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Art of Mentoring

“…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.

Read more about Camie’s experience at the Art of Mentoring.

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

Registration Closed When? July 13 - 19, 2014 @ 3:30pm Sunday-12pm Saturday
Where? Our land in the foothills of the Cascades near Duvall, WA
Who? Ages 18+ How much? $785
Food and camping included. Airport shuttle available.

Educating

  • 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!

Transforming

  • 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.

Clock Hours available!

Clock Hours availableWilderness 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 – a form will be provided with your letter of confirmation.

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

Nate Summers

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Nate Summers, M.Ac. has been with WAS since 1997. Nate’s journey with ancient living skills started as a teenager, and this exposure to stone-age living sparked a life-long interest in anthropology, hunter-gatherer lifestyles, and indigenous cultures. Nate has served as both Youth Programs Director and Adult Programs Director for WAS, and has worked with King County Parks and the Seattle Parks Department.

Nate practices internal martial arts, Chinese Medicine, wildcrafts herbal medicine, and is the proud father of a 6-year old. He holds a Master’s degree from NIAOM, and B.A.’s in both Anthropology and Asian Studies from the University of Illinois. He has served as faculty for the Desert Institute of Healing Arts, the Asian Institute of Medical Studies, and as adjunct faculty for Prescott College. Nate likes to fish, practice internal martial arts, go on adventures with his daughter, and gather wild foods and medicine.

Sol Marie Doran

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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 Santa Barbara, 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, has trained in herbalism at Ravencroft, and has studied since 2008 with Kim Scanlon and Francis Weller on various arts, including modern cultural development, leadership, and emotions. She has an M.A. in Clinical Somatic Psychology and will receive her Somatic Experiencing Method certification in October 2013. Her personal interests include Forrest Yoga and ethnic dance.