Nature is our classroom. Nature is unbiased, a master of living in healthy relationships with others, and knows how to heal itself. Nature can help calibrate our minds and hearts to our deeply held values, build our resilience, and give us firm ground to stand on in this ever-changing life.
We will learn deeply about the natural beings that make up our local ecosystem, how to live on the earth in right-relationships, test our skills, go on crazy fun adventures, visit with elders and local experts, make things that are useful from the land, and laugh in a rich, diverse, and inclusive learning community. With nature as your classroom, you will learn what you value, what you love, and how to let that lead your life.
The course is located in the Charlottesville, Virginia area. We are up against the Blue Ridge mountains, near Shenandoah National Park, with mountain hollows, streams, and more. Located along the eastern flyway for migrating birds, we have some of the highest plant diversity in the country and our local rivers flow into the Atlantic Ocean. In addition to our basecamp, we will travel regularly to regional hotspots around the mid-Atlantic for various learning experiences. We will go on expeditions to the coastal plains, high country, and paddle down rivers. Nature is our classroom, and we are in an amazing spot to dive in deep, learn, and explore.