Village Builders: Empowering Leaders to Cultivate Regenerative Community

Consulting, Mentoring & Training with Jon Young and the 8 Shields Team to build Capacity in your community and/or to bring Art of Mentoring to your region.

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VB-FinalOur children and the coming generations need us now, more than ever, to rise to our genius and our greatness…

Over the last 30 years I’ve had the honor, the pleasure, and the responsibility to share the tools of culture repair and nature connection mentoring with people all over the world.

Constantly I look for patterns in the communities who have adopted the 8 Shields Mentoring Model, especially where it is really taking root. I have found that there is a particular kind of individual behind the scenes that helps the community to flourish. I like to call these individuals Village Builders.

As a key leader in the world-wide movement of nature reconnection, my time is so limited that I can no longer work with everyone who seeks mentoring with me. I’ve crossed a threshold where I can only work with individuals who are committed to growing fully thriving nature-connected community in their region.

I’m now seeking only those village-building stakeholders to join me in a very special relationship to help understand and learn and develop the networks of support required to build the model we call the Art of Mentoring in their own communities. I see the participants of this program as an integral part of transforming the culture on the planet worldwide and restoring peace and well being for all and future generations. If you would like to join me on this journey, please read on below.

Jon Young

 

Do any of the following resonate with you?

  • You are looking for ways to build a village of caring and happy adults around the children in your community.
  • You would like to support a local 8 Shields-based nature connection model and help them build greater capacity, support the growth of individuals leading these programs and/or help that same local team upgrade in their understanding of recent 8 Shields model developments.
  • You seek to support your neighbors and community in each fully activating their unique brilliance and deepest gifts.
  • You want to support people through life stages, you are a practitioner of advanced connective processes, or a person trained in supporting personal growth.
  • You are creatively finding ways to restore mentoring and nature connection in modern times or are interested in learning how to do this.
  • You wish to support parents and people driving community initiatives that support healing, restoring balance with the natural world, and that are building a culture of connection with the unborn children of future generations in mind.
  • You are committed to transform culture to drive connection and sustainability and honor each individuals unique gifts.

 

In this relationship, you will be supported in learning:

1. Cultural mentoring practices and how to develop a world of deeply nature connected people.

2. How to build the soil for the village to emerge.

3. How to identify and recruit the village builders themselves.

4. How to work with community facilitation models that enhance the power of peacemaking, enhance the power of relationships, and strengthen existing relationships.

5. How to help to heal damaged relationships.

6. How to further and enhance the connection process between people in the community.

 

The key to achieving this is to activate the following attributes of connection in yourself. These attributes awaken through connecting with nature and utilizing powerful mentoring processes. The mentoring techniques we will employ are thousands of years old, used to transform grief and awaken your deepest gifts and creativity and joy. Would you like to deepen these following attributes of connection in your life and in your community?

The 8 Attributes of Connection:

  • Quiet mind
  • Happiness of a child and playfulness
  • Vitality in the body
  • A calling to be truly helpful and mentor others
  • Greater empathy and connection with people and nature
  • Forgiveness and love
  • Living Fully Alive
  • Letting go of grief that carves a well for grace and joy

A Note from Jon:

The Importance of Triads in Village Building

The Triad Model works!   This is the most supportive practice for training and facilitating the Art of Mentoring. For this reason we will support you and your Triad to have an incredible training opportunity.

The 8 Shields team and I have been beta testing different ways to train stakeholders in the Art of Mentoring within communities and programs worldwide. Locally in Santa Cruz and the greater San Francisco Bay area, we have been working diligently with 8 Shields collaborators to understand better how to build capacity and efficiency for training.

Since 1995, we have tested the Triad Model repeatedly to coordinate and integrate leadership and now believe this to be the best Village Builder method for starting new communities and helping already practicing 8 Shields communities build capacity.  This is why the Triad is at the center of the 8 Shields logo.

For the past twenty years, 8 Shields has gained a lot of experience from training and directly facilitating the Art of Mentoring model and through our experience we have seen many stakeholders applying the 8 Shields Art of Mentoring model as part of their ongoing programs, events, and even their organizing structure and internal processes.

To support the most resilience in communities, we are now asking those who want to either jumpstart the Art of Mentoring model, or support expanded capacity in their area to adopt the Triad Model Approach.

To encourage this, we have decided to offer a “three-for-one” training experience.

We are offering over $13,000 worth of training, mentoring, products and consulting services to license communities to get started by donation. We hope that this gets you excited!

We have a GoFundMe site for this purpose. This way you can reach out to people in your community who want to help and who are in the “barn-raising spirit” of wanting more Art of Mentoring capacity for everyone in the region, and who don’t have time to train themselves.

 Details:

Regional Team Complete Training Package

Suggested donarion: $7997  Includes 3 spaces for your local/ regional team members in the following components.

Components:

• 6 (six) 1-on-1 mentoring calls with Jon Young, 45 minutes each. (Up to 3 of your local team members may be present on each call, your choice as to how to utilize the calls for your team).

• Village Builders Toolkit & 8 Shields staff personal Responder (audio, PDF guidebooks & personalized feedback responses). Required for all three of your team members.

• Ongoing group mentoring calls once a month (all three of your team members may attend, but at least one person being consistently present is required).

• 9 Months of weekly Village Talk community mentoring calls with Jon Young and other 8 Shields Mentors

Additional Access Included:

Cultural Mentoring Group Mentoring calls  and Acorn Leaders Toolkit for your triad

 Awakening the Senses online course

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After approval we’ll schedule a discovery session

Single Registration Complete Training Package

Suggested Donation: $6997

Components: (course requirements)

• 6 (six) 1-on-1 mentoring calls with Jon Young, 45 minutes each.

• Village Builders Toolkit & 8 Shields staff personal Responder (audio, PDF guidebooks & personalized feedback responses).

• Ongoing Monthly Village Builder Group Mentoring calls.

• 9 Months of weekly Village Talk community mentoring calls with Jon Young and other 8 Shields Mentors


Additional Access Included:

• Cultural Mentoring Group Mentoring calls  and Acorn Leaders Toolkit

• Awakening the Senses online course

Apply Here

After approval we’ll schedule a discovery session

Single Registration – Group Mentoring Option

Suggested Donation: $2497

Components:

• Village Builders Toolkit & 8 Shields staff personal Responder (audio, PDF guidebooks & personalized feedback responses).

• Ongoing Monthly Village Builder Group Mentoring calls.

• 9 Months of weekly Village Talk community mentoring calls with Jon Young and other 8 Shields Mentors

Apply Here

After approval we’ll schedule a discovery session

Program Timeline & Group Call Dates:

This opportunity is an invitation to an ongoing relationship.

Village Builder group calls take place Thursdays at 11AM  Pacific Time, once a month.

Village Talk weekly group calls , on Tuesdays (choose from 11am, 4pm, and 7pm Pacific call times)

To apply, please fill out our mentoring questionnaire:

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If you have questions, please email Garret Conway at Garret@8shields.org.

About Jon Young

JonJon Young is an acknowledged expert on mentoring especially with respect to deep nature connection and culture. Jon was mentored himself by numerous Native Elders from traditional cultures of Europe, Africa and North America; he also has been mentored by practitioners of music, martial arts, life-coaching, health & wellbeing, and business.

Jon is an inspirational storyteller who has been invited all over the world to share his vision of a truly regenerative and peaceful world. An author, Jon has appeared in numerous documentaries and books.

Jon’s current projects through his company the 8 Shields Institute are geared to manifest the vision of humans returning to balance with the natural world and one another.