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דרכים לדעת

דרכים לדעת

דרכים לדעת

…to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom,and that which came to me as blossom,goes on as fruit.”

 Dawna Markova

דרכים לדעת

Ways of Knowing – Second Year Training

Second year – developing a professional self

The second year focuses on the art of guiding development processes with nature, through profound study of the field at large including Nature based therapies, shamanism, deep ecology, models or transformation and various models and methods that provide practical tools for working with nature in development processes among individuals and groups.

This year includes nine sessions of two days (Thursday-Friday) once a month, which take place (mostly) at the nature center in Moshav Ofer. The sessions combine frontal learning, experiential work in nature and workshops with guest facilitators.


Course details:

First Session: Human development and the natural environment

  • Human development from the era of earth communities living in reciprocity with nature to the present era –and the implications on human, social and environmental health.

  • The effects and consequences of the sense of separation from nature, as the starting point for healing and developing treatment methods and education through nature connection.

  • The principles of nature as informing us on the principles of life.

  • The qualities of nature as a unique setting supporting health, development and growth

  • Selecting the natural setting and creating a safe container.


Guest facilitator – Maayan Fuchs, experiential educator and play who will offer a workshop on the significance of playing and learning through experience as a way for creating connections with self, others and the setting to acquainted with each other as a supportive system.



Second Session: Working with nature (the mystery) as an unpredicted co

  • The model of working with nature will provide us with a conceptual framework for deepening our understanding of how nature is a source of knowledge and guidance.

  • Understanding the language of nature - practice understanding signs metaphors and situations in nature as relative to the people we are working with.

  • Selecting the natural environment best suited to the therapeutic goals and needs of the group.

  • Working with uncontrollable and unpredictable settings and situations while deriving and relating personal meaning to the participants.

  • Experimenting with facilitating in dyads


Guest facilitator – anthropologist Dr. Danny Nave. The workshop will delve into human development through shamanic worldviews, rituals, and the virtues of the natural world.


Third session: Nature Based Therapies - Theories and practice

This session will address different approaches to leading developmental processes in nature: adventure therapy, wilderness therapy and Eco psychology, delineating the characteristics and methods of the various approaches.

  • Theories and models related to working in nature as a basis for intervention: experiential learning, challenge, beyond the comfort zone, heroes journey, the psych-ecological developmental wheel.  

  • The unique qualities in nature

  • Goals and settings

  • Experimenting with facilitating in dyads


Guest facilitator - Einat Lombroso Movement Workshop "Body in Motion as a portal to the nature of the soul"


Fourth session: Group dynamics and facilitation in nature

  • Group developmental stages in nature based on scientific research - the characteristics of each stage and the knowledge required by the facilitator to lead a process in a professional way while granting independence to the participants and to nature.

  • We will explore the role of facilitator, nature, and the group in each stage.

  • Working with resistance, diversity, and difficulty as resources

  • Intervention process in nature –stages of the process and the tools for intervention at each stage


Guest facilitator - Lital Rothschild experiential workshop on group dynamics through cooking in nature.

Fifth session: Creating a sacred space for remembering

 Through a forgotten language, we will be reminded of our direct connection to the world as a home.

  • Tracking – Tom Brown

  • Ancient skills

  • Working with energy and the senses

  • Working with the elements, specifically fire


Guest facilitator - Ofer Israeli, founder of the worldwide organization - "Guardians of the Garden". Teaching ancient ways of knowing internal and external nature through energy fields in nature and senses so we can experience a relationship of trust and intimacy with nature. 


Sixth session: The mechanisms of change in nature-based methods: Models of personal development and transformation

 What are the unique mechanisms related to healing and change in nature based interventions

  • Models of change and transformation (William Bridges, Jack Meizrow, etc,.). 

  • Uniting and creating a beneficial change with life transitions.

  • The characteristics of working with nature and facilitating change.

  • Practicing the concrete interventions to generate the optimal circumstances for transformation.

  • Experimenting with facilitating in dyads


Guest Lecturer - David Benjamin who will teach the Soul Collage in Life Transitions


Seventh session: “Educate the child to his unique path”- Intervention in nature for a variety of populations

  • Population characteristics

  • Matching the therapeutic goal to the intervention in nature

  • Working with children in nature - experiential workshop with a facilitator from “Shomreihagan”

  • Working with people with disabilities in nature - meeting with a guest lecturer from “Etgarim-Challenges”

  • Working with Women - Dr. Yakira Levy from “Dreamcatchers”

  • Working with at-risk youth - meeting David the shepherd and the "Milestones" he developed


Guest lecturer - Naama Tel Zur- storytelling as a gateway to the heart

Meeting at Ein Yael Nature Therapy Center in Jerusalem


​Eighth session: From the personal to the professional

  • Personal qualities and skills as a unique gift

  • From passion to action - the practical manifestation of my skills in the field

  • Peer work - personal experiences and feedback

  • Preparing for the final project


Ninth session: An end is just the beginning

  • Final project - what I have planted as a seed will pass on as a fruit

  • The art of ending and departing

  • The professional self – the ability to define, mediate and present ourselves to the outside world in a professional manner.


Guest lecturer - Misha Fink: Seeds of Development - Ancient crafts workshop

General details

* The course takes place mostly at Khan Tchernichovsky in Moshav Ofer, one session at Ein Yael in Jerusalem and another session at Tzivon Forest in field conditions.

* The course will be accompanied by reading theoretical material, homework and will include the submission of a final written paper, Completion of these requirements is mandatory to join the course.

* The course is also suitable for Sabbath observants (returning home from meetings before Shabbat).

* Those interested will be given a third-year option that includes a practicum - fieldwork with training and supervision.

* There may be changes in the program and lecturers

* Those who successfully complete the second-year course will be awarded a certificate of “Ways of Knowing”.

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