Learning Resources

Deep Nature Connection & Mentoring Tools

Jon’s books, audio and other inspirational learning materials are now available through the 8 Shields webstore, including Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature and What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World.


Bird Language dot com logo“From a young age, I was trained to observe the language of nature, and especially, the language of the birds.

I began to see that the birds are highly attuned to their surroundings, and that their behavior and vocalizations can warn of the distant approach of other animals and even people.

In my later research I found that this knowledge is found across many continents amongst indigenous cultures. Understanding the language of the birds can lead to closer encounters and appreciation of wildlife, and opens the potentials of human awareness to exciting vistas.

In effect, the birds become a barometer of awareness – they can bring us to the present moment by stretching and attuning our senses, bringing deep peace of mind and constant connection with the inner and outer landscape.

– Jon Young

Learn about these skills and related projects at BirdLanguage.com.

Featured Interviews with Jon Young:

Audio Set: Seeing Through Native Eyes, 2nd Edition

Reboot your personal operating system with this deep nature connection toolkit. In this second edition of the popular series, Jon Young focuses on the “soft skills” of connection including the development of empathy, story sharing, listening, the quiet mind, and other elements that generate a deep, powerful nature connection quickly and predictably. Learn more. . .

Reclaiming Our Natural Connections CD set cover with Jon YoungAudio Set: Reclaiming Our Natural Connections

For hundreds of thousands of years there have been people living on the Earth, sharing their lives with the myriad intermingled life forms supporting them. The human body has many “tracks and signs” of this ancient legacy of nature connection.

Until just the last few decades and generations, the human family mostly maintained a critical mass of these connections intact. Now, we are all realizing, for our well-being and the well-being of the natural systems that support us, it’s time for us to re-claim our natural connections. Learn more…