Welcome to the 8 Shields Institute
Creating Nature Connected Communities
Optimizing the Human Operating System
Over the past 30 years, 8 Shields has developed training pathways that support mentors and leaders to change individual lives, and entire communities, in becoming more connected. This model incorporates traditional mentoring and deep nature connection practices, fully supported through our ancient human blueprint—our original design.
The 8 Shields alumni network has over 300 programs worldwide that have been inspired by our model for creating a culture that connects one to self, nature and others – igniting a deep desire to care for our planet, each other and to share one’s gifts.
“…As awareness grows, appreciation grows, too. As appreciation grows, so does empathy.”
-From Jon Young’s book, What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World
Featured Programs & Events:
Bird Language Week – California Intensive
March 31 – April 6, 2014.
Birds and other animals communicate through their voices, postures and behaviors. Their calls can warn others of distant danger. You can learn how to do this too! Bird Language is a fun and dynamic way to tune into the landscape through all of your senses. The birds are also a mirror for our own state of awareness and being – they are the ultimate awareness teachers! Join us as we explore the world through the ways of the birds in this exciting weeklong adventure!
California Art of Mentoring
Experience the fun and dynamic learning of nature connection as we come together to weave a mentoring village of all ages. The best way to learn mentoring is to experience it!
July 7-14 2014, Santa Cruz Mountains. Learn more.
Friday Nature & Ninjitsu 9 Month Program
Learn Bujinkan ninjitsu while training in wilderness survival skills, holistic tracking, early warning detection through bird language, mentoring techniques and more.
9 Month Immersion & Distance Programs
Spend 9 transformational months in a community setting, intensively learning, living and practicing nature connection, mentoring and leadership. Learn more.
Fox Tracks Kid’s Nature Program
Join us for either one or two days each week from September to May for our children’s nature connection homeschool/unschool program near Santa Cruz.
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