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MENTORING OFFERS

Peer Mentoring Club

Facilitators: David SmartKnight, Klaudia van Gool, Sarah Witts and Maya Mahn.
In order to build a culture of mentoring in a society with no current framework for it, it becomes necessary for some people to pioneer by stepping into the role of mentor, despite their lack of experience.
Following a natural flow model devea loloped by the 8 Shields Institute, the club promotes a thriving village culture through a living learning online community that provides members with the opportunity to explore, practise and develop their mentoring skills in a safe, supportive and friendly atmosphere.
“I love the opportunity to practice mentoring and being mentored, and to drink from the wisdom of other mentors and mentees! I am amazed at the honesty and clarity all of us are giving” – current club member
When: The next series starts on Wednesday 27th March.
The club meets online once a fortnight, on alternate Wednesday evenings from 6-7:30pm (UK time).
Exchange:  Membership costs £15 per month.
ContactDavid SmartKnight david.planitearth@gmail.com  +44 (0) 7837413202

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 facilitator and is part of the staff for the ‘Rebuilding Nature Connected Communities’ 8 Shields Institute online training. He also ‘Norths’ many events each year using the Acorn model, as you can see in the event listings below! including being on the core team for UK Art of Mentoring camps. 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 and anchoring: to anchor you around a specific project; to bring 8 Shields practices more strongly into your life; to help develop the 8 Attributes more deeply in yourself.
Location: Online or onfarm in Devon
Exchange: £30-£60/hour depending on income – non-financial exchanges are also possible. Contact me for a free 30 minute exploration session.
Find out more: peter@8shields.org

 

LONG COURSES

Earth Stewardship for Adults

Facilitator: Philip Greenwood
Location: Sacred Earth, East Sussex.
A journey of exploration, discovery and deep nature immersion through Cultural, Ecological and Earth Restoration. Acorn Leadership, Village Building, Earth Stewardship – Nature Quest week – Culture Repair, Village Building and Acorn Leadership – Renewal of the Creative Path/Peacemaking and Community Regenerative Design
On some weekends there is the option of bringing your families – free facilitated nature connection time for your kids, down time for spouses or have them join the workshop at half the cost.
When: April 5th-7th, June 13th-17th, September 20th-22nd, November 8th-10th
Exchange: Do all 4 ESA events for £1,200 – view the Courses section for prices for single weekends. Early Bookers discount – £175 off / book by March 1st. Includes all camp costs / teachings / food / 2 x zoom group calls / 1 x optional personal mentoring and support call
Contact: phil@sacredearthland.co.uk

Bringing it Home – An 8 Shields Deepening Year Course

Facilitators: Peter Cow, Rebecca Card with a guest facilitator and an elder present for each weekend, including Jack Payne-Cook, Deborah Benham, Chris Holland, Amy Downing and Lynda Benham
Location: Dartmoor, Devon
An in-depth, yearlong journey to bring 8 Shields wisdom and practices into your family, work and communities. Are you seeking inspiration and support to land this 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. Video of previous year
Payment plans are available if needed.
When: April 2019 through to January 2020:
April 12-14th, July 5-7th, September 6-8th, October 18-20th, January 17-19th 2020
Exchange: £1,600 – £2,100 (self-assessed sliding scale)
Find out more here or contact peter@8shields.org 

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. Video of 2018’s journey
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 7th February for these).
Standard application
Bursary application
Contact:   Emily Fawcett  elf.emily@gmail.com   07956 148282
Find out more here and on facebook    

Becoming Good Ancestors: pathways to elderhood
“Where there are no elders the grownups are bewildered and the young ones lost or violent” Patrice Malidoma Some

In this moment of ecological and climatic crisis, in our communities and our lives, where are the elders?  Indeed who are the elders?  Do we even have an idea of what an elder actually is?
Becoming Good Ancestors is envisioned as a year long enquiry, commencing in April 2019.  Broken into 12 monthly components, it is a self-study programme of actions, contemplation and journaling with monthly group check-in calls, aimed at empowering people both to be in their own brightest potential in their NorthWest years, and to encourage others in their communities to find theirs and don the mantle of elderhood, so that our future generations might have a thriving elder tradition to lean into as we face the challenges of today and tomorrow.  The initial cohort will be limited to 12 places.
Contact: To register interest in a preliminary online gathering to flesh out the program details: David SmartKnight, david.planitearth@gmail.com +44 (0) 7837413202

 

COURSES AND WORKSHOPS 

Earth Stewardship for Adults: Earth Spirit Camp

Facilitator: Philip Greenwood
Location: Sacred Earth, East Sussex
Acorn Leadership, Village Building and Earth Stewardship.
On this weekend there is the option of bringing your families – free facilitated nature connection time for your kids, down time for spouses or have them join the workshop at half the cost.
When: Friday 5th April – Sunday 7th April
Exchange: £245, or all 4 ESA events for £1,200 (see Longer Courses section)
Contact: phil@sacredearthland.co.uk

Deepening into NatureCulture

Facilitators: Peter Cow, Maya Mahn and a full acorn
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 – waldlaeuferin@posteo.de

Bird Language

Facilitator: Dan Puplett
Location: Centre for Stewardship, Falkland, Fife
Bird language is an ancient skill, closely related to tracking. Birds are constantly aware of everything they need in their environment to survive. We can learn to tune in to their calls and behaviour, deepening our nature connection and helping us to have closer encounters with birds and other wildlife.
· Sharpen your senses
· Understand bird behaviour and the wider ecology in your area
· Spot tawny owls, sparrowhawks and other predators using bird language
· Recognise the ‘five voices’ of the birds and the shapes of alarm
· Develop the Quiet Mind
· Reduce your ‘concentric rings’ as you move through the landscape
Dan is a naturalist, conservationist and nature connection mentor. He is a certified wildlife tracker, a Kamana instructor and has been closely studying bird language for over 15 years.
When: 28th April 2019
Exchange: £45
Find out more here or contact Dan – 07952 679640 dan.puplett@gmail.com

Nature Culture Regeneration – An Introduction to the 8 Shields and the Art of Mentoring

Facilitators: Peter Cow, Rebecca Card, Klaudia van Gool and a full acorn
Location: Moretonhampstead, Devon, UK
An experiential weekend for adults, introducing the wisdom of the 8 Shields through nature connection and culture creation, inspired by practices observed in healthy, earth-based cultures around the world.
There will be two simultaneous programs for adults and a new daytime program for children.
‘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 an AoM Ring 1. Returnees will experience living at the edge of the village and exploring the wild individually and in tribe.
‘Fox cubs’ is for children accompanied by an adult who is on the Village program.
When: 24-26th May
Exchange:  Adults – £190-£220-£250 self assessed scale, Children £100
Contact: peter@8shields.org  Booking link

Summer Vision Quest


Facilitator: Rebecca Card
Location: Dartmoor
An ancient 4 day ceremony with the land and with yourself to see what wants to be revealed and what is waiting for you in the rich and deep journey we call Life. Are you at a point in your life where you feel like change needs to occur but you’re not sure what that is? Do you feel that you need to receive guidance from the other-than-human realm in order to uncover your soul’s purpose to take back as a gift to your people? Is there something you need to let go of in order for the next step in your life to happen? This can be an opportunity to mark a moment of transition in your life, for finding something that is hidden so that you can live more authentically, or to simply be with yourself and the other-than-humans in a held, safe and potent way. Please note that an application is required for this ceremony.
When: 11th-20th June
Find out more here and contact: rebecca@naturewisdom.life

Earth Stewardship for Adults: Elements Camp

Facilitator: Philip Greenwood
Location: Sacred Earth, East Sussex
Nature Quest Week
When: Thursday 13th June to Monday 17th June
Exchange: £345, or all 4 ESA events for £1,200 (see Longer Courses section)
Contact: phil@sacredearthland.co.uk

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: applewoodcourses@yahoo.com

UK Art of Mentoring Camp 2019

Facilitators: A team of 60+ staff will be holding the 250 person village
Location: Falkland centre for Stewardship, Fife, Scotland
The 8 Shields flagship week long camp is back this year, with the theme of recovering our own indigeneity and belonging. There are 3 programs, a co creative Village Green and experienced staff and presenters from around Europe and beyond – it promises to be a heart opening, life changing week of magic, nature connection, mentoring and village weaving.
When: Sunday July 28th – Saturday August 3rd
Exchange: £640 – £125 for different program options
Find out more and book on here

Earth Stewardship for Adults: Three Sisters Camp

Facilitator: Philip Greenwood
Location: Sacred Earth, East Sussex
Culture Repair, Village Building and Acorn Leadership.
On this weekend there is the option of bringing your families – free facilitated nature connection time for your kids, down time for spouses or have them join the workshop at half the cost.
When: Friday 20th September to Sunday 22nd September:
Exchange: £245, or all 4 ESA events for £1,200 (see longer courses section)
Contact: phil@sacredearthland.co.uk

Earth Stewardship for Adults: North Star Camp

Facilitator: Philip Greenwood
Location: Sacred Earth, East Sussex
Renewal of the Creative Path / Peace-Making and Community Regenerative Design
When: Friday 8th November to Sunday 10th November:
Exchange: £245, or all 4 ESA events for £1,200 (see Longer Courses section)
Contact: phil@sacredearthland.co.uk

 

OTHER OFFERINGS

Rebecca Card ~ Nature Wisdom Offerings

Eco-therapy for groups and one-to-one. In person or by phone/Skype.
You will be held in a sacred and safe space to receive guidance for self generated ceremony as a movement towards claiming Wholeness. This work includes Transitional Rites, Earth-based Ceremonies, Deep Nature Connection, 8 Shields mentoring, Grief Tending, Way of Council & Embodiment Practices.
Find out more here or email: rebeccajoycard@gmail.com