What makes the Kamana program unique?
There are many places you can learn about nature. Some states have Master Naturalist Programs, there are nature schools that teach many classes, and colleges have majors in biology and ecology. So why Kamana?
I was in my senior year of college (studying biology) when I started Kamana One. What drew me in was the Awareness Trail.
Sure there are lots of unique ways that the Resource Trail teaches you to use field guides, make master lists of the species in your area, and journal orders, families, and species.
But what really stands out to me is the Awareness Trail.
Where else can you learn about Sit Spot and sense meditation, thanksgiving and finding your gift, or any of the dozen Awareness Trail Exercises? Many nature schools have adopted the basics, but Kamana takes it to a whole new level.
Now, there is something amazing about taking a weekend or week-long workshop. But there’s nothing like immersing yourself into a subject that you are excited about. I can still go back to the many classes I’ve taken at various nature schools around the country. It can give you a huge burst of inspiration and momentum.
But how do we integrate the excitement that we have after one of these transformative classes? Some week-long classes have literally changed the direction of my life. But others didn’t fully stick. If only there was something I could do at my own home on my own time frame.
While trying to fit something new into your daily life has its own set of challenges, some lessons just take time to sink in. The Awareness Trail gives you a set of routines that connect you with your place on a daily basis. Strange trees and unknown birdsong suddenly become acquaintances. Over time they become good friends.
The Sit Spot builds a physical and spiritual connection to place. The Sense Meditation brings an internal quietness. The Thanksgiving Address shifts your attention outward to the abundance of life.
You could practice any one of these exercises daily for the rest of your life and you would learn something new every time. What in our modern lives has that longevity?
It is all very simple. It is all very profound.
And they are practices that you can do wherever you are. You don’t need to be in an old-growth forest to be aware of your surroundings.
So take these exercises and find those gaps in your day when you can ask yourself a question about the last bird alarm you heard.
The path to awareness lies right here, right now. Will you join me on that trail?