The Coyote Mentoring Workshop inspired me to open my senses and to discover over again my own joy and awe and respect of the wilderness…and it gave me tools to creatively bring this enthusiasm home to share with my daughter and other kids.-Amy Wolff
Native societies did not send their children to formalized schools to acquire nature education. Instead, they surrounded their young people with a powerful mentoring culture. Our co-founder Jon Young often calls this education system an “Invisible School.” Invisible Schools used everyone in the village and all the elements of the landscape to draw out their student’s curiosity and inspire hands on learning.
Our unique nature education model and mentoring techniques create an Invisible School that combines the best of native wisdom and modern science. Using universal children’s interests and passions to engage them in practicing Core Routines of Nature Awareness, mentors improvise with Storytelling, the Art of Questioning, and a limitless bundle of games, activities, and challenges. Our “Coyote Mentoring” tools inspire children to connect deeply with nature and send them home with a sparkle in the eye.
View our internet television special now!
It includes a discussion of the art of mentoring, coyote mentoring, nature education, No Child Left Inside and Richard Louv, how to draw out a student’s natural intelligences, how to create an “invisible school,” how to nourish oneself as mentor and teacher and renew the passion for teaching others. Also, information on the mentoring programs at Wilderness Awareness School. This CoyoteTV web tv special features interviews with Warren Moon, Executive Director, and John Chilkotowsky, Program Director from Wilderness Awareness School, along with Ellen Haas, co-author of “Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature.” 33 minutes.
Some articles of interest from our NatureSkills.com site:
- The Art of Questioning - by Paul Houghtaling
- Storytelling for Inspiration - by Evan McGown
- The Natural Learning Cycle - by Warren Moon
Spring and Summer
|Adult Coyote Mentoring Workshop March 15 – 17
Adult Art of Mentoring Teacher Workshop July 7 – 13
|Adult 9-Month Anake Outdoor School Sept-June
Adult Anake Leadership Program Aug-June the next year
Upcoming Teaching and Mentoring Workshops Schedule
Spring and Summer Term
Get hands-on training in the basic principles behind Coyote’s Guide through this fun filled weekend workshop. Designed for parents, educators, and mentors who want an introduction to how we teach and why Coyote Mentoring works for nature education.
Ages Adult $275, March 15-17, 2013 4:30pm Friday-4pm Sunday
Dive deeply into our mentoring culture through this weeklong immersive experience. You will be taught to lead many of our favorite activities, games, and stories for cultivating deep connections with nature in the same, hands-on way we train our staff.
Ages Adult $785, July 7-13, 2013 3:30pm Sunday-12pm Saturday
Nature Talks at REI Many of the region’s finest naturalists share their wisdom at REI in downtown Seattle. Nature Mentoring or related topics are often featured in these talks.
Ages Adult FREE, Wilderness Awareness School is featured periodically
Wilderness Course – Anake Outdoor School (formerly called the “Residential Program”) An immersive experience that provides in-depth training in a powerful set of nature awareness and wilderness survival skills.
Ages Adult $10,350, 33 weeks Sept-June, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday with extended trips
Leadership Program Hands-on leadership training and advanced skill training with immersion in our on-going youth and adult courses. Only available for Anake Outdoor School/Residential Program graduates.
Ages Adult $2850, June-August Prerequisite Any year of the Anake Outdoor School