The Heart of a Child

One important step in our journey home to being fully alive is welcoming our child home. Many of us have seen that people who still live close to the earth have a playfulness, unselfconsciousness and creativity that is atrophied or absent in many those who are removed from the land. In this workshop, Steve Young will use games, imaginative play, wonder and exploration, deep nature immersion, the art of questioning and paying attention, and even quiet time alone to help us cultivate the heart of a child that still lives within each of us. Come prepared to have loads of high energy (and quiet) fun, get dirty, push your limits of what is comfortable at least a bit, and generally dive fully into the flow of natural life. Children are welcome as long as they are adequately supervised (which usually means 1:1 for ages 2 and under).

Steve Young

Steve Young is passionate about creating opportunities for nature to exert it’s innate powers that bring healing, inner clarity, and that secret sauce that makes us fully alive. He was unknowingly mentored by a 10-acre patch of woods across the street from his boyhood home and then in his 20s by the Adirondack wilderness.  In his 30s, he embarked on a 2nd career building organizations that taught wilderness survival, naturalist and nature connection skills to children and adults.  Steve has been visiting a sit spot in the woods near his home most days since 1994. He is a graduate of the Kamana Naturalist Training Program, an extensive home study program in the art of building a long term relationship with one place in nature and with the plants and animals that live there. In 2018, Steve attended the Unifier Festival and Forestdance.  After Forestdance, he experienced a powerful and long lasting transformation that inspired him to join the board of directors to help provide experiences like this to more people.

He leads sometimes relaxing and sometimes intense nature immersion adventures at Heldeberg Workshop right in his hometown of Voorheesville, New York.


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Unifier Festival is a Healing and Expressive Arts Festival, A Sacred World Music Festival, and a Beach Party. Immerse Yourself in Nature on 417 community owned acres in the foothills of the Berkshires

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