Melodie is the Youth Program Coordinator at Weaving Earth. She is deeply committed to creating learning environments that build connection to self as part of a greater context of living beings, that honor diverse ways of learning and knowing, that are deeply inclusive and that pull out the innate brilliance and depth of wisdom that live in all young people, supporting them to uncover and follow their passions and curiosities to what brings them more fully alive.


Melodie Kauff has been passionate about alternative education since fourth grade, when she wrote a thoughtful letter of resignation to her teacher mid-way through the year, refusing to return, and began homeschooling (with the support of her parents). She was then, as she is now, committed to creating learning environments that build connection to self as part of a greater context of living beings, that honor diverse ways of learning and knowing, that are deeply inclusive and that pull out the innate brilliance and depth of wisdom that live in all young people, supporting them to uncover and follow their passions and curiosities to what brings them more fully alive.

At age 10, Melodie found and fell in love with deep nature connection mentoring work via the Art of Mentoring community in Vermont. Since then she has focused much of her energy on building her capacity and skill as a nature connection mentor for young children. Having worked directly with more than 1,000 youth between the ages of 4 and 18, she finds her deepest joy in the mentoring relationships that allow for maintained contact over time and that bring forth deeper insight into the unique needs and gifts of each child.

Melodie has worked for nature connection programs on both coasts, including the Institute for Wild Intelligence, Wild Earth Programs, Flying Deer Nature Center, Riekes Center Synapse Program, Vermont Wilderness School, Waseca Montessori School (where she designed and implemented a nature education program for kindergarteners), and the Vilda Foundation, among others.

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