Tracking our Roots in Nature

40th Anniversary Renewal of Seeing Through Native Eyes

10 Session Immersion in Deep Nature Connection

Live Online with Jon Young

October 18th - December 13th, 202

Enrollment is rolling...

In response to many requests, we have re-opened enrollment for the time being. 

If you do choose to join us, please watch the recording of our first live session on Orientation, Origin Stories and Intention so you can get in the flow with us :)

Scroll down to register!

Join us for this once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of the live audience for re-recording and re-naming of Seeing Through Native Eyes...

Forty years ago, Jon Young began offering mentoring programs for young people that grew into a world-wide network of mentors helping communities connect to nature, themselves and other people. The foundations of Seeing through Native Eyes and Kamana began in 1983, supported thousands of people's learning and connection journeys over 40 years, and continue to this day. 

The wisdom in the audio series is intended to bring a person, regardless of race or culture, into deep relationship with the land, the wild beings, elements, and all other aspects of the natural world, as is the birthright of all. 

New Names...

The term 'native' as used in the original recordings refers to the knowledge and connection one would have if they were raised in a traditional subsistence-based culture, living close to the land, juxtaposed to a person who is—due to lack of connection, knowledge and experience—functionally "alien" to their ecosystem.  

Times have changed, science has evolved, as have social needs. To meet the times, we are not only re-recording Seeing Through Native Eyes, but also editing the Kamana Naturalist Training Program, and finding new names for both!

Tracking our Roots in Nature is both the name of this live re-record journey, and is also what the final product of the newly recorded version of Seeing Through Native Eyes will be called.  

We are happy to have the opportunity to re-visit the invaluable wisdom within these offerings, to honor the origins of the teachings, and to bring this forward to the Future Generations in a good way.

The Live Recording Sessions...

  • Attuning to the Archetype

    You will be welcomed into a Connective Container and invited to join us in the Spirit of the Archetype that will be the focus of the session.

  • Jon's Speaking Points

    With us all tuning in, Jon will share the roots and branches of the wisdom of the Archetype through his research findings, anecdotes, and Storytelling.

  • Sharing Reflections

    After Jon's share, we will take time to integrate through small group conversations, then return together to harvest some of the fruits of your experience.

Other details...

• Each session will provide an opportunity to connect with other participants in small groups. 

• The first session will be a Welcoming and Orientation to how the recording sessions will flow. The last session will be a chance to share final thoughts and 'Wrap the Bundle' together.

• We will be suggesting Nature Practices between sessions to further deepen your experience of the Archetype that will be the focus of the upcoming live session.

This will be an experiential journey through the 8 Archetypes of the Natural Cycles to support Deep Nature Connection... we hope you will join us!!

Dates for the Live Recording Sessions:

**All are 12:00pm - 2:00pm Pacific Time, October through December 2023**

(Recordings of the zoom sessions will be made available to all who register)

Session 1 ~ Wednesday, October 18  —  Orientation & Origin Stories           

Session 2  ~ Thursday, October 26  —  Petal 1: Hazards & Common Sense Awareness

Session 3 ~ Wednesday, November 1  —  Petal 2: Motivational Species & Element

Session 4 ~ Wednesday, November 8 — Petal 3: Holistic Tracking, Mammals & Other Wildlife

Session 5 ~ Wednesday, November 15 — Petal 4: Low-growing Plants and the Skin of the Earth

Session 6 ~ Sunday, November 19 — Petal 5: Indicator Species & Ecological Awareness

Session 7 ~ Wednesday, November 29 — Petal 6: Heritage Species & Elements 

Session 8 ~ Wednesday, December 6 — Petal 7: Trees, Bushes & Woody Plants for Thrival

Session 9 ~ Sunday, December 10 — Petal 8: Tracking Concentric Rings through Bird & Animal Language and Behavior 

Session 10 ~ Wednesday, December 13 — Reflections & Wrapping the Bundle

You probably recognize this guy...

but just in case you don't

Jon Young

Lead Facilitator

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.

Here is a video from Jon...

An overview of the Tracking our Roots in Nature program

We are excited (especially Jon ;) to gather together with the many people who have experienced the gifts of these teachings in the spirit of gratitude and celebration! 

Of course, we welcome all newcomers as well :)

It takes a Village...

Proceeds from this 40th Anniversary Renewal event will help to cover the costs of renewing both Seeing Through Native Eyes and the Kamana Naturalist Training Program. 

These costs include sound engineering, science editing, general editing, book design & layout, project management, administrative support, and more.

We appreciate your support…

We are offering Tracking our Roots in Nature on a sliding scale basis to make it available to as many people as possible, while allowing the opportunity for greater support from those who feel called.

All who register will also get a copy of the final product!! 

Go with us on the journey, and get the edited audio mp3 of Jon's speaking points throughout the 10 sessions of Tracking our Roots in Nature.

Free Live Event Recording

We offered a free live online event on October 8th, 2023 as a stand alone learning opportunity, as well as an introduction to the context we will dive deeply into through Tracking our Roots in Nature.

Click the box below for more information...

If you would like to give more...

We are now accepting donations to support multiple projects.

Living Connection 1st

This event is being hosted by Jon's current project, Living Connection 1st, and will be supported by the Living Connection 1st team.

Kamana Naturalist Training Program

We are now hosting the Kamana Naturalist Training Program at Living Connection 1st


  • Will the Live Recording Sessions be different than the final product?

    Yes, very! The audience for the re-record will be an integral part of the production in that we will be cultivating a focused container of connection together around each Archetype to empower the flow of each recording session. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in correlating Nature Practices along the journey, to connect with other participants, and to share feedback and reflections after each session.

  • What if I can't make the Live Recording Sessions?

    No worries! The recordings of the Live Sessions will be made available within a day or two for all who register.

  • Are the 1st and 2nd Editions of Seeing Through Native Eyes still available?

    Yes, they are available as mp3 downloads. You can find links to purchase them toward the bottom of the Kamana Naturalist Training Program information page:

  • Is the original Kamana Naturalist Program available for purchase?

    Yes! Jon Young is the owner of the Kamana Naturalist Training Program, and we have made it available at Living Connection 1st until the re-write is finalized. Learn more at

  • Why did Wildenerness Awareness School stop selling Kamana?

    From their website, Wilderness Awareness School states that they have 'come to realize that although this program holds many great opportunities for important learning, it is no longer a match for our values as it currently stands.' You can read the article here:

  • What happened to 8 Shields Institute?

    The 8 Shields Institute dissolved as an organization in 2020, however, the principles of the 8 Shields are timeless and living well, woven into many communities and social designs worldwide. You can find contacts from the 8 Shields team, and learn more about the principles at

  • Is there a way to support the Renewal of Seeing Through Native Eyes and Kamana Naturalist Training Program beyond my enrollment?

    Yes, there is a donate button above with a drop down that allows you to donate to any of the related projects for rerecording Seeing Through Native Eyes, editing and updating Kamana Naturalist Training Program, the Living Connection 1st platform, and the Natural Mind Journey app.

  • Are donations tax-deductible?

    No, as Living Connection 1st is an LLC, donations are not tax deductible.

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