Deep connection with the natural world is about spending time interacting with the plants, rocks, and creatures in the wild that have a will of their own and allowing that interaction to shape our sense of self. Jean-Claude Catry talks about how deep connection with nature, for children and adults, is essential for human development.
Jean-Claude Catry, founder of Wisdom of the Earth, offers unique and exciting Nature immersion programs and camps for children, teens, adults and families, to develop a sense of wonder, appreciation, and partnership with the natural world. Inspired by the survival skills of ancient scouts of many cultures who were intimately connected to the interdependence of all beings and so has been studying Jean-Claude has been practicing and teaching wilderness connection skills for over 30 years. Jean-Claude also spent 10 years as a mountain wilderness guide, by horse, ski, and foot. He is a homeschooling parent of three. He also has training in Compassionate Nonviolent Communication, and often brings this aspect into his work, to connect with children’s deeper feelings and needs. Jean-Claude teaches through the art of mentoring and “coyote teaching,” developed by naturalist and tracker Jon Young, which blends the art of questioning and storytelling.
http://wisdomoftheearth.ca/ : Jean-Claude Catry’s website
http://www.wolfkids.org/ : Wolf Kids: Wilderness: Our learning foundation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PM28OVsBVS0&feature=related : Jon Young: The Natural Way – i-WE Project – Natural Way: Indigenous Voices
http://wildernessawareness.org/ : The Wilderness Awareness School
http://8shields.com/ : The 8 Shield Institute and the 8 videos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIV9DZSrUFE : The Great Turning Film: Jon Young on Mentoring and Awareness
http://www.trackerschool.com/ : Tom Brown Jr’s Tracker School
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4MWvAM3Ksk&feature=related : Jon Young – Connecting Children to Nature and http://www.coyotesguide.com/
http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/underground/ : The Underground History of American Education
Aired live: Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 0800-0900 Eastern Standard Time on CFRU 93.3 FM, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
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