Nature Literacy Intensive

The Nature Literacy Intensive is a year-long training designed to help you feel more connected to the natural world while giving you the confidence and foundational skills to live and interact with the seasonal landscape. This program is ideal for nature enthusiasts, naturalists, outdoor educators, homesteaders or wilderness guides, and all those motivated and committed to becoming nature literate. The curriculum consists of structured and guided learning as well as self-directed learning so that participants can specialize in their own unique passions. The continuous cohort of participants inspires community building skills, collaboration, and peer mentoring.

This program is organized for participants to be able to maintain their current career, family or other commitments. The schedule is one long weekend per month for ten months with one six-day canoe-based intensive in August. There will be home-based learning assignments between classes to enhance learning and integration.

The skills and topics include:

  •         Foraging – for food, medicine, and utility
  •         Nature awareness and connection
  •         Tracking and Nature Speak
  •         Natural movement and Navigation
  •         Primitive craft and Fieldcraft
  •         Hunting, trapping, and fishing
  •         Canoe and canoe trip skills
  •         Ancestral healing practices
  •         Wilderness First Aid

Outcomes of the program include:

  •         Feeling at home in the forest
  •         Personal sovereignty and resilience
  •         Improved physical strength, mobility, and body awareness
  •         Competence and confidence for wilderness trips
  •         Deeper connection to nature, self and community
  •         Historical and philosophical context for nature literacy
  •         Practical skills for living and thriving in the wilderness
  •         Certification by SOLO in Wilderness First Aid and CPR


Meet Your Instructors

Becca Houghton

My love of the natural world and my appreciation for holistic well-being permeate every aspect of my life. I eagerly seek ways to unearth my most natural human self. After over a decade of studies in meditation, yoga, and Ayurveda, I discovered that I needed to get into the woods if I wanted to truly know myself. With the forest as my teacher, I have deepened my awareness and discovered true health and resilience. Some of my favorite forest activities are foraging wild foods and medicine, tracking, connecting with the birds, and moving playfully (and sometimes sneakily) through the landscape. I have found unimaginable joy by connecting with a tree or following a fox’s tracks into hidden places. The stories of the forest are rich, and they inevitably lead to better understanding our own story. My passion for guiding is rooted in my desire to help others reclaim true self-awareness, vibrant health, personal resilience, and natural movement skills. As a teacher and guide, I offer pathways for connecting with the natural landscape through plants, medicine, bird language, wildlife tracking, primitive crafts, spiritual awareness, and perhaps most importantly, through play, exploration, and adventure. I am a lifelong student but have accumulated a few relevant qualifications along the way: Registered Maine Guide, MovNat Certified Trainer (natural movement coach), Board Certified Ayurveda Health Counselor, Reiki II practitioner, former apprentice of Maine Primitive Skills School, SOLO-certified Wilderness First Responder, Mom.

David Boynton

I am a lifelong outdoorsman. I grew up in the woods and on a small farm in Northern New Hampshire which fostered my passions for canoeing, tracking and awareness, hunting, and fishing. I’m perpetually learning the natural living skills needed to thrive simply with the seasons in our amazing landscape. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Education from UNH and an MBA in Organizational and Environmental Sustainability. I spent 6 years as a USA Canoe and Kayak Athlete while running a small paddlesports store and adventure company with my twin brother in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. As the Staff and Facility Director at Adventure Links in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia I led training and activities for staff, youth, and adults ranging from paddlesports and rock climbing to challenge course and primitive skills. I spent some time after graduate school working at a local economy non-profit and as a founder and manager of a farm to table restaurant and craft brewery. Back to the wild, I joined the Maine Primitive Skills School Apprenticeship in 2018 and became a Registered Maine Guide. I am currently a CoFounder of Northern Songlines Wilderness Education and teach wilderness medicine for Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities. My hope is to help others find their way back to the wilderness.


2020-2021 Cohort Schedule:

9am Friday through 4pm Sunday

May 15-17, 2020

June 12-14, 2020

July 10-12, 2020

August 7-12, 2020 Canoe Intensive

September 11-13, 2020

October 9-11, 2020

November 13-15, 2020

December Holiday Break

January 8-10, 2021

February 12-14, 2021

March 12-14, 2021

April 9-11, 2021



This program is intensive and will require weekly work of 2-6 hours throughout the year in addition to the course time. Course weekends are full immersion with daytime and evening activities, tending your sacred fire (taking care of yourself) will be a necessary component to your success.




A 50% deposit is required to hold your space, remainder is due April 1, 2020. Other payment options may be available on a case by case basis.

*Depending on individual passions some minor additional fees may be required for materials.

Camping and access to a kitchen is available each weekend. Food is not provided.


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