Lessons from Our Ancestors
with Jon Young

We live in interesting times. Remnant lawn signs beckon us to “Make America Kind Again.” But how? If you think we need a better blueprint for life, one that supports a living planet, humanity and a future we can embrace, you are not alone. But where do we begin?

That answer comes to us from cultures that never lost their way. At this weekend storytelling workshop on June 3-4 from 10:00am – 6:00pm at the Splash Education Center, Jon Young will explore cultures deeply connected to nature and what we can learn from them.

For over 30 years, Jon has followed one question wherever it led him: Why do some societies connect with nature and others don’t? His work with indigenous elders and wisdom-keepers from around the world has revealed universal tools that generate healthy, connected people and communities. This workshop will help preserve this knowledge for future generations by sharing it with you and recording it for others.

A renowned writer and mentor of deep nature connection, Jon shares his gathered wisdom with people throughout the world to ensure it does not die with him. His legacy is the 512 Project. Workshops like this create opportunities to record the stories that illuminate 64 Cultural Elements practiced by healthy cultures, which we can adopt to improve our own. This introductory video, recorded at an earlier event, provides some background and context for the workshop at Splash.

Jon’s stories will explore the essential role of elders and the preparations to assume elderhood. In traditional societies this time of life is all about looking back and gaining perspective, not only on the individual’s life, but also the lifetimes of their ancestors.  What some would call the “stage of leadership” involves assuming responsibility for future generations and the future of the culture. Jon will cover eight distinct topics about this stage of life.

Come experience the fun, supportive environment created by Sacramento Splash, the 8 Shields Institute, and others seeking a better future for our planet, ourselves and the next generation. Folks have waited a long time for Jon to come to Sacramento, so seats will go fast. Register soon!

Advance registration required. The cost is $120 for the two-day workshop. (There is no single-day option.) If the full fee would prevent you from attending, please inquire about a subsidy.

Please remember:

  • Bring your own lunch and snacks. Water, tea, and coffee will be provided.
  • Other details will be supplied when you register.
  • If you have questions or need help, please contact Eva Butler.

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