Earth Roots Apprenticeship

Training in Naturalist Knowledge, Wilderness Skills, and Creative Mentoring for educators, parents, mentors & seekers (adults 18+)

Starts April 2021


Join educators from Earth Path and Rivers and Roots for an inspiring journey that will deepen your connection to nature while developing your naturalist, wilderness and mentoring skills, giving you greater confidence to share earth wisdom with your students, children, and friends.

Program Overview

Over the course of six weekends from April to November, Earth Roots participants will receive focused mentoring in the subject areas listed below. Please note that the depth in which we study each subject will vary depending on student interest, weather, and unexpected gifts that nature presents. The course can be tailored to educators who work with youth in nature. There is also an optional self-study component to the course, following the Kamana Naturalist Training Program (Level 1 or 2), which gives participants the option of deepening their practice even farther. 

Subject/Skill Areas:

  • Naturalist skills – plant & tree ID; reading the landscape; bird lives & language; animal tracking and ecology
  • Wilderness & ancestral skills – wild edibles and medicinals, ethical harvesting/preparation; shelter-making; fire skills and making fire by friction (bow and hand drill) in various weather; stewardship principles
  • Hazards in nature
  • Nature awareness – tuning your senses into the ‘baseline’; sensory awareness techniques
  • Creative mentoring and community building – using songs, stories, and games to deepen connection- to nature and each other; learn more about the important cultural skill “The Art of Mentoring”, including the natural cycle of learning and the 8 Shields model (pioneered by the Wilderness Awareness School and Jon Young).


  • Certificate stream for teachers and Forest School Practitioners
  • Numerous resources and further study options
  • Dedicated Facebook group for support and sharing​ 

2020/2021 Program Dates, Times, and Location

Dates: TBA
Schedule: Weekends run from Friday 6:30 pm to Sunday 4:30 pm

Location: Eco Echo’s Outaouais Environmental Campus

Eco Echo’s Outouais Environmental Campus consists of 150+ acres of conserved land in the heart of Wakefield, QC. Only 22 minutes from Ottawa and consisting of rolling forested hills, mixed deciduous and coniferous woods, cattail marshes, meadows, streams, and ponds, it is a regional treasure for nature-based education. We are very fortunate to have this area to explore, discover and play in during the course of the Earth Roots Apprenticeship, making it our home in the woods and deepening our understanding of the land as it changes from month to month. See directions 

Participants will need to bring their own food for all weekends. On Saturday night we have a communal campfire cookout.

Course Fee: $1650
Payment Plans available: available $300 deposit + 5 monthly payments of $270                                                                                                                                                The first 5 registrants will be entered into a draw to receive one of three 10% rebates on the course fee
Scholarships and work trades may be an option
10% discount for CNAC Forest School graduates

Core Presenters:
Pierre Blin – Rivers and Roots / Earth Path
Cole McLaughlin – Earth Path
Nikki Satira – Earth Path
+ Various guest mentors

Have questions about the Earth Roots Apprenticeship? Please contact us at, or (613-858-8822)
Cancellation Policy: Please note that we are unable to offer refunds within 1 month of the program start date, unless you are able to find another person to enrol in our stead. Cancellations made prior to 1 month before the program start date will be refunded minus the $300 deposit.

“I was fortunate to attend the first Earth Roots Apprenticeship program in 2018. Although I am a certified Forest and Nature Practitioner I found the program expanded my hands-on training. The instructors were knowledgeable and I have been able to use many of the skills I learned in my work with children”

– Denise Chadala, RECE, Forest and Nature Practitioner –