What is Nature Awareness Mentoring?
Nature Awareness Mentoring is an approach to practical and academic learning that fosters growth, creativity, compassion, and wellness in a non-clinical way. It is, by all accounts, a breath of fresh air that empowers individuals to become confident communicators and ingenious problem solvers. By encouraging play, creative expression, and mindfulness, participants effectively discover their belonging as a member of the natural world. Nature Awareness Mentorship provides the safety for fun exploration and observation, the freedom to shake
off the stress of contemporary life and gives permission to individuals to be truly themselves.
By nurturing our community (our future ancestors of all ages and backgrounds), we help each other to adapt to the ever-changing nature of the world and provide an optimistic outlook for the future with a skillful and fascinating wild life. We empower and create enthusiasm for stewardship, compassion, leadership, life itself. We wholeheartedly believe that this approach bridges gaps between division and challenge, enhances mutual respect, and empowers people to survive and thrive with resilience, courage, and a worldview that perceives the interconnectedness of all life.
Meet Owner, Rhonda
When Rhonda is not collaborating with nature education leaders throughout North America and Britain, she spends her free time in nature hiking, hunting, camping, taking care of her chickens and ducks, and searching for fascinating stories about what she discovers with her family and friends in forests, along beaches and riversides. She has a deep appreciation for place, bushcraft survival, natural skills, and innovative, fun education. Rhonda especially loves play time and her childlike joy can be observed, much to the children’s delight, when she returns from a day at school even muddier than they!
Rhonda was formally educated at the University of Guelph, where she earned a B.S. in Agriculture, Environmental Biology, with specialization in Aquatic Biology. She continued to Lakeland University where she earned a Master Naturalist certificate and is currently in the process of completing the Early Childhood Education certificate program and her Forest School Practitioners. Rhonda has more than 25 years of experience as a leader in the outdoor childhood education and guiding field. However, she credits her real education to her youth and the time spent growing up in, observing, and interacting with the forest and streams around her “special secret spot,” near her childhood home. Rhonda enjoys meeting and working with children and families in New Brunswick and throughout Canada as they deepen their love and connection with nature.
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Stephanie has been a contemplative adventurer from the beginning. Her first day sailing, she was only eight days old! When she was a toddler, she joined a prominent female paediatrics neuroscientist at the Toronto Children’s Hospital for her astute observations of human behaviour. She absorbs information from the more-than-human-world, her sleeping dreams, meditative visions, expressive arts, and writing so that she can make sense and meaning out of the lived experience. She became a licensed maritime captain aboard tall ships and other historic and eco-tour vessels and then shifted into forests and other eco-systems, ultimately choosing to focus on the nature of Self and of place through inquisitive exploration and mindful contemplation in the more-than-human-world. She has the lived experience of being adopted, an immigrant, a “resident alien.” Stephanie was formally educated at Boston University, where she earned a B.A. in the History of Art and Architecture and then continued on to Salve Regina University to earn a M.A. in Holistic Leadership.
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Nature’s Backpack is grateful to live, work, and play in the traditional lands of the Peskotomuhkati Nation within the Wabanaki Confederacy, protected by the living, reaffirmation of the Covenant Chain, known as the 2016 New Wampum: Peace, Trust, and Friendship (Treaty). Canada sits on unceded and stolen Indigenous land – find out more here: https://native-land.ca/ We are committed to the process of decolonization as an action, not a metaphor.