June 10-12, 2016: Peacemaking and Connection

With 8 Shields PDX and Jon Young

Experience the 8 Shields nature-connection mentoring model while learning to build more resilient communities through practices of peacemaking.

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Cultivating peace within ourselves, our families, and our communities is a process that makes possible everything we love and enjoy in life.

The 8 Shields model provides a map that uses the directions to hold and express principles and practices for peace. The East–West axis is the GOOD MESSAGE (communication, connection); the North–South axis, UNITY (consensus); the Northeast–Southwest axis, PEACE (self-care, spiritual life); and the Southeast–Northwest axis, CONDOLENCE (grief, healing).

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This is not simply conflict resolution. When we embody the principles of peacemaking, many conflicts can be avoided altogether, and conflicts that do arise can be managed with respect for all.

Join mentor, naturalist, and author Jon Young and a team of local nature-connection mentors as we

  • Learn how the 8 Shields model supports community balance and stability
  • Explore communication skills based on peacemaking traditions and nature connection
  • Learn about “invisible structures,” an important concept in social permaculture
  • Practice core routines of peacemaking, mentoring, and nature connection

This workshop is for anyone who wants to build a stronger connection with nature and a more resilient community, and for anyone who wants to learn to be the most effective nature-connection mentor they can be. Teachers, families, nature lovers of all ages—this workshop is for you.

The weekend will also include

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    • Ancestral skills with Tony Deland
    • Indigenous Life, Fun, and Food with Christine and Clifton Bruno
    • Theater of the Oppressed
  •  Kids’ program for ages 3–9 led by Laura Goldstone
  • Time on the land, games, songs, and more

When: Friday, June 10, through Sunday, June 12. Arrival and final registration begin at 4 pm on Friday; optional potluck dinner is at 6 pm in the dining hall. Weekend concludes at 4 pm on Sunday.

Where: Cedar Ridge Retreat Center, 18062 Keasey Rd, Vernonia, OR.

Cost of workshop: $195 for adults, $55 for youth ages 10–15, $45 for kids ages 3–9. Lodging and meals are extra.  A variety of options are available to choose from when registering.

If you are over 60, use the code ELDERBERRY when you register for a $40 discount.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available for those in need; please contact us directly for more information at 8shieldsPDX@gmail.com.

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If you are a teacher this workshop can be taken for 1 continuing education (CEED) credit through PSU. To learn more go to: http://8spdx.com/continuing-education-credit/

Youth programs:

Laura Goldstone will again lead our kids’ program, which best serves ages 3–9. Please email 8shieldspdx@gmail.com if you are bringing a preteen or teen; we may be able to develop a small program if given enough advance notice.

Children will be with their parents for meals, breaks, and evenings. Because we want to make it as easy as possible for families to attend, parents may bring a partner, grandparent, or other caretaker at a discounted price.


The Cedar Ridge Retreat and Conference Center is on 28 acres, nestled in the beautiful Coast Range, featuring a mix of cedar forest, open meadow, hillside, and creek. We will be spending time on the land as well as indoors.

We aim to make this workshop accessible to all. Please send questions about accessibility or special accommodations to 8shieldspdx@gmail.com.

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Lodging options include:

  • Camping
  • Shared space in a wall tent (standard twin-sized beds in a large unheated tent on a wooden platform, bring your own sleeping bag and pillow)
  • Shared space in a bunkhouse (standard twin-sized beds in a heated cabin, bring your own sleeping bag and pillow)
  • Shared space in a house (standard twin-sized beds and carpeted floors in a heated house, private showers and toilets, linens and towels included)


The weekend begins on Friday evening with an optional potluck. All other meals—Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch—will be freshly prepared by Cedar Ridge staff, with vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free alternatives available.

 What to bring:

  • A potluck dish to share if you plan on joining us for Friday night’s potluck
  • Camping gear (for those choosing this option)
  • Bedding (for those staying in the lower grounds/bunkhouses)
  • Toiletries
  • Appropriate clothing and shoes (including warm layers, rain gear, and waterproof boots: be prepared to be outside part of the day, rain or shine)
  • Thermos for tea or warm beverage of choice
  • Blanket or other cozy items for fireside and story time
  • Journal
  • Musical instruments (optional)

Registration is open!

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