The Coyote Mentoring weekend is a fantastic introduction to the basic principles of our nature-based educational approach. It is designed for educators, parents, and anyone interested in significantly expanding their teaching repertoire and mentoring skills.
This course provides the foundational tools for crafting powerful experiences of learning and deep connections with the natural world for your students, family, employees, or even yourself. We invite you to join us as we re-discover the sense of wonder for nature’s mysteries that all children share. (See background and more information for educators)
Course Registration Details
October 4 - 6, 2013
@ 4:30pm Friday-4pm Sunday
Where? Our land in the foothills of the Cascades near Duvall, WA
Who? Ages 18+ How much? $275
Food and camping included. Airport shuttle available.
(especially helpful for Educators)
Education used to be a very holistic endeavor--teachers and educators were charged with the development of young people into fully responsible adults. Many educators today, however, overwhelmed with large class sizes and increasing lists of information that must be covered, cannot devote much attention or energy to the holistic development of their students. Ironically, lack of attention to the overall development of students makes it much harder to teach even the basics, because students are less prepared to receive information, and much less engaged with the learning process.
Coyote Mentoring is a distinctive and highly effective educational approach developed by Jon Young and Wilderness Awareness School over the past 25 years that uses children’s innate enthusiasm for the natural world as a context to actively engage them in the learning process. This approach develops the capacities of students for learning, problem solving, and full expression, and re-awakens their natural sense of wonder.
Through a combination of lecture, storytelling, discussions, group activities, and peer teaching sessions, participants will learn...
- The importance of heightened awareness in students, and how it relates to critical thinking and problem solving.
- How to use symbol and metaphor to create a powerful educational environment.
- The role of brain patterning, and the natural flow of the human learning process.
- How stories, song and other artistic expressions open a doorway to authentic student growth.
- Essential routines found throughout the world that ground students in their senses and expand awareness.
Learning Outcomes As a result of taking this course, participants will...
- Experience for themselves how powerful the "cultural context" is in education.
- Take home powerful images and metaphors to cultivate a supportive learning environment in their classrooms.
- Acquire concepts to facilitate development of their student's full potentials.
- Learn how to use stories and storytelling as an educational tool
- Understand the primary teaching styles of the Coyote Mentoring approach and how to appropriately utilize them when working with students.
Note The Coyote Mentoring approach is appropriate to all educators, but will be especially helpful for school teachers and outdoor educators with a large amount of contact time with their students.
Wilderness Awareness School is pleased to offer clock hours for interested Coyote Mentoring participants through the Puget Sound Educational Service District. 20 clock hours are available for this weekend 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 $40 for 20 clock hours at Coyote Mentoring).
Meet Your Instructors
Chris Laliberte, B.A., M.S, M.A., graduated Dartmouth College in 1992 with a degree in Anthropology, and immediately started working in the field of outdoor education, helping to create programs that incorporated wilderness adventure with cross-cultural experiences. Before joining Wilderness Awareness School in 1996, he worked as an interpretive naturalist and wilderness expedition leader for youth. In 1996 he received a Master’s Degree in Education from the Audubon Expedition Institute (AEI), and in 2008 received a Master’s Degree in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Chris founded the Community School at Wilderness Awareness School in 1996, and has been working with Anake Outdoor School since 2005. His passions (aside from exploring the natural world) include his two sons Phoenix and Griffin, strategy games, mythology and storytelling, Baguazhang and other internal martial arts, and singing and playing traditional and folk music on the guitar, mandolin, and bouzouki.
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.