Bird Language California Intensive
Bring more presence to all that you do
Understanding the language of birds – what they are telling each other and what they are telling us – will enrich your life in practical & surprising ways, helping you to embody the attributes that lead to success in many areas of your life.
When: Monday March 20 at 1pm – Saturday March 25th at 4pm 2017
Where: West Sonoma County California near the town of Occidental
What: Birds and animals share a common language. Their calls and alarms help them stay safe from danger. We can learn to understand this language. In fact, we are “hard wired” to learn this, as countless generations of our ancestors depended on this ancient skill to survive, around the world. Largely forgotten by modern peoples, this understanding is sorely needed at this time of cultural upheaval and natureʼs shifting patterns.
In an era marked by increasing disconnection from nature, self, and others, the practice of learning Bird Language will give you the tools to be more successful in your relationships, your career, your community, and in life in general by enhancing your ability to experience empathy, compassion, attentiveness, sensitivity to your surrounding and others, and increased awareness.
What Will I Experience at the Intensive?
During this week-long intensive, you will be immersed in a village of mentors and learners. The community setting amplifies each individual’s learning journey.
Together the group learns the unique patterns of the birds and animals, and what they are telling us through their behavior and language.
Learn how birds act as barometers for one’s own awareness. Through this knowledge, one gets instant “biofeedback” on how to blend into the natural patterns of the landscape.
When we listen deeply for bird language, we begin to access a deeper part of our awareness. We step into the Quiet Mind. With all the senses activated, we connect with the landscape, the animals, and with our inner worlds. We become attuned to the rhythms both within and without.
This Intensive will open a new world of understanding on how to be more attentive to your surroundings, sensitive to how you affect others, and help you achieve a quiet mind, resulting in increased peace and happiness.
This will have a ripple effect that will benefit you and your loved ones, enhancing your ability to become a successful nature mentor and create healthy communities. Join us for a week full of fun, fire, food, friends, and phenomenal personal transformation!
As shared in Jon Young’s book, What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World, participants will experience the core vocabulary of bird language, including tools for interpreting the language and behavior of birds around the world, including:
- The Five Voices of the Birds
- Interpreting Shapes of Alarm
- Sensory Awareness & Natural Movement
- Mapping Bird Language
- Storytelling and Dynamic Sensory Memory Skills
- and more!
COST: For this event we offer three pricing tiers (see below). Tier 1 tickets are priced below the cost per participant, while tiers 2 & 3 are priced above cost. By choosing a higher price point, you are making it possible for us to offer reduced tuition to those who cannot afford the full price. This is done as part of an effort to make this event as accessible as possible. Thank you for choosing the price point that is appropriate for you!
Tier 1 = $650
Tier 2 = $750
Tier 3 = $850
Camping space is provided and all delicious meals are catered by our wonderful chef Carin. We use organic and local foods when possible and can accommodate gluten free, vegetarian, vegan and other dietary preferences. For questions email Ann@8shields.org
This is a Family Friendly Event!
Creating a village—where the whole family is welcome, supported and growing together—is so important.
In that spirit, there are youth nature connection programs for children aged 5-16 at the event. Also children under 4 are welcome to attend under the care of an adult or parent!
COST for Children’s Program: $400 *Sibling discount of 10% makes your second child $360
Looking for rare recordings of bird vocalizations by species or type? Check out our Bird Voices Audio Library here: