Connection Matters Podcast

Deep Nature Connection and Culture Repair with Jon Young and Looby Macnamara

Episode Summary

In this episode with Jon Young and Looby Macnamara we discuss the origins of the Eight Shields, Mentoring, Deep Nature Connection, Culture Repair and their role in society today as a way to bring about personal and community change around us that will ripple out into society. We talk about cultural emergence as a way of lasting transformation and change as we move through these uncertain times.

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Jon Young
Jon Young is the founder of the 8 Shields Institute. He is an acknowledged expert on mentoring especially with respect to deep nature connection and culture. Jon was mentored himself by numerous Native Elders from traditional cultures of Europe, Africa and North America. He is also an inspirational storyteller who has been invited all over the planet to share his vision of a truly regenerative and peaceful world. Jon is author of What the Robin Knows, and co-author of Coyote's Guide to Connecting with Nature. .

Looby Macnamara
Looby Macnamara is a pioneer of permaculture and co-founder of Cultural Emergence.
She is an author, facilitator, designer, gardener, mother. She has written 4 books; Cultural Emergence, People & Permaculture, 7 Ways to Think Differently and Strands of Infinity.
Looby has been deeply immersed in the permaculture movement since she came across it in 1999. She has been a trustee and chair of the Permaculture Association and is a senior diploma tutor. She has been teaching since 2002 and has run many courses including a dozen teacher trainings.
In 2016 Looby set up the Applewood Permaculture Centre with her family, where they run courses and grow food.
Looby is also part of the Mother Nature project - to support mothers in their process of personal transformation.

Jon and Looby

Jon and Looby have been collaborating since 2016. They have been working together to emerge new tools and wisdom with the Cultural Emergence toolkit. Looby also mentored the 8 Shields Institute in design. Jon and Looby have taught many courses together including Cultural Emergence Leadership Training, an online Cultural Emergence Design course and both the Activating Cultural Emergence (ACE) and Peace Empowerment And Cultural Emergence (PEACE) courses.