Our Philosophy

Here are the 3 pillars of our ecological learning philosophy.

1. Spirit

An animating or vital principle held that gives life and the seat of emotions and character; the soul.

The English word “spirit” comes from the Latin “spiritus”, which means breath, as well as soul, courage, and vitality.

Breathing is the physical function that energizes our bodies and connects us to our environment. Developing consciousness of your breathing leads to present moment awareness, the key to achieving a spirited life of fulfillment and contentment. With conscious breathing, you can escape your mind’s multiplexed thinking, achieve heightened awareness, and enjoy a richer sensory experience.

The first step is to learn how to breath longer and deeper by using conscious breathing practices to clear the mind and train your present moment awareness. We teach a practice called Sensory Immersion Meditation to feel your breath animating your body and anchor yourself in the “felt presence” of your immediate experience.

Conscious breathing is the most powerful tool we have for quieting the compulsive thinking that disconnects us from our natural environment by compelling us to habitually judge, label, and compare everything. We teach you how to add conscious breathing practices to your day to develop the habit of presence and heightened sensory awareness in your daily life.

Once you train your mind to apply full attention to your immediate experience, you will experience deeper embodiment and a more connected sense of awe-inspiration in your life. We believe anyone can re-train their mind to see the world with what Zen Buddhism calls a “Beginner’s Mind”, where you can experience the beauty and complexity of nature with a childlike sense of awe and wonder.

2. Quest

A transformational search or pursuit made in order to find or obtain something meaningful.

In our modern societies, many of us no longer participate in the coming-of-age initiation rituals that once connected us to nature and provided the foundation for building the self-awareness we need to serve our communities as creative leaders and storytellers.

To recapture the power of initiation rites, our adventures are based on an archetypal myth and transformative storytelling process that mythologist Joseph Campbell called The Hero’s Journey. It involves leaving the safety and comfort of the known world to discover the depth of your inner nature and harness your creative potential so you can make a bigger impact and serve others in your community as a leader, a mentor, and a guide.

The Hero’s Quest is considered an archetypal story because we have heard it our entire lives in the religious stories of prophets like Jesus, Buddha, and Krishna. You will also find this archetypal myth behind the struggles of the heroes who find mentorship and guidance toward a higher purpose in blockbuster Hollywood movies such as Avatar, The Matrix, and Star Wars.

This ritual quest calls on an adventure of discovery to overcome the barriers that hold us back and keep us playing small in our lives. It involves using the power of mythology and epic storytelling to reconnect with our true nature, our land, and the ancestral wisdom of Planet Earth.

3. Adventures

An exciting or very unusual experience that involves risk and expanding your comfort zone.

Without adventure, life becomes routine and boring. We often live and work in man-made environments that make us feel stagnant and disconnected. The antidote is to spend more time completely unplugged and immersed in the wild landscapes of nature. This way we can counter the dangerous effects of chronic stress, narcissism, and sedentary living.

We believe that learning should be an adventure where we follow our curiosity and have fun playing outside. Nature provides the ideal classroom to develop our ecological awareness in the forest and gain a deeper appreciation for the interconnected and symbiotic ecosystems that enrich our lives us with plants, trees, animals, birds, and fungi that thrive all around us.

In Buddhist legend, they say that being born as a human is a chance of less than one in a billion and therefore to be born in a human form is to be extremely fortunate. Our responsibility to learn about this miracle of life and to protect our biosphere so we may continue to thrive for the many generations to come.