructed in natural history, his country or sea-side stroll is a walk through a gallery filled with wonderful works of art, nine-tenths of which have their faces turned to the wall. Teach him something of natural history, and you place in his hands a catalogue of those which are worth turning around."
Earth Native's classes are mostly outdoors, always interesting, and a great way to change your perspective. As for me, it has granted me a catalogue (to reference the quote) that now permeates the way I perceive the natural world. Instead of a city-boy with zero confidence in the wilderness, I now feel competent to the level of comfort in being part of nature.
I owe a lot to ENWS and will never be able to repay the debt. - JB
Earth Native offers fantastic classes for both children and adults--whether you haven't played outside since you were little or if you spend every weekend hiking, Earth Native has some sort of class that would suit you. Personally I've done everything from short plant walks and bird watching classes to 9-month survival and tracking intensives. The campus in Bastrop is a good balance between developed (adequate parking and flush toilets) and wild (a river otter has been spotted in the creek and I hear owls and coyotes every time I camp out there). The staff is kind, knowledgeable, and always working on improving their own skills.
Bottom line: Highly recommended for kids and adults who want to discover their wild side. - AK