This is a 4 month Journey learning in the cultural ways of our Indigenous Ancestors, where through storytelling, gathering around the virtual fire and direct experience we apprentice ourselves to nature and remember what it is to be Indigenous of Earth
Renew your connection to Earth and ancient wisdom
Learn Indigenous Psychology, mindsets, and cultural understandings that provide a deeper relationship with nature and how you fit within the great web of life.
Learn practical traditional skills, knowledge and awarenesses
Experience Animism and learn the etiquette and rituals of becoming relatives with the plants, birds, animals and land
Experience traditional ways of learning through Storytelling, Way of Council, Direct Experience, Coyote Mentoring and collaborative learning as we gather together in circle (virtually).
Get personalized mentoring, be in council with elders and indigenous wisdom keepers
Have you wanted to be part of a meaningful community who shares your love and sacredness for nature?
Did you know the forest speaks in specific languages? Through Native eyes, you'll gain entrance to the conversations nature is having all around you
Have you ever wondered how to identify the different trees or plants in your area?
Have you been curious of traditional uses, wild edibles, and plant medicine?
Imagine learning these through traditional storytelling, games, and personalized mentoring.
Would you like to have a deeper and informed connection with nature?
Whether it's your backyard, a park or wilderness... Nature is offering us invitations to connect and remember ourselves home as part of the Earth Spirit's dreaming
Learn to read and listen into the signs, messages and stories within the environment through tracking, bird language, Plant I.D. and uses etc...
Experience the ancestral perspectives with being in relationship with the land, animals, and spirit of place
Through core routines, games, and sensory drills you'll learn how to attune your senses to any environment you're in.
This training is for those who want to shift from being a visitor or tourist in nature to being in relationship with place.
About The Program
Due to the uncertainty of covid restrictions, we've re-designed our summer scout program to be part online and part nature immersion. We've reduced the cost to make it available to people during these times while also being part of a felt sense of community gathering around the Virtual fireside (zoom) where we pool our learnings, stories and experiences together.
FLOW OF PROGRAM
It’s offered as an experiential learning process.
Access Online Course where through videos, audios and articles you’ll gain the core knowledge base. You'll always have access to your course and can return to it again and again.
You'll journey into nature on your own or with friends to experience the principles first hand and cultivate relationship with the plants, animals, trees and birds. You'll be offered core routines and indigenous ways of enhancing and engaging your senses so by the end of the journey you'll have a strong foundation of the language of nature and be tuned into the conversations therein.
We’ll gather around the virtual fireside (zoom) twice a month to pool our learnings and experiences together and hence be part of a more traditional collaborative learning.
You'll have one-on-one mentorship throughout the journey to help you dial in and tailor the journey to your passions and intentions.
Core Areas of Learning
Enter the mind of a tracker and how to read the tracks, ask the right questions, and discern the stories the tracks reveal. Learn how to trail an animal and read the signs all around you.
Plants & Trees
Gain a solid base for identifying the trees and plants of your area. Learn the ancestral and indigenous ways of using them and the deeper relationship the plants reveal about an area.
Knowing the different calls and songs of the birds gives you inclusion with what is occurring all around you. You become part of the conversations of any ecosystem. Is there a predator in the area? Is the forest in council? What's happening?
You'll learn how to engage and heighten your senses... to know what to sense... and how to be aware of the subtle happenings and communications all around you.
Experience how to be in relationship with the land, animals and eco-systems. It's learning how to apprentice ourselves to the land, to not steward the land but allow the land steward us.
Experience the culture of gathering and honoring together. Experience Way of Council, Elders, and peer to peer mentoring. Gather around the fire, storytelling, and cultural ways of greeting the day.
Learning How To Learn
Experience the old ways of learning known as Coyote Mentoring.
Coyote is the trickster, the storyteller, the master of games and guiding us to our own discovery through direct experience and inspiring curiosity.
This program is not about learning information, facts, or memorization.
Here you're learning how to apprentice yourself to nature and enter the mind of the tracker, the naturalist, the scout.
You're learning how to ask the right questions, how to listen, and cultivate your own relationship with nature.
Click Here to Learn about your guide Chivito Cowa
Join us for a Live "Virtual" Council Fire
If you're curious about participating, join us for a free live intro where you meet your Facilitator and members of Tree of Totems. You'll experience our traditional way of sharing as we explore the three languages of nature and what's it mean to be indigenous to place.
Next Virtual Council Fire (zoom) is
May 20th 6pm PST
Virtual Council Fire Dates:
June 10th & 24th
July 15th & 29nd
Aug 12th & 26th
Two Times Available:
Invited to join us for week long campout holding space, preparing fires, and doing ritual for Vision Quest participants July 4th -10th.
Ask for details.
Receive one-on-one mentoring with chivito and trained mentors throughout the journey to help tailor your experience to the plants, animals and languages of your area.
We gather online.... The ecosystem of your location of where you live becomes your classroom.
Now only $800
We're playing our part to make it easy for others to get out in nature and be part of sacred community during these pandemic times
Multiple payment plans and partial scholarships are available
How To Join
If you're curious, have questions or are eager to join please fill out the form and share:
Why this resonates
What you hope to learn and/or experience
Any background in nature training you have