Good overall. Some of the later chapters veer into topics that aren't strictly related to the child-nature relationship—"green" cities and spiritualit...moreGood overall. Some of the later chapters veer into topics that aren't strictly related to the child-nature relationship—"green" cities and spirituality, for instance—and while this might be OK to many/most people, I didn't find myself in agreement with everything he had to say in these areas. For what it's worth.
For a topic that's so hard to provide "hard science" evidence for, the book presents many compelling arguments for why the child-nature relationship is so important. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting or hoping for, but it was pretty good nonetheless.(less)
A great book that's essentially a must-read for anyone working in outdoor education/nature connection, especially for those who will be working primar...moreA great book that's essentially a must-read for anyone working in outdoor education/nature connection, especially for those who will be working primarily with kids.
I'm currently an apprentice at a school in the Tracker–Wilderness Awareness School lineage. Really only being a few years into my own personal journey of nature connection, it sometimes feels kind of strange to be helping/mentoring kids along in theirs. Sometimes I feel ... unqualified. Reading through Coyote's Guide, however, was a pretty good confidence booster. There was a good mix of I don't know enough and I know so much! going though my head as I read.
Importantly, though, Coyote's Guide did a lot to help me understand a lot of the teaching and mentoring methods I was already learning, and it really helped me get a good grasp on the 8 Shields/Natural Cycle model. That's very important because we work with it a lot—almost everything we do relates to the natural cycle.
The first section, the mentor's guide (or whatever it's called), took me a pretty long time to get through. There is a lot of information to absorb/process, so it will take time. The second section, the activities guide, can be read through much faster, especially if you're already familiar with some of them.
This is a book you will probably find yourself taking notes from; there is so much good information in here.
Great book. All of it being good, a few passages stuck out at me. The first was an explanation of where the dinners of he and a friend came from, goin...moreGreat book. All of it being good, a few passages stuck out at me. The first was an explanation of where the dinners of he and a friend came from, going from origin to the plate. The second was a good part of the chapter "A Time of Sleeping," which helped me out by providing something to go to to point out why I want nothing to do with the wage economy.
The whole book, more than anything else, also echoes something I've tried to keep in mind for a long time: to overcome the present predicament will require more than simple policy changes, more than a little activism here and there. What is needed is an awakening of consciousness, a rebirth of sorts. Nothing else will do it. We have thousands of years worth of damage to the collective human psyche, and nothing less than a healing of the psyche will amount to any change that's worth a shit.
Overall: Read it. You might feel like killing yourself half-way through like I did, but he cheered me up, as I was promised he would.(less)