Kamana FAQs

Where should I start, Kamana One or Two?

While we feel the best place for many students to start is Kamana One, those with experience at 8 Shields schools or similar nature awareness training programs who are familiar with the sit spot and related core routines are welcome to start with Kamana Two.

Kamana Two begins the on-going exercise routines that thread straight through to the end of Kamana Four.

Why should I sign up for Kamana Student Services?

Kamana Student Services is at the heart of the original intention and creation of the Kamana Program. Our instructors are trained to recognize patterns and support your journey throughout the Kamana Program.

Services can be purchased separately for Kamana Two. Kamana Three and Four include Student Services. Please see our online store for pricing.

Once you purchase Student Services, you will receive a student number and instructions on how to email your field pack assignments so that we can get them to your instructor for review. Included with your personal responses will be customized feedback on your awareness routines, journaling techniques and field inventories, helping you to better understand each tool you receive through your training. We do not focus on what you are doing wrong, but rather on how you can learn even more from what you experience through the Kamana Program with regard for your passions, your struggles, and your personal goals as a student of the natural world.

How much time do I need to put in every day for Kamana Two and higher?

The students who complete each Field Pack in the “ideal time” mentioned on the pages describing each level should expect to put in at least an hour every other day on average. This certainly goes for Kamana Two. Students in higher levels may need to put a little more time in.

The important thing is that you work at a sustainable pace that you can keep up for a long time. We recommend a regular routine rather than random hours here and there. Slow, simple and steady wins the race.

What if I go on vacation?

Everyone seems to go away for a while at some point, and Kamana will be there when you are ready to return to it.

Can I share my course?

You may share your materials from Kamana One with friends and family. This works well for people you know that aren’t sure about doing Kamana. For Kamana Two, Three, and Four, we request that students have their own copy of the course materials.

How does this compare or work with other wilderness classes?

Live classes are wonderful for inspiration, community building, and direct, hands-on experience with new skills. Kamana is a course that is about long term internal growth, building knowledge of and lasting relationships with your own local ecosystem. Those are things that most live classes will not give you. Therefore, Kamana is the perfect complement to those live experiences.

How does this work if I live outside of North America?

The Nature Awareness Trail works the same no matter where you live. The Resource Trail involves two main changes:

  • You will need to decide which species in your area are comparable to the ones we recommend journaling.
  • You will need to find local field guides that are similar to what we recommend. Fortunately, we have been compiling a list of resources and species for different countries over the years. We currently have students in at least 19 countries and this list will continue to grow.

Is it true I have to live at one place for a long time to do Kamana One or Two?

Kamana One is only a 4-6 week course. It is designed so that someone could even do it on the road. You do not have to really go outside every day or change your routines in life to do Kamana One. It is designed so you can see what life will be like with some new routines in it.

If you want to do Kamana Two, it would be ideal for you to be in one place for the 4 or 5 months it might take, though people have even moved around while doing it. You CAN do it if you move around, but you will not get out of it what someone who stayed in one place would.

If you are planning on going on to higher levels of Kamana, once again, it is ideal to stay in one place, but we all know that “life happens”. Sometimes we may have the intention of staying in one place but are called to move somewhere or our lifestyles change. So, don’t let those “possibilities” stop you from experiencing Kamana.

We have Kamana broken up into levels because we assume things may happen to people that cause them to put the course aside for awhile OR they just need a break.

I live in the city or suburbia. What do I do about my secret spot when I get to Kamana Two? Can I have two spots?

Most people doing this course live in the suburbs or the city. Your main secret spot can be your backyard if you’d like. Sometimes, people know they’ll only go if it’s right outside their front door. Others might drive to a local park that is on their way to work or maybe is a 10-15 minute drive from their house. You have to know your own personal habits to optimally choose your spot.

People often ask if they can have a second spot. One out their back door and one farther away that they visit once a week. Certainly! Just make your main spot the one you do your assignments on. This works great if you really don’t have much going on outside your back door or maybe you have a small fenced-in yard.

Can I get college credit for Kamana?

Our recommendation is to combine Kamana as an independent study in your major. Some colleges, such as Prescott College, have liberal course structures, which may allow you to make Kamana a major part of your studies. (We have no official affiliation with Prescott.) Besides Prescott College, students have received credit for Kamana at Humboldt State and Evergreen State.

Is Kamana only for adults?

The Kamana program was designed as an adult nature connection program. However, we’ve found it can typically work fine for self-directed teens sixteen and older, or younger teens with adult facilitation. For elementary-aged children, we would recommend the Kamana for Kids series or Put On Your Owl Eyes, also available in our store.

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