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Creating Nature-Connected Communities, World-wide


Upcoming Series:

California Bird Language Intensive

March 20-25, 2017

Discover the hidden language of nature in this popular retreat!

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Upcoming Series:

Renewal of Creative Path Toolkit & Mentoring Series

Bring more connection & nourishment into your life.

The Renewal process invites you to transform your world – make 2017 a year of intention and connection!

Starting January 2017 – Learn More…



Upcoming Series:

Village Talk: Ongoing Weekly Call Series

Engage with other connection-builders and world-changers around our “virtual village fire.”

New block begins January 2017 – Learn More…



Upcoming Event:

Kalahari Tracking & Bird Language Expedition with Jon Young

March 26 – April 4, 2017  Learn More…



About Us:


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.

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Our original, innovative training resources from Jon Young and other visionary mentors support connections with nature & community, and offer powerful tools for self-optimization.

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