7/9: Classes are back on—check the "Upcoming Classes" schedule below! All classes currently meet outdoors, with appropriate safety precautions. Please bring a mask for all classes, including tracking club.
Also, enrollment is now open for the North Woods Naturalist Intensive, starting in late fall. See the Classes page (link in navigation bar above) for more details, and be in touch if you need more information.
We are designed to be in reciprocal relationship with our wild surroundings. There are myriad other beings around us — the otter in her bank den, the yellow warbler perched in the alders, the sensitive fern clumped below — living their inter-related lives, all tuned in to each other and to the whole. We are the only ones who have stepped outside that circle. In order to return to reciprocity, we need to cultivate relationship with our non-human neighbors.
Fox Paw Tracking Club
Every first Saturday of the month we'll meet at the Stranahan Town Forest and explore the tracks, sign, plants/trees, and habitat our North Woods home has to offer. I'll provide some loose structure and instruction — bring a mask, your field guides, questions, weather-appropriate gear and snacks. Beginners very welcome! Aimed at teens and adults.
We start at 9 a.m. and end around noon. There is no cost for tracking club. Be in touch with any questions.
August 1st, Stranahan town forest (parking lot off Hollister Hill Road), Marshfield.
Easy directions available from Google Maps.
Nature and Spirit with Fearn Lickfield
Join me for a four-part series, co-taught with Fearn Lickfield of the Green Mountain Druid Order. Our time together will be a blend of wildlife tracking, tree and plant ID, listening to birds, subtle energy practices, and guided meditation and breath work to connect with wildlife, the elements, the land, and our sensing bodies and souls.
Class will be held in a different location each week, no more than a 30 minute drive from Montpelier. Specific locations will be announced soon. Tuition is $100-$180 sliding scale, and the true cost is $160. Registration is open at the Druid Order's website, and enrollment is limited, so sign up now to reserve your spot.
We meet on four consecutive Thursdays from 9am-noon. Dates: July 16th, July 23rd, July 30th, and August 6th. In case of serious weather (heavy rain, lightning, high winds, etc), we will postpone and add a week.
This eight-month intensive will give you the tools to connect with our landscape on all scales, from broad-scale biome down to the silky hairs on the back of a new leaf.
"We asked Jonathan to design a nature walk as part of our staff retreat in Burke, VT. Our group was fascinated to learn about everything from how glaciers shaped the mountains to how farmers affected the landscape, with up close looks at trees, birds, and spring flowers. Jonathan knows so much, and his enthusiasm for nature is infectious!"
Noemi Giszpenc, Cooperative Development Institute, Northhampton MA
“I have had the pleasure of an ongoing nature mentorship with Jonathan. On our walks he teaches from his expansive and intricate knowledge of Nature with skill and enthusiasm. I always come away feeling more aware, connected and inspired to know more!”
Fearn Lickfield, Worcester VT
“I really enjoyed the tracking workshop with Jonathan. As we studied tracks and shouted out guesses, he didn't always tell us whether we were right or wrong — the hallmark of a good teacher. Instead, he guided us through piecing out the "why" and "how" of what the animal might have been up to. We were invited to use our senses to engage in a relationship with nature. Humans are prone to feeling like visitors in the natural world, but during this workshop I felt that I was a part of it.”
Jacqueline Huttenmoser, ECO Americorps member
“Jonathan really impressed upon us the importance of quieting ourselves and avoiding tunnel
vision from focusing too narrowly on one observation. We had to use all our senses to find the clues that
might have revealed the secrets of the wildlife we were tracking. Ultimately, Jonathan taught us how to
really look, and not just with our eyes, but all our senses.”
Americorps VISTA workshop participant