Workshop is a mix of lecture, group process and hands-on learning.

nature game follow leader blindfoldedThis workshop is designed to give mentors and educators tools for authentic and meaningful connections with their students. Participants will actively engage in and learn different ways of interacting with people, ecosystems, mentors and children. Participants will gain hands-on experience in how to relate to their students and to the world around them using traditional methods of inquiry, passion-based learning and natural discovery and challenge. Coyote mentoring is a unique and effective educational approach that has been developed over the last 25 years by Jon Young and the Wilderness Awareness School. It uses children’s innate passion and excitement about the natural world as a catalyst to actively engage them in their learning process. In each student and mentor, it develops the capacity for learning, problem solving and genuine expression, and, awakens a natural sense of wonder.

This workshop is led by passionate educators who have many years of experience mentoring children with the Coyote Mentoring approach. It is engaging, thought-provoking, and fun.

We offer half-day workshops, as well as full-day workshops. Our full day workshop consists of the workshop above, as well as time to spend in the woods actively engaging your senses, learning new games that can be applied anywhere. We will look at why nature connection is important, and why teaching amongst nature can fulfill the innate capacities of children. We will also cover different ways of communicating with children — more compassionate and direct communication and how to empower children to express their needs and be empowered to use their voice.


Do you want to connect with nature?

If you’re anything like I was when I first got the calling to nature connection then you’ve probably already got a lot of reasons why you want to have this experience.

The questions that most people have once they start to get excited about learning are things like…

How do I get started?
Where will I find the time?
What if I can’t take a whole year out of my life to do an immersion program?

This is the first challenge that prevents beginning trackers, herbalists and nature geeks from making the kind of progress they crave.

But imagine if you had a mentor holding a commitment to your success on the path of being fully alive and connected to nature.  Someone who would check in with you on a regular basis to help you work through your questions, blocks and help you to really start moving with your learning process.

That’s exactly what we’re offering through our brand new telephone mentoring services.  Ongoing weekly mentoring is one of the best ways to get connected to nature in a way that fits with your lifestyle.  You’ll find information about this exciting new program in the flyer attached to this email.

Each mentoring package is personalized and designed to meet you at whatever stage of learning you are in. You will be guided to new discoveries and a deeper sense of connection to the world around you.

I personally believe this connection is fundamental to the future health and well being of humans and our planet. 

In addition to the information on the flyer I want to point out that there are generally four different pathways that you can choose to take as you go through the program.

  1. Nature Connection
    • Get oriented to the routines that produce nature connection.
    • Sit Spot and the most foundational mentoring experience.
  2. Animal Tracking and Bird Language Focus
    • Explore Tracking and Bird Language in the outer landscape and your inner landscape.
    • Learn the mechanics of how to develop deep awareness.
  3. Connecting Pathways
    • As we connect with nature and our senses stretch outward, we also travel within and learn to connect with who we are and what our true purpose in life is.
  4. Open Focus
    • Mentoring in any other context not covered by the previous programs.
    • Recommended for people who have significant experience and want support for any other learning or project on a passion basis.

Sign Up for Weekly telephone calls

Receive ongoing guidance and support as you experience a journey of nature connection.  Learn routines to foster a deep knowledge of place.  Push the edges of your awareness to discover the natural passion in your soul.  Transformation in nature.  One hour per week of mentoring plus “dirt time” in-between sessions.  4 months – $400.

Can be done from anywhere and started at anytime. Try your first session for free.

Click here to have Brian contact you.

Brian MertinsBrian Mertins offers personal mentoring services through the Soaring Eagle Nature School. Brian holds a deep commitment to nature connection and mentoring. He is a graduate of the Anake Outdoor School and the Anake Leadership Program, both of which are offered through the Wilderness Awareness School. Brian is a level 3 track & sign Cybertracker and he continues to work towards becoming a Master Tracker. He completed a permaculture design certification in summer of 2009. Brian’s strongest passion is studying the subtle mechanics of bird language. He has used the ancient awareness of bird language to track the concentric rings of hawks, owls, bobcats, mountain lions, coyotes, and homo sapiens. He loves sharing stories and eating good food with friends.

For more information, check out his Bird Language offering here. You may also contact Brian directly at