It's a Matter of Heart

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Raised by 61 people in 9 months
Nature Learning Community has recently been presented with the unique  and very special opportunity to host Jon Young and Kathleen Lockyer for a speaking engagement on April 15, 2018 in Ann Arbor, MI.  To make it possible, Nature Learning Community has an immediate need to raise funds to cover the costs of the event.  We kindly ask for your financial support in hosting Jon and Kathleen in this community.

Jon Young is a  world-renowned author and nature connection guru.  Kathleen Lockyer is his long-time collaborator and designer of approaches to outdoors education and mental health.  Jon's life-long work in creating nature connected communities world-wide has directly inspired the many programs and offerings of Nature Learning Community, and will continue to do so for years to come.  Thank you in advance for your generous support!  (And we very much hope you'll join us at the event:  Register Here  ).

For a deeper dive into Jon's work, check out this video: 

Please note: Any funds in excess of our goal will be gratefully saved towards hosting our next public event.  

In gratitude and connection,
Nature Learning Community

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oday is the day! Due to the weather we have approximately 20 seats available for this event. If you have been wait-listed or not yet registered, now is your chance! Tickets are available at-the-door on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Please arrive early to claim your spot!

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Hello, Friends,

Back in 1998 (20 years ago!) Jon Young and a team of brilliant helpers led an event at the Matthei Botanical gardens called the "Art of Mentoring." A few dozen of us dropped into a nature-connected village for a week while learning the principles of mentoring through this very special model. For some of us that week was life changing. Nature Learning Community exists because of it.

We hope that Jon's return to Ann Arbor, with Kathleen Lockyer's collaboration, will strengthen the growing "village" emerging around nature connection in our area, and maybe even bring the Art of Mentoring back again.

I hope, over the next days, to share some stories from people who attended the first Art of mentoring, with thoughts about how it has influenced their lives. For now, I'll leave you with a little vignette:

It's July, and I'm stepping out into the sunshine for an on-the-land exercise: to find a sit spot. I've been invited to choose a spot by following my instincts, and I find myself settling down just inside the edge of the forest. I've been told that if I'm quiet for long enough - maybe 20 minutes or so - that the wildlife will stop worrying about me and return to their usual ways. 20 minutes feels like a long time! I've just decided that I won't be experiencing any wildlife today, when a tiny mouse emerges from the leaves near my foot and begins to meander around nearby. I watch this in silence. A question has been answered. And I am hooked for life.

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$3,528 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 61 people in 9 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Nature Learning Community (Ann Arbor Nature School)
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