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The Evolved Nest is a breakthrough concept that integrates findings across fields that bear on child development, child raising and adult behavior. The Evolved Nest promotes optimal health and wellbeing, cooperation, and receptive and sociomoral intelligences. Societal moves away from providing the Evolved Nest have contributed to the ill being and dysregulation we see in one another and society. Learn how to nest your children and re-nest yourself.
Discover more about our nonprofit mission and our founder, Dr. Darcia Narvaez.
Discover the nine components of our evolutionary pathway to wellness, our Evolved Nest featuring videos, podcasts and posts for each.
Join Darcia Narvaez's LIVE monthly discussions on the science of EN and her short films. Watch the films below, find dates for LIVE events, and register for the LIVE calls.
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Join the Launch Party of the new book and film, The Evolved Nest, with the authors in a LIVE discussion! Darcia Narvaez and Gay Bradshaw will share insights from their acclaimed book and just release short film and take your questions. The event is free, but you will need to register to join. Watch the film before the event here. REGISTER TO JOIN.
Breaking the Cycle illustrates our capacity for breaking our current Cycle of Competitive Detachment and returning to the pattern of 95% of our human history: a healthy, peaceful Cycle of Cooperative Companionship. Breaking the Cycle is based on the multi-award-winning book.
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Join Darcia Narvaez and Lisa Reagan for a discussion of the Evolved Nest's short film, Breaking the Cycle. You can watch the film and find resources, including a film guide, here: www.BreakingtheCycleFilm.org
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From the immense Whale to the intriguing Octopus – all Animals share with humans brain structures and processes that give us the capacities for life’s rainbow of experiences: consciousness, thinking, feeling, loving, and dreaming.
Perhaps most importantly, we share common ways of raising our young: what is called the evolved nest. Evolved nests are practices that nurture physical and psychological wellbeing. Each child is “nested” with mother, family, community, and the rest of Nature as one seamless whole. Passed from generation to generation over millions of years, each Animal’s nest has been perfected to meet and match the needs of their young. Nestedness is evolution’s way of ensuring that everyone thrives. Each Animal’s evolved nest shares basic similarities but also unique differences.
The Evolved Nest: Nature's Way of Raising Children is the third short film in a series that includes Reimagining Humanity and Breaking the Cycle. This short film in an accompaniment to the acclaimed book, The Evolved Nest, by Darcia Narvaez and G.A. Bradshaw.
The goal of this film is to expand human imagination, based in deep history and transdisciplinary science, about human potential. We have not always been so stressed, disconnected and mindlessly destructive. For most of our species existence we have lived in cooperative companionship. The film illustrates what this looks like.
Human societies are built from individuals who begin life in relationship. The quality of community support for meeting children’s basic needs influences the state of health the child carries forward in all systems. Undercare in early life leads to less health in childhood and adulthood and a basic sense of disconnection—a Cycle of Competitive Detachment. This is not humanity’s heritage. Over 95% of our species history was spent in a Cycle of Cooperative Companionship, where children’s basic needs were met, leading to wellbeing in childhood and adulthood, with a deep sense of connection and skills to keep the cycle going.
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“This gem of a book, vast in erudition and insight and rich in mind-boggling scientific observation, will leave the reader both humbled and grateful.” — From the foreword by Gabor Maté, author of The Myth of Normal
“Darcia Narvaez and Gay Bradshaw invite us to turn to Nature and our nonhuman Animal relatives to learn the ways of ‘mothering’—of care for the earth, all her beings, and future generations.” — Dr. Vandana Shiva, physicist, ecofeminist, and food sovereignty activist
Accompanied by original art, The Evolved Nest is a beautiful resource for Nature advocates, parents-to-be, Animal lovers, and anyone who seeks to revitalize Earth wellbeing. Through lessons from the Animal world and scientific insights, The Evolved Nest shows how to restore natural wellness in our families and communities by living in harmony with Nature.
Each chapter explores a species-unique “evolved nest,” a way of living with Nature and raising families which has been perfected through evolution over millions of years to optimize development. The Evolved Nest shows the heritages we share with Animal kin. You’ll learn:
● How Wolves display moral commitment
● How Elephant communities provide mutual lifetime care
● How Beavers not only work but foster a spirit of play in their children
● The emotional and social intelligence of Octopus
● How, when, and whether (or not) Brown Bears decide to have children
● What the neuroscience of child raising can teach you—whether you’re a parent, grandparent, caregiver, or child-free
Psychologists Drs. Darcia Narvaez and G. A. Bradshaw describe how each evolved nest offers inspiration for reexamining our own systems of nurturing, understanding, and caring for our young and one another. Combining stunning scientific facts with lessons from neuroscience, psychology, and evolutionary biology, we learn to understand and care deeply for our Animal kin and our innate place within the natural world.
A Guide for Restoring Our Baselines for Wellbeing
We've been creating and compiling Evolved Nest educational resources for you for six years! And now you can find them in an interactive PDF, organized by the nine components of our evolved nest.
The 58-page PDF includes links to the many self-nesting tools, baby care campaigns, Evolved Nest Explained videos, and hundreds of posts, research articles, and podcasts with Darcia.
We're grateful for the team of reviewers that carefully and conscientiously gave us feedback about this material and its final form before sharing it with you.
We will be updating this curriculum PDF with more resources, but you can find it here now on the front page of the Evolved Nest website.
A new book from Darcia Narvaez, PhD, & Four Arrows. Restoring the Kinship Worldview was chosen by Greater Good’s editors as one of "the most thought-provoking, practical, and inspirational science books of the year." Read the introduction to the book here, and discover more posts on Kinship from Darcia and Four Arrows here.
“This is a game changer. It points to the fact that it is not enough to be trauma-informed. We must also provide for children’s basic needs, which our evolved nest does by its very nature. Cultures that are not attending to wellness-informed practices are not optimizing human potential, something sorely needed as we face numerous culture-caused crises.”
– Darcia Narvaez, PhD
Evolved Nest Experience In Childhood Buffers The Negative Effects Of ACEs. Listen to Mary Tarsha and Darcia Narvaez discuss the new study. Read the release here.
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