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:
Summer Online Series with Jon Young:
Exploring the Art of Mentoring
Live online trainings @ 4pm Pacific, 2 hours each class. June 11, June 18, July 9, July 18th. Attend all 4, or just the classes of your choice. Recording access provided.
Explore the philosophy and tools of the Art of Mentoring with 8 Shields Founder Jon Young. Learn connective approaches for supporting well-being for yourself, your family and community.
East Coast Gathering: Leadership Initiation Project
Explore advanced connective practices with Sal Gencarelle, author of A Man Among the Helpers. These teachings reconnect us to the earth and to our natural rhythms of life.
August 23-30th, New Hampshire. Learn 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.
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