A Wild New School is a learning community rooted in the laws, beauty, and rhythms of Nature. Students are invited to reclaim their relationship to the cycles of seasonal living and to experience healing and growth as a result.

As the Earth revolves around the Sun each year, we experience the four seasons: spring, summer, fall and winter. Each season has its own energy, and many of us have become detached from the wisdom found within them. A Wild New School offers four online or hybrid (online and in-person) courses per year, each one focused on the themes and offerings of the current season. By aligning our learning and actions with the seasons, we return to our natural rhythms and make change out of groundedness, not fear or desperation.

Life in Western culture remains based on an industrial and linear model of living. Overwhelm and exhaustion plague us throughout the year, and it can begin to feel as though every day is the same. By reconnecting with the natural world and the unique invitations of each season, we step out of overwhelm and burnout and choose to act as part of Nature, not separate from her. A Wild New School offers an innovative blend of practical, seasonal wisdom and personal development.

While A Wild New School is available to students from all over the globe, our curriculum is based on the ecosystems and seasons found in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States of America. This land has been tended to by Native American tribes since well before European settlers displaced them, and we humbly share our knowledge of this land and its inhabitants with members of A Wild New School.

The Four Courses:

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Autumn: Begin Again

Timeline: Autumnal Equinox to Winter Solstice

Environmental Themes: harvest, leaves changing colors and dropping to the ground, increased darkness, crisp mornings and nights

Shadow Side: an unwillingness to release what’s ready to go, remaining stagnant in the death and grieving period

Astrological Signs: Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius

Seasonal Themes:

  • discerning what’s working and not working in your life

  • maximizing the harvest of what is working

  • releasing that which doesn’t serve you

  • developing new insight into your needs and potential

This course is currently in session through November 2019. To be updated about our Winter course, which will start in January 2020, sign up for our email newsletter at the bottom of this page.

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Winter: Tend

Timeline: Winter Solstice to Spring Equinox

Environmental Themes: darkness, cold temperatures, hibernation, days gradually getting longer, preparing for new growth

Shadow Side: becoming permanently frozen, stagnation, being consumed by darkness

Astrological Signs: Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces

Seasonal Themes:

  • establishing self-care routines to support you

  • finding balance between work and life

  • practicing patience as you are undergoing transitions

  • slowing down

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Spring: Create

Timeline: Spring Equinox to Summer Solstice

Environmental Themes: new birth and growth, flowers blooming, days getting longer, temperatures rising, increased daylight

Shadow Side: unpredictable weather, rain or possible frost, death of new growth

Astrological Signs: Aries, Taurus, Gemini

Seasonal Themes:

  • rediscovering inspiration

  • engaging with creativity, curiosity, and spontaneity

  • stepping outside of your comfort zone

  • planting new seeds in your life and career

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Summer: Expand

Timeline: Summer Solstice to Autumnal Equinox

Environmental Themes: heat, long days and short nights, the abundance of nature as the plants produce fruit

Shadow Side: sweltering heat, overdoing it, exhaustion, drought

Astrological Signs: Cancer, Leo, Virgo

Seasonal Themes:

  • being authentically yourself

  • expanding what is possible

  • creating networks of support and collaboration

  • taking large action steps towards change


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