ReWilding Conversations Episode 11:
I’ve been on the nature connection journey since my teen years, and in that time, I’ve had the opportunity to observe some of the world’s best nature schools in action.
I have to say, it’s pretty amazing to witness the transformation that happens for kids & adults who get the opportunity to grow in a community learning environment based around nature connection & positive leadership.
But I’ve also seen the incredible struggle that many people go through when trying to get their own schools & local community projects started.
In most cases the challenge is simply a lack of support. I can tell you it’s 1000 times easier to get things going when you have 10 brains working together instead of just one.
So where do you find the brain power & support from like-minded naturalist allies?
Today’s podcast talks about one of the greatest sources of wisdom and support for your community that probably already exists in your local area.
Here’s a few things we talked about:
- How Wilderness Awareness School integrates Elders with their programs for kids, adults & the larger community
- Why intergenerational mentoring is a 2 way street. Elders bring gifts to children, and children bring gifts to elders.
- How elders can help to relieve stress & pressure on educators to meet the needs of their students.
- Elders are a key for passing on connection to place through stories & oral tradition
- How to know if your community is slowing or growing intergenerational connection
- Why it’s important to see yourself as an “Elder in Training” no matter what your current age or status.
This was a really fascinating conversation. You’ll come away feeling inspired with lots of new ideas to apply in your local area. Let me know what projects you’re working on!