Since I’ve come a long way through different areas of experience, I’m applying a very unique approach to all the services that I’m offering. In the background of everything I do, these are the influences that drive me the most:
- Coyote Teaching
- Medicine Wheel
- (Social) Permaculutre
- 8 Shields Model
- Dragon Dreaming
- Truth Speaking
- Wild Nature (Wilderness)
This form of teaching is based on a way of natural learning practiced by a lot of indigenous cultures for thousands of years. It is actually more like mentoring, as it works on many levels in the background, guiding the students to find their own answers.
The Medicine Wheel was used by indigenous cultures as a way to connect everything. It represents natural cycles of the four seasons, the four elements, the course of the sun during the day, life itself, and so many more layers. It’s a way of looking at life not as a linear thing, but as an ever-renewing cycle. It’s not about up and down, good and bad, but embracing different stages of development as equally important.
Every person consists of a lot of different parts (body, mind, soul) that are all interconnected and impact one another. And just like in a small way, every human, every animal, every plant are connected in this big organism that’s the universe. It’s a complex and holistic view of the world and everything in it.
Permaculture is a combination of the words “permanent agriculture” and is based on 12 principles. Even though they were developed with agriculture in mind, they can easily be adapted to also fit into our lives, which is sometimes called Social Permaculture. Using the 12 principles in your everyday life helps to put things in perspective, and build a more sustainable life without burning out at some point.
8 Shields Model
The 8 shields model was developed by Jon Young, Ingwe (Elder), and a lot of other people and influences. It seems at the base similar to the Medicine Wheel, in that it uses the natural cycles as a base. It is however much more complex, not only using four but eight directions, using their different energies to facilitate meetings, group events, and even communities and villages. And even that explanation is just scratching on the surface. It is the product of decades of research of how nature connected communities and villages operate, what is needed, and how to balance it.
This method of building and facilitating group projects was developed by John Croft, who learned from the Australian Aboriginies about their work with dreams and facing your inner (and outer?) dragons (daemons). It is also based on the wheel of the seasons and their energies, but also incorporates some modern project management ideas. Its main goal is however not the end product, but the journey of each individual and the group.
Always having the intention to speak your best words and your truth is a way to – step by step – get closer to your inner voice and be able to really connect with your wild heart.
Wild Nature (Wilderness)
Wilderness, or wild, unmonitored Nature, with all of its trees, bushes, flowers, funghi, leggeds, wingeds, finned, rocks, soil and all the other creatures and living things are the most patient and connected teachers. So learning from them is a big part of my journey.