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 have supported many 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:
Friday Nature & Ninjitsu 9 Month Program
Learn Bujinkan ninjitsu while training in wilderness survival skills, holistic tracking, early warning detection through bird language, mentoring techniques and more.
9 Month Immersion & Distance Programs
Spend 9 transformational months in a community setting, intensively learning, living and practicing nature connection, mentoring and leadership. Learn more.
Art of Mentoring – Essentials of Nature Connection Week
An exciting week of nature connection core routines & experiencing the art of mentoring in a village setting. Summer 2014, Santa Cruz Mountains. Learn more.
Fox 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 near Santa Cruz. New session begins Fall 2013.
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