Four Shields of human nature: remembering our place, our belonging, and our connection to all creation
“The Great Summons of our time is to find our way home to our true nature
in the living body of earth.” Joanna Macy
The gift of this nature-based teaching—part of the “bare bones” of the School of Lost Borders’ ceremony—was given to us by our founders Steven Foster and Meredith Little ( authors of The Four Shields: The Initiatory Seasons of Human Nature). There have been many nature-based teachings throughout indigenous cultures worldwide. Nature was home, church, schoolroom, play ground for all to learn about life and how to live in communion and cooperation with each other.
The world today is in a great crisis, borne of a deep, collective separation of nature. Will we heed the call towards healing—towards remembering that all things are connected. In the words of Chief Seattle: “What ever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth”.
Nature has a way of teaching us right relationship with our own humanness, both inside and out, when we open to different qualities to be found in each of the four directions: The south: the qualities of the physical body, instincts and emotions. The west: the qualities of intuition and introspection. The north: the qualities of standing in our own truth. The east: the qualities of that which is greater than us and the divine within.
During our time together we will look to disprove the ‘lie’ that we are separate from nature, and from each other. We will strive to re- remember our place and our belonging in all of creation as well as our connection to one another. We will learn from observing nature, the seasons and the life cycles. We will begin to re-orient to the natural world by looking closely at the clues and patterns of the natural blueprint that surrounds us. We will learn through our senses and feelings how the cycles, rhythm and flow of nature reflect our own natural flow.
This week’s experience will be helpful to those who are in training for nature based work, those who work in counseling, life coaching, or anyone living in this world working towards wholeness.
We will begin our days with check-ins, teachings, and discussions. The afternoons and one of the evenings will be spent alone in nature for 2-3 hours with a suggested mission. Late afternoons and early evenings we will spend sharing stories of your experiences when out alone.
For enquiries please contact Silvia Talavera at [email protected]
Additional course details & Materials
Our program will begin with our first meeting on April 1st at 3:30pm and will end on April 7th at noon. We will be camping out the entire time. No camping experience is necessary. An equipment list and a logistics letter will be provided upon enrollment. We encourage you to arrive by 2:00PM to allow time for you to set up before our first meeting. We will be camping out the entire time and no camping experience is required. The group camp site is spacious and accommodates tents, and offers picnic tables as well as a large covered Ramada. Our site also offers a spacious area for small RV’s, campers, vans etc. for those who wish other camping options. Showers and bathrooms are available across the way.
ADDITIONAL FEES: Camp fees are $120. Additional camp fees (TBD) will be collected at or before the time of program.
You will be responsible for bringing your own food and equipment, though we can provide some gear if needed. We ask everyone to come prepared to live self-sufficiently. You will need to bring shelter and clothing suitable for a full range of inclement weather.
To address safety concerns during the pandemic, please contact us regarding our current Coronavirus protocols as well as any current travel restrictions. These protocols may affect how you are able to travel to the program. Please note: As of May 2023 there are no longer any vaccination requirements for international travellers seeking entry to the USA.
There is no required reading for this program.
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