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Mentoring in Village Building

Facilitator: Deborah Benham 
Location: Online/Telephone 
Info: 1-2-1 mentoring in Village Building, culture repair and peacemaking, to support individuals and the groups they live or work with. Weaving together 8 Shields, social permaculture and Sociocracy (consent based decision making) combined with 12yrs experience in supporting healthy group systems. My background in wildlife conservation and environmental education led to the realisation that to live in harmony with nature requires redesigning our current global ‘western’ paradigm. For the last decade I’ve collected design tools which support positive culture; building foundations for personal peace and thriving group systems, in service to people and nature. I am Coordinator of the Village Builders programme online (8S Institute) and have been involved in 8 Shields, Gaia Education and Sociocracy training for 8 years. I also offer consultancy, training and facilitation services. If you are interested in this kind of mentoring, please contact me to arrange a free 30 minute introductory session. 
When: Ongoing 
Exchange: £30-£70 per/hr depending on income.
Find out more: 07590 832919 

Peter Cow – Personal and Acorn Leadership Mentoring

Have you been inspired by the Acorn and are interested in bringing it into your work or events? Peter has 5 years of experience running events and teams using the Acorn model, and can support you if you want to explore how it can invigorate, empower and bring more wholistic holding to your work and organisations. Peter is a Social Permaculture teacher and a graduate of the ‘Art of Mentoring Leadership’ program in the US, and he ‘Norths’ many events each year using the Acorn model, including being Event North for last year’s Art of Mentoring Camp in Devon). He is passionate about how the Acorn can bring workplaces and events to life in a richer, more connected, more satisfying way. Peter also offers general personal mentoring aArt of Mentoring UK 2017 websitend anchoring: to anchor you around a specific project, or to bring 8 Shields practices more strongly into your life, or to help develop the 8 Attributes more deeply in yourself. 
Location: Online or in Devon 
Exchange: £30-£60/hour depending on income, and non-financial exchanges are also possible. Contact me for a free 30 minute exploration session. 
Find out more:



The Helper’s Journey

Facilitators: Sal Gencarelle and Helpers Mentoring Team
Location: From your own home online, Webinars, Social Media, Group phone calls. UK Helper’s Gathering in Waldron
This course is open to anyone who is committed to transformation, healing, and re-building the village. Course material is accessible from your own home on line, through Webinars, Social Media and Monthly Group phone calls that are easy to access anywhere in the world. At the heart of the Helper’s Journey is a unique, powerful and ancient body of knowledge, understanding, wisdom, and experience. This has been combined with modern therapies and technologies. These teachings are not just theoretical or philosophical, they have been tried and tested in the crucible of life and guided by real-life experience in modern times.
Content: Knowledge of humanity’s place in the “Vision of Life” – Transformation of old and ineffective patterns – Access to your creative potential and how to put it into action – Healthy relationship with yourself, nature and others – Connection with your local and global community
When: January – July 2019 Distant Learning with UK Helper’s Gathering June 3-9, ’19
Exchange: £1,100
Find out more here

Bringing it Home – An 8 Shields Deepening Year Course

Facilitators: Peter Cow, Rebecca Card with an additional guest facilitator and an elder present for each weekend.
Location: Dartmoor, Devon
An in-depth, yearlong journey to bring 8 Shields wisdom and practices into your life, family, work and communities.Have you been inspired by 8 Shields events like Art of Mentoring and Nature Culture Regeneration, and are seeking inspiration and support to land it more in your own life? Led and designed by experienced facilitators, this rich journey home will help 8 Shields practices and wisdom take deep root in you and your life, bringing connection and cultural healing to you and your people. We will share 5 inspirational weekends through the year (including an overnight solo vigil), supported by personal mentoring and peer-mentoring in between.
Payment plans are available if needed.
When: April 2019 through to January 2020:
April 12-14, July 5-7th, September 6-8th, October 18-20th, January 17-19th
Exchange: £1,500 early bird (before December 14th)
then £1,600 – £2,100 (self-assessed sliding scale)
Find out more here or on Facebook
There is a free Introductory call about the course on December 10th contact to register

The Old Way – A journey into re-wilding our ancestral blueprint

Facilitators: Robin Bowman, Emily Fawcett with an experienced rewilding acorn. Jon Young and Louis Liebenburg will join us in Namibia. Other keynote guests and facilitators to be confirmed.
Location: Devon, UK and Namibia
A half-yearlong exploration into what it means to be indigenous to these islands, returning to The Old Way, to experience life and the land as hunter-gatherers.  In this context we will explore awareness skills, tracking, bird language, ancient crafts, food procurement, movement across the landscape, song and customs over 6 sessions.  We’ll embark on a 2 week adventure in Namibia to journey with the oldest tribal hunter-gatherers on Earth, the Ju/hoansi San bushmen.  There we will experience a landscape alongside plentiful game and large predators, and witness some of the few people who have never stopped being indigenous to their place, and in doing so help support the preservation of this ancient culture. For adults, from beginner to experienced welcome
When: 16-20 April: Woodland, May 22-26: River, July 4-8: Coast, Sept 18-22: Walkabout,
Oct 23-Nov 5: Namibia, Dec 6-8: Return
Exchange: £4,500, not including flights or insurance. A limited number of bursary places are available (application deadline 1st December for these).
Standard application
Bursary application
Contact:   Emily Fawcett   07956 148282
Find out more 
here and on facebook    



Awakening Leadership Training:
Module 22 Sociocracy & module 23 Cultural Repair & Redesigning Harmonious Organisations

: Deborah Benham & Root Cuthbertson
Location:  Bangkok, Thailand
An exploration of the 8 Shields map for restoring interconnection between humans and the natural world. An introduction to the 512 cultural elements Jon Young suggests can successfully repair cultures impacted by modernity. In Thailand, or in similar cultures where modernity has arrived relatively recently, how can we avoid the environmental, economic, and social dysfunction, disease, and despair appearing in western countries? Sociocracy is a potential infrastructure for navigating future uncertainty with resilience and courage. It provides a framework for organisations of any size to evolve as self-reflective, agile and innovating organisms. Sociocracy empowers collective intelligence to achieve shared agreements, values, aims, and objectives, with clearly defined roles and efficient operations. It honours all voices and views objections as gifts. It energises groups by optimizing productivity, security, commitment, effectiveness, equivalence, transparency, and fun.
Dates:  2019 Wed 23 January – Tue 29 January
Exchange:  US$ 260 (~£200) per 3-day module + travel. Accommodation & vegetarian meals included in tuition price
Find out more here

Deepening into NatureCulture

Facilitators: Peter Cow and Maya Mahn
Location: Near Kirchberg, Germany
An experiential weekend for adults, introducing the wisdom of the 8 Shields through nature connection and culture creation. This weekend is based on the Nature Culture Regeneration introduction weekends that have run in Devon for 3 years. Held in English with translation into German.
Through embodying many regenerative, nature-based practices, participants will journey through the 8 Shields cycle and explore how we can re-member ‘the village’ and how we can live in Wholeness with ourselves, the communities we are part of, and the global community of all species.
When: 26-28 April 2019
Exchange: 230 euro early bird before 28th February, 270 euro full price
Find out more: contact Maya –

Cultural Emergence Courses

Jon Young will be returning again to Applewood Permaculture Centre next summer to continue the collaboration with Looby Macnamara on the Cultural Emergence toolkit. The Cultural Emergence toolkit seeks to empower individuals and communities to emerge regenerative cultures. It combines 8 Shields and People Permaculture and has emerged new and pioneering methods. Starhawk and Maddy Harland will also be co-facilitating the PEACE – Peace, Empowerment and Cultural Emergence course in July. There are 2 other modules to discover the toolkit – ACE – Activating Cultural Emergence and CEED – Cultural Emergence Effective Design. These courses are happening globally and online. Become part of the global activation of Cultural Emergence.
Find out more here or email:

Rebecca Card ~ Nature Wisdom Offerings

Eco-therapy for groups and one-to-one. In person or by phone/Skype.
I also offer Transitional Rites Ceremonies, Vision Fasts, Soul Initiation practices, Grief Tending support, Way of Council and 8 Shields mentoring.
Find out more here or email:



Introduction to Regenerative Community Building
A four part distance training in cultural mentoring strategies for change

Facilitators:  Deborah Benham & Root Cuthbertson with Jon Young
​Exploring the foundational strategies, tools, & techniques within the cultural mentoring aspect of 8 Shields. Part 1: Connection to Nature & Culture. Why do we need to be both Nature-Connected and People-Connected? Part 2: Transformational Leadership. How does a regenerative culture nurture everyone’s creative gifts, to express their full potential? Part 3: Peace as Foundation. What are the agreements of a peaceful culture? How does this relate to the 8 Attributes of Connection? Part 4: Widening Perspective. What is 8 Shields’ role in catalyzing a historic global shift in perspective? How do we both tend the wounds of the past and envision a positive future?
Program: Four parts in four weeks, or as fits your schedule
Exchange:  US$ 247 (~£190). For a 10% discount use coupon code: DEBROOT10
Find out more here

Designing For Peace
A three part training webinar on creating supportive & resilient social systems

Facilitators:  Jon Young with Deborah Benham & Root Cuthbertson
Even with the best of intentions, humans inevitably encounter differences that can lead to conflict, separation, and collapse of projects. How can we build our courage, reduce shame, learn to forgive, and become truly collaborative? We introduce design tools and processes for creating peaceful, supportive, resilient social systems. This is the first level (with level 2 available this winter!) of a set of proven methods developed using both contemporary and ancient social technologies. We will provide references for further study and share first-hand experiences from our global network who are applying Peace Principles in modern times. Ideally, participants will feel confident introducing Peace Principles, step by step, into any family, neighbourhood, group, business, or organization.
Program:  Three parts in three weeks, or as fits your schedule.
Exchange:  US$ 147 (~£114 ). For a 10% discount use coupon code: DEBROOT10
Find out more here



Story-Catcher Project

David SmartKnight
“Thanks David. It’s a bit like playback theatre reading this. Quite powerful actually, illumi
nating, a helpful reflection and perspective. Something useful to consider as a service in itself!” Adrian Leaman
Recognizing that a society without mentors forces each generation to repeat the lessons of their forebears, the Story Catcher Project captures and collates those real-life “ah-ha” moments of learning and transformation, bringing them alive and presenting them in a way that fosters mentoring relationships, so we each can learn from each other. If you have a story (Hint – if you are alive, you will have several!!), I would love to speak with you – and in return you can expect to deepen your understanding of your own story.
“Thanks for editing my story. I absolutely like it this way. Thanks again for your additional questions – they really helped to make the story more nourishing.” Thoralf Rumswinkel
Online or in person (SW UK), by arrangement. 

Exchange: Your story in exchange for Deep Listening and Mentoring 
Contact: 07837413202


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