Randy has been assisting young people in finding and using their natural genius since 1974, when he and his family started a mentoring program for college students. One of the main assets Randy brings to his work with families is the training and initiation into adulthood he received from wise parents, mentors and "elders."
He has been instrumental in designing four different transition into adulthood programs, as well as serving seven years as a high school teacher, a summer camp director and a recreation and wilderness therapist.
Randy is currently completing his PhD in Applied Eco-Psychology from Akamai University. He earned his Master's degree from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in Recreation & Leisure. His post graduate training also includes secondary education, psychology, youth services, indigenous wisdom, outdoor emergency care and experiential education.
Randy has spent a life-time exploring the benefits of Deep Nature Connection and his Native American roots. Much wisdom and inner resources come from connecting with nature, knowing how to live in harmony with the laws of nature and understanding "rites of passage" and "vision questing." The awareness skills of the native scout and the modern concept of mindfulness training help students silent negative thought patterns and enrich their overall training.
Humankind is a valuable member and contributor to the earth's balanced system. a.Our positive interaction with other species, our environment and other humans is important to that balance. b.Each individual brings a necessary asset to the global mix. c. We are happiest and most productive when we have discovered and utilize our unique gifts.
Awareness, gratitude, deep connection and practical service are vital components in the process of maturing. These components are an integral part of the student training.
I am dedicated to helping individuals find, honor and practice their own uniqueness. We explore sustainable livelihood options that allow one to be true to their vision and unique design.
This four to six month training uses a variety of components such as connection with nature, understanding how both the brain and the mind work, leadership training, exploring personal creativity, advanced awareness training, ceremony and meaningful connections. (If necessary, a shorter training period is available.) This individualized approach guides each student through the important transition into “real adulthood.”
I continue to use the Coyote Mentor format* to mentor young people in their transition into adulthood. It's the style I've used for more than 50 years in working with hundreds of former students and my students vouch for its effectiveness.
This is a non-residential program operating near Coeur d’Alene area, Idaho.
* Coyote Mentoring goes back many hundreds of years. Randy learned this practice from his family, the unique culture in which he was raised and from some advanced mentors with whom he has trained. (Much gratitude goes the the teaching of Stalking Wolf: a Lipan Apache elder who passed on an advanced version of Coyote Teaching to Tom Brown, Jr., his student and my mentor.)