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


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