Is having our story heard a critical component of health and well being? What supports a community in being strong enough to invite and receive it?
Jon will help introduce the VBC18 theme of "Seeds from the Story Tree" through an exploration of the role of story in communities and cultures around the world and the necessity of hearing them and regaining our capacity to tell and to catch them.
Jon Young is a nature connection mentor, naturalist, wildlife tracker, peacemaker, author, workshop leader, consultant, 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. 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).He is the co-founder of the 8 Shields Institute.
Emily Zionts will open the evening with an exploration of The Great Turning, invoking Joanna Macy as we strive to transition from the Industrial Growth Society to a life-sustaining civilization.
For the past 16 years, Emily has been deeply immersed in the question of how we can empower our youth to face the crises and opportunities of this unique time in human history with compassion, resilience, innovation, and joy. After earning a MA in Peace Education from The United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica, Emily worked for several years teaching Peace Studies and Global Issues to teens. She fell in love with the profound transformation that the students would go through as a result of education at the intersection of social justice, environmental sustainability, and human thriving. Emily is an instructor of the Permaculture for Educators course with IPEC and and seeks to acknowledge privilege and increase food justice in the permaculture education movement.
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