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Coyote Conference 2023


Should I go? What's the weather forecast? Rain and snow. How many inches of snow? Will the road conditions be safe? Where is my snow gear? Will I get back in time for work on Monday morning? What are others in our group deciding to do?? Yikes, they are dropping out.


I'm going for it!


Trust.


In early March, I went to Coyote Conference in Nevada City. A gathering of folks who work with kids outdoors. Mostly naturalists.


There were hoops to jump through, including weather conditions and a canceled motel room. . . . Including a self-judgement all-nighter. Ugh.


In the end, the weekend was mysteriously sacred. The snow was serene and cleansing. And not a single driving issue. I was able to do my first Bird Sit and my second tracking in snow. I had the honor of being in Circle with many inspiring educators and received spot-on teachings from indigenous elders and seasoned naturalists. I was able to pray for and hold space for a Lanape Apache elder who shared a deep healing.




One of my highlights was starting a plant dyed silk scarf, which I finally completed a couple of days ago.


My next steps for forest school--how and why to uplevel--are clear and uplifting. My heart is filled with gratitude for my experiences there.



Thank you to Mia Andler of Vilda Nature and Rick Berry of 4 Elements for co-hosting and co-facilitating the conference. It was a treat to be a participant, to soak in the sessions and to meet the wild of that forest.




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