Sundara Traymar

Director of Sharing Nature USA


Years ago, during an Outward Bound trip in Utah’s Desolation Canyon, Greg Sundara Traymar was resting comfortably on the sandy banks of the Green River, enjoying the magnificent canyon scenery, when he was overtaken by a profound peace and calmness. From this life-changing experience, he realized that his life’s work would be helping others find the same inner renewal and love for nature.

Sundara enrolled at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina, where he studied environmental education and outdoor leadership. During his college years, he had many opportunities to work with groups outdoors, through the National Outdoor Leadership School, Outward Bound, and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

Sundara experienced all of the challenges and frustrations that young nature educators typically encounter when trying to help children develop an appreciation for nature’s wonders. The students had trouble focusing their attention. “Nature study” just wasn’t very interesting. There were more fun things to do, than listen to the teacher drone on about plants and animals. But when Sundara began using the Sharing Nature and Flow Learning methods of Joseph Cornell, the transformation was immediate and powerful. Not only were the children keenly interested and enthusiastically engaged – they actually begged for more nature time!

Flow Learning exceeded Sundara ’s hopes and expectations, because it gave children (and adults) their own, inner experiences of nature and awakened a love for the natural world in their hearts. He has since used these methods for training adults and children throughout the United States.

Awards

In 2007, Greg Traymar received the Environmental Education award from his college department, as well as the prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, a national honor presented to a graduating college senior who has distinguished themselves in service to others and service to the community.

Degree

Greg Traymar holds a B.A. degree in Environmental Studies from Warren Wilson College, with a minor in Outdoor Leadership.

 

"Greg conveys both enthusiasm and a calm reverence for nature. His charisma and respect for others makes him a perfect facilitator for Sharing Nature programs."

— Mallory McDuff, Ph.D., co-author, Conservation Education and Outreach Techniques

Experiencing Nature's Peace by Sundara



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