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NatureWise Day

The word "Scout" means "One who knows how to listen"
Imagine going into any forest or landscape and being able to tap into the greater stories, happenings, and relationships therein within the plants, birds, animals, and flows of activity.

These full day immersions provide the experiences that weave together core nature skills such as plant and animal knowledge, with heightened awareness skills including bird language, animals signs and other subtle languages in nature informing.


We weave together universal indigenous knowledge, etiquette, and relational ways that invite you into a deeper felt relationship with place.

Each day will be different!  We let the land, animals, and signs lead us.

Here's what we may lean into:
Learn plant identification

Plants & Trees

Learn to recognize the trees and plants from the wall of green. Know their names, their medicine and greater contributions to place. We’ll have guest Native Elders share how to see and engage through Native eyes.

Learn Tracing & Animal Sign

Reading The Signs

Learn to see animals signs and tracks and the stories and activities they reveal

  • Learn what to look for, how to read the signs, and be informed by nature right in front of you.

  • Learn what questions to ask that invite you further into the stories, activities and deeper meanings that are being expressed all around you.

  • Inner & Outer Tracking provides you a map into the deeper layers and knowledge available that’s missed by others

Learn Bird Language

Bird Language

Learn to hear… what the different calls of birds mean and indicate is occurring around you.  Through bird behavior and types of vocalizations you become informed of the activities occurring around you in nature, if there’s a predator nearby and where, of what’s about to happen in the weather and so on.

Heighten Your Senses. Know what to listen and look for.

Sensory Skills

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. 

Restore Ancestral and Indigenous perspectives

Ancestral Perspectives

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.

Restoring village Culture

Cultural Restoration

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.

We'll lean into:

  • Traditional etiquette of learning from the plants, animals and land

  • Plant knowledge including identification, medicines, uses, traditional stories and ways of being in relationship with it

  • Animal knowledge including tracks and signs, traditional stories, myths and traditional uses and relationships.

  • Secret Languages of nature including bird and animal languages, behaviors, and clues that reveal the conversations and stories that are occurring all around us

  • How to de-colonize our nature connection and ways of learning

  • How to re-indigenize our minds, lives and ways of being that weave us back into sacred belonging with the rest of life

These day immersions Invite us into a spirit of play, curiosity, and reflective dialogue.   Instead of learning "information" about nature, we adopt an indigenous way of cultivating relationship with nature and hence learn from and with the plants, animals, and connections available to us.



Upcoming Dates
10am - 3pm

Sept 30th
Oct 14th
Nov 11th

Investment $45

We travel to different locations outside Portland that offer specific ecologies and opportunities to learn from.

ONLY 10 SPOTS available to have minimum impact on the land.

To Join, we follow a more traditional approach with introductions. 

If it's your first time, 
Email us at Learning@TreeOfTotems and share why you'd like to join us.  We'll then schedule a free 15 minute phone call to connect in further. 

For us, these offerings aren't about teaching but inviting others who share a common heart and respect for nature.   This creates really special and fun outings!

If you've already joined, look to your email for next invitation.


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Gain access to conversations, elders, upcoming gatherings & library of endangered knowledge

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