Nature Connection Training - Applying the 8 Shields Model


Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th February 2015

The core values of the 8 Shields Model and the emerging 8 Shields cultural mentoring movement rest on the “8 Handshakes,” a set of agreements that define not only how we relate to each other, but also articulate how we conduct ourselves in the world at large.  

These commitments enhance and strengthen the work of deep nature connection, culture repair, cultural mentoring and community resilience.

This one- or two-day workshop will introduce participants to the 8 Shields model of working. This will be led by experienced outdoor educator Greg Sommer, who has spent many years facilitating nature connection in Europe and America. 

Nature connection through the 8 Shields is based on observations of the natural world and cycles. Observing cycles such as the phases of the day, seasons of a year and the life stages of a plant, can teach us many lessons about ourselves, the natural world and community. We can apply these lessons in structuring outdoor learning, effective teamwork, mentoring youth, community development and many other situations.

Over the two days we will be looking at the basics of the 8 Shields and how we can apply them in our lives for personal development, outdoor learning, forest school and community building. We will explore practices that develop a deep understanding of the natural world, how to create flow learning in an outdoor session, developing curiosity in students and how to design using the 8 shields.

Topics may include:

- Sit spot

- Art of Questioning

- Flow learning based on the 8 shields

- Sensory development

- Natural history

- Nature games to develop connection

- Natural movement

- Fire making

- Tree and plant identification.

These two days are for all people who are interested in learning more about the natural world and how to develop a healthy mentoring practice with young people.  

Cost: £40 (one day) or £65 (both days)
Where: Bentley Wildfowl, East Sussex 

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