Join Jon Young of the 8 Shields Institute for a weekend training on: Pathways to Connection, the Acorn Leadership Model

3:00pm Friday – 2:00 pm Monday | January 17-20, 2020
Big Oak Canyon
Silverado, CA
Directions emailed upon RSVP
$300/adult | $100/child 

What is the difference between gatherings and events that make you want to leave as soon as you arrive and ones that are so engaging,
enlivening and fun that you wish they would never end?

What if there was a simple, scale-able model for putting on nearly any type of event – be it family gatherings, workshops, business meetings, and more – that would create an optimal experience for everyone involved?

This is a hands-and-hearts-on experiential workshop that will offer the tools and skills needed to design events that enliven your community! This three-day training will give you an embodied experience of creating and learning the Acorn distributed leadership model. 

A children’s program will be available, please bring your families.

Pathways to Connection: Acorn Leadership Weekend – Adult Form

$ 300.00
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Pathways to Connection: Acorn Leadership Weekend – Child Form

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What is the acorn leadership model?

The Acorn Model is a recipe for dynamic connection & learning.

When we work with a teaching or facilitation team, we benefit from having multiple perspectives available to help support the group. The question is whether we can fully empower and leverage each team member to contribute within a cohesive framework.

An Acorn is a team working together to leverage transformative learning using a framework built on principles of connection observed in nature. You could think of it as an application of biomimicry – observing what’s happening in nature and adapting those larger patterns to support group facilitation.

By structuring our events and roles on nature’s patterns, we step into a greater field of connection. Because we are nature. Any sense of separation is in the mind only. What we observe in the larger world of nature reflects the patterns that are moving within each of us as humans.

Each participant or family brings

  • your own camping gear
  • warm clothing in layers
  • flashlights, chairs
  • snacks and lunch each day
  • mess kit – serving utensils and plates/bowls for the family

Earthroots will provide

  • experienced instructors trained in first aid and CPR
  • organic meals: breakfast and dinners each day
  • camping area
  • drinking and washing water
  • dish-washing station for your cups, plates & utensils


Please email one Medical and Release Form per participant to [email protected] at least one week before the event. Participants must RSVP at least one week in advance. Limited spaces are available. Please review Earthroots registration policies before registering for classes or workshops.

Instructor Profiles

Jon Young

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.

Jodi Levine-Wright

Jodi is the founder and Executive Director of Earthroots Field School. She has been living and teaching experientially-based environmental education professionally since 1999. Her teaching style incorporates outdoor, hands-on activities that awaken a sense of connection and stewardship between children and the natural world. Her community-building skills create the feeling of a small village within the Earthroots program

Questions? Please contact [email protected]

Photo credit: Alicia D. Photography