Starting March 28th, 2024

10 Weekly Sessions Live Online with Jon Young and Guest Speakers from the 8 Shields Network

This is a comprehensive training for Designing with the Natural Cycles using the 8 Shields Principles, with the option to gain a Certificate of Completion

In this course, we will go deep into each of the 8 Shields, exploring the many layers of archetypal wisdom within, and how to apply the principles in a variety of contexts and scales. 

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Principles Designed By Nature...

The 8 Shields are an organized set of Design Principles based on the Cycles of Nature.

When we align our lives to these rhythms, perspectives, and principles, we can access our our innately healthy, happy, and harmonious human neurobiology.

In other words, learning to engage Natural Cycles with ourselves or other people, thus supports ease, generative abundance, enjoyment, and connection... naturally!

Layers of Application...

Here are some examples of how these principles can be applied for design and deeper understanding:

• Mapping Personal Development

• Embracing Learning Cycles

• Mentoring Others

• Organizing Social Activities

• Designing Nature Connection Programs

• Staffing Large Events

• Perspectives on Life Stage

• Building Community

• Peace Tending

Because the Principles are universal and natural the applications are literally endless! 

Check out the new website… now features 8 Shields Design Principles!

There is a section on 'Origins' and another with basic information on 'Design Principles' for you to get started with, and it is all available as a downloadble pdf under the 'Resources' tab:

The 8 Shields website shares the basics of the 8 Shields Principles —

In the Master Class, we will be covering many more of the layers of correlation and application.

In fact, Jon will attempt to cover *all* the layers that have been mapped out! This includes many years of research with many wise people, and many communities worldwide.

Here's a word from Jon...

In the video below, Jon shares about Origins of the 8 Shields and Intentions for the Master Class:

Jon Young

Jon Young is a deep nature-people-self connection researcher, mentor, naturalist, wildlife tracker, author, workshop leader, consultant 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 40 years, Jon’s research into the impact and significance of nature on mentoring, human intelligence, spirituality, 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.

Free Information Session...

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The dates and course flow...

Thursdays from 11:00am to 1:00pm Pacific Time

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Session 1 ~ March 28th — Pre-Dawn: Vision of Cultivating Connection ~ Origins, 6 to 8 Shields, the History and Network of the Art of Mentoring 

Session 2 ~ April 4th — Sunrise: Inspiring Observation of Place & Sun ~ Directions, Peace-tending at Center, Sun, Seasons, Plants, Age/Stage of Life of People & Archetypes

Session 3 ~ April 11th — Mid-morning: Motivating Awareness & Foundations in the 8 Shields Approach ~ Senses, Profile Journey, Natural Learning Cycle, Petals / Shields, Rings, Indicators, Attributes in Peace-tending

Session 4 ~ April 18th — Mid-day: Focusing on Program & Project Design Basics with the 8 Shields ~ Acorn roles, introducing Village Hearth roles, Moieties & Mobs and Cultural Elements with Peace-tending

Session 5 ~ April 25th —Mid-afternoon: Embodying Deep Connection ~ Applying 8 Shields to Connection Facilitation & Relational Modeling as a Foundational Practice

Session 6 ~ May 2nd — Sunset: Celebrating Commitment to Mentoring in Service ~ Purpose Beyond Self, Working with the Gifts of Others & Ourselves, Role-modeling Connection as a Core Peace-tending Role, Introduction to Village Building

Session 7 ~ May 9th — Twilight: Ways of Deepening on the Journey ~ Learning & Connecting with Nature on a Deep Level, the 512 Map Vision, and other Resources

Session 8 ~ May 16th — Midnight: Leadership and Community ~ Building Community with Cultural Elements, 512 Project resources and Village Building 

Session 9 ~ May 23rd — Post-midnight: Community Helpers ~ Two Eyes, Two Ears, One Mouth Principles, and Building Tending Capacity as a Foundation for Deep Nature Connection Mentoring

Session 10 ~ May 30th — Wrapping the Bundle: Elders & Vision Councils ~ Anchoring Creative Design, Deepening Healing and Grounding for Building Culture

Other Details...

Sessions are live on Zoom and will include breakouts to connect with other participants. There is also a course site with learning resources, and where you can watch the recordings of the live events.

Jon Young will be the lead instructor for every session, and will be joined by special guests sharing their experience applying 8 Shields Principles in their professions and projects.

Designing with Natural Cycles — The 8 Shields Master Class...

We are offering a sliding scale for accessibility, and truly appreciate those who help create the balance by giving more!

We are offering a Certificate of Completion for this course!

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  • What if I can't make the live sessions?

    No worries! Recordings of each session will be available within 24 hours of finish time for all participants.

  • What if english is not my primary language?

    We do our best to accommodate language preferences for the breakout groups. Zoom has a translation feature for those who join us live, and all the recordings will be accompanied by a transcript that can be run through a translation app such as Google Translate. .

  • Can my organization sponsor our staff for this training?

    Yes! There is now an option to purchase multiple seats under one payment, which works well if you are an organization wanting this training for your staff. The group purchase is available for any of the price tiers; when you click 'Join the Master Class' the checkout page opens with an option to add 'Quantity'. After selecting the number of seats you want and submitting your payment, you will be prompted to enter the emails for everyone in your group. Each person in the group will then be enrolled and receive a welcome email to the course with login information.

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