by Reconnecting with Nature
Therefore, we are developing an educational model that utilizes Nature as not only a place of discovery to help us learn about the natural world, but also to deepen the human experience. In other words, Gnothi Seauton – Know thyself.
The new educational model will be developed through several new efforts including the Chaparral Naturalist Certification Program, Socratic seminars, and new partnerships with other organizations. Please join us! Help us change the world from within.
Our Chaparral Naturalist Certification Course
WHERE? Our classes are held at our retreat center, the Owl's Nest, in Escondido, California. WHY? Nature provides untapped opportunities to better understand our inner selves so we can effectively share its magic with others. As a Chaparral Naturalist you will learn to reconnect with your ancestral, wild self, discover the incredible biodiversity that makes its home in the chaparral, and learn how to communicate with others your new found passion for Nature.
HOW MUCH? We ask for a $100 donation to help us cover course materials, hot beverages to kick start your morning, and other expenses. If this is beyond your budget, please let us know. Scholarships are available.
We also strive to create permanent advocates for Nature who are willing to inspire others. Rather than passively listening to experts, our course is organized in small, interactive groups that participate in collaborative learning experiences designed to enhance the learning process and foster friendships.
A significant part of the journey to love Nature is also learning to love yourself by rediscovering your wild, innocent self. Research has confirmed what we have known intuitively for a very long time - connecting with Nature is not only essential for our physical health, but our mental health as well. Nature provides us the tools necessary to develop meaningful connections with ourselves and the world around us. Much of the social and personal pain we experience in our lives can be related to our distance from Nature. Therefore, we will spend a significant amount of time increasing your connection with Nature and expanding the innate love of the natural world we expressed so willingly as children.
"As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thought we wish to dominate our lives."
Another key goal of the Chaparral Naturalist Program is to expand the demographic of those participating in naturalist programs. We will pursue this goal by recruiting a wide diversity of students, post-graduates, and families. With our collaborative model, we'll leverage the environmental wisdom of participating elders to inspire younger generations. We believe the environmental community needs to reach out to everyone to ensure Nature continues to have a voice in the future. The outdoors is non-judgmental, unconditional, immediate. There are no expectations, obligations. Nature allows you the freedom to be you. We help Nature share that wisdom.