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 six Wednesday evenings from 6-7:15 PM MDT.  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 $150, Group size is limited to 12 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.



“Thank you Deb for the sessions you’ve done for me. The insights spoken about helped pull together a lot of what’s been swirling around for the last few months. I’m grateful for the simple but powerful guidance that got right to the heart of what’s been going on. Our time together provided focus and clarity which during times of uncertainty have helped strengthen my resolve and guide my actions to stay steadfast on my path in serving the Living Spirit. At the end of every session, I’ve felt relieved, relaxed, and clear-headed.” – A.A. New York City

“Deb shared with me a line from her Helper that I have used every day to step out of my own head, my worries, and my fears. I realized that it’s okay to put aside my biggest fear and still be of service. She helped me take a leap forward in service. The session opened a door for meit’s like a new dimension opened up in terms of capability in what I could do or not do. And even today, I still use that line as a guiding light. It’s become part of my everyday prayer and it’s how I begin my day actually. And after that, I just let the guidance flow. The session wisdom that Deb shared has allowed the guidance to reach me in a way that it could not before because the fear would just block it off. If I were to summarize the benefits of my time with Deb it’s that she’s helped me take a leap forward in service, listen better to guidance, and offer a pathway to overcoming one of my biggest fears and a whole new way in thinking. Thank you Deb!” – N.A.. New York City

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