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Resources

Some amazing resources that have inspired us and guided our own nature connection journeys

Our Favorite Books

  • How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature, by Scott Sampson

  • Coyote's Guide to Connecting with Nature, by Jon Young, Evan McGown, Ellen Haas

  • Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer

  • Sharing Nature; Nature Awareness Activities for All Ages, by Joseph Cornell

  • The Way of Council, by Jack Zimmerman and Virginia Coyle

  • The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families, and Classrooms, by Clare Walker Leslie

  • Your Brain On Nature: The Science of Nature's Influence on Your Health, Happiness, and Vitality, by Eva M. Selhub and Alan C. Logan

  • Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, by Richard Louv

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Organizations

  • Kripalu School of Mindful Outdoor Leadership​​​​ ~ This training program—which combines forest bathing, yoga, Ayurveda, outdoor skills, and an overview of relevant research on nature’s health benefits—is designed for those who are called to share nature’s gifts by integrating their love of the outdoors with mindfulness.

  • 8 Shields ~ Rebuilding Nature-Connected Communities, World-wide

  • Mindful WV ~ Mindful West Virginia is a network formed to connect folks who are involved in teaching mindfulness and yoga practices to all people of all ages across our state.

  • Sharing Nature Worldwide ~ A worldwide movement dedicated to helping people of all ages deepen their relationship with nature

 

Core Routines

Some easy practices to inspire connection to nature, self, and community

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Sit Spot

"It is in the still silence of nature where one will find true bliss" -J.J.C.

A 'Sit Spot' is a spot in nature to connect, observe, and study life.

  • A good Sit Spot is:

    • quick and easy to get to

    • has some nature available (doesn’t have to be a lot)

    • a place of solitude where you can expand your senses and let go of thinking

    • a place where you can relax and feel safe

  • Once you find a place in nature that calls to you:

    • Visit your place as often as you can and at different times of the day.

    • You will get to know it really well and begin to recognize the changes around you from one season to the next. 

    • Allow yourself to find pleasure and feel a deep appreciation for what you discover. 

    • If you like to sketch or journal, be inspired by your Sit Spot!

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Council Practice

"We have two ears and one mouth so we can listen twice as much as we speak" -Epictetus

Council practice permits each person to share and reflect on their experience, and it allows each member to benefit from the wisdom contained in the whole. Council is based on ways of communicating that can be found among indigenous societies all over the world.

The Four Guidelines of Council:

  1. Speak from the heart

  2. Listen from the heart

  3. Be spontaneous

  4. Be of lean expression