There is a map for each person in a community, with detailed instruction and mentoring, on how to facilitate awareness to self, nature, family, community, and spirit.

Imagine a community holistically mentoring these connections from generation to generation:

A. Connection to Self:
What is my Gift to my community?
What is my Vision?
What is this Teaching me and how can it help me help others?
B. Connection to Nature:
Where is the nearest Grey Fox Den to my home?
What indigenous plants can heal my families sicknesses?
What is my role in being a steward of my bio-region?
How well do I know nature and how well am I able to mentor the connection for others?
C. Connection to Community:
What is the oral history of my people?
What do we stand for?
Who are my elders?
Who are my adopted Aunts and Uncles prepared to lead me through a rite of passage?

The roots of this map are derived from the oral history of indigenous cultures around the world.  This type of education is known as “cultural approaches to education” or Cultural Mentoring.

Each person has a specific role in the development of local culture, the raising of its children and the fostering of regenerative stewardship of their land.  These methods are both ancient and complex, all the while being highly intuitive.  I refer to it as the human blueprint for natural learning.

There are four areas that sort out these natural methods of teaching and learning:

1. One on One Approaches
2. Cultural Mentoring and the Invisible School
3. Archetypal Awareness
4. Core Routines of Native Awareness

Reclaiming pieces of our human birthright is a pivotal experience in Cultural Mentoring. Aspects such as reclaiming our elders, authentic rites of passage, and profound knowledge of place become commonplace when this type of education is pursued with a passion.

We all have access to these collective memories. Together we can piece back together the fabric of a well designed, profoundly aware educational culture for all of us.