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Stories From Our Past:
Weaving A Vision For Our Future

Through Jon Young’s 36 years of dedicated fieldwork and research, with countless mentors and elders from around the world, he has produced a map of simple and highly effective practices. Universal cultural archetypes, practiced by traditional cultures across the globe, lay a framework — for a universal map for the types of tools that create healthy, thriving and connected cultures.

This two day gathering will inform the way we interact with the world around us in simple and profound ways. Collectively, stories from our past become ancient tools which give us a proven map for healthy, meaningful relationships, group unity, resilience, and true connection, within the modern context of our lives. We can use these tools to effectively empower our community leadership, business team building, nature regeneration work, and a thriving family environment.

Jon’s 8 Shields have been distilled to create open and supportive environments that activate our brain and nervous system for deep connection, helping us to embrace and empower the best in ourselves and others. The 8 Shields are:


  • Love and Forgiveness
  • Quiet Mind, Presence, and Creativity
  • Inner Happiness
  • Vitality
  • A Commitment to Mentoring + “Paying it Forward”
  • Empathy and Respect for Nature
  • Being Truly Helpful, Gift and Vision Activated
  • Full Aliveness


“I have found Jon Young’s insights into being more connected deeply profound and insightful. They have literally impacted how I see and relate to people and other species. These changes have enriched my life and made me feel more connected.”

-Susan Stansbury

We Invite You to Join Us!

When:  Two-day Program February 24 - 25, 10 am – 5 pm

Where: Hidden Villa, Los Altos Hills, CA

How: CEN members have been given an extended $150 early-bird offering before Saturday, February 10th — $175 after February 10th. 

Pre-registration required

Jon_Young.pngJon Young is a nature connection mentor, naturalist, wildlife tracker, peacemaker, author, workshop leader, consultant, sought-after public speaker, and storyteller. 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 human intelligence and development has influenced tens of thousands of people worldwide.

In collaboration, co-sponsors are: Exploring a Sense of Place, the Children in Nature Collaborative, and Hidden Villa.