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Get in touch with your inner sacred hunter

Two renowned researchers into the web of life, the importance of nature to our humanity, and the role of mentoring others into deepening relationships with nature, will be in Shelburne at the end of February for lectures and a workshop titled "Mentoring and the Sacred Hunt".

Dr. Randall Eaton, a dynamic ambassador for all that is right about hunting, and Jon Young are credited with bringing the collective wisdom of nature back into the modern experience. Young is the founder of the Wilderness Awareness School, and Eaton is an award-winning researcher and author.

Their appearances in Vermont are sponsored by Shelburne Farms and the University of Vermont and will include a lecture on Thursday, Feb. 26 at All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne, and a three-day workshop at Shelburne Farms from Feb. 27 to March 1.

The three day program is for adults from Friday, Feb. 27 to Sunday, March 1 (Friday at 5 p.m.-Sunday at 11 a.m.)

Young and Eaton will share their life-long experiences mentoring others in deepening relationships with nature. Participants will explore how and why a sacred approach to hunting fosters respect, reciprocity and responsibility toward the web of life.

Activities may include archery, story-telling, awareness exercises, animal tracking and trailing, and practicing the routines of the sacred hunt. Fee for the program is $300 and registration is required.

On Thursday, Feb. 26, for those who don't have time to actually get out in the woods, a lecture entitled "Good Medicine for Nature Deficit Disorder: Mentoring & the Sacred Hunt." Young and Eaton will give an engaging presentation on their life-long research and involvement mentoring others into deepening relationships with nature. Their talk will be at All Souls Interfaith Gathering on Bostwick Farm Road in Shelburne at 6:30. The fee for the lecture is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Jon Young's "Cultural Mentoring" approach to developing nature connections, holistic human awareness and advance peacemaking skills has spawned over 100 local school programs and initiatives in the U.S. and Europe. He is co-author of a new book on nature awareness mentoring, Coyote's Guide to Connecting with Nature.

Dr. Eaton is an internationally recognized authority in animal behavior, human evolution, wildlife conservation and the philosophical, psycho-spiritual dimensions and ethics of hunting. He published and edited the scientific journal Carnivore and produced the award-winning PBS video The Sacred Hunt.

For more information, call 802-985-8686, ext. 341.

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