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:


8-shields-sketch-for-web-300x263Awakening Original Design – Principles of Nature Connection Intensive with Jon Young

January 22-25, 2015

Santa Cruz Mountains, California

          Details coming soon!


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Awakening Connection Call Series

Experience and gain an understanding of the core skillsets of the Art of Mentoring in this new ongoing distance training with Jon Young and the 8 Shields Team.

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 Fox Tracks ProgramFox Tracks Kid’s Nature Program

Join us for either one or two days each week from September to May for our children’s nature connection homeschool/unschool program in Felton. This program is administered by the Riekes Center. Visit the Riekes Center Homeschool page for more information & registration.


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