Yearlong journeys into deep nature connection and cultural repair
March 2023 – February 2024
‘This course has turned a flickering candle into a roaring fire‘ – Sally Ann, 2021
Both Ecological Homecoming and Bringing It Home have started their annual cycles for 2022, and they will run again next year, starting in March 2023. People looking to connect to nature – within and around them – are invited to join us on these journeys.
A yearlong course to help you befriend your place and all of life around you, creating a deep living relationship with the natural world.
Based on the 8 Shields model of nature connection and culture repair, this journey of sixteen evening calls supports you to use tried and tested deep nature connection practices where you live.
Bringing it Home Immersion
~ This year’s course has now started and is no longer open for bookings ~
Designed for the profound times we live in, and suitable for people around the world, Bringing it Home is an in-depth yearlong opportunity to rewild your life, creating cultures that nourish us all. Participants will become part of a focused online group meeting for seven key weekends across the next year, moving through the cycles of nature, exploring how they affect them and the world.
Based on the 8 Shields teachings, this course brings together learnings from earth-based cultures around the world with nature connection activities that can be integrated into your life wherever you are. It also includes supported solo time in nature – in particular a dusk to dawn or 24 hour solo in August to journey deeper into yourself and the wild around you.
From the pandemic to the climate and ecological emergencies, to the crises many have been living with for a long time, it is clear we are living through times where the culture of separation from nature is causing grave harm across our Earth. Now is the time to come back to ourselves, nourish that within, and become the humans we are called to be in the ecology of this world
‘A homecoming to community and the greater natural world’ – Sean, 2020
- Do you long to be part of an earth-based culture based on the cycles of nature and to grow more fully into a healthy, connected leader and community builder?
- Do you feel the calling to connect more deeply to the flows of the seasons and to the place and life around you?
- Do you feel the need or are inspired to change direction due to the pandemic or other crises taking place on our beautiful Earth?
- Are you holding space for others in some way, and longing for support to do that more elegantly and easefully?
- Are you inspired by 8 Shields events like Art of Mentoring and Nature Culture Regeneration, or other nature-based and personal development work?
Who is this course for?
Threading through the seasons of the year by design, so that people can use the online experience to weave nature into their everyday lives, Bringing It Home is ideal for those looking for nature based personal development, community building and ways of developing their leadership skills.
We are running some free Introductory Calls about the course, to help you to meet us, get an experience of the course and find out more. If you are not able to attend an introductory call, or if you prefer a one-on-one conversation, we are offering free 20 min ‘discovery calls.’ Contact us here to arrange.
Ecological Homecoming is included as a part of Bringing It Home. These 8 sets of 2 evening calls are designed to inspire and support you to use time-tested deep nature connection core routines in your life to grow your connection to your place and all the life around you. Everyone taking Bringing It Home attends these evening calls, but Ecological Homecoming is also available as a standalone course by itself more details
Hosted by experienced facilitators Peter Cow and Sky Maria Buitenhuis, with the support of inspirational Guest Facilitators, these rich journeys home will help 8 Shields practices and insights take deep root in you and your life, bringing connection and cultural healing to you and your people.
Free bite-size Video Series – out now!
To give you a flavour we are sharing a set of short videos to –
- Explore each of the 8 orienting directions of this map, going from East round to North-East
- Bring us on a journey through the energies of all the directions, and what they hold and inspire in us
- Help you see how these translate into practices for deep nature connection practices and cultural repair
Register for the free series here
What are the 8 Shields?
The 8 Shields is an 8 direction medicine wheel or cultural map, with each direction being referred to as a Shield for how it holds many different embodiments of the energy of that direction. These life maps have been used by earth-based cultures all around the world since time immemorial, but have largely been forgotten in the modern era. With the seasons and cycles of the day as the foundation, they show us how to understand the patterns and energies of the natural world, how they are expressed through us as human beings, and how they teach us to be in right relationship with all of life. Just as a geographical map will help you orient to a physical landscape, these cultural maps are there to support you to understand life and to navigate your pathway within it, personally and societally. Ultimately ‘the map is not the territory’ and there is a mystery to life that maps can never fully capture, they show us the way to discover.
Developed by Jon Young and the 8 Shields Institute, the 8 Shields map draws on the wisdom from earth-based cultures around the world – specifically that we know of – the San Bushmen, Lakota, Apache, Mohawk, Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Akamba, Odawa, Dagara, and Hawaiian peoples. When teachings are specific to an indigenous lineage they are only passed on with the blessings of a wisdom-keeper from that specific lineage.
“There’s a learning of a model, a structure, a roadmap of how we can bring back that kind of culture and embed it in our lives, groups, projects, organisations, workplaces – wherever we want to bring that back to.
There’s been something really clear and easy to follow to deliberately create that healthy and wholesome culture of connection and resilience and regeneration – and that’s what for me the Bringing It Home programme has been about.” Listen to student and friend Jessica talk about her experience of the course.