INTO THE WILD - PORTUGAL

Outdoor Education leadership foundation course

This is primarily a hands-on, experiential course and is based on nature connection, practices and activities. The program will introduce earth education, nature awareness, creative interpretation, bushcraft, sensory awareness and narrative skills.

 

Who is it suitable for?

The program has been created for those on a personal and professional development path. It may be at the point of a career change or after graduating that the need for practical experience and mentoring in the field is required.

To align you with your goals, connect you deeply with nature and offer you tools and experience that will translate effectively into everyday life.

The program is geared toward teachers, educators, outdoor instructors, rangers, forest school leaders, play-workers, and in more general terms, those who are change-agents, community leaders, people in personal or professional transition.

For those who long a more fulfillment in their lives and a deeper impact in the world.

 

What will you learn?

  • Learn and/or develop new skills, tools and techniques to become a more effective educator
  • Gain experience with a range of client-groups
  • Discover more of your gifts, passions and vision
  • Move yourself closer to your professional aspirations, and toward your dreams for yourself and the world
  • Receive coaching, mentoring and support
  • Adopt routines that connect you with nature and can facilitate others connection to nature
  • Be introduced to new ideas and new practices
  • Foundation Program Outline

 

Program Structure:

·         6 modules weekends, 3 days each

·         5-10 days field work on into the wild Portugal camps or events

·         4 online mentoring sessions (skype)

·         Various assignments and practices associated with developing nature connection and integrated learning.

·         Online peer group

 

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MODULE 1: ORIENTATION

 

26th to 29th January 2018

Introduction to outdoor survival basic skills - medicine wheel, orientation, firecraft, campcraft skills, introduction to core routines. Night walk. Assignments & practices.

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MODULE 2: HANDS

 

13th to 16th April 2018

Bushcraft skills – firecraft, shelter-building, cutting tools, coppicing, woodcraft, wild foods, campfire cookery. Assignments & practices.

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MODULE 3: IMAGINATION

 

8th to 11th June 2018

Creative interpretation. Nature games. Earth Education. Environmental storytelling. Animating nature. Narrative techniques. Assignments and practices.

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MODULE 4: AWARENESS

 

22nd to 24th September 2018

Sensory awareness. Tracking skills. Wildlife observation. Bird language. Night activity.Medicine walk. Assignments and practices.

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MODULE 5: HEART

 

19th to 22nd October 2018

 

Gaia theory. Deep ecology. Active Hope. Council of All Beings. Overnight solo. Assignments and practices

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MODULE 6: LEADERSHIP

 

23rd to 26th November 2018

Leadership styles. Eco Constellations. Information and resources for Environmental Education. Celebration!


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FIELDWORK:

Students work with "Into the Wild" staff to gain experience assisting on courses and camps.. By negotiation there is an option to work with similar external organisations.  A minimum of 3 days is required.

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ONLINE MENTORING:

4 sessions of one-to-one focused inquiry to support the participant in how they reflect on the course, develop their emotional literacy, their professional and personal aspirations and clarify next steps.

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PRACTICAL EVALUATION:

The evaluation is based on the student's practical performances on various assignments and practices associated with developing nature connection and integrated learning.

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ONLINE PEER GROUP:

Group support with online sessions. Help each other to connect ourselves with the environment and discover our true nature.

Course Fees:

Total fee for the course: 1.800€

Fee per module: 350€

Each module runs for 3 days from Friday - Monday and includes an evening meal.

You must provide your own tent /sleeping bag and food for breakfast / and lunch.

You can book from 1 to 6 modules , each module costing 350 Euros, if you book all 6 modules the total price will be discounted down to 1,800 Euros.

You must pay a 30% deposit of the total cost upon application(paid by direct payment to) and the remainder to be paid upon arrival of each module.

A diploma will be awarded when all 6 modules are completed.