Two separate 5-NIGHT - 5 DAY LIVE WORKSHOPS
The Nature Led Approach weaves together twenty-five years working with each foot in two different worlds— the world of therapeutic intervention/human development—and the world of nature connection. Seventeen years ago while in deep meditation I heard a voice say to me, “Become the bridge.” The Nature Led Approach is my answer to that voice. ~ Kathleen Lockyer
Your practice by engaging in ancient connective processes.
Everything you need to know to begin using the Nature-Led Approach!
In the core routines of sensory-scaping, and experience for yourself how transformative this approach is.
YOU are a therapist, teacher or another professional who understands that time outside is important for your clients. Maybe you have read something or just intuitively know it makes people healthier and happier but you want a solid understanding of why and how?
YOU are a teacher and have been taking your class outside because it’s easier, especially in the pandemic.
YOU are an occupational therapist who like I was, is frustrated with feeling like you can only be partially effective with an indoor-only model of service delivery. Do you often wonder, “Is this really meaningful?”
YOU have been working as a nature connection program director or mentor and, along with your peers have noticed an alarming uptick in challenging behaviors among students. Or perhaps you are just ready to dive deeper into, “Why this stuff works.”—So you can more effectively speak to your community about the value of what you do.
I created the Way of the Nature Led Practitioner, Certification Program for YOU! In my writing community, there is a saying, “Write what you know.” That is also how I practice in my professional life.
Our in-person time will be spent at a private property in the gorgeous See Canyon— part of the beautiful Avila Beach.
The spring 2022 workshop will be held on a small hobby farm located 3.5 miles from Avila Beach, California. There is an orchard, chickens, a garden, two horses, two farm dogs, and a beautiful newly built barn. There is a small year-round creek which for this part of California is a real treasure.
The owners are artisans and you will find that everything about the property is created in "the beauty way."
There is an outdoor kitchen, shower, and two composting toilets (all with individual privacy for the occupant). They may be the most beautiful composting toilets I've ever seen!
If the idea of a composting toilet or an outdoor shower rattles your nerves don't worry. We will lovingly offer you an alternative if it is too big of a stretch.
Prior to our onsite workshop, you will receive communication about our learning platform. For the technologically adventurous, you can explore the platform prior to our in-person meeting and bring any questions with you. For those who feel a little intimidated by online platforms, no worries! There will be a time during our workshop that will be dedicated to making sure everyone is on board and comfortable with its use.
The platform has a smartphone app so you can use it anywhere!
For $3748, you’ll get all of the above and a transformed understanding of the power of nature— and the essential human need for it.
The potential for optimal human development through the core routines that nature built into our mainframe.
Vital systems and practices using only what nature provides (free) right outside the door.
Multi-sensory experiences using techniques practiced and fine tuned by our ancestors - techniques our neurological systems were designed to employ.
During the first workshop, be ready to decompress, feel alive, and learn powerful practices that will re-energize and inspire you to evolve your career- while relighting your own fire.
And P.S. get ready for bird language, finding stories in the landscape, yoga-ish, chocolate, light hiking, star-gazing, stretching your comfort zones a little, and oh yeah, really amazing and nutritious food!
And P.P.S. Be warned: You will never experience child behavior (or being outside) the same again! This is a transformative experience.
Claim a spot in our SPRING COHORT by learning more and signing up here.
Enroll today and begin the adventure to— Awaken, Engage, and Integrate with the wisdom of the natural world for a more inspired and beautiful future.
In Connection, Kathleen
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Is this for me?
If you work with children in any capacity, this is for you. Occupational Therapists, Counselors, Teachers, Speech and Language Pathologists, Outdoor educators, Behaviorists, Administrators.
I Don’t work with other children, but I DO work with my own child every day! Can I benefit from this program?
Yes. But it would be best to wait for the next workshop specifically for parents.
I don’t have children or work with children but I’m interested in my own personal growth and development. Would this workshop benefit me?
Yes and... Although the program is structured as a training the trainer program, people find that it supports their own growth in ways they would never have imagined. Here is what one participant said: “The Nature-Led training is teaching me how to be more human!.” AND you may want to get on our email list to hear when our next program for personal growth begins.
How is this different than say Forest School training or other outdoor franchise-type training programs?
This workshop is different in several key ways:
I am an occupational therapist. How will this training help me?
Aaaah. I am so excited about sharing this with other occupational therapists- I believe our profession is poised to be the nature connection specialists of the future; helping childhood reclaim its true potential! This program will help you in more ways than I can list, but most obviously, it can serve as a conceptual model of practice; one that is deeply meaningful for both you and your clients. Finding meaningful, functional activity for our clients is essential and there is nothing more meaningful than facilitating a therapy session, using a nature-led approach!
After participation in this program can I advertise that I use the Nature-Led approach?
After satisfactory completion of the program requirements, YES.
I work in a traditional school setting, is this an appropriate workshop for me?
Yes! Our Nature-Led Approach is not just about re-learning to connect with nature, it’s a whole new way to view child development and learning. After engaging with this model, you will forever see the world through new eyes. You will find that it offers a therapeutic grade approach to teaching, interacting, sensory processing, social-emotional regulation, communication, and a generally more meaningful and functional way of approaching the way you interact with children. You will never see the world the same again!
I already work with kids in nature. Will I learn anything new in this workshop?
Yes! We hope so. If you don’t, we will give you your money back and then probably beg you to work with us! Our intention is to show you ‘kids in nature’ in a profoundly different and more integrated way than you have seen it before; one that will bring greater value, more inspiration, deeper insight, and a renewed passion for what you do. It will also teach you to better articulate the essential value of what you do outside.
Do I need to bring my own camping gear?
Yes. and No. It is preferable that you have your own camping equipment but if you don’t we still want you to participate so, let us know, and for an additional fee, we can set you up.
Will there be someone to help set up my tent?
If camping is not your normal thing- that’s OK! We’ve got your back. You will have help when you arrive- We are all in this together. :)
Do I realllllllly have to camp?
For a fully immersive experience camping is preferable. However, everyone has a different 'baseline' of experience, and, we want to stretch your comfort zone— a little — not more than is right for YOU. So, if you have physical limitations, or, if sleeping outside is just too big of a stretch for you, that is OK. We supply participants with a list of great lodging options- and we pinky-swear promise, to love you the same as the campers :)
I am gluten-free, can you accommodate me?
Yes! All our meals are served gluten-free. For other accommodations please inquire.
I still have questions. Can I talk with someone?
Yes! Email [email protected] to set up a time to talk.