Northern Michigan

Art of Mentoring



rescheduled for  summer 2022, in Traverse City, Mi.

We have made the tough decision to postpone this much-anticpated program.  It is still too soon in the Covid Cycle to make the plans and commitments needed for a large size, overnight program, like Art of Mentoring.  So we’ll be back and planning for the summer of 2022.  And our time together will be all the more sweet. 

We can’t wait !


Is it for

 Families, Professionals, Environmentalists, Teachers, Artists, Visionaries, Mentors, Naturalist and all Humans who are seeking tools and experiences to deepen their personal connection to nature, community and self and to develop the skills to help others to do so as well.   All ages welcome!


is art of mentoring

It’s a week-long, onsite, experiential  learning journey to grow your mentoring and nature connection skills. While here, you enjoy nourishing foods, a mentoring community,  and a safe and natural setting. 


Is it

Just 15 min south of Traverse City, Mi, this years program is hosted at the Greilick Outdoor Recreation and Education Center, nestled into the woodlands,  wetlands and lake sides of the unceded Anishinaabe territory we now know as Northern Michigan.

Meet your Keynote presenters and Staff 

My life’s work is connecting people deeply to nature. Through over 25 years of mentoring, I’ve seen that deep nature connection changes us. It rewires us and enables us to make much more of our human potential.

“I collaborate with organizations and individuals around the world who are seeking to foster deeper community and nature connections through the power of cultural and coyote mentoring principles. My keynote talks and trainings are based on a lifetime of personal experience combined with the input and guidance of cultural specialists from around the world.”

kathleen Lockyer

Kathleen has been a Licensed and Board Certified Occupational Therapist for 20 years. She has advanced training in several areas including Sensory Processing Disorders and Therapeutic Listening.  Kathleen has dedicated her life to creating programs and trainings to facilitate child development by using routines of Sensory Processing and Integration in the natural world. Kathleen is a self proclaimed “fierce protector of children and childhood”. 


 30+ experienced  staff and volunteers from Human Nature School, the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative, Title Track, the Nature Connection Network, and the 8 Shields Institute, come together to provide high quality youth, teen and adult program tracks!  

Art of mentoring Program Tracks

All programs run concurrently, with families coming together for meal times, break times and in the evenings.   All participants arrive 12 pm on July 6th and Depart by 11 am on July 11th.   Facilities include  campsites for participants, a  beautiful lodge & dining hall and clean and private bathrooms with hot showers.   Weather providing, the majority of workshops will be held outside.  

Oaks & Acorns

parent + 0-3 yr OLD

Max: 8


First off, huge gratitude to the parents and caregivers of our youngest humans!  We want to support you and your little ones during this week.  This program is for parent + child and follows the natural flow and needs of the group. It will provide space to connect with and learn from others, and provide tools and teachings to inspire and support your role as a parent. 

3 Youth programs:

Fairy Rings

Ages 4-6 

Red Backed Salamanders

Ages 6-8

Wild Leeks

Ages 9-12

Max: 8 per group


This program is available for folks registered in the Adult program track who want bring their kiddos! After you enjoy waking up to the birds and a nice hot breakfast with your family, you can walk your child over to the youth program area and sign them in for the mornings adventure!  While you are learning tools and teachings for mentoring and nature connection, your child will be out doing just that with experienced mentors.  Join together at lunch to hear their stories and then they’ll be back out for an afternoon of games, hikes and nature exploration while you’re able to be fully present in the adult program. 


Pine MartEns

ages 13-17



The teen program is a big one!  Participants will spend the majority of the week with their fellow teens and experienced  wilderness guides, out in the wilds, away from the rest of the group.  3 of the 5 nights will be spent on a wilderness adventure which includes camping, cooking and survival skills along with a incredible opportunities to paddle the nearby waters. With support from Seth Bernard and Title Track,  participants will be supported in exploring the creative depths within through song writing, story and more.  This will be an adventure to remember and to draw from for our teens coming of age and deepening their connections to nature, community and self. 



Ages 18-99+

Max: 56  



  • Learn models for creating effective educational experiences based on the cycles of nature
  • Practice games, activities, and songs which draw people, young and old, into nature
  • Explore how storytelling can be used in nature connection and draw out your own stories for mentoring youth and inspiring and teaching others!


  • Profile the path of development and transformation of people as they travel toward greater awareness and appreciation of the natural world.
  • Discuss the pitfalls and walls that mentors face in working towards a greater connection between individuals, community, and nature.
  • Create safe environments for students to grow, experiment, and make mistakes.

Connect with Community and Nature

  • Immerse yourself in core routines designed to increase the awareness of yourself and your students.
  • Enjoy a learning community of people dedicated to connecting with, teaching about, and honoring the earth.

Tuition Assistance Opportunites


 We seek to make our programs available and inviting for all.   If in need,  you can claim an automatic 10% discount when you checkout, use coupon code: AOM2020equity



If additional support is needed, you can also apply for a scholarship during your registration process.  Scholarships tend to cover 50%-15% of tuition and are reviewed on a weekly basis to offer a timely response.

Refund Policy

A $100 non refundable deposit is needed to save your spot.  Any cancellations that happen before  May 1st can receive a full refund (minus deposit)   Any cancellations received before June 1st can receive a 50% refund.  And all cancellations after June 1st will be considered on a case by case basis and we will do our best accommodate. 


Spend 5 nights breathing the fresh air and waking to the sounds of the birds.

As our students would say, “Time to get nature-ified!” 

Tent Camping

Tent camping is  highly encouraged for participants, even those who are new to camping!  Group sites include fire pits, and picnic tables and the indoor bathrooms and shower facilities are near by. 


Cabins are available on a limited basis.  You can indicate a need or preference for a cabin during the registration process.  

TRee tents

Want to take your camping to all new heights?  Tree Tents are available upon request!  

The Food!

Lots of delicious details yet to come!  What we can tell you now is that we are coordinating with local chefs, farms and incredible volunteers to bring you 3 local, delicious, nourishing meals each day and will take great care and caution to take your food preferences and allergies into account.     


“I’m excited to have a local, nature connection focused, community experience.  I am going to extend the invitation to my grandchildren – 6, 15, and 18 years old.”

-Mary Jo, Interlochen Elder

“I am looking forward to growing as an educator through the Art of Mentoring.  Each time I attend an Art of Mentoring, I experience new growth professionally and personally.  I am especially excited to bring my 2 young boys to see the teenagers go off on their journey and be welcomed back by the community.”

Chelsea, Leelanau County Professional

“[Art of Mentoring] sounds like something I would gladly do with my husband and 2 kids.  If I were planning a vacation with my family, paying for food, lodging and entertainment for 5 1/2 days we would spend this much or more.  The difference is that we would get to grow together and learn how to take even better care of each other while not having to plan any of it.  How do we register?”
– Ivy, K-8 Educator