The Course

We wholeheartedly invite you to join us in this journey around the wheel to find or deepen into the gift you are here to bring.

‘You will really flourish, coming to your own by coming onto this course. You will find pots of gold everywhere, that you never knew existed’ – Beccie, Bringing it Home 2020-2021

Join us for a yearlong journey with the 8 Shields…
We will dive deeply into the art of cultural healing practices and nature connection through the wheel of the year, spaciously exploring one shield per weekend with personal and peer mentoring support between the weekends.
This will be an experiential and integrative journey into the 8 Shields model, empowering you to bring it more fully into your life.

The new strand ‘Ecological Homecoming‘, included as part of Bringing It Home now, will also help you to develop your nature connection practices – connecting you to your place and all its seasons and life more deeply and satisfyingly. Ecological Homecoming is a series of two evening calls plus outdoor activites per Shield throughout the year, running before and after each weekend.

Following the natural cycles of the year this program is offering:

  • Activities that bring out the archetypal energies of the seasons
  • Exploring the attributes that are activated by connection
  • Understanding and fostering healthy leadership
  • Nature Connection practices
  • Embodiment practices
  • Insights into the ‘backstage’ of event organising and facilitation
  • 8 personal mentoring calls with one of the course facilitators (one after each weekend)
  • Peer to peer mentoring and reflection processes
  • Authentic sharing and storytelling
  • Music and Song
  • Connection practices to support wholistic human being
  • Inner tracking as the foundation to intact leadership
  • A supported solo time in August to journey deeper into yourself and the wild around you
  • Grief tending practices
  • Access to videos from the 8 Shields 512 Project, with explorations to land this powerfully into your life
  • Using 8 Shields tools in groups and organisations
  • How to use the ‘flow-learning cycle’ and other facilitation and event design tools
  • Peacebuilding tools
  • Ceremony (including marking a personal leadership threshold)

This year-long program is for you if you are seeking to foster a more regenerative culture in your life and work – the nature-based, nature-connected culture that the world is longing for at this time.  It is for you if you wish to deepen into the natural cycles and grow more fully from that into healthy, empowered leadership, on a journey of self-awareness and deepening connections. It is designed to be accessible for newcomers to the 8 Shields map.

This course is also a great next step for those who have participated in 8 Shields programs such as the Art of Mentoring and introduction weekends like ‘Nature Culture Regeneration’ and others – it is designed to help you bring the learnings and insights from these kinds of events more deeply home to yourself and your life.

The course will be held online, as we journey through the seasons together. Each weekend will include spacious time off-screen, with suggested activities you can do on the land wherever you live to help you explore and embody each shield and its qualities. There is a maximum number of 20 participants for the Bringing It Home weekends, to allow community connection and safety to develop between us all during the year.

The Ecological Homecoming calls will be held on Thursday evenings before and after each weekend, to give you more opportunities to connect to each time of year and develop your deep nature connection practices.
Some people will just be taking Ecological Homecoming as a course by itself, and not attending the Bringing It Home weekends, so numbers will go higher than 20 for these evening calls. We will be using ongoing small groups to create connection during the Ecological Homecoming calls.

Participating in this course will help you apply 8 Shields wisdom into your communities, family and work in grounded and empowering ways, bringing it home as a gift to yourself, your people and the community of all beings.

‘Why was I not taught this awareness, this way of looking at the world, as a child? Its so fundamental to who I am. What I feel I’m taking away is a real deepening of understanding that I’ve got something to give. Over the course of the last year, I’ve seen myself reflected back, I’ve seen myself grow…and I can see much more tangibly that I am stepping into an elder place, which is a kind of surprising thing to say, but true’ – David bringing it Home 2019-2020

Weekend Timings:
Each weekend will follow this pattern of online zoom calls, with suggested land-based activities you can do in the long breaks on the weekend. It is designed using the 8 Shields flow through the day, and our experience running BIH online in 2020, so hopefully it will work for the flow of your body’s needs too! Weekend dates and further details.

Friday: 19.00-21.00* UK/Ireland
Saturday: 10.00-13.30 (with breaks) then 19.00-21.00 UK/Ireland –
there will be suggested activities for Saturday afternoon, so keep some spaciousness for that too!
Sunday: 10.00-13.30
(with breaks) UK/Ireland

*On the first weekend in March (the East) we will also have an additional afternoon session to help us all land together 16.00-18.00

Evening Timings:
The Ecological Homecoming evening calls will all run on Thursday evenings 19.00-20.30 UK/Ireland. Recordings will be available after each evening call. Call Dates and further details

Prices for 2022-2023 

£1,475 – Supported rate

£1,675 – Standard rate

£1,875 – Supporting rate

A £350 deposit is required on booking.

Payment Plans

Supporting Rate 9 month payment plan (5% extra) £1,969 total = £350 deposit then 9 x £180

Standard Rate 9 month payment plan (5% extra) £1,759 total = £350 deposit then 9 x £157

Supported Rate 9 month payment plan (5% extra) £1,549 total = £350 deposit then 9 x £133

A limited number of reduced price bursary places are also available.
~ Please contact us before 17th February if you need one of these ~

We need each other, to take a song, a word, a story, a tool, a ceremony and put it in our bundles. Not for ourselves, but for the ones yet to be born, for all our relations. Collectively, we assemble from the wisdom of the past a vision for the future, a worldview shaped by mutual flourishing.’
~ from Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer


Introductory calls

Free introductory calls for the 2022 journey will take place December onwards.
Find out more here

More about each weekend

Course Facilitators

Booking details

All the Course Dates and Timings in one place