Sit Spot: Uncovering Nature in Your Own Backyard
Are you looking to make a better acquaintance the wild residents of your own backyard?
This class will introduce you to the concept of the sit spot, guide you in finding one, and support you in your first 60 days of experiencing the sit spot as you get acquainted with a world that is literally hiding outside your door.
You will discover simple practices that reveal your backyard as a vast wilderness filled with a huge cast of characters and stories of epic proportions – who is eating who, the surprising ongoing conversations that are led by the songbirds, and monitored by nearly every creature, how plants and animals find creative protection from harsh conditions or locate hidden sources of food. Even more surprising you might notice that nature shines a light on the workings of our inner life and that there are insights waiting for you outside if you just sit and observe.
We will meet once a month for 3 months at Heldeberg Workshop to learn the basics of the sit spot practice and the skills that go along with it nature including awareness and observation techniques, the art of timeless wandering, bird language, the same exciting awareness, sneaking and hiding games I play with the children in my summer classes and even a wilderness survival skill or two.
In the first class, you will be given everything you need to establish your own sit spot and journaling practice at home. Between classes, I will be available by phone and email to support you and answer questions.
Three Sundays – 4/22, 5/27, 6/24
1:00 – 4:00 PM – $80 for 3 Sessions
Course for adults
Instructor: Steve Young
Steve has been visiting his sit spot most days since 1994. He is a graduate of the Kamana Naturalist Training Program, an extensive home study program in the art of building a long-term relationship with a sit spot and with the plants, animals that live there. Steve is a relentless tracker of his own inner landscape as it is reflected by the daily installments of the great story of nature and it’s inhabitants.
He has been leading the popular “Forest Ninjas”, “Way of the Cooper’s Hawk and “At Home in the Woods” classes for children at Heldeberg Workshop for 4 years and has recently diversified into adult classes. After all, why should kids be the only ones having so much fun in the woods of Heldeberg Workshop?