Nature Connection Practitioners Professional Track
Co-create your work and career with the natural world!
Nature connection work is gaining popularity in so many fields today. We are becoming increasingly aware of the many values of spending time outdoors and this is exciting and hopeful for the future.
Some of us are, for the first time, asking ourselves how we can incorporate more the natural world into the work we do…whether that is taking clients outdoors or finding more of our own inspiration from nature personally and professionally.
At the same time, many of us who have been working in nature connection for years are finding our work in more demand and feeling the need to continue growing ourselves professionally and reconnect to the deeper reasons we got into nature connection work in the first place.
In support of the deep importance of this work, I have created a Nature Connection Practitioners Professional Track as part of Wild Rhythms. These programs support you if you have been working in the field for years or are just getting started. The small group and individual opportunities allow for ample personal discovery and growth.
We will explore:
- Your deep, personal reasons for doing nature connection work, and how to weave those reasons into what you offer
- Ecological identity work (both for yourself and for potential use with your clients or program participants)
- Creating work in partnership with the natural world
- Nature communication
- Personal nature connection practices to support your work
- Your personal wild and natural rhythms and how they influence your work
- Techniques for facilitating individuals and groups in the outdoors
- Your future vision for how your work can contribute to the larger whole
This work is for you if you are a:
- Environmental Educator
- Humane Educator
- Wilderness Guide
- Classroom Teacher
- Church or Community Leader
- Forest Bathing Guide
- Life Coach
- Holistic Practitioner
- Other professional interested in incorporating nature connection work into your practice
I offer the following ways for you to support, inspire, and grow professionally while deeply experiencing your own personal nature connection practices. You can pick and choose what works for you or participant in all of them!
- 6 week Nature Connection Practitioner Course
- Personal shamanic-style guidance sessions to explore and clarify your professional path
- In-person intensive workshops starting in fall 2020 or spring 2021 (depending on Covid-19 restrictions)
- Intensive 9 month personalized mentorship program
6 Week Nature Connection Practitioner Course
The fall 2020 course is full. This course will be offered again in early 2021. To be notified when registration is open, please join the Wild Rhythms email list.
This course meets on Zoom for six 90-minute sessions. In addition to the weekly calls, you might want to allow 1-2 hours/week minimum for personal reflection and time outdoors experiencing the course activities.
The cost is $175, Group size is limited to 15 participants.
During this course, you will have the chance to explore your ecological self, personal wild and natural rhythms, deeper “why” for the work you do, and your personal vision for your work going forward. We will also explore group facilitation techniques that really allow us to partner with nature and the places where we are leading our programs.
In addition to rich content, this course includes networking with your cohort and supporting each other as you move forward on your professional journey. We have a private Facebook group and weekly Zoom calls to help us become a community.
If you are interested in participating and have some questions, please feel free to contact me so we can set up a brief phone call to make sure this course is what you are looking for.
Personal Shamanic-style guidance sessions
Through shamanic-style journey work, I am honored to interact with the Spirit Helpers on your behalf to seek guidance, wisdom, and insight to help you deepen your clarity about your professional work and your highest path.
For this work, we will spend two months together meeting every other week on the phone. The cost for this four-session package is $600. More information about this work can be found here.
Intensive 9-month Personalized Mentoring Intensive
This mentoring program is for people who feel a deep yearning to fully step into their sense of empowered spirituality and authentic livelihood in a way that is unique and inspiring.
We work together for nine months, deepening your sense of spiritual connection to nature, yourself and your work. This program is highly individualized and creates the opportunity for a very deep dive into who you are and what you want to offer this world.
More information about the mentoring program can be found here.
About Deb Matlock, Nature Connection Practitioners Professional Track program facilitator
I have worked as a professional environmental and humane educator for 25 years, leading countless groups outdoors, offering countless presentations and workshops, and learning from my experiences how best to understand myself as a nature connection practitioner and how to effectively inspire, and guide my participants. You can find out more about me here.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or what to talk further about this Nature Connection Practitioners Professional Track. I would love to connect.
“I absolutely loved this nature connection for professionals course with Deb. When she advertised it, I knew right away that is was for me. I recently launched my own business, but I am still in the process of figuring out what programs to offer and what it looks like to run a business. This course helped me brainstorm ideas and gave me so many resources that I can’t wait to dive into. It also gave me a sense of community connecting with other like-minded individuals passionate about our sacred connection to nature. Deb is genuine with so much to offer this world, and I’m excited to take more of her courses in the future!” Jennifer Tuuk, MSW
“I love the Nature Connection Practitioners course and I found everything about it valuable. Deb’s expertise is clearly communicated and generously shared. Her light, easy-going manner makes every session a pleasure to attend.” Fall 2020 Program Participant
“Deb is responsive, reflexive, and attentive in this work and how she is a teacher facilitator. She brings a depth of experience to this work and continually shares the expertise while weaving in any new threads that come her way to further this tapestry of learning.” Fall 2020 Program Participant
“Deb’s Nature Connection Practitioner’s workshop helped give me a deeper grounding in teaching nature connection workshops. I use nature connection exercises with artists to help them deepen their relationship to the earth and from that connection, to create abstract paintings based on their feelings for the land. This workshop helped me understand my own love of nature.” Janice Mason Steeves, Workshops in Wild Places