Our 2024 Chaparral Naturalist Certification Course
WHERE? Our classes are held at our retreat center, the Owl's Nest, in Escondido, California. WHY? As a Chaparral Naturalist you will discover how to enhance your life through Nature, reconnect with your wild, inner self, and excite your natural curiousity. Part of this journey is to regain control of your attention, your mind. Consequently, we dethrone the silicon idol in your pocket or purse and ask that it be properly sequestered during your time with us.
HOW MUCH? We ask for a $175 donation to help us cover course materials (including our inspiring textbook), hot beverages to kick start your morning, and other expenses. If this is beyond your budget, please let us know. Scholarships are available. QUESTIONS? Please ask us any questions you may have about our program by sending us an email. We'd love to hear from you.
Rather than passively listening to experts, our course is organized in small, interactive groups that participate in collaborative learning experiences designed to enhance the learning process and foster friendships.
A significant part of the journey to love Nature is rediscovering your wild, innocent self. Research has confirmed what we have known intuitively for a very long time - connecting with Nature is not only essential for our physical health, but our mental health as well. Nature provides us the tools necessary to develop meaningful connections with ourselves and the world around us. Many of the social and personal conflicts we experience in our lives are directly related to ignoring and repressing our true, inner selves, as well as distancing ourselves from Nature.
"As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thought we wish to dominate our lives." The outdoors is non-judgmental, unconditional, immediate. There are no expectations, obligations. Nature allows you the freedom to be you. We help Nature share that wisdom.