Repairing Emotional Isolation by Reawakening Deep Nature Connection – TEDX Talk with Jon Young

​​How can nature connection support greater emotional regulation and well-being? In this time of increased isolation that comes with social distancing, having strategies to increase wellness is more important than ever. ​In this talk at TEDx Grand Park, 8 Shields founder Jon Young delivers a refreshing perspective on how we can expand our awareness of […]

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Our Commitment to Anti-Racism

​​At 8 Shields Institute, we stand in solidarity with Black communities nationwide and join in the collective grief over innocent lives lost.  We condemn state-sanctioned violence in all its forms. We join in the demand for investment in Black communities and the resources to ensure Black people not only survive, but thrive.We acknowledge, as a currently […]

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Mindfulness In Nature: A Featured Podcast

​This week, 8 Shields mentor Josh Lane was interviewed on the Wilderness and Wellness Podcast. Josh is the author of the book, Conscious Nature: The Art and Neuroscience of Meditating In Nature. In his work at 8 Shields, Josh specializes in guiding mentoring ​individuals one-to-one on the journey of deep nature connection through transformative mentoring, […]

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Approaching the Solstice – Shining the Light Within

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Today’s post is from 8 Shields mentor Josh Lane, author of the best-selling meditation book, Conscious Nature: The Art and Neuroscience of Meditating In Nature. Photo by Nathan Anderson, Unsplash​Entering the QuietAt this time in the Northern hemisphere, daylight is increasingly fleeting. Nights are reaching their longest stretches, and we move towards the shortest day […]

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A Journey Into the Living History of Lineage

​”Knowing where we are from builds ground underneath our feet.” – Mark Morey For those who don’t know Mark yet, he’s been instrumental in bringing the Art of Mentoring and 8 Shields leadership development to communities around the world over the last twenty years.Mark has recently returned from a deep journey of connection and research […]

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Village Builders In Action: Interviews Part 2

​Village Builders In Action – Meet ​Arnaud​​Village Building is an intentional process of community connection, serving to connect people-with-people and people-with-nature. ​In this video interview with 8 Shields mentor Josh Lane, ​​Arnaud Gagne shares about what led him to the Village Building pathway, and paints a picture of what’s possible in regenerating connected community across […]

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