Bringing It Home

A yearlong journey deepening into the 8 Shields

March 2022 – February 2023

‘This course has turned a flickering candle into a roaring fire‘ – Sally Ann, 2021

Bringing it Home is an in-depth, yearlong cycle with seven spacious online weekends, solo time in nature (including a supported dusk to dawn or 24 hour solo), 16 ‘Ecological Homecoming’ evening calls, personal mentoring, ‘512 Project’ videos, peer mentoring and guided outdoor activities to bring 8 Shields wisdom, deep nature connection and nature-based culture repair practices into your life, family, work and communities.

We explore the cycles of nature within and without, finding our wholeness and belonging as a gift to our people and the rest of nature.

A homecoming to community and the greater natural world’ – Sean, 2020 participant

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.

  • 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? 
  • Are you inspired by 8 Shields events like Art of Mentoring and Nature Culture Regeneration, or other nature-based and personal development work?
  • Are you holding space for others in some way, and longing for support to do that more elegantly and easefully?
  • Do you want support to connect more deeply to the flows of the seasons and to the place and life around you?

Hosted by experienced facilitators Peter Cow and Sky Maria Buitenhuis, with support from Rebecca Card and other Guest Facilitators, this rich journey 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.

The ‘early bird’ lower prices for Bringing It Home run out on the 10th January – book on now!

New this year – we are also adding in a new strand to Bringing It Home, called Ecological Homecoming. This is 8 sets of 2 evening calls in between the weekends, 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 the course also attends these evening calls.

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

Enjoy and please let us know what is emerging for you from them on our Facebook Page.

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.

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