About the 8 Shields Model
By observing the patterns in nature, we can discover repeatable tendencies and pathflows.
When we map these tendencies, we arrive at a natural model with a flow and structure that can be applied in various learning scenarios, long-term mentoring, event facilitation, and many other diverse areas.
Each of the eight “shields” is associated with a cardinal direction, and represents a profile as robust as the natural patterns it is drawn from. Other layers of information and process are built on top of the core archetype of each shield.
Using the model as a guide, it becomes possible to map many of the phases and relationships occurring in nature, both on a grand scale, and also within the nuances of human learning and culture.
The result is a dynamic instructional toolkit for creating nature connection on both an individual and community level.
We founded the 8 Shields Institute to support the development of an emerging international network of deep nature connection, mentoring, and culture repair. The 8 Shields Institute is committed to researching, testing, training, and building of healthy, supportive cultural processes that restore deep nature connection and bring meaning and hope to people’s lives.
We provide tools that will help build and strengthen families; create networks of authentic aunts, uncles and elders; and facilitate a deep connection to nature.
The practices we have gathered include those modeled from the wisdom and teachings of nature and experienced elders from many traditions. We have found that these models can be effectively applied in most settings–including the modern urban environment.
We are committed to internalizing, applying, and disseminating these practices so that they emerge organically and surround our children with a healthy, immersive, regenerative culture.
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