It was a small farm in Michigan where Shawn's fascination and passion for nature began in his youth. Eventually, the excitement of the big city and a knack for creativity on the computer drew him to Los Angeles, where for the past 25 years he has made a living directing, designing and animating motion graphics in the entertainment industry. In this time he encountered and undertook his first Visionquest, and since that experience has been guiding other men in this unique process for the past 15 years. His enthusiasm to understand what makes a healthy, whole, nature-connected human has led him further to explore the relationship between humans and nature. Over the past 10 years he has studied permaculture, participated in a 2 year, immersive community repair program, co-designed and ran several day-long nature connection ceremonial workshops, and co-designed and staffed nature connection programs for kids and teens through different organizations. As head of Outdoor Studies at Manzanita School, Shawn is excited to bring his experience, dedication and passion for creating opportunities for youth to deepen their own connection to nature, themselves and their community.