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A Conversation with Ian Sanderson, Mohawk Nation, Turtle clan

October 26 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

This event is for Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy students, but all Naropa community members are also welcome.

Ian Sanderson, Mohawk Nation, Turtle clan, has spent the last 25 years inspiring awareness and re-connection to self, community, and the rest of the natural world by exploring convergences of the philosophies found in Indigenous and Eastern traditions to realize empowered personal development and socio-ecological change. He has taught in the Environmental Studies Department at Naropa University for 12 years, owns and runs the Boulder Quest Center, which trains youth and adults in the transformative martial art of To-Shin-Do ninjutsu, and offers personal and professional development programs and training to non-profits, schools, and businesses. He lives in community with his wife, dogs, cats, fish, chickens, trees, plants, and human housemates, 15 miles east of Boulder, Colorado.

Here’s what Ian said about how he’ll approach this conversation: “I often have an outline of topics/principles I might want to cover for any given experience, and more and more I find myself teaching to what’s present in the room just as much as any prepared “lesson”. As such, I was planning on asking the group some questions on what they’ve covered so far, what challenges they have, unanswered questions, etc. and see if I can provide some perspectives that they haven’t heard or considered. I also have some ideas of Indigenous and Eastern perspectives on Wilderness Therapy in general that I plan on sharing, which- if time allows – includes sharing some activities that they can try and then have in their toolbox for future use.” 

Ian Sanderson: Survival Skills Through a Contemplative Model


October 26
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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