Our Flagship course is back for 2021, in association with Embercombe!
Call of the Wild is a year long foundation in Outdoor Education Leadership.
We are living life in a time of tremendous global change. In a post-Covid world, many of us are sensing the shifts both without, and within us, and we feel called to change, and called to act. It is clear that the current paradigms of the industrial growth model are both unsustainable and not meeting the needs of its citizens living within the system. The formal education system is creaking under the strain of the national curriculum and our children are receiving instruction rather than a true education, within a context of reaching goals and targets that fail to address the body/mind/spirit potential within each child, or the deeper cultural need.
One of the most effective ways to inspire and enrich ourselves, our communities and each other, is to find our way back to engaging wholeheartedly with the natural world, and seek ways to offer this connection to others. An extraordinary syllabus is available to anyone open to spending time in nature, and our job as environmental/outdoor educators is to cultivate this ‘nature connection’ in helpful and meaningful ways. Therefore, we invite you to become one of the new generation of change-makers through the 2021 Call of the Wild programme.
CALL OF THE WILD JOURNEY
The process of developing our capacity to be a mentor for nature connection is a thrilling and soulful adventure that’s full of potential opportunities, challenges and possibilities. This programme will give you the skills and tools to navigate this journey for yourself and bring your leadership potential into focus, supported by experienced professionals, a community of like-minded and inspired peers, and a deep connection with the natural world itself. Through the programme you will develop a more grounded and effective approach to mentoring nature-connection, you will deepen your own connection with the natural world itself, and you will also be more connected to yourself and your aspirations. Another profound and far-reaching aspect is the deep bond formed with your peer group, typically 18-24 in number, and who become an increasingly important part of this special journey.
WHAT HAPPENS ON THE PROGRAMME?
This is primarily a hands-on, experiential course and is based on 7 long weekends taking place between April and December from Friday afternoon to Monday afternoon. Students will also be recommended to complete 5-10 days of fieldwork on WildWise’s calendar of events/courses or with a related nature-connection project. This will be to gain experience with varying client-groups, to be part of a staff team and to expand their teaching expectations. The programme will introduce deep ecology, earth education, fieldcraft & bushcraft and will include night walks, earth walks, naturalist study, canoe-trips, role-play, ceremony, storytelling and an ‘intuition’ walk. In addition, participants can choose four 1-day courses from a selection of WildWise’s professional training programme to focus and develop their skills further. There will also be an opportunity to attend short courses from the inspiring programme run by Embercombe.
STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME
• 7 Core Skills and Development weekends, April – December
• 1 Completion weekend
• 4 WildWise professional training courses
• 5 -10 days fieldwork on WildWise camps and events, or a related external project
• 5 mentoring sessions
• Various assignments and practices associated with developing nature connection and integrated learning
• Online peer group
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
As part of the Call of the Wild programme you will:
• Learn and/or develop new skills, tools and techniques to become a more effective educator
• Gain experience with a range of client-groups
• Discover more of your gifts, passions and vision
• Move yourself closer to your professional aspirations, and toward your dreams for yourself and the world
• Receive coaching, mentoring and support
• Adopt routines that connect you with nature and can facilitate others connection to nature
• Be introduced to new ideas and new practices
16-19 April – Orientation (Embercombe)
Introduction and induction to Embercombe. Village-building. Natural navigation. Introduction to core routines. Meeting the mentors. Night walk. Assignments and practices.
4-7 June – Hands (Dartmoor Camp)
Bushcraft inc Firecraft & Woodcraft. Birds and birdsong. Night work. Assignments and practices.
23-26 July – Imagination (Dartmoor Camp)
Creative interpretation. Nature games. Earth Education. Environmental storytelling. Animating nature. Narrative techniques. Storymaking. Nightpaddle. Assignments and practices.
10-13 September – Awareness (Dartmoor / Dartington)
Sensory awareness. Tracking skills. Wildlife observation. Night activity. Intuition walk. Assignments and practices.
8-11 October – Heart (Dartmoor / Dartington)
Gaia theory. Deep ecology. Active hope. Grief-tending. Council of all Beings. Overnight solo. Assignments and practices.
19-22 November – Leadership
Leadership styles and models. Eco constellations. Information and resources for Environmental education.
3-6 December – Going Forth (Embercombe)
Harvest. Completion. Next steps. Striding Deeper.
See our web page for full details - https://wildwise.co.uk/year-long-details/call-of-the-wild-2021/7/0/0