ART OF MENTORING RETREAT
"After a week of playing games, singing songs and sharing food and knowledge, I realized I had made life-long friends, rejuvenated my love of nature and gained a new perspective on how to connect children to the wondrously wild outdoors".
--Michelle C. Art of Mentoring participant 2014
Class Tuition $795 *food and camping included!
Class Dates: TBA
Class Times: Class will begin at 4pm on Monday and will end at 11am on Saturday
Class Location: Our campus in Bastrop, TX at 137 Woodview Lane, Bastrop, TX
*Transportation will be provided to and from the Austin airport on Monday and Saturday. Participants should plan on arriving by 2pm on the Monday of class and leaving on flights scheduled to leave no earlier than 2pm on Saturday.
Spring Break Camp!
Have kiddos? No problem! We will be offering a Spring Break Camp for the kids of those attending Art of Mentoring. While you are at AOM, your kids will explore our beautiful property, have some grand adventures and learn a lot about nature in the proccess. Available for kids ages 6-12.
Your kids will be welcome to camp out with you during the AOM retreat and all meals will be provided for them during the course. Some evenings they will be welcome to join the class for Art of Mentoring evening activities and other evenings we will have a separate activity for them planned, led by one of our Earth Native instructors. Cost $300
For two decades the Art of Mentoring has been sweeping the world, providing life altering experiences for participants and transforming forever how they approach community, education, and personal growth.
Deep inside all of us are whispers of a time when our ancestors lived within vibrant regenerative communities held by a strong healthy culture, whispers of deep connections to the land, each other, and ourselves.
As we face the continuous, complex challenges of the 21st century, what tools are available to help us face adversity and build resilience within ourselves and our community? The Art of Mentoring is designed to remind us of the old ways and help us reconnect with each other, the land, and help heal our modern classrooms, communities, and selves.
Learn incredible skills passed on through generations of indigenous teachers, mentors, and storytellers. How do we unlock our children's natural gifts and passions? How do we develop independent motivated self-learners? How did past societies transmit encyclopedic levels of knowledge about plants, animals, trees, and the environment from generation to generation without books, computers, or cellphones? Unlock powerful teaching and mentoring tools for yourself, your family, and your community.
This six-day immersive retreat is for everyone! Teachers, educators, coaches, outdoor educators, naturalists, parents and mentors may find it particularly helpful in the work they are doing!
Course instructors bring decades of experience successfully using this model, and participants will come together to form a joyful engaged learning community where you will learn new mentoring techniques, regenerative community design, 8 shields map for curriculum design and facilitation, core routines for deep nature connection, and gain an amplified passion for learning.
This course is taught through a combination of experiential learning exercises, nature games, storytelling, and immersion in the 8 Shields mentoring model.
As a participant you will also learn:
How to create effective and inspirational educational models based on natural learning cycles
Key tools to track student transformation, and development
Creating safe learning environments for people to grow
Storytelling as a powerful teaching tool
New games, activities, stories, and songs
Really useful new teaching styles that will aid you in creating diverse and exciting learning experiences
We are an approved CPE provider by the Texas Education Agency!
Meet the 2019 Art of Mentoring Teaching Team:
Nate Summers has been in the field of Deep Nature Connection and Natural Mentoring for over 20 years with a background in Anthropology, Asian Studies, and Natural Medicine. He has taught and directed at the Wilderness Awareness School where he started both the Anake Outdoor School and the Anake Leadership Program. Nate's passions include ethnobotany, natural mentoring, hunter-gatherer childhoods, natural movement, herbal medicine, internal martial arts, and systems of education and leadership that empower and create connection. He helped found the Vashon Wilderness Program and Outdoor Connections, and has served as a naturalist for King County Parks and Seattle Parks and Rec. He is the author of Infinite Awakenings. Nate attended his first Art of Mentoring in 1998 and has served on a staff at them ever since.
Dave Scott is the Executive Director, Founder, and Lead Instructor at Earth Native Wilderness School.
Dave Scott can trace his deep love for nature and the outdoors back to his earliest childhood memories
exploring the banks of Williamson creek as a child. After spending a childhood filled with outdoor
recreation Dave became a member of a Search and Rescue team in Colorado where his passion for
self-reliance and wilderness survival was kindled further through helping others in wilderness emergencies.
Dave has been involved in Environmental Education since 2003 and, in addition to Earth Native Wilderness
School, has instructed at several wilderness schools across the country including the Wilderness Awareness
School and Alderleaf Wilderness College. Dave is currently certified as a Track and Sign Specialist through the
Cybertracker Conservation evaluation system, an international standard for gauging and enhancing in-field
knowledge of wildlife behavior and track and sign identification. He is one of only 27 individuals in North
America to attain this level of certification.
Dave is the co-author of Bird Feathers: A Guide to North American Species. As an educator, Dave’s passion is to help his students establish strong lifelong bonds with nature and the outdoors through knowledge of wildlife behavior and track and sign, increased sensory awareness, wilderness survival skills, self-reliance, and the knowledge of place. Dave’s greatest love is spending time outdoors with his wife and kids.
“ACORN” SUPPORT STAFF
Britt Luttrell is the Preschool Director at Wild Life Forest Preschool at Earth Native. His work focuses on play-based education, outdoor exploration, and developing the early stages of strong mental health and natural stewardship in young people. Britt takes inspiration from work experience with Bev Bos, Tom Shea (Internation Play Iceland), Bonnie Cook (Nature's Way Preschool), and Teacher Tom Hobson. Britt noticed a long time ago how his own mental health is tied to the natural world. He wants to provide a resource for children and families to make the same discovery. Schools like Earth Native are great partners in this quest. Britt feels lucky to be able to help them with Art of Mentoring this year, a training he really believes in and completed in 2015. If you can't find Britt, he is probably
somewhere hard to get to. He is stopping for bugs, writing poems, or finding some cool wood to build with.
Lauren Somody is the Youth Programs Manager at Earth Native. She was raised in Helotes, TX, an old farming town Northwest of San Antonio, surrounded by the Texas Hill Country. Growing up she spent much of her time exploring the wooded areas around her home with neighborhood friends and alone. Lauren recalls that she and her friends sometimes spent entire days working to accomplish such important tasks as damming a creek bed or building a new “home”, but that her favorite experiences were ones had in solitude. She found that being alone in the quiet of nature fueled her imagination as she developed friendships with plants and critters she met on her explorations. Lauren’s greater appreciation for the natural world was ignited by the annual camping trips to the San Juan National Forest that she took with her family. Weeks spent canoeing, fishing, hiking and observing the wildlife ignited Lauren’s passion for nature.
Lauren loves children and feels a natural connection to them. She has decades of experience working with kids of all ages. Her experience in education began in 2008 when she became a preschool teacher, but in 2016 her passion for nature and the outdoors took her out of a classroom and into the forest when she found Earth Native and became a youth instructor. Lauren quickly discovered that nature education and outdoor mentoring are her true calling! The following year she attended her first Art of Mentoring. She found it to be an incredibly inspiring and transformative experience and is honored to support the AOM community as a member of the ACORN staff this year!
Anne Vincent had the privilege of being born into a family that knew and loved wild places. Cypress, pine, blue heron, gators, and sugar sand bars on the Neches taught her a love of nature that would ultimately influence her path in life. After graduating from college Anne went to work for Texas Parks and Wildlife at Pedernales Falls State Park, before her love for adventure led her to several seasons of whitewater guiding and search and rescue in Colorado. She then moved on to Americorps Rocky Mountain and an internship with the National Outdoor Leadership School where she worked on all aspects of backcountry expedition programming.
Anne is motivated to share the beauty and intricacy of natural systems, foster greater public understanding of our remaining wild places through responsible use, and share with a new generation the gifts of awareness, competency, leadership and risk management that are learned naturally through life outdoors. Before coming to work at Earth Native Anne spent several years working as an urban EMT. She holds certifications in cultural and natural resource interpretation, guiding, is a leave no trace master educator, and is trained in swift water and technical rope rescue. Anne holds degrees in English and Anthropology from the University of Texas.
Her first experience with AOM took place in 2016 when she attended Art of Mentoring through Earth Native. The elegance and efficiency of teaching through and living along side the medicine wheel and the Eight Shields model was inspiring to her and continues to be as she returns to Art of Mentoring this spring.
Lenny "Turtle" Scott was born and raised running around parks and farms of the foothills of the Shenandoah Mountains in Virginia, and moved to Central Texas when she was 10. Inspired by park rangers from a young age, Turtle has devoted her personal and professional mission to conservation, stewardship, and education. She studied Environmental Science at Lee College in Baytown Texas, where she was in the Honor Society and awarded for her research on The Effects of Photo-pollution on Marine Nesting Turtles in the Yucatan at The National Conference of Undergraduate Research in 2001. She spent 3 years in Akumal, Mexico studying Green, Loggerhead and Leatherback Sea Turtles, 6 months in doing wetland restoration work in Ecuador, and continues to work with endangered Sea Turtles during her conservation work on the Gulf Coast, and all other things wild and wet in the riparian zones in Central Texas.
She continued studies in Geography; Environmental Resource Management and Cultural Anthropology at Texas State University, and has worked with local organizations like the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Westcave Preserve, TPWD, Earth Native Wilderness School, and currently is the Director of the Seguin Outdoor Learning Center. Turtle specializes in inclusive programs connecting people of all ages to nature.
In her spare time she can be found hunting for fossils, enjoying local rivers and watering holes, or gardening heirloom fruits, herbs and veggies in her garden with her family.