We Are Nature Workshops for Adults

“We often forget that WE ARE NATURE.

Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we’ve lost our connection to ourselves.”  

~ Andy Goldsworthy

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Join skilled and experienced VWP mentors for explorations in the nature of ourselves as part of the natural world and the land of beautiful Vashon Island. Each workshop is designed to introduce you to practices that will awaken your connection with yourself, the Earth, and each other.  

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New workshops will be planned for Fall 2018.

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Past Workshops

Want to learn about something that’s not on this list of courses? Contact us with your ideas!

 

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Finding Your Place in Nature – An Introduction to The Core Routines of Deep Nature Connection  

The demands of living in a fast-paced, technology driven world can leave us feeling overwhelmed, ungrounded, and disconnected from a sense of health and wholeness and our innate wisdom. One of the most powerful ways to connect with yourself and the natural world is to slow down, open your heart to appreciation, expand your senses, and listen to the quietest of sounds within and around you. Creating a safe and comfortable place for yourself in nature to visit regularly allows you to develop keen awareness and observation skills, and a presence with all life. You begin to experience patterns and cycles in nature and understand your place in the community of all beings. Through gentle nature-based practices, immersion in wild places, storytelling, journaling, and more, you will relax into the healing and rejuvenating energy of Nature.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • a nature-based mindfulness practice to awaken your deep sensory awareness
  • how to begin (or deepen) a daily gratitude practice
  • how to be comfortable in nature
  • a road map to find the perfect Sit Spot at home

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Nature Survival Skills for Women

 Cultivate the feeling of empowerment, connection with the earth, and profound sense of belonging that comes from practicing survival skills. Together, we will learn to identify nature’s gifts and harness their energy for our own health and well-being. We will connect with the trees, the plants, and the elements to create fire, harvest food, build shelters and more. Through skill-building, nature-based reflection, and storytelling, you’ll deepen your understanding of yourself and learn how to live with the natural world, as part of it, rather than seeing the wilderness as just a challenge to survive.  

 

In this workshop you will learn the arts and skills of:

  • Friction fire-making
  • Fire construction and tending
  • Safe wild edible plant identification and sustainable harvesting
  • Outdoor cooking
  • Waterproof shelter-building
  • Water Purification

Weaving Beauty with Beauty – An Introduction to Weaving with Natural Fibers

Holding a basket in one’s hands brings a connection to the weaver and the woven. Weaving with your own hands invites you to be still, within the present moment – for complete concentration to the work at hand. Weaving a basket may bring one to a memory of connection with our Ancestors and the precious Earth we dwell.  Baskets crafted for beauty and function span many traditional cultures and date back to the needs of the hunter-gatherers.   Indigenous peoples honored the plants and fibers of the land they lived with, weaving baskets of distinction.

Baskets can be made with many different materials, and often times the materials are selected for the basket’s function.  This class will cover the basics of traditional twinning to weave a small ‘keepsake’ basket of jute and wool.  These materials are selected for the ease in learning the technique, which can then be carried over to other materials that you may find you’d like to try to work with.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • a traditional twining technique
  • to work a small basket from start to finish
  • to change materials and colors
  • to work with a form or shape freestyle

 

Messengers of the Forest – An Introduction to Bird Language 

It is said that birds have the power to lift the human spirit. They also provide us with an immediate and intimate way to understand the natural world and our place in it. For millennia, humans paid close attention to these winged ones and learned to interpret their sounds and behaviors for survival. While relying on bird language is no longer a survival tool in our modern world, it is a pathway to thriving: birds still teach us about how to slow down, listen, and raise our awareness.

 

In this workshop you will learn:

  • The five common voices of bird language
  • Shapes of alarm
  • Bird mapping techniques
  • Powerful sensory awareness practices to slow down
  • Activities to engage your whole body in a natural setting

 

Original Instructions – An Introduction to Mammal Tracking

Tracking teaches what indigenous peoples have called “Our Original Instructions” – what it means to be human and to walk on the Earth in a way that is in harmony with our surroundings and nurtures our relationships with those around us, human and otherwise. ~ Dave Moskowitz, biologist, photographer, outdoor educator, and author  

Nature is full of ongoing stories and if you know how to read them, the stories in the landscape will reveal to you some of nature’s deepest mysteries. In this workshop, you will learn to engage with the ancient art of wildlife tracking. Learning to see the mammals through the tracks and sign they leave as they walk, run, forage, hunt or mark territory enables us to grow closer to their presence on the landscape, and opens a gateway for deep connection to our four-legged friends.

In this workshop, you will learn:

    • who are our mammal neighbors
    • basic foot morphology by family
    • intro to sign tracking
    • the naturalist’s best tools
    • to look for tracks and sign in the field

 

peace-sign-in-natureThe Way of The Peacemaker, The Protector

 With our thoughts, our words, and our actions we make our mark on the world, on each other, and in our own body.  What is important to you? What is worth protecting? Through the act of peacemaking, we move with integrity as we tend that which is precious to us. In traditional earth-based societies, the role of the scout was one of protector – the eyes and ears of the village. Today, being a scout means being a protector, a peacemaker, and integrating the many tools of nature connection to live and lead grounded in Earth’s wisdom. Group and solo exploration time in nature, stories, and opportunities for reflection will guide you expand your own inner protector and peacemaker.

 

In this workshop you will learn:

  • how to awaken your senses to connect with the landscape
  • techniques to move stealthily through the forest without creating a disturbance
  • the basic language expression of the birds and the role they play as your allies
  • practices for cultivating the path of the Peacemaker, Protector while at home

 

plant-spirit-medicinePlant Healing Ways – A Special Mother/Daughter Workshop

May 13th, 10am-4pm, $125 for each Mother/Daughter pair, $30 for each additional daughter

This workshop is best suited for Mothers with daughters ages 7-12.

 Join us on Mother’s Day to nourish, celebrate, and strengthen your Mother-Daughter-Earth connections! In many native traditions, plants are considered to be both our ancestors and our elders. They have offered themselves to us as food, medicine, and as materials since our beginnings. Join us as we engage with plant medicine not only for our bodies, but also for our minds, hearts, and spirit. Gentle wanders on the land, direct engagement with the plants through crafting, peaceful time in nature, reflective journaling, storytelling, and more will help guide our explorations into the deep wisdom, teachings, and nourishment that these “green folk” bring to us as women and girls.

In this workshop you’ll learn:

  • To connect with the nature of native and weedy plants in the landscape and garden herbs
  • How to create connection with the earth and nature of our being through plants
  • To create a beverage and a remedy
  • How to craft with plants
  • To cultivate an ethical, safe, and honoring relationship with plants
  • How to invite new pathways to living more harmoniously with nature and each other