The Art of Mentoring

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A 5-day experiential training in nature connection, intergenerational mentoring, and creating a living culture of awareness.


Deep in all of our roots, there are stories of ancestors living in healthy, regenerative communities—villages where people of all ages were in deep relationship with the land, each other, and themselves. The Art of Mentoring is designed to help us remember these old ways of awareness and mentoring and learn to apply them to our modern communities.

The Vermont AoM is a five-day experiential, nature-based training with concurrent programs for ages 0 to 99.  The week is facilitated by a veteran leadership team, representing over 90 years of collective experience in nature-based mentoring and culture design.  Over 70 staff members from around the US support the experience of the 120 registered participants.

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Adult Program options at the Vermont Art of Mentoring

First time participants

Nature Mentor Training A workshop on nature connection, mentoring, and creating a living culture of awareness.

Returning participants

Nature Immersion Week  A deep dive into nature connection practices. 

Earth Skills Week A harvesting and handcrafting intensive.

For new and returning participants

The AoM Kitchen Program. A work trade position, applying Art of Mentoring principles to the task of serving three meals a day to 200 people.  

Oaks & Acorns (caregivers along with their children aged 0-3) play and learn together in this program. 


Youth Program options at the Vermont Art of Mentoring

Teens (13 – 17, 12 year olds by permission) who are hungry for intensive mentoring and exhilarating wilderness experiences with peers embark on this 5-day outdoor adventure.  

Youth (ages 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 11. Kids aged 12 & 13 may choose between this option and the Teen Rendezvous) play, explore the land, and follow their passions and curiosity with gentle guidance and inspiration from our trained mentors.

Children (0 – 3) with their parent or caregiver play and learn together in this program.  


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Like no experience before it, Art of Mentoring sent me home feeling grounded, renewed, inspired, and motivated to create cultural change. I wish everyone could have this experience.

– AoM Participant

Who Comes?

The Art of Mentoring brings together families, educators, naturalists, healers, musicians and storytellers, community members and leaders, ecological designers, peacemakers and facilitators, people with a strong connection to the land, and many others.

No matter what your background, this workshop will support you in deepening your relationship with nature and becoming a part of a joyful, engaged learning community.

This is an all-ages, family-friendly event. Programs for preschoolers, youth, teens, adults, and elders run concurrently. Together we build an intergenerational village, woven together by nature, music, and artful mentoring.

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