The Evolved Nest
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Tues, Jan 23 7 - 9 pm ET (US), 4- 6 pm PT US, +14 in AET
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Building the Evolved Nest

Nurturing culture change, one child at a time
with Darcia Narvaez, PhD

The world seems to be spinning at an increasingly accelerated rate. The stressors seem to just keep on coming. What can we do to bring a new way of being into the world?

Dr. Darcia Narvaez invites us to remember the old way of being. A way that we’ve forgotten.

Through decades of research and practical experience, Dr. Darcia Narvaez has discovered that today’s levels of anxiety, disconnection and conflict aren’t natural. Instead, today’s lack of emotional and neurological resilience appears to be the direct result of a cultural dysfunction that separates us from our natural birthright:

We’ve forgotten how to birth and raise children well. 

Sacred Fire LifeWays invites you to join us for an evening with Darcia to envision an alternative. Her initiative, called The Evolved Nest, informs and supports the natural approach to childrearing that is embedded in almost two million years of our species’ ancestry.

When you’re well-nested, your brain grows in ways that are normal for our species,” says Darcia. Normal for our ancestors.

The results of nurturing children according to the patterns of Nature are people who “get along with one another, are more cooperative, better listeners, better leaders. They are more sensitive and empathetic and less aggressive.”

Break the cycle of fear, competition and anxiety that seems to define our lives. Instead, embrace a heart-centered way that encourages play, curiosity, contemplation and time in Nature. In effect, this style of child rearing helps families to “be the change they want to see in the world.”

It’s time to remember the natural rhythms of parents, children and the community that embraces them.


  • Darcia Narvaez

    Darcia Narvaez is a Professor of Psychology Emerita at the University of Notre Dame. She is the founder of the public and professional educational outreach project The Evolved Nest Initiative whose nonprofit mission is to share her science research into developing appropriate baselines for lifelong human wellness by meeting the biological needs of infants. This wellbeing baseline is imperative at this time as the United States ranks 41st out of 41 developed countries in public policies that support families.

    In 2022, Narvaez was elected a fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the largest international body of professional scientists in the world and publisher of the prestigious journal Science. Narvaez was honored for her distinguished contributions illuminating typical and atypical development in terms of well-being, morality and sustainable wisdom.

    She is the author of the books The Evolved Nest; Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture, and Wisdom; and Restoring the Kinship Worldview: Indigenous Voices Introduce 28 Precepts for Rebalancing Life on Planet Earth, co-authored with Wahinkpe Topa (Four Arrows).


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January 23, 7:00 – 9 pm ET (Americas)
4 – 6 pm PT (Americas)
+1 day, 9:00 – 11 am AET (Australia)


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