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Creating Nature-Connected Communities, World-wide


Upcoming Offerings:

Village Builders Consulting and Training

We are now taking applications!

Join a global movement in nature connection mentoring and culture repair.

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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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