There are lots of other events happening around the country that come from the same lineage of 8 Shields work. You can also find out about ongoing and regular events.

November 2017

Introduction to Women's Teachings, Helpers Mentors Society

When? 21/22 November 2017 (with follow on programme in 2018)
Where? East Sussex
Leaders: Female members of the Helpers Mentoring Society (Salvatore Gencarelle) team will facilitate the programme.
Info: This 2 day workshop will introduce teachings on the sacred ceremonies of the moontime, motherhood, menopause and elderhood with reference to the longer programme starting in 2018.
Cost: £250

December 2017

Heart & Song, Helpers Mentors Society

When? 10/11 December 2018
Where? East Sussex
Info: This 2-day workshop will introduce you to the Sacred Drum and Sacred Songs. The drum is one of the 4 sacred gifts and the sacred songs are spirit-given instructions that have been gathered and passed on for generations.  A longer programme on these tools of connection will take place in 2019.
Cost: £250

Designing for Peace - Foundations for Re-Villaging

When? November 27th – December 1st
Where? Schumacher College, Dartington Estate, Devon
Leaders: Jon Young, Deborah Benham, Root Cuthbertson and special guest Satish Kumar

Info: We live in times when Peace can seem out of reach and the future of our human communities bleak. How we respond to this is a choice. We, as human beings from any background, can re-create the culture and communities we live in. How would it be if we consciously designed for Unity, Peace, Compassionate Communication and Healing? How would it feel if all people were welcome, included and valued? For over 35 years Jon Young has been carrying and developing a bundle of peacemaking teachings, from indigenous elders who have called us, in western modern society, to step into more active peacebuilding service.  We, and the generations who will inherit from us, can learn and share tools to build harmony and transform conflicts into trust, creativity and health. On this course, we will explore contemporary and ancient social technologies, provide simple implementation processes and share successful examples from our global network.

Who for? Adults
Cost: £595 including accommodation at meals at Dartington
Further Info: Email Tel 07950 832919

Rewilding our Deep Connection to Nature

When? December 4th – 8th
Where? Schumacher College, Dartington Estate, Devon
Leaders: Jon Young and Prof. Stephan Harding

Info: The connection to nature in a deep and meaningful way has proved elusive despite the recognition that it is vitally important for our human well-being. Simply spending time outside is not enough to create a deep and meaningful connection with the natural world around us – we need to find ways that work for us that go beyond many of the educational, recreational and wellness-focused approaches that are becoming more available. Join Stephan Harding and Jon Young as we explore the relationship between people and nature, with first-hand accounts of the most exhilarating and compelling examples of connection with the other-than-human world.

Who for? Adults
Cost: £795 including accommodation and meals at Dartington

Tracking and Awareness Intensive

When? Friday Dec 8th – 10th
Where? Sacred Earth Community Benefit Society, East Sussex
Info: The tracking intensive is designed to engage all your senses into the ecological landscape, to support and create a living map to navigate by and an eternal songline in your minds, Everything is Related. We will embrace the whys, whats, wheres, when and hows. We will share the art of tracking through engaging in both the art and science of tracking, studying how tracking and observation are one and that the story of nature is written in its tracks.
Tracking is the ultimate extension of awareness, opening up a whole new dimension of natural understanding and relationship to the Earth and all that live upon it.
Who for? children (minimum age is 10), teens and adults, ideal for engaged parent/child participation.
Cost: Sliding scale- Full Cost (all inclusive): Adult £245, Unaccompanied teen £145 / accompanied junior £125


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

When? January to December 2018, actual dates TBC
Where? 3 long weekends and 1 week on Dartmoor; 2 weeks in the Kalahari.
Robin Bowman, founder of Moor Barton Rewilding Project, bird language expert, tracker and highly experienced, creative and humorous leader of nature connection programs including Art of Mentoring, Call of the Wild and The Hunger Games.
Emily Fawcett, experimental archaeologist with a recent MA in human-animal interactions in the Stone Age, primitive skills practitioner, tracker, musician and leader of various rites of passage and nature connection programs.
Plus special guests to be announced soon…

Info: A 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 5 weekends/weeks.  One session will comprise 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, our own heritage.

Who for? Adults, from beginner to experienced welcome.
Cost: TBC £2000-2,800
Contact: Emily Fawcett. Email:


Nature Immersion Adult Programme

When? Jan – Oct 2018:
7 weekends: January 2nd – 5th, February 16th-18th, March 9th – 11th, April 3rd – 7th, May 18th – 20th, June 22nd – 24th, Oct weekend tbc

Where? East Sussex
Facilitators: Anna Richardson and Victoria Mew, plus additional specialist instructors

Info: Come and experience a journey through the core routines of nature connection. Feel embodied and empowered through building connection to yourself, others and the natural world.

The programme will be designed on natural cycles as we follow the seasons through the year.  We will be connecting through songs, games, challenges, focused activities for practical skill development, timeless wandering, harvesting the stories of our experiences, space for distillation and reflection, sensory expansion and the quiet mind.
All of this will sit on a foundation of building a culture of connection and personal growth that can be accessibly woven into your daily life through specific, manageable practices and peer support.


Who for? This programme is for adults (18+) who want to deepen their own connection to self, other and nature.  We know these core routines benefit everyone and help bring out the attributes of awareness.  It would be particularly valuable to adults wanting to bring more balance into their lives, those who want to bring nature connection or forest schools to others, those who want to feel a deeper sense of belonging on this beautiful earth!  We have diverse skill set and feel confident this course will be of value to you whether you consider yourself a beginner or more experienced, we will differentiate to meet you where you’re at and take you on a deepening journey.  We have designed it to be accessible for most teachers with a combination of weekends and meetings during Christmas and Easter holidays.
Investment: £1600. For Art of Mentoring Network, you can save £200 booking by end of October, just put Art of Mentoring in the comment box at the end of the booking form.


Bringing it Home ~ An 8S Year Course

When? A weekend mid April, mid July, mid October, mid January (tbc)
Where? Dartmoor
Leaders: Peter Cow and Rebecca Card, plus guest presenters and facilitators to be confirmed.
Info: 4 weekends exploring 2 shields per program diving deeply into the art of cultural healing practices and nature connection modelling through the wheel of the year.
This will be an empowering, experiential and integrated journey using the 8 Shields model, with a particular focus on village building, deepening nature connection and acorn leadership. This is an opportunity to explore what it means to be part of a thriving village within the context of the natural cycles and the attributes of connection whilst receiving group and one-to-one mentoring in order to take what you are learning out to your communities, families and work.

Who for? Open to anyone who has participated on an Art of Mentoring or an introductory course and who wishes to deepen their understanding and experience of the 8 Shields path in order to take it into their lives in a grounded, empowered and regenerative way. Applications are necessary.
Cost: approx £1,000 (tbc)
Bookings & enquiries:

Year courses with Sal Gencarelle, Helpers Mentors Society

Salvatore Gencarelle is a bridge between traditional cultural practices and the modern world. The wisdom he brings is based upon 16 years of intense initiation to become a ceremonial facilitator, teacher and guide with a renowned Native American healer who was also cousin to one of Jon Young’s mentors, Gilbert Walking Bull. For the past 6 years Sal has worked with 8 Shields and various Art of Mentoring communities around the world teaching techniques of transformation.  Sal and Jon brought their joint, deep immersion in indigenous teachings to co-create and design the Leadership Initiation Project which they deliver together to teach a new generation of re-connection specialists. Central to these teachings is the importance of healing historic trauma through the use of indigenous ceremonies as a key to re-connection and cultural repair. Sal is the founder and director of the Helpers Mentoring Society, an organisation dedicated to supporting the return and preservation of connective cultural practices.

1. Four Sacred Gifts
When? 5/6/7 May 2018
Where? East Sussex
Info: This is an introduction into tools for connection (the 4 sacred gifts), the Sweat Lodge, the Sacred Pipe, the Vision Quest and the Drum. It is also a pre requisite (introduction?) for the year- long Life Within training beginning in October 2018
Cost: £380

2. Life Within
When? Part 1: 12/13/14 October 2018. Part 2: 8/9/10 February 2019. Part 3: 10/11/12 May 2019 (includes Vision Quest). Part 4: 14/15 September 2019
Where? East Sussex
Info: This training is designed to take people on an intensive learning process that will lead them towards being certified to hold the responsibility for facilitating the Inipi (sweat lodge) ceremony for their communities.
Cost: £1470

3. The Living Fire, with Sal Gencarelle, Helpers Mentors Society
When? Part 1: 11/12/13 May 2018 (Fire Quest). Part 2: 5/6/7 October 2018. Part 3 8/9 December 2018
Where? East Sussex
Info: This is a year – long course for individuals to learn the components of how to facilitate fire ceremonies, including a personal fire quest. The course is designed to help develop a new generation of fire tenders that can facilitate these important tools of connection
Cost: £1090

4.  Women’s Teachings Intensive, Helpers Mentors Society
When? Part 1: 8/9 May 2018. Part 2: 15/16/17/18 October 2018 (includes Initiation Ceremony)
Part 3: 6/7 December 2018.
Where? East Sussex
Leaders: Female members of the Helpers Mentors Society
Info: This is an immersive, experiential programme to deepen our understanding and relationship to the sacred internal women’s ceremonies.  We will experience ancient, indigenous teachings on womanhood and rites of passage that can support us to be fully connected women in the modern world.
Cost: £1040


Introduction to the Art of Mentoring

When? Feb 16th – 18th 2018
Where? East Sussex
Info: An experiential weekend for adults, forest school facilitators, change agents and lovers of nature, introducing the wisdom of nature connection and cultural repair through the lens of 8 Shields facilitated principles and methods.
Who for? Adults
Cost: £240.00

Contact & Bookings for Sacred Earthland courses: Phil Greenwood. Email
Tel: 01435 812372 or 07554 127926. Website:

Communication with the land weekends

When? April 6th-8th – seeing animals, May 18th-20th – becoming mythic, September 21st-23rd – becoming invisible, November 23rd-25th – singing with the land
Where? De Uelenspieghel, Uffelte, the Netherlands
Leaders: Lien De Coster, in co-facilitation with Greg Sommer, Simon Hodges, Jurjen Annen and Jose Koster

Info: Since time immemorial we humans have lived closely to the earth and in an intimate relationship with our natural surroundings. We knew the land throughout the seasons, were aware of the other creatures with whom we shared our space and directly depended upon it for our survival and daily needs. We used to be fully at ease with this ongoing dialogue. Today many of us have forgotten this language. Luckily there are many ways to reconnect to it or deepen it.

During this series of ‘communication with the land’ weekends you will have the opportunity to feel more at home in nature, heighten your awareness and connect to your animal body. Each weekend has a different theme and is co-facilitated with an expert in the field. You can immerse yourself fully by coming to all four weekends or join for one or more separate weekends.

Who for? Anyone who wants to learn about the core routines of nature connection or deepen them.
Cost: 250 euro per weekend plus accomodation (tbc)


Nature Culture Regeneration - an introduction to 8 Shields and the Art of Mentoring,

When? 18-20th May. Arrive 4pm Friday for a 6pm start. Ends 4pm Sunday
Where? Near Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor, Devon UK
Leaders: Peter Cow, Rebecca Card, Robin Bowman and others to be confirmed

Info: An experiential weekend for adults, introducing the wisdom of the 8 Shields through nature connection and culture creation. There will be two simultaneous programs for adults:

‘The Village’ is for first-time participants. 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.

‘The Return’ is for participants who have already been on ‘The Village’ or Ring One at an Art of Mentoring camp. Returnees will experience living at the edge of the village and exploring the wild individually and in tribe.

Who for? Adults, both newcomers and people who have done AoM Ring 1 or NCR ‘village’ before
Cost: £150-£210 Camping with all meals included.
For more info, bookings & enquiries:


Midsummer wilderness solo

When? June 21st-June 29th 2018
Where? Nohedes, French Pyrenees

Leaders: Lien De Coster and Katrien Deboutte

Info: A wilderness solo is a contemporary translation of the ancient ritual of the vision quest, which was held in all corners of the world. Originally it was a rite of passage from youth to adulthood. Youngsters left their community on a search for vision for this life, their gift to their people. Today we miss this kind of ritual reflection time, which brings lots of people on a path which is not theirs. A wilderness solo retreat can help you to get (more) clarity about what is essential to you.

Who for? Adults
Cost: 700 euro

Spring/Summer/Autumn Courses with Sacred Earth Community Benefit Society

Earth Stewardship for Adults
When? Starting Spring 2018:  a year-long journey into deep nature connection, the art of mentoring and earth caretaking. Includes four x 3 day extended weekend sessions through the seasons and also includes additional Sacred Fire and Vision Quest weekends
Where? East Sussex
Info: An immersive journey into our indigenous self, helping support what gifts emerge out of each individual through conscious engaged mentoring in deep nature connection and awareness. Will include close interaction with primitive skills and crafts, quality experiential learning in nature awareness, access to containers for stuckness, and exposure to transformational leadership and facilitation.
Who for? connected adults wanting to go deeper / beginners and experienced alike
Cost: £2365.00

Coyote Spirit Adventure to British Columbia, Canada (TBC)
When & Where? Summer 2018 (mid august to early september). Includes one week at the Art of Mentoring on salt spring island, (ring 2), One week: canoe adventure, One week: mountain adventure or quest week
Who for? Ultimately young adults (ages 16-24yrs old), but we will consider adult applications also wanting to go deeper into acorn leadership and supportive facilitation. Families will be considered for AoM week and possibly canoe trip.
Cost: TBC

Contact & Bookings for all Sacred Earth courses: Phil Greenwood. Email
Tel: 01435 812372 or 07554 127926. Website: