“…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.
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.
Course Registration Details
July 7 - 13, 2013
@ 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.
- 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. 50 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).
Meet Your Instructors
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 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 is in training with the Somatic Experiencing Method. Her personal interests include Forrest Yoga and ethnic dance.
Mike serves as a core instructor of Anake Outdoor School. Mike previously served as Lead Instructor of Community School, Wild Within, and Land Manager for Linne Doran for 5 years and is a dedicated keeper of the center fire. As a Delaware native, Mike spent many years exploring the wilds of the Chesapeake Bay region and Mid-Atlantic coast. He earned a BA from University of Rochester in upstate NY. After teaching High School, directing a Boy Scout Camp, and directing at a YMCA Camp & Conference Center, Mike followed coyote west to join the Anake Outdoor School in 2004. Mike is passionate about the art of mentoring teens and adults. He dreams of creating a Wilderness Awareness Academy for teens that would blend nature and modern academic skills. Mike loves tracking, swimming, sailing, eating tasty soul food, scouting, Inipi, football, live music, stock investing and wildness.