Kamana Two continues your independent study journey toward getting to know one place on a deep level, both ecologically and intuitively. Using a combination of sensory awareness exercises and science-based journaling techniques, you will build a holistic foundation for connecting to the natural world. Kamana Two takes an average of five to six months of consistent practice.
During Kamana Two, you will
- Prepare weekly field inventories and mapping exercises which broaden your awareness of the people around you, the water cycles, animals, birds, plants, trees, the movements of the sun, the phases of the moon, the weather, the star movements, and more.
- Learn from first-person accounts exclusive to the Kamana series to help you connect with the natural world more efficiently and effectively.
- Spend grounding time at your chosen “sit spot,” a natural area in your yard or nearby landscape where you’ll practice exercises to expand your sensory awareness, hone your attention to ecological changes, and gain the perspective of a human animal in a broader ecosystem.
- Use field guides as mentors to complete sixty resource journals on local flora and fauna. Learn to use your mind’s eye to help imprint the plant or animal in your mind in order to approve recall and cement your ecological learning.
Kamana One is highly recommended, but not required. Students with some experience with 8 Shields schools, philosophies, or related nature connection core routines may choose to start with Kamana Two.
Kamana Two students have the option of working on their own or subscribing to the Kamana Student Services mentorship. If you sign up for Student Services, you have one year from date of purchase to finish your Kamana studies, which typically allows plenty of time even for a slow place and multiple breaks.
For those working through Kamana Two on their own without Student Services, we offer a low-cost opportunity to receive official Kamana Two certification. For a small fee, you can send in your completed work all at once and a Kamana instructor will review it. If it is satisfactorily complete, we will certify you as a graduate of the Kamana Two Naturalist Training Program.
- Ingwe (book) by Ingwe or Spirit of the Leopard (CD) by Ingwe
- Seeing Through Native Eyes (8 CD or mp3 series) with Jon Young (if not already purchased with Kamana One)
- Field Guides: Local field guides to mammals, animal tracks, reptiles & amphibians, birds/ bird nests, venomous animals/ poisonous plants, herbaceous plants and/or wildflowers, trees, and ethnobotany. Check our Student Resources page for specific suggestions, or consult a local library, nature center, or conservation organization for the best field guides for your region.