The Art of Mentoring


nature. culture. inspiration. connection. august, 2016

The Art of Mentoring is a dynamic, week-long overnight experience with programs for all ages, immersing participants in a living, learning culture of nature and self-awareness. Each program runs simultaneously, weaving together to form a week long “village” with connection to nature, community, and self as the culture. This workshop provides knowledge, tools and practices that enrich relationships and allow participants to create a powerful culture of nature connection in all aspects of their life and community.

Deep in all of our roots, there are stories of our ancestors living in healthy, regenerative communities – villages where people of all ages were in deep relationship with the land, each other, and themselves. The Art of Mentoring is designed to help us remember these old ways and learn to apply them to our modern communities. It is an immersion experience in a hopeful vision of what a community can look like when the cultural fabric that binds everything together is focused on things that serve individual, community, and environmental health.

“It takes a village to raise a child.” It also takes a village to:

  • Engage the gifts of our elders
  • Create essential rites of passage for our teens
  • Ensure parents are supported and thriving
  • Welcome our babies into a world of open arms
  • Feel deep compassion and gratitude for all of our relations
  • Understand your gifts and how to apply them in service to the people

The course is taught through group experiential activities, lectures, storytelling, and music, and is delivered in association with, the international leader and organizing body of the Art of Mentoring model and courses.

Course Content

Guided by an international team of experienced facilitators, each day includes personal and group activities, focusing on outdoor experiential opportunities including:

  • the art of questioning
  • wildlife tracking
  • naturalist education
  • sensory awareness training
  • inspirational storytelling
  • singing
  • creative arts
  • exposure to wilderness living skills
  • cultural mentoring
  • community building and personal reflection
  • discussion and reflection


August 16 – 21, 2016


Ziontario Campground


Corporate pricing: $1350 per adult for the Adult Program.

Non-corporate pricing: $745 per adult, with early bird discount of $50 per registration until Midnight, April 30th. As a charity, we offer a discounted rate for individuals and families.

Teen, child, and parent and tot programs have individual pricing – see specific program pages for details.

Bursaries are an available option through the Best Day Ever Fund. Click the link below to view and download our application form. It must be downloaded in order to be filled out electronically, and then returned to us in PDF format. Deadline is Monday July 6th.

Art of Mentoring Bursary Application


All food is provided as part of the cost of registration.

We encourage tenting and camping for accommodations. Supplies can be rented at MEC. Limited indoor lodging is available for young families and folks in an older lifestage, at an additional cost of $50 per person for the week, at a maximum of $100 per family.

Unfortunately, transportation is not provided or organized by the program, so it is up to the participants to arrange for their own transportation. Carpooling is always encouraged!

Art of Mentoring Programs

“This is nature education as it should be: mysterious, timeless, hopeful, evocative, and playful.”

- David Sobel, author of Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education

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