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Comfort In/ With Wilderness Training for Children

How to be at peace in wild lands for kids 7 to 11 years old


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Aug 07, 2012
09:00 AM - 02:00 PM


Open Space Visitor Center
6500 Coors Blvd.
Albuquerque, NM 87120


This training is designed to allow students to develop a sense of confidence in wild places.  Plants, insects and animals have many stories to tell.  Simply knowing these entities are present in each and every landscape or cityscape can bring one to an understanding of the important roles they play in the web of life.  Not fearing these things will bestow a sense of peace to ones life for a lifetime.

Topics covered in one day session

  • Relating to the Wild Ones:  How to be and behave around animals that are wild.
  • Herbal Walk: Plant identification and medicinal value
  • Water and Shelter: How do these two things nourish us to be at peace in wilderness?
  • Resource Conservation: A creative project concerning endangered species and recycling.

Elke Duerr

Elke is a be-national filmmaker, story teller and teacher from Europe who has made New Mexico her home. She has written and produced the documentary film “Stories of Wolves: the Lobo Returns to New Mexico" and founded the non-profit Web Of Life Foundation, W.O.L.F.

Joshua Willis

Willis is a mixed media artist, a naturalist and native of New Mexico. He received his BFA from the University of New Mexico. Willis curates the gallery and coordinates sustainability programming at the City of Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center.  These responsibilities allow Willis to walk the fine line of balance existing between nature and creativity.

Valentine McKay-Riddell

Valentine was born a “Navy brat” in Orlando, Florida and grew up in Canada and Texas. A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, she is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, CA, where she earned a Masters in Counseling Psychology and a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology.  .

Descended from Celtic and Native American ancestors, Valentine developed a combination of shamanism and art making (Healing Art©) to heal herself from cancer, and later founded a nonprofit organization, Orenda Healing International (OHI), devoted to promoting individual and community health and wellbeing. She has taught art making to young people and adults and Healing Art© to AIDS and cancer patients; incarcerated, homeless, and challenged youth; developmentally disabled adults; and women in transition for over twenty years.

Valentine is a certified Reiki Master in the Usui Lineage and has a private practice in wellness counseling and shamanic healing in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She and her husband, Lewis Riddell, share an interest in nature photography, art, theatre, gourmet cooking, and cats. She has two adult daughters and five grandchildren, and believes that her experiences in raising her own family inspired her interest in working with adolescents and catalyzed the writing of her books for young adults.


$25 a day; limit 15 student per day; registration required

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