Bringing It Home

Yearlong journeys into deep nature connection and cultural regeneration

March 2023 – February 2024

People looking to connect to nature – within and around them – are invited to join us on these heart-felt journeys. Whether you are called to leadership within yourself, your family, your community or your professional life, our courses of nature-based transformative exploration and learning will support you to bring regenerative cultural practices into your life.

Bringing it Home Immersion

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

Working with the fundamental energies of nature to navigate life, personally and collectively as a society, the Bringing it Home immersion is a journey of transformative exploration and learning. Read More.

Ecological Homecoming

Deepening and expanding your sense of wonder, curiosity, and connection, Ecological Homecoming is an introduction to the core nature connection practices that create the deep rootedness from which regenerative culture emerges. Read More.


Based on the 8 Shields teachings, these courses bring together learnings from earth-based cultures around the world.. Hosted by experienced facilitators Peter Cow and Sky Maria Buitenhuis, with the support of inspirational Guest Facilitators, these rich on-line, and in your home, journeys 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.

What are the 8 Shields?

The 8 Shields is an eight 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.


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 and cultural regeneration

Register for the free series here



“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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