At NatureLink we are honored and grateful to be a part of something much bigger than ourselves, that we are inspired to be connected to all things through a collective consciousness.
“We are connected to all things through a collective, or spiritual consciousness. Nature is a direct link to that collective, its ever changing patterns mirror the collective need.”
-Michael Jospé, MA, PCC - Founder, Earth Based Institute
We realize that this means we are part of a deep lineage of ancestral knowledge. The mission that we strive toward every day has been passed down from individual to individual and generations to generations. Each of these individuals has been deeply connected with nature, themselves, and their community. Yet more importantly, they have each been involved with the formation of NatureLink.
As co-founder of the 8 Shields Institute and OWLink Media, Jon has established an international network of consultants and trainers working to cultivate effective nature connection mentoring programs in communities and organizations. As the originator of the 8 Shields model, a best-practices process for nature connection mentoring, Jon has implemented vital advancements in the regeneration of nature-based cultural knowledge for the benefit of current and future the regeneration of nature-based cultural knowledge for the benefit of current and future generations
Jon Young is a nature connection mentor, naturalist, wildlife tracker, peacemaker, author, workshop leader, consultant, sought after public speaker and storyteller. As a leader in the field of nature-based community building over 30 years, Jon’s research into the impact and significance of nature on human intelligence and development has influenced tens of thousands of people worldwide.
Trained from an early age by renowned animal tracker Tom Brown Jr., and later by Lakota elder Gilbert Walking Bull and many other indigenous leaders from around the world, Jon has delved deeply into the arts of nature awareness, holistic tracking, bird language and ancestral living skills– fundamental knowledge that shaped the formation of human neurobiology and the way our species connects and learns. He has appeared as an expert in numerous documentaries concerning nature and ecology and travels to teach widely throughout North America, Europe, Australia and southern Africa.
Jon has authored and co-authored several seminal works on nature connection and connection mentoring, including What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World (2013), and Coyote’s Guide to Connecting to Nature (2007). In 2016, he received the Champion of Environmental Education Award for his innovative work, which has inspired positive developments in the field, and fostered the growth of the nature connection movement on a global level.
Josh brings a passion for sharing wildlife tracking and bird language skills through mentoring. Josh has been a longtime lead mentor with the 8 Shields Institute, sharing nature connection mentoring best practices with community leaders around the globe.
He is an accomplished naturalist and tracker, and Qi Gong teacher, gifted storyteller and skilled mentor with ten years of experience as a professional mentor and product design specialist for OWLink Media. He is a co-author of the Backyard Bird Language and The 8 Gifts from Nature online courses, appears in the instructional DVD Bird Language with Jon Young, and contributed to developing the “How to Learn Bird Language” appendix in the book, What the Robin Knows.
Brian is the founder of nature-mentor.com, an e-learning website that’s goal is making authentic nature awareness & mentoring opportunities accessible to people in communities around the world.
He is a graduate of Wilderness Awareness School and has an insatiable passion for helping people & organizations to reach their full potential. In his spare time, he enjoys sneaking up on wild animals and pursuing his interests in business, spirituality & perennial food growing systems
Tom Brown Jr. is an inspiration for all of us at NatureLink. He has helped generations of people realize that in order to re-awaken ourselves that we first need to tap into our ancestral traits, knowledge of ourselves, and find our true potential, in order to be one with all of creation.
America’s most acclaimed outdoorsman, and a renowned tracker, teacher, and author. When Tom was only seven, Stalking Wolf (Grandfather), an Apache elder, shaman, and scout, began coyote teaching Tom in the skills of tracking, wilderness survival, and awareness. After Stalking Wolf’s final walk, Tom spent the next ten years wandering the wilderness throughout the America’s with no manufactured tools-in most cases not even a knife-perfecting these Grandfathers skills and teachings. Tom came back to “civilization” and began looking for people interested in all that he has learned, but found none. He felt lost and confused until a local sheriff who knew Tom called him to track a lost person. Tom found the missing person, and in the process, found his vision.
Stalking Wolf was raised free of the reservations in the mountains of northern Mexico. Born in the 1870's during a time of great warfare and violence, he was part of a band of Lipan Apache that never surrendered. He was taught the traditional ways of his people and became a shaman and a scout.
When he was twenty a vision sent him away from his people, and for the next sixty-three years he wandered, seeking teachers and learning the old ways of many native peoples, and others who lived close to the earth. Stalking Wolf traveled the length and breadth of the Americas, following the Creators call. He never held a job, drove a car, paid taxes, or participated in modern society.
When he was eighty-three years old, he encountered a small boy gathering fossils in a stream bed. He recognized that boy as the person with whom he would spend his final years, and to whom he would teach all that he knew. That boy was Tom Brown, Jr. Tom became the recipient of not only all that Stalking Wolf had learned during his travels, but the distillation of hundreds of years of Apache culture as well. These are the teachings that Tom passes on at his famous Tracking, Nature, and Wilderness Survival School.