The Power of Snow

Snow has descended upon Cascadia in very large quantities for the second year in a row. Last year we experienced what many residents called Snow-mageddon or a Snowpocalypse as we had around 18 inches of snow over a two to three week period of time last February...

I totally understand how hard it is for some people especially around work and safety when it snows heavily. But I am loving the 9+ inches of snow we've received over the last 36 hours! It's amazing to see the land lit up with snowy whiteness, the tracking becomes great for at least a short time, and perhaps most importantly something deep, wild, and ancestral wakes up inside of me with all of the snow.

After all, my ancestors come from snowy regions, and facing the challenge of snow, ice, wind, and cold has deep roots for a lot human beings. In fact, for my new book Awakening Fire, I've been researching our deep and ancient relationship with fire, and it's pretty clear that it was because of fire that our ancestors were able to move north and live in climates that have snow and ice in the winter.

Part of our survival journey and awakening our primal selves is getting comfortable with being uncomfortable and facing challenges like the cold. At least snow also provides us with beauty, wonder, and opportunity to live and play wild and free.

So, let's embrace the ancient wisdom and power of snow!


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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.