Take an experiential dive into 8 Shields “Coyote” Mentoring as a way to connect with nature, and support deep connection with your kids and students.
We’ll be sharing, and experiencing a set of “core routines” from the 8 Shields model that facilitate connection to land, self and other. These are practices, tools, and skills that make up a culture of place, and of connection.
Our ancestral cultures, and many Indigenous cultures today, continue to value their own forms of these core routines. They include, singing, play, storytelling, council, mind’s eye imagining, questioning, tracking, mapping, present-centred awareness and more. They form the practical structure of a healthy culture and homeland. Many of them you might practice already, even without realizing it, because they are intuitive inclinations to us as humans, and as creatures of a landscape. As such, they make us feel alive.
Because today we have lost many of our particular cultural forms of these routines, as well as our land-based lifestyle, to point them out, and cultivate them can be revelatory and revitalizing,
We will be presenting practical and intuitive ways to integrate these core routines into your parenting and teaching. At Fianna we orient particularly to mythologies as living maps of culture and relationship, so expect a dose of ancestral mystery from the stories and traditions that feed us as a school.
You will come away with a feeling of aliveness, groundedness and curiosity for the mysteries of this land. You’ll be carrying songs, stories, games, practices, and a mischievous excitement to be on the land with your kids, participating in their wonder and their hunger to learn through connection.