Deepen your connection to nature

With Consistent, Supportive, and Awakening Conversations

Living Connection 1st is a membership site focused on deepening our connection with nature and with people. We offer new content weekly, and facilitate live online gatherings three times a month. Join us in building a Nature-Centric Community nested in Connective Culture!

Enrollment to the Living Connection 1st Village is currently closed...

We open enrollment a few times a year for a short period. This allows us the opportunity to orient new villagers to the culture of connection we are dedicated to in a coherent fashion. We are leaving this information page up for those who may be interested in joining us in the future. Thank you for understanding!

Feel free to send any inquiries to Sarah at [email protected]

Membership Overview

  • The Natural Mind Journey

    Weekly installments of engaging content and activities that will take you deep on the path of connection with Nature, Self and Other

  • Monthly : Live Online Gatherings

    Gather live on zoom to share with other members and discover what emerges through connective conversation

  • Weekly : Monday Musings

    Each Monday, Nate, Jon &/or Sarah will offer a short audio reflecting on nature and the spirit of the community.

Connection 1st is now the home for the 512 Project videos!

We are excited to announce that 9 of the videos are now included in Living Connection 1st Village membership bundle...

The rest of the 64 titles of the 512 Project videos will be available for purchase soon, and at a discount to Villagers!

Your Membership also Includes:

  • 20 - 50% Discount on external Courses offered plus priority access

  • Annual Renewal of Creative Path Process

  • The opportunity to create live connections with others in our Living Connection Community Hub

  • Culture that supports safety, engagement and creative emergence


Jon Young

Jon Young is a deep nature-people-self connection researcher, mentor, naturalist, wildlife tracker, author, workshop leader, consultant, sought after public speaker and storyteller. Jon has been mentored in deep nature connection by his own grandmothers, Tom Brown, Jr. and a host of elders and experts. As a leader in the field of nature-based community building over 30 years, Jon’s research into the impact and significance of nature on mentoring, human intelligence, spiritually, well-being and development has influenced tens of thousands of people worldwide. Jon has authored and co-authored several seminal works on nature connection and connection mentoring, including What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World (2013), and Coyote's Guide to Connecting to Nature (2007). Jon has appeared in numerous documentaries including The Animal Communicator (2012). In 2016, he received the Champion of Environmental Education Award for his innovative work, which has inspired positive developments in the field, and fostered the growth of the nature connection movement on a global level. Jon is a father of six children, and lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains with his partner, Sarah.

Sarah Fontaine

Sarah is a Energywork Practitioner, Wildlife Tracker, and Interspecies Communicator. For over 25 years, Sarah has been practicing various healing modalities including Chakra-work, Craniosacral Therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine Meridians and Five Elements, Emotional Clearing, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Somatic Trauma Therapy, and Polyvagal Theory. She has studied wildlife tracking through Shikari Tracker Mentoring with Jon Young and Josh Lane, Tom Brown Jr’s Tracker School, and Cybertracker Conservation. She is a graduate of the Kamana Naturalist Training Program, and studied Interspecies Communication with Anna Breytenbach and Wynter Worsthorne. She currently offers Earth-based energywork sessions, and lives near the Pacific Ocean in the sandhill mountains North of Santa Cruz, CA with her partner Jon.

Nate Summers

Nate Summers has been a student of, practitioner of, and teacher of Qigong, Chinese Medicine, Internal Martial Arts and Natural Healing Arts for over two decades. He is the author of Primal: Why We Long to Be Wild and Free and Awakening Fire: The Essential Guide to Flame, Ignition, and Wood. Nate has served as a faculty member at the Wilderness Awareness School, the Desert Institute of Healing Arts, and the Asian Institute of Medical Studies. Nate has taught survival skills, ethnobotany, herbal medicine and natural movement to people all over the country and all over the world. He specializes in helping people move like animals, travel invisibly, and turn themselves into forest ninjas.

The bigger picture....

In this video recording, Jon, Sarah, and Nate share the Vision of this offering, and why we think it's valuable (click on the box to watch for free):

Pricing Options

Choose the monthly subscription for $37 a month, or enjoy 15% off when you join for a year!


  • When are the Monthly Live Online Gatherings?

    We have 3 Live Online Gatherings each month! They are on the 1st Thursday of the month at 7:00pm PT, the second Friday of the month at 2:00pm PT, and the 4th Wednesday of the month at 11:30am PT.

  • What if I can't make the Live Gatherings?

    No worries, the calls will be recorded and made available on the membership site for you to watch at your convenience.

  • What if I need to change my subscription?

    You can change your subscription, cancel, and renew all from your student dashboard at any time.

  • Is there a lower priced tier?

    In the future, we will have a lower tier that does not include all the benefits currently being offered. As for now, we are aiming to build a foundation of strongly connected villagers in order to better serve newcomers later.

We hope you will join us!

If you have any questions or needs please contact us directly at [email protected]

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