Come home to the Wild and discover what it means to be truly alive! Explore the ancient skills of your ancestors in a deep and integrative way, becoming part of the natural world, while receiving the inherent wisdom that nature is waiting to share.
Whether you are new to Thriving Roots or have done our programs before, we will take you on a journey, learning new skills while strengthening your foundation. Learn survival skills, forage for wild foods and medicines, learn natural crafts like weaving and cordage, track wild animals, discover the mysterious language of the birds, and deepen your understanding of place. Become more confident and competent in the wilderness, while expanding your self-awareness and building community.
“If we surrendered to Earth’s intelligence we would rise up rooted, like trees.” – Rilke
This is a time-tested mentoring model developed by Jon Young, founder of the 8Shields Institute. The model is based on powerful teachings passed on from indigenous elders from all over the world and has been applied for over 40 years in modern settings. It is a skillfully crafted holistic recipe of cultural elements and connective practices that enhance health, happiness and well-being in a deep embodied way. Thousands of people are a part of this international movement towards cultural repair and reconnection to nature.
8 weekend gatherings (16 days) on the first weekend of every month: 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday. The first and last weekends will include an overnight camp-out on Saturday night.
The results of these teachings can be life changing. Those who come with an open mind and commit fully to the practices will get the most results. The gatherings provide the embodied experience, and the monthly assignments, buddy sharing and personal mentoring provide the integration into our regular lives.
We practice what we preach. All the core routines we teach are an integral part of our own lives. We have been practicing them for many years and continue to do so.
Saturday & Sunday. 10am-4pm.
Oct 7-8 (Overnight Campout) Nov. 4 & 5, Dec. 2 & 3, Feb. 3 & 4, Mar 3 & 4, Apr 7 & 8, May 5 & 6, June 2 & 3 (Overnight Campout)
$1850 – payable in 3 installments. Course fee covers all gatherings, course materials and monthly assignments. OR $2125 – includes four 1hr private mentoring calls with Arnaud Gagne.
Bonus! Sign up with a buddy and get our “Buddy Rate” of $1700 each! Contact email@example.com with names of both participants to qualify for the buddy coupon code.
*Scholarship Opportunities available. Submit a Scholarship Application Online.
Alaina is the Director and Lead Instructor for Thriving Roots Wilderness School. She is also a Full Time Instructor for the Wisdom of the Earth’s WOLF Program on Salt Spring Island. Alaina completed the Wilderness Awareness School’s 9-month Anake Outdoor Program in 2014 and the Anake Leadership Program in 2015 where she was immersed in deep nature connection, wilderness living and the art of nature mentoring.
Alaina has spent almost 10 years running nature connection programs for youth and adults, ranging from the wild forests of the Pacific Northwest, to inner-city public schools of Vancouver, to therapeutic horticulture programs at the BC Children and Women’s hospital. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Public Relations and Community Service as well as a Certificate in International Relations and French Language.
Alaina is passionate about nature mentoring and enabling students in their fullest and wildest potential. She is known for her love of music and song, enthusiastic love of nature and people, deep care and accountability and fascination with bird language.