“…That was the beginning of what turned out to be one of the most significant and life-changing weeks of my life… Looking back, I’m not sure who ended up benefiting more from my time there: my students or me. “ – Camie Velin, Art of Mentoring student & high school teacher.
Wilderness Awareness School has been providing transformational learning experiences in nature for youth and adults for thirty years.
In this highly experiential workshop you will be learn to cultivate deep connections with nature in the same, hands-on way we train our award-winning staff.
You will learn to lead many of our favorite activities, games, and stories along the way, and be given time to devise ways to integrate these activities and techniques into your educational or parenting settings.
39 Clock Hours available for teachers!
Course Registration Details
July 12 - 18, 2015
@ 4:30 pm Sunday-12:00 pm Saturday
Where? Our land in the foothills of the Cascades near Duvall, WA
Who? Ages 18+ How much? $785
Food and camping included.
- Learn models for creating effective educational experiences based on the cycles of nature
- Practice games, activities, and songs which draw people young and old into Nature
- Explore the role of story telling in the educational structures of nature based cultures and draw out your own stories for mentoring youth and inspiring and teaching others!
- Profiling the path of development and transformation of people as they travel toward greater awarenes and appreciation of the natural world.
- Discuss the pitfalls and walls that mentors face in working towards a greater connection between individuals, community, and Nature.
- Creating safe environments for students to grow, experiment, and make mistakes
Connecting with Community and Nature
- Immerse yourself in core routines for increasing your awareness and the awareness of your students. This is vital when mentoring youth.
- Enjoy a learning community of people dedicated to learning about, teaching about, and honoring the earth.
Wilderness Awareness School is pleased to offer clock hours for interested Art of Mentoring participants through the Puget Sound Educational Service District. 39 clock hours are available for this weeklong class. You must inform us of your intent prior to the course as part of online registration.
Clock hours details:
Individuals will receive clock hour materials during the class. Payments for clock hours are to be made at the end of the class by check, Visa or Mastercard. Fees for clock hours are $2.00 per clock hour, (therefore the cost is $100 for 50 clock hours at Art of Mentoring).
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.
Meet Your Instructors
Laura began her work for Wilderness Awareness School after attending our Anake Outdoor School 2001-02. After 16 years and many summers of working with children and teens, Laura is now committed to guiding adults. She is currently enrolled in a training program atAnimas Valley Institute that supports her deep longings to help evoke the expression of full human potential in individuals and in groups. When not in Washington, she’s likely to be found either on the coast of Maryland with her family, in the mountains of Colorado, or the red-rock deserts of the Southwest. In her spare time, Laura enjoys sitting by the creek, sharing delicious meals with friends, wandering forest trails, contemplating untapped human potential, telemark skiing, concocting the perfect ice cream toppings, and exploring the infinite opportunities of simplifying and slowing down. Watch Laura’s video bio.
Sol Marie Doran
Sol Marie Doran has been working with children since 1995 and has been mentoring with the Wilderness Awareness School methodology since 2002. She came to the school in 2004 from CA, where she worked with Wilderness Youth Project, ran an early childhood outdoor program, and earned a B.S. in Ecology. She is finishing her last Kamana Naturalist Training Program field pack, is a 2-time Tracking Intensive graduate, and has trained in herbalism at Ravencroft. Since 2008, she has been mentored by Kim Scanlon and Francis Weller on various arts, including modern cultural development, leadership, and emotions. She has an M.A. in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Somatic Psychology and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner Sol has been in various forms of movement training since age 2 and enjoys yoga, ethnic dance, and Crossfit.
Andy grew up in Ohio, where he spent his summer weekends at his grandparent’s cabin by the lake. He caught frogs and turtles with his brother and sisters and went fishing with his grandpa. Later, he worked at a state park in Ohio for a couple of years as the Park Naturalist, where he was able to share his passion for nature with visitors and explore the park day and night. In 2004, Andy moved to Washington to attend Wilderness Awareness School’s Anake Outdoor School. Since then he has completed his Bachelor’s degree at the Evergreen State College with a project of exploring history and researching his ancestors. He is particularly passionate about planting trees to create diverse landscapes, which makes his position as Land Steward quite enjoyable. He also thoroughly enjoys tracking, trailing and watching birds, especially in the company of children. He is madly in love with his wife Shari and daughter Samara.