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Topics covered:

  • Key concepts and practices for nature connection:
    • Nature as teacher and guide
    • Engaging core routines 
    • The art of questioning
  • Key concepts and practices for mentoring:
    • Understanding each student’s “developmental learning journey”
    • Engaging the learning edges of your students (for example program participants, your children, nephews, nieces, grandchildren, etc.) 
    • Supporting students to know their essential self and know themselves as part of a larger ecosystem
    • Designing learning environments that embed learning in everyday life and community
  • State of the field:
    • Origins of “coyote mentoring”
    • Critiques of coyote mentoring, especially through the lens of equity, racial justice, and decolonization
    • Acknowledging lineage, history, and the influence of numerous teachers, pedagogies, and epistemologies (examples from the Vermont Wilderness School and other like minded schools)

This workshop is a newly-revised version of Mentoring, Learning, and Human Development, which for the past eight years served as the introductory session of our 7-part series Essentials of Resilient Community.  The entire Essentials series is currently being renewed and revised! Stay tuned for announcement of additional weekend workshops in February, March, April, and May of 2022.

Daily Format (all times are Eastern US):

Saturday 12/4

  • 9:00 am – 10:30 am — Zoom Call: Intro & Morning Material
  • 10:30 am – 1:00 pm — Assignments on your Own
  • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm — Zoom Call: Reflections & New Material
  • 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm — Assignments on your Own
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm — Zoom Call: Reflections & Framing for the Evening

Sunday 12/5

  • 9:00 am – 10:30 am — Zoom Call: Intro & Morning Material
  • 10:30 am – 1:00 pm — Assignments on your Own
  • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm — Zoom Call: Reflections & New Material
  • 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm —  Reflection & Integration
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm — Zoom Call: Reflections & Closing Circle

These hours are subject to minor changes, in consultation with all participants.


  1. Registration for this program is currently closed. Complete the short form below to be notified when registration for this or similar workshops opens.
  2. When it becomes available again, fill out the registration form and be sure to click the SUBMIT button. A submitted registration will generate an automated confirmation email with the subject “[Name]’s Introduction to Nature Connection Mentoring registration has been received.” Save that for proof-of-registration.
  3. Your spot will be reserved once we receive your payment. Pricing/payment information and financial aid details are in the registration form below.
    1. If you are not requesting financial aid or a reparations tuition waiver, payment is due upon registration.
    2. If you are requesting one of those, a VWS staff member will follow-up via email with further details. 
    3. Once you have completed the registration form below, you can pay by making a secure online payment via credit card or via PayPal in the box to the right ->. 
  4. Before this workshop begins, complete this short waiver form.

Please review our scholarship and cancelation policy page for more details. Questions? Email or call 802-257-8570