PrimalNature for Everyone

What an amazing summer it's been. Busy, busy, busy...full of work, fun, and adventure. Sometimes all three at the same time. Besides fun family adventures (more on this later!), I had the opportunity to spend some of the summer being a Naturalist Guide for Evergreen Escapes, a really excellent and amazing company based in Seattle.


Besides having the opportunity to visit and explore epic local nature locations such as Mount Rainier National Park and the Olympic Peninsula, I've had the chance to meet people from all over the country and all over the world. It's been so reassuring in the face of so much national and global adversity to watch the wonder, excitement, and delight come across faces of so many different people from so many different backgrounds.


Of course, it helps when we're all exploring places like this:



What an adventure to explore the mountains, rivers, ocean, old growth forests, and waterfalls of the Cascadian landscape with people literally from all walks of life. My faith in humanity has actually been restored this summer from seeing everybody literally come alive when they spend time in epic nature. This gives me hope that nature literally can unite us and not divide us if given the chance to connect and spend time together in the wondrous places that surround us!




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JON YOUNG
Lead Instructor

 

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 FONTAINE
Instructor

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.