Essential Survival Skills

One of the funnest things about the work I do is I get to meet and teach cool people around the country and sometimes around the world. At the end of last month, my wife Karen, my son Orion, and I all headed back up to Soaring Eagle Nature School in British Columbia to teach a couple of weekend classes.

I love going to BC. It's so beautiful. Same bioregion as where we live, but everything looks just a little bit different. It's sort of like alternate universe Seattle. The people and community around Soaring Eagle Nature School are great. Curious, fun, lively...and interested.

We taught a Survival Basics class up there, and it really is amazing how much info and experience you can cover in one day. It was wonderful to see people inspired and excited about topics like knife safety, building your own survival kit, making a fires, shelter principles, and how to purify water.

One of the things that always strikes me about teaching this way is to see the strong connection develop between people. It's almost like a mini-little tribe of people is formed. The joint experience of challenge, gathering around a fire, and triumph over adversity brings alive something wild, ancient...and PRIMAL!

I can't wait to do more teaching and sharing like this...and I'm developing a way to to bring this around the world!

Let me know if you'd like me to come teach in your area!


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Jon Young  is a deep nature-people-self connection researcher, mentor, naturalist, wildlife tracker, author, workshop leader, consultant, sought after public speaker and storyteller. Jon has been mentored in deep nature connection by his own grandmothers, Tom Brown, Jr. and a host of elders and experts. As a leader in the field of nature-based community building over 30 years, Jon’s research into the impact and significance of nature on mentoring, human intelligence, spiritually, well-being and development has influenced tens of thousands of people worldwide.  Jon has authored and co-authored several seminal works on nature connection and connection mentoring, including What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World (2013), and Coyote's Guide to Connecting to Nature (2007). Jon has appeared in numerous documentaries including The Animal Communicator (2012). In 2016, he received the Champion of Environmental Education Award for his innovative work, which has inspired positive developments in the field, and fostered the growth of the nature connection movement on a global level. Jon is a father of six children, and lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains with his partner, Sarah


Sarah is a energywork practitioner, bodyworker, wildlife tracker, and interspecies communicator. She has studied wildlife tracking through Shikari Tracker Mentoring with Jon Young and Josh Lane, Tom Brown Jr’s Tracker School, and Cybertracker Conservation. She is a graduate of the Kamana Naturalist Training Program and studied Interspecies Communication with Anna Breytenbach and Wynter Worsthorne. 


For over 19 years, Sarah has been practicing various healing modalities including Chakra-work, Craniosacral Therapy, Meridian Therapy, Qi Gong, Emotional Clearing, and Five Elements Herbalism. She currently offers Earth-based energywork sessions, and lives in the sandhill mountains near Santa Cruz, CA with her partner Jon.