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Lilliana's Rite of Competence

Greetings everyone, Last year my family attended Art of Mentoring and it was a very transformative experience.  One of the most touching moments was the ceremony that was held to send off and receive the teens on their 3 day trip to the…
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Jasper's Rite of Competence Ceremony

Hi all, I wanted to share the story of Jasper’s ceremony last weekend with those of you who couldn’t make it. It was a really fun day.  Jasper greeted everyone by putting animal cards on their backs for a guessing game. We gathered…
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Resilient Children (Part One)

Okay I could tell stories about this all day. For example, yesterday I was picking my daughter up from an afterschool sport, cross country running. The teacher had that close call look on her face, and as a parent of a woodsy girl, I expected…
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Maple Syrup: Making Sweet Connections

It's that time of year again.  The breeze is moist, the cardinals singing, and the snow is like mash potatoes.  I love the seasonal ritual.  It's a real rut-breaker.  It's not based on the clock or date on my calender.  To catch the…
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3 High Leverage Strategies for Increasing Resilience

  I've been looking into how being connected to nature increases resilience. And by resilience I mean: re·sil·ience (n.) 1. The ability to recover quickly from illness, change, or misfortune; buoyancy I think it's pretty…
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Sukkot on the Farm

I had a chance to be part of a creative return to earth based wisdom in Judaism last week. Wilderness Torah, who's mission is to Awaken and celebrate the earth-based traditions of Judaism to nourish the connections between self, community,…
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Wild Intelligence, Athens Georgia

here is a talk I gave last night in Athens Georgia. My good friend and adopted younger brother, Evan McGown has begun a Nature Community project called Institute for Wild Intelligence. This talk has a strong theme of what does it take to have…
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Come by the Hills: from Ireland to Maine

"Now here's a sad song for ya, it brings a tear to me glass eye"  quips Uncle Gerry, "It's so sad even the cross-eyed had tears runnin' down the back o' their necks..." Gerry Brady is a trick a minute.  "I'm the only leprechaun in captivity"…