Private Mentoring

We are part of a living, intelligent, sacred planet that is constantly communicating with us.  Most of us knew this instinctively as children, but to function in our crazy society we had to forget. This left us lonely and adrift. 

Sometimes, though, we remember our place in the family of life: maybe it’s a moment in nature when all time stands still and we know that we belong to something much bigger than ourselves. When we learn to tap into this source, we find purpose, wonder and belonging in the great web of life. By awakening our nature, we see that it is possible to source directly from nature for wisdom and healing. 

As a liaison to the natural world, I can help you increase your intimacy with our living earth and your own wild nature. 

Together we can develop nature rituals and practices aimed at making you feel at home on Earth. We will explore how nature is communicating with you via signs and symbols.    Perhaps you’ve had an encounter with a plant or animal that you want to further understand? Maybe you want to go on a hike to learn about your nature? Maybe you’ve had a dream or vision that you want to integrate into your life?  Perhaps you want to connect with healing plant allies growing at your feet?

Our work will help you come into partnership with the more-than-human world.

The focus of our work is on deeply listening to what is awakening in you so you can follow your wild heart to find insight, belonging, and wisdom. My role is not to lead you to any particular place but to accompany you down the trail and hold safe space for your unfolding. Sometimes, our work reveals beauty and mystery of your own wildness. Other times, our work may require the courage to move through rocky, but necessary terrain, on the path towards wholeness. While our time together may touch on personal relationships, your work, or your past, the focus of our time is always about deepening your connection with your own wild nature that is connected to all life. Many of my clients value a safe place where it’s okay to feel pain, whether it is your own personal trauma and loss, or grief for our imperiled world. Honoring our pain opens our wild hearts and helps establish communication channels to nature and Spirit.

If our sessions are in person, we will go for an easy hike to see what naturally arises. Maybe a plant calls your attention and we sit for a while with it, learn about its medicine, and how it might help you on your path.  Another day, we might we immerse in a living pool of water to wash away old patterns that don’t serve. As always, we will let nature guide our mentoring process. If our sessions are online, together we can listen what your wild heart is calling for and develop tools and nature practices for you to build your relationship with Nature.

It is our great honor to to help people strengthen their bonds with our sacred, sentient Mother Earth.

Constance Washburn

Facilitator of Work That Reconnects

Constance is a facilitator of the “ Work that Reconnects” and has been training with Joanna Macy since. 1994. She has 35 years of experience designing and leading educational programs which reconnect people with the earth, their communities, and themselves. She brings her nature connection, mindfulness training, theater and educational backgrounds together to create opportunities for people to awaken to their interconnectedness and find inspiration to work for the Great Turning.

For 18 years as Education Director at the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) and then at Marin Organic she designed and ran popular events and educational programs, which connected over 5,000 people each year to the land that produces our food. She is co-founder and Chair of the Marin Agriculture and Education Alliance and is a Certified Permaculture Designer.

Constance has been a Buddhist practitioner since 1968 and is Community Dharma Leader through Sukhassidhi Foundation. She has co-facilitated a woman’s ritual circle for over 20 years and has designed and led workshops and trainings for educators, conservationists, and activists. Prior to life in California Constance was the director of educational theater companies on the East Coast producing and directing plays as well as teaching acting, improvisation and public speaking to adults and children. She has a MA from NYU and a BA from Hampshire College. To learn more about Constance go to her website.

 

Molly Young Brown

Molly Brown M.A. M.Div.

Molly lives in Mt Shasta, CA with her husband Jim. In her work as a writer, workshop facilitator, and life coach, she draws on the Work That Reconnects, ecopsychology, psychosynthesis, and systems thinking, and specializes in working with activists. She co-authored with Joanna Macy both editions of Coming Back to Life (1998, 2014) and edits an online journal,  Deep Times: A Journal of the Work That Reconnects.

Her other publications include: Growing Whole: Self-realization for the Great TurningHeld in Love: Life Stories To Inspire Us Through Times of Change co-editor Carolyn Treadway); and Lighting A Candle: Collected Reflections on a Spiritual Life.

To learn more go to Molly’s website

Go Wild Institute - Matthew Wood

Workshop Facilitator:

Matthew Wood

Matthew Wood has been a practicing herbalist since 1982. He has helped tens of thousands of clients over the years, with many difficult health problems.  He is a member of the American Herbalists Guild (registered herbalist) and has earned his Masters of Science degree from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine (accredited by the University of Wales).

  • Matthew is known throughout the world as an excellent teacher of herbal medicine. He is also the author of eight acclaimed books on herbal medicine, published by North Atlantic Books, in Berkeley, CA including:
  • The Book of Herbal Wisdom (1998)
  • The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism (2004)
  • The Earthwise Herbal, A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants (2008)
  • The Earthwise Repertory, The Definitive Practitioner’s Guide (2016)  

For more information on Matthew Wood see his website 

Interested in Mentoring?

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Frequently Asked Questions:

How long do sessions last?
After an initial phone interview to make sure we are a good fit, the initial session is 60-90 minutes. Subsequent office and online sessions are 60 minutes. Sessions out in nature are 90 minutes.
Are sessions confidential?
Yes, everything you say in a session is strictly confidential. Confidentiality helps set a strong container so our work can be deep and honest. Confidentiality is also part of the professional code of ethics for Spiritual Directors.
Where do sessions take place?
In person sessions take place in my home office or at a beautiful natural spot, depending on your wishes. Because many of my clients are not local, many sessions are held via zoom video conferencing.
What is the cost?
The fee is $100 per hour (sliding scale available for those with fixed/low incomes).  I offer a 15% discount for prepayment of 6 sessions. 
What is the frequency of appointments?
Most people choose to meet once or twice a month. Discounts and packages are also available.

In memorium:

“During this great turning of our times it is imperative that we awaken our nature and live from that sweet spot where we know that our joy and security are linked to the joy and security of all beings. More than ever, we are being called add our spark of divine to the collective light growing even in the midst of dark days.”

Jolie Elan

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