Youth Courses

Connect with Nature and Come Alive.  Our one of kind programs have kids connecting deeply with nature, community and self. Living Earth School Youth programs are for ages 5 – 18, and run in the summer as well as through the school year.  Below are the current courses and programs being offered.

SUMMER CAMPS

SUMMER DAY CAMPS

Jun
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Mon
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2017 Summer Day Camps
Jun 12 – Aug 18 all-day

Voted the #1 Day Camp in Charlottesville!

The Living Earth Day Camps are a one-of-a-kind nature camp experience. We have been voted a favorite summer day camp for over 7 years!!  We will spend the week exploring the mountains, streams and other wild places. Campers work together in small groups learning about the natural world, plants, mammals, tracking, birds, wilderness survival, awareness and so much more. We do this with hands-on activities, games, adventures and fun challenges. Our instructors are
“Nature Connection Mentors” and guide campers into experiences that nurture their connection to the earth and allow them to feel at home in the natural world.

At Living Earth Camps, we give each camper the attention they need to follow their passions, to connect with nature and each other. We have some of the best staff on the planet~really. The campers come first because they should. We serve mostly organic kid-friendly food, that the kids rave about. We buy from our local farms whenever we can. At our mountain camp, we try to keep life simple, natural, full of learning and laughter. Just good ol’ down to earth fun!

Living Earth Camps adjoin Shenandoah National Park, nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains amongst forest, field, and river. A natural paradise with a lifetime worth of learning and exploration. The Living Earth Summer Camps are conveniently located in Sugar Hollow, just 20 minutes outside of Charlottesville, VA.

Camp runs Monday through Friday from 9am – 4pm (Fri. pickup at noon).
There is an optional overnight on Thursday and camp pick up is Friday at noon.
We have an optional aftercare program available on Fridays, for an additional $20, with pick up on Friday at 4pm.

Our Day Camps

daycamp_kids_swim_rockThemed Day Camps available for campers ages 9-13! We will continue to have our general day camp for ages 7-13, called “Explorers Day Camp”, for new campers and returning, with all the classic favorites of Living Earth. If you are signing your child up for our day camps for the first time, please register for the Explorers Day Camp, held several weeks throughout the summer. If your child has attended one previous Explorers Day Camp (general day camp) either in a summer past or this summer and is between the ages of 9-13, you may sign them up for a Themed Day Camp, (Nature Art, Wild Edibles and Campfire Cooking, Forest Ninja Scout, Animal Lovers/Natural History, Fort-topia, or Elements of Survival).

Please note all the themed day camp, have a prerequisite of having attended at least one Explorers Day Camp. Campers may continue to do the Explorers Day Camp several times, or they may choose one of the themed day camps. Themed day camps still keep to the old favorite core routines, like sit spot, fox walking, etc, but the daily focus centers around the particular theme of the week. The themed day camp will join the “Explorers” for group games, snacks, and swimming.

2017 themes for campers 9-13:

Nature Art:
Let your inner artist shine forth and let nature inspire your blossoming creativity. In this day camp we will be getting in touch with our inner artists, and exploring natural pigment paint, paint brushes from natural materials, sketching from nature, working with clay, nature mandalas, poetry, dream catchers and more.

Forest Ninja Scout:
Want to learn how to sneak around and become undetectable in the woods? To go with the flow of nature and move silently through the wilderness? We will get down and dirty with wild camouflage, scouting techniques, “jedi training course,” hiding and sneaking games, honing in with our intuition and fine-tuning our senses. Forest Ninjas, unite!

animal_bones_booksAnimal Lovers/Natural History:
This camp is all about animals and where to find them. Learn about your favorite animals, how to spot animal homes and habitats, hear stories of animals, go wildlife tracking/looking for specific animal sign, bird language, and animal forms. We will also learn how to use field guides, connect with the trees, bees, plants, birds and scat. We will create our own handmade nature journals to track our progress on our natural historian expedition.

homeschool_cooking_pancakes_coalsElements of Survival:
Fire, Water, Shelter, Food. Do you long to live off the land? Begin to learn the skills you need to live in the woods. Each skill will be tested with a fun, special Challenge!

Fort-topia:
A week of massive fort building awaits! Forts to camouflage, forts to keep you warm and dry, forts to make with your friends- we will do it all!

Wood Working:
What do you get when you infuse a camp day of games, swimming and sneaking around in the woods with hammers, saws and wood? Wood Working Camp! Children will learn the ins and outs of tool use and building things with their own hands. They will dream big while creating their own projects from a pile of scrap wood like birdhouses, shelves, etc., puzzle over stripped screws and how best to pull out a nail.
Requirements:  all campers must bring their own hammer and Japanese pull saw (specifics will come in your welcome letter).

Looking for a camp for younger nature lovers? Check out Skipping Stones!

New Program! Willow Tree Camp ~ A Specialty Day Camp for Campers with Autism

Details & Registration – 2017 Day Camps

  • Explorers Camps are for Ages 7 – 13, Themed Camps are for Ages 9-13
  • Day Camp 1 Explorers FULL: June 12 – 16
    Explorers Day Camp
  • Day Camp 2 Explorers  FULL-or- Elements of Survival FULL: June 19 – 23 
  • Day Camp 3 Explorers FULL-or- Fort-topia FULL: June 26 – 30
  • Day Camp 4 Explorers FULL -or- Forest Ninjas FULL: July 24 – 28 
  • Day Camp 5 ExplorersFULL-or- Animal Lovers FULL-or- Forest Ninjas FULL: July 31 – August 4
  • Day Camp 6 Explorers FULL-or- Nature Arts FULL -or- Fort-topia FULL: August 7 – 11
  • Day Camp 7 Explorers FULL-or- Wood Working FULL: August 14 – 18
  • Camp runs Monday through Friday from 9am – 4pm (Fri. pickup at noon).

    There is an optional overnight on Thursday and camp pick up is Friday at noon.
    We have an optional aftercare program available on Fridays for an additional $20, with pick up on Friday at 4pm.

  • All summer day camps are located at the Sugar Hollow Camp (click here for directions)

    There are carpooling options. Please contact us if you are interested.

  • Cost for each day camp is $310 (Wood Working camp has an additional $60 fee for materials and preparation)
  • Prerequisite for all themed day camps: Camper must have attended at least one Living Earth Explorers Day Camp, and be age 9-13.
  • Free T-shirt included
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Willow Tree Camp ~ A Specialty Autism Day Camp
Jun 12 – Jun 16 all-day

This has been a long time dream of Living Earth and we are so happy to expand the power of nature connection to a broader reach. Please join us!

Willow Tree camp is a one-of-a-kind nature camp experience, designed to connect campers on the autism spectrum to nature in a profound and meaningful way.

Nature is a gift and here at Our Willow Tree Camp, campers will get to safely know the natural world and find a different rhythm that can only come from being steeped in nature.

Nature is the ultimate healer.  We just need to sit and be, and nature will do the rest. 

This camp has a small camper size with several trained staff.  The LES staff will create a safe, nurturing, held space where each camper will be able to move and experience nature on their own terms or within the small group. This small group size, will allow the ability for campers to move at different paces and rhythms all while exploring the natural world.   Our week will be spent exploring the mountains, streams forests and fields.  We will give campers the opportunity to expand their senses through nature connection; perhaps touch different tree’s bark, different leaves, explore the forest off trail, sit along a creek and skip stones, experience a camp fire, roast a smore, harvest and prepare a safe wild tea they cook over the fire and share in a tea party, hear stories, play nature awareness games, build forts, art projects and so much more.  We will explore the senses through taste, touch, feel and move slowly with nature being the guide.

Campers work together or individually learning about the natural world, plants, mammals, tracking, birds, wilderness survival, awareness and so much more. We do this with hands-on activities, games, explorations and fun connecting times in nature.

Our trained instructors are also “Nature Connection Mentors” and guide campers into experiences that nurture their connection to the earth and allow them to feel at home in the natural world.

We want this camp available to a wide range of campers on the autistic spectrum.  Here is who we are not able to serve at this time.

We cannot admit any camper who exhibits these behaviors:

  • Any injurious behaviors to self or others
  • Any aggressive behaviors
  • Any recent history of elopement

*If you child normally has an aid accompany them at school or other activities, we would require the same.  We have a very thorough intake form, to make sure that our camp is the right fit for your child and that your child is the right fit for our camp.  We want this to be a win-win situation.  Please email us and let us know if you have any questions at all and we will be happy to have our trained instructor that is leading this camp call you and have a more thorough conversation or answer any of your questions.

Living Earth Camps adjoin Shenandoah National Park, nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains amongst forest, field, and river. A natural paradise with a lifetime worth of learning and exploration.

Details & Registration – Willow Tree Summer Camp

  • Ages 8 – 13
  • June 12 – 16, 2017
  • 10am to 3pm
  • All summer day camps are located at the Sugar Hollow Camp (click here for directions), just 20 minutes outside of Charlottesville, VA.
  • Cost $350
  • Free T-shirt included
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Jun
19
Mon
2017
Skipping Stones ~ Camp for Ages 5 and 6!
Jun 19 – Aug 11 all-day

It is now time to have little Living Earth-lings join us for Summer Camp!

Do you long to have your younger child connected and at home in the natural world?  We’ve been having parents ask for years, so here it is!

Come join the Skipping Stones for fun, first-hand adventures in nature, with caring nature mentors. Our experienced nature mentors will guide your child into the woods to see through the animals eyes and move through the land, nibble some tasty wild edible plants, wander streams and explore survival skills in a fun, safe way. Children become patterned upon what their senses take in and our day will be full sensory awareness with nature as our guide to connecting with each other and the beautiful forest.

  • Survival skills
  • Wild food / primitive cooking
  • Bird Language
  • Ecology / Community
  • Crafts / Tools

 

  • Nature studies
  • Peacemaker principles
  • Tracking
  • Awareness / observation
  • Storytelling

Details & Registration – Skipping Stones Summer Camps

  • Ages 5 – 6
  • June 19-24, June 26-30 FULL, July 24-28, July 31- Aug 4 FULL, and August 7-11 FULL, 2017
  • The day goes from 9am to 4pm
  • All summer day camps are located at the Sugar Hollow Camp (click here for directions)
  • Cost $310
  • Free T-shirt included
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Featuring new themed day camps!! Click here to see all summer day camps.

SUMMER OVERNIGHT CAMPS

Jun
18
Sun
2017
Earth Roots
Jun 18 – Aug 18 all-day

Earth Roots is our foundation overnight camp, designed for both new and returning campers.  Get back to your roots and learn the philosophy of living close to nature, wilderness survival, and nurture your connection to the earth.  We will explore the surrounding forests, swim in mountain streams, as we discover more about the magical world of nature through building natural shelters, making fires without matches, and preparing wild plants for food.  Campers gain self-esteem, work cooperatively and make new friends, as they gain confidence in both living and feeling at home in the natural world.

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bowmaking_footThis is a camp where campers are truly looked after and cared about.  It is a safe place where kids can try new things and discover more about who they are.  Evenings are spent circled around the campfire telling stories, star gazing, laughing a lot, making native crafts, including coal-burned spoons and bowls.  Once the returning campers have completed the core foundation their day consists of several fun adventures and advanced skills of their choice.

We are sure that the Earth Roots Summer camp will be an adventure your kids will never forget!

earthroots_fire_startEarth Roots program includes:

  • Tracking Animals
  • Primitive Fire making
  • Awareness Skills / Games
  • Wild Food Gathering
  • Safe Water Gathering
  • Spoon & Bowl Making
  • Adventuring / Exploring
  • Building Shelters
  • Wilderness Philosophy
  • Natural History
  • Native Crafts
  • Campfire Cooking
  • Swimming
  • Team building / Communication

Details & Registration – Earth Roots Camp

  • Earth Roots 1 June 18 – 23, 2017  fapersonAges 8 – 13 
  • Earth Roots 2 June 25 – 30, 2017 FULL fapersonAges 10+
  • Earth Roots 3 July 30 – August 4, 2017 FULL fapersonAges 8 – 13
  • Earth Roots 4 August 7 – 12, 2017 fapersonAges 8 – 13 
  • Earth Roots 1, 2, and 3: Sunday 2pm arrival and pick up on Friday at noon.
    Earth Roots 4: Monday 2pm arrival and pick up on Saturday at noon
  • Sugar Hollow Camp (Click here for directions)
  • $637
  • All supplies will be included, other than the basic camping and clothing gear. We will send a what-to-bring list and details upon your registrations.
  • Free T-shirt included
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Jun
25
Sun
2017
The Archers Craft: Making a wooden long bow, quiver, and arrow
Jun 25 – Jun 30 all-day
The Archers Craft: Making a wooden long bow, quiver, and arrow @ Ages 11+

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Have you dreamed of making and shooting your own handmade bow and arrow? This is for real and this is your chance to do it! 1 year of Earth Roots is a prerequisite for this overnight camp.

This is a camp that has been requested over the years.  There is a limited amount of space in this program.  All materials needed to complete the project are provided.   In this program, the campers will make a wooden long bow from a piece of wood, carving it down, shaping it, and tillering the bow so it works optimally.  Campers will make their own string for the bow.   They will also make a quiver to store arrows in out of leather.  They will learn how to make arrows, fletching, shaping, etc.   They will leave with a few arrows to put in their quiver.

This is a great opportunity for campers to make their very own archery kit, that if cared for can last a lifetime.   To take a project from raw materials to completion teaches competence and builds confidence.   This is an awesome opportunity, and not one that could be found anywhere else.  The teacher of this program has helped hundreds in this process, and is a very supportive teacher.  We are lucky to have him on board.  Peter will also go over the instinctive shooting method so that students leave knowing how to shoot their new bow.

Building and shooting longbows has been practiced for thousands of years all over world.  Bows have been used in many ways including: survival (both food gathering and protection), sport and meditation, and spiritual practice (Zen meditation). This class is a continuation of these ancient practices.

During this class, you will learn the skills to build a long bow, how to choose the wood, the tools needed and their use, how to finish the wood, and make strings. You will be taught the “instinctive” shooting method (this is the same method used by people who relied on the bow in their daily lives).

Details & Registration – The Archers Craft Advanced Camp

  • Ages 11+
  • June 25 – 30, 2017
  • Sunday – Friday
  • Sugar Hollow Camp (Click here for directions)
  • $725
  • Prerequisite: minimum 1 year Earth Roots Camp.

    This camp will run alongside an Earth Roots program.   We will eat meals with the other camp, and be involved in some evening activities. During the day, bow makers will be focused on their crafts. This program is a fun workshop, but does require focus and the want to make something.  With that said, there is something about bow making that people love, so they get into it naturally and focus.

  • Free T-shirt included
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Jul
23
Sun
2017
Way of the Scout
Jul 23 – Jul 28 all-day

This camp is for campers who have been to Earth Roots for 2 years.

Way of the Scout is a super exciting adventure that challenges campers to grow and push their limits in healthy ways. Scout camp is never the same and each year offers new adventures for campers year after year.

The Way of the Scout Camp is the essence of what kids love to do – sneak, hide, stretch their awareness, and challenge themselves.  The ancient native scout roamed Turtle Island reading the landscape as they went, using all their senses to gather information  to find food and, of utmost importance, to protect their people.  They were highly trained and took their awareness to a deep level.

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We will learn from the animals how to move silently, and to blend in thus becoming invisible.   We will learn how to tell from bird communication whether there is danger or safety.  Martial arts will be explored. Of course, camp will include the favorites like swimming, games,  stories by the fire and the awesome staff that make it all so fun. This camp is a full mind-body-heart experience.  Space is limited!

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Details & Registration – Way of the Scout

  • Ages 11+
  • July 23-28, 2017 FULL
  • Sunday 2pm arrival and pick up on Friday at noon
  • Sugar Hollow Camp (Click here for directions)
  • $637
  • Prerequisite: minimum 2 years Earth Roots Overnight Camp.

    All supplies will be included, other than the basic camping and clothing gear. We will send a what-to-bring list and details upon your registrations.

  • Free T-shirt included
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Way of the Scout – Advanced
Jul 23 – Jul 28 all-day
mud_woman_in_treeCampers must have completed 1 year of Way of the Scout previously. This camp will take a small group of advanced campers to the next edge, adventuring and bonding as a team-unit.  The word is out, can you “Shadow Scout”, or would you rather just blend in to your surroundings and be unseen?  All kinds of advanced, fun, edge pushing challenges will be thrown into the mix in an adventurous, supported way.   Are you ready for the challenge and the fun!?!   

Way of the Scout is a super exciting adventure that challenges campers to grow and push their limits in healthy ways. Scout camp is never the same and each year offers new adventures for campers year after year.

 

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waterfall_2kidsThe Way of the Scout Camp is the essence of what kids love to do – sneak, hide, stretch their awareness, and challenge themselves.  The ancient native scout roamed Turtle Island reading the landscape as they went, using all their senses to gather information  to find food and, of utmost importance, to protect their people.  They were highly trained and took their awareness to a deep level.

We will learn from the animals how to move silently, and to blend in thus becoming invisible.   We will learn how to tell from bird communication whether there is danger or safety.  Martial arts will be explored. Of course, camp will include the favorites like swimming, games,  stories by the fire and the awesome staff that make it all so fun. This camp is a full mind-body-heart experience.

This small camp of advanced campers fills at only 12 campers.  Make sure to register early.   See you out in the woods!!!

Details & Registration – Advanced Way of the Scout 

  • Ages 13+
  • July 23-28, 2017
  • Sunday 2pm arrival and pick up on Friday at noon
  • Sugar Hollow Camp (Click here for directions)
  • $637
  • Prerequisite: minimum 1 year Way of Scout.

    All supplies will be included, other than the basic camping and clothing gear. We will send a what-to-bring list and details upon your registrations.

  • Free T-shirt included
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Jul
28
Fri
2017
Family Archery: Making a wooden long bow or quiver and arrows
Jul 28 – Jul 30 all-day
Family Archery: Making a wooden long bow or quiver and arrows @ Ages 8+ with accompanying adult
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This Weekend Camp is designed for families.  Have you dreamed of making and shooting your own handmade bow and arrow, let alone making one with your child? What a gift to be able to do this together and to cultivate this shared skill as a family.  This is for real and this is your chance to do it!

This is a camp that has been requested over the years.  There is a limited amount of space in this program.  All materials needed to complete the project are provided and each participant will go home with their own hand made bow and one arrow, or a quiver with several arrows.   In this program, the camper and parent/adult a will make a wooden long bow from a piece of wood, carving it down, shaping it, and tillering the bow so it works optimally.  Each participant will make their own string for the bow.   Or they can choose to make a quiver to store arrows in out of leather.  They will learn how to make arrows, fletching, shaping, etc.   They will leave with a few arrows to put in their quiver.

This is a great opportunity for families to make their very own archery kit, that if cared for can last a lifetime.   To take a project from raw materials to completion teaches competence and builds confidence.   This is an awesome opportunity, and not one that could be found anywhere else.  The teacher of this program has helped hundreds in this process, and is a very supportive teacher.  We are lucky to have him on board.  Peter will also go over the instinctive shooting method so that students leave knowing how to shoot their new bow.

Building and shooting longbows has been practiced for thousands of years all over world.  Bows have been used in many ways including: survival (both food gathering and protection), sport and meditation, and spiritual practice (Zen meditation). This class is a continuation of these ancient practices.

During this class, you will learn the skills to build a long bow, how to choose the wood, the tools needed and their use, how to finish the wood, and make strings. You will be taught the “instinctive” shooting method (this is the same method used by people who relied on the bow in their daily lives).

 

Details & Registration – Family Archery Camp

  • Ages 8+ with accompanying adult
  • July 28 – 30, 2017 FULL
  • The workshop begins on Friday at 6pm (please come having eaten dinner) and ends on Sunday at 3pm.
  • Sugar Hollow Camp (Click here for directions)
  • $380 (for 1 child and 1 adult), each additional person is $220
  • Basic tent camping is included, with options to sleep in our tent cabins or to bring your own tent.  Participants will bring and cook their own food and are welcome to use our primitive camp kitchen with supplies.
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Jul
30
Sun
2017
Fire Tenders
Jul 30 – Aug 4 all-day

This camp is for campers who have attended at least one year of Earth RootsIn this week-long camp.  We will explore fire in depth.  We will learn to make fire with many different methods including bow-drill, hand-drill, flint and steel, fire plow and more.

Fire has been a friend to many.  It is at the center of our galaxy, solar system, and the center of the Earth; it is the community center of all earth-bound cultures, and we have a fire that burns within each of us. All humans have an innate attraction to fire.  We are the only species that utilizes fire in such life giving ways.  Though we have become ‘modernized’, fire still fuels our culture and keeps us running.  Fire gives life to so much.  Working with fire can even teach us how to be a better person. Through tending fire, we learn how to tend to the light that burns within ourselves.

  • primitive pottery–firing pottery being one of the oldest alchemical transformations associated with fire
  • making tools such as burnt bowls/spoons, fire hardened digging sticks, bending wood over heat, firing chert (again one of the oldest alchemies associated with      fire!
  • fire challenges such as carrying fire long distance, making torches, blind folded friction fire, etc
  • we will cook most of our meals over the open fire, from stone age techniques to dutch ovens.

 

It will be a fun time in the woods, with a small group of teens, facing focused challenges, building a strong group connection, and greatly expanding our personal awareness.  We will experience how fire teaches us respect, good conduct, and grounds us.  Fire has drifted to the edge of our awareness in the last hundred years, and we will bring its lessons and use back into our group for the week.  We will see how fire has shaped humanity since the beginning of time, and connect to the eternal.  Join us for this fun-filled and exciting week!

earthroots_fire_startWe will face the challenge of carrying fire with us in an ancient way as we walk about during the day, and use it to re-light our central fire at night.  We will learn to use it to shape our tools, manipulate materials, cook our food, boil our water, and more.  We will pass on old traditions of how to tend a fire respectfully, with care and skill.  We will share stories, face challenges, and feel an increased spark in us as we learn more about the gifts of fire.  We will be in our own separate Fire Tenders camp, although we will join the rest of camp for some meals and swimming time.

Get Fired up on Life!  Sure to have your own inner fire tended along the way as well.

 

 

 

Details & Registration – Fire Tenders

  • Ages 12+
  • July 30 – August 4, 2017 FULL
  • Sunday 2pm arrival and pick up on Friday at noon
  • Sugar Hollow Camp (Click here for directions)
  • $637
  • Prerequisite: minimum 1 year Earth Roots Overnight Camp.

    All supplies will be included, other than the basic camping and clothing gear. We will send a what-to-bring list and details upon your registrations.

  • Free T-shirt included
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Aug
7
Mon
2017
Wood, Leather and Metal Camp
Aug 7 – Aug 12 all-day

Make your own knife and sheath and leather backpack or shoes!

1 year of Earth Roots is a prerequisite for this overnight camp.
Come join in on this BRAND NEW Living Earth Camp! Soon to be a camper favorite!  Come get your hands in gear making your own stainless steel knife with sheath, and a pair of handmade leather shoes or leather backpack of choice.  Yes, you can do it all and you can wear shoes or a backpack that you’ve made your self, along with a beautiful hand crafted knife.

This is for real and this is your chance to do it!  Camp will be head along side another Earth Roots overnight camp and campers will spend days crafting their projects and also be able to join in on swimming, games, all meals and time at night around the fire hearing stories and evening games and adventures.

Please only sign up if you are ready to be focused and put quality care into your work. This is a focused week spent crafting, laughing and learning under Peter Yenkin’s careful guided mentorship.  It is sure to be a blast! Peter has been crafting with children and adults for many years and campers love his gentle, skilled ways.

Imagine waking in your handmade shoes or carving with your own handmade knife, or carrying your belongings in your own handmade backpack.  Yes, that sounds awesome! Come join us.  Spaces are limited and will fill fast.

Details & Registration – Wood, Leather & Metal Camp

  • August 7 – 12, 2017
  • Monday 2pm arrival and pick up on Saturday at noon
  • Ages 11+
  • Sugar Hollow Camp (Click here to get directions)
  • $725
  • All materials needed to complete the project are provided.
    • Free T-shirt included
    Register Now

     

    SUMMER TEEN EXPEDITIONS

    Jun
    24
    Sat
    2017
    Teen River Expedition
    Jun 24 – Jun 30 all-day
    Teen River Expedition @ Ages: 13+

    Come spend a magical week on a wild river in Virginia!

    This camp is for campers who have attended at least one year of Earth Roots. 

    Our special week will flow like a river. We will carry all our needs in our canoes, explore, swim, and more.  We will cover expedition planning, canoe stroke techniques, and water safety. We will navigate our way through rapids,  paddle amongst the mountains, cook for ourselves in small teams, practice survival skills, tell stories, play games, and laugh a whole lot. We will also explore how the river can teach us to be our best.  There are so many wonderful things we do at our Earth Roots camps, this trip will allow us to put a lot into practice.

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    Please don’t delay in registering as spaces are very limited and fill fast.

    Details & Registration – River Expedition

    • June 24-30, 2017
    • Saturday June 24 drop off 2pm, Friday June 30 pick up 2pm
    • Ages 13+
    • Drop off and pick up is at the Sugar Hollow Camp (get directions)
    • $725
    • Prerequisite: minimum 1 year Earth Roots Overnight Camp.

      All supplies will be included, other than the basic camping and clothing gear. We will send a what-to-bring list and details upon your registrations.

    • Free T-shirt included
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    WEEKLY HOMESCHOOL PROGRAMS

    Jan
    4
    Wed
    2017
    Winter Homeschool Nature Studies
    Jan 4 – Feb 22 all-day

    home_snow_birdLast year, we held our first Winter Homeschool Nature Studies program, and it was a smashing success! Join us this winter for eight Wednesdays at our Afton site.

    If survival and living off the land is your thing, then join us for some Wintery Homeschool Adventures and put your skills to the test!

    Join us for: Fire making, crafting, hanging out in our tipi, making our own winter-hardy shelters, tracking animals through snow and winter mud, finding springs in the forest and making warming tea over the fire… the possibilities are endless. Learn to live and feel at home in wintery conditions and gain confidence in your skills.

    Winter Homeschool Nature Studies

    • Ages 10+
    • Wednesdays: Jan 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22
    • 10am – 4pm
    • Afton base camp.
    • EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT! Sign up by Dec 1st for our discount price of $400. After this date, price will rise to $450

      NOTE: If you’ve filled out forms for the Fall homeschool session, all we need is a full payment mailed in by check to be registered.

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    Sep
    19
    Tue
    2017
    Goochland / Richmond Homeschool Nature Studies
    Sep 19 – Nov 14 all-day
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    The Living Earth School is super excited to be bringing our home school nature connection programs to the Goochland / Richmond area.

    kids_leaves_woodsThis is an opportunity for homeschoolers to come together in a community setting and learn about the natural world, themselves, and each other, through earth-based mentoring.

    We’ve made such great connections and had a blast running around in the woods, making fires by rubbing sticks, tracking animals, and cooking over the fire with your kids.  Our fantastic trained mentors are super excited to be exploring the forest and making deep connections once again.

    We will focus on nature awareness, survival skills (shelter, fire, water, food), wild edible plants, responsibility and respect- for self and others. This program will provide challenges, leadership, and community. LES staff take mentoring seriously, and are patient, caring, and supportive. This program will not only build good woodsman/woodswoman skills, but will increase the confidence of the kids. Get ready for archery, cooking on the fire, making a fire by rubbing sticks, tracking animals and so much more. All programs are led by experienced LES staff.

    girl_hut_woodsHomeschool curriculum is based on:

    • Survival skills
    • Wild food / primitive cooking
    • Bird Language
    • Ecology / Community
    • Crafts / Tools
    • Nature studies
    • Peacemaker principles
    • Tracking
    • Awareness / observation
    • Storytelling

    Please send in full payment as soon as possible to hold your space and feel free to spread the word. Currently this program is in Goochland but we are hoping to find a location closer to Richmond.

    Goochland / Richmond Homeschool Nature Studies

    • Ages 7+
    • Fall 2017 dates: 8 Tuesdays
      Sept 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 24, 31, Nov 6-7 (overnight), 14
    • 10am – 4pm
    • Goochland, VA.
    • PRICE: Early Bird Discount: $450
    • We plan to have an overnight Nov 6-7- stay tuned for more details!*
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    Sep
    20
    Wed
    2017
    Charlottesville Homeschool Nature Studies
    Sep 20 – Dec 6 all-day
    Register Now
    The Living Earth School offers homeschool nature studies programs in the Charlottesville and Goochland/Richmond, Virginia area.
    The programs are offered in the Spring and Fall for ages 7 and up. Groups will divided according to age and experience level, and will be guided by a skilled mentor.

    Get your homeschoolers Nature Connected, under the guided care of skilled nature mentors! We have found that our outdoor classroom really makes learning real and the direct experience of seeing and knowing things first hand, takes learning to a whole new level. Learn about the seasons directly, gain skills in knowing what it means to live connected to the land around, harvest tasty fall wild edibles, shoot an arrow, makes fires by rubbing sticks, track animals, build things with your hands and be a part of a vital community of students of the earth.

    This is an opportunity for homeschoolers to come together in a community setting and learn about the natural world, themselves, and each other, through earth-based mentoring.

    We will focus on nature awareness, survival skills (shelter, fire, water, food), wild edible plants,  responsibility and respect- for self and others. This program will provide challenges, leadership, and community. LES staff take mentoring seriously, and are patient, caring, and supportive. This program will not only build good woodsman/woodswoman skills, but will increase the confidence of the kids.

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    • Survival skills
    • Wild food / primitive cooking
    • Bird Language
    • Ecology / Community
    • Crafts / Tools
    • Nature studies
    • Peacemaker principles
    • Tracking
    • Awareness / observation
    • Storytelling

    This fall seasoned woodsman Peter Yencken will be leading a Teen and Pre-Teen Group. This group is for older or experienced kids who want to be challenged, who want to follow their own curiosity, who want to go deep with a craft or knowledge and figure out how all this woods stuff applies to life back at home. This group will be with the elementary school aged homeschoolers occasionally, but generally will be off on their own at their own camp. Soupy will pop into this group on various days too. (Teens and pre-teens are also welcome to join the regular homeschool group with Soupy and Brie if the teen group does not appeal to them.)

    Bobcats & Grey Foxes
    – Charlottesville Homeschool Nature Studies

    • Ages 7 – 18
    • Fall 2017 dates: 10 Wednesdays
      Sept 20, 27, Oct 4, 11, 25, Nov 1-2 (overnight), 8, 15, 29, and Dec 6
    • 9:30am – 3:30pm

      There will be an overnight Nov 1-2.

    • Located at Belvedere in Charlottesville, VA.
    • PRICE: $575
    Register Now

    Goochland/Richmond Area Homeschool
    Nature Studies, ages 7+:

    Fall 2017 dates: 8 Tuesdays from Sept 19 to Nov 14
    Cost: $450 for the 8 week session.
    Click here for full information on the Goochland/Richmond page.

    ONCE A MONTH SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAMS

    Feb
    18
    Sat
    2017
    Forest Dwellers – Warrenton Monthly Program
    Feb 18 – May 13 all-day
    Register Now
    Finally we have a Living Earth School program closer to the DC area! Give your child an important breath of fresh air during the often busy school year. These Saturday Camps keep Nature Connection alive in our students throughout the year, and are held within the caring support of our skilled Nature Mentors!

    kids nature program virginiaThis co-ed program will run seasonally (fall and spring) for boys and girls ages 8-15. Children will revel in the season, playing games and learning skills associated with them. In the fall, we’ll build shelters, harvest nuts and berries, make fires and more. In the spring we’ll eat wild harvested salads, watch buds burst into leaves and flowers, and explore. Students will also have a chance to learn to use knives safely to craft and carve.

    We will meet 1 day a month from 10:00am-4:00pm at the Weston Wildlife Management Area, Nature Conservancy land. Just southeast of Warrenton, it is 30 min to an hour drive from many locations in the Northern VA/DC area. You are welcome to explore a different part of the park if you wish to just stay in the area while your child is in class.

    The 271 acres of the Weston Wildlife Area is old farmland in various stages of succession back towards mature woods. There are old stands of hardwoods, perennial Turkey Run stream, cedar thickets, fields and hedgerows. So much area to explore and play in!

    This is a primitive site, which means there is no running water, shelters or bathrooms. Our instructors are experienced in running programs on sites like this. We will come with jugs of water, tarps for rainy days, and tutorials for the kids on how to have a pleasant and successful “nature bathroom” experience.

    There has been a lot of interest in this program, so please don’t delay registration.

    Details & Registration – Forest Dwellers

    • Boys and Girls Ages 8 – 15
    • Fall 2017 dates: Saturdays  Sept 9, Oct 7, Nov 4, and Dec 2.
    • Class is 10am – 4pm, except the parent potluck day, which is 11am – 5pm followed by a family dinner potluck.
    • Weston Wildlife Management Area, Nature Conservancy land. Just southeast of Warrenton.
    • Price: $245
    Register Now
    Sep
    16
    Sat
    2017
    Red Arrow Boys
    Sep 16 – Dec 16 all-day
    Register Now
    These Saturday Camps keep Nature Connection alive in our students throughout the year, and are held within the caring support of our skilled Nature Mentors!

    boys_leaf_structureWe have found these programs to be an important breath of fresh air during the often busy school year. Come join us for deep connections with nature, community and self, with learning and fun woven tightly together.

    This program will run seasonally (fall, winter, spring) during the school year for boys ages 8-15. That way we can really understand the different seasons, tasks associated with them, and the pure enjoyment of the ever-moving seasons. We will meet 1 day a month from 9:30-3:30pm. Each season will have an overnight (optional but strongly encouraged) where we can put what we learn to test.

    The program will be held in Charlottesville, near Belvedere. The location is rich with wildlife, river, forest, meadow, and stream. There are hundreds of acres of forest to explore, old Native American homesites, etc… In this monthly boys program, we will learn the way of a woodsman and forest scout. We will focus on nature awareness, survival skills (shelter, fire, water, food), responsibility and respect- for self and others. This program will provide challenges, leadership, and community. LES staff take mentoring seriously, and are patient, caring, and supportive. This program will not only build good woodsman skills, but will increase the confidence of the boys. All programs are led by experienced LES staff.
    Each month has a theme (though we always jump on learning opportunities that come our way).

    There has been a lot of interest in this program, so please don’t delay registration.

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    Details & Registration – The Red Arrow Boys

    • Boys Ages 8 – 15
    • Fall 2017 dates: Saturdays
      Sept 16, Oct 14, Nov 18 (overnight), Dec 16 FULL (please email us to be added to the waitlist)
    • 9:30am – 3:30pm

      Weather pending, we will have the overnight on Nov 18 – meeting at 1pm, ending at 11am on the next day. 

    • In Charlottesville, VA. near Belvedere
    • Price: $265  
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    Woodland Girls
    Sep 16 – Dec 16 all-day
    Register Now

    These Saturday Camps keep Nature Connection alive in our students throughout the year, and are held within the caring support of our skilled Nature Mentors!

    We have found these programs to be an important breath of fresh air during the often busy school year. Come join us for deep connections with nature, community and self, with learning and fun woven tightly together.

    This program will run seasonally (fall, winter, spring) during the school year for girls ages 8-15. That way we can really understand the different seasons, tasks associated with them, and the pure enjoyment of the ever-moving seasons. We will meet 1 day a month from 9:30-3:30pm. Each season will have an overnight (optional but strongly encouraged) where we can put what we learn to test.

    camp_cooking_pancakesWe are thrilled to be offering this program for our girls! Woodland girls are adventurous, respectful, intuitive, compassionate and wise. WE will journey into these ways together in a safe, supported way.  We will  build our earth-wisdom in a fun community, where girls can be themselves and grow into the person they want to become. We will cultivate respect for the earth, our self and each other and boost self- confidence and zest for life. We will focus on nature awareness, survival skills (shelter, fire, water, food), wild edible plants and harvesting, self-expression through art, storytelling and deep nature connection. This program will provide challenges, leadership, and community. LES staff take mentoring seriously, and are patient, caring, and supportive. This program will not only build stong earth-wisdom, but will increase the confidence of the girls. All programs are led by experienced LES staff.

    The site is near Belvedere neighborhood off of Rio Rd.

     

    Details & Registration – Woodland Girls

    • Girls Ages 8 – 15
    • Fall 2017 dates: Saturdays
      Sept 16, Oct 14, Nov 18 (overnight), Dec 16 FULL   (please email us to be added to the waitlist)
    • 9:30am – 3:30pm

      Weather pending, we will have the overnight on Nov- meeting at 1pm, ending at 11am on the next day. 

    • In Charlottesville, VA. near Belvedere
    • Price: $265
    Register Now
    Sep
    17
    Sun
    2017
    Forest Dwellers – Charlottesville Monthly Program
    Sep 17 – Dec 17 all-day
    Register Now

    New program in Charlottesville! Give your child an important breath of fresh air during the often busy school year. These Sunday Camps keep Nature Connection alive in our students throughout the year, and are held within the caring support of our skilled Nature Mentors!

    kids nature program virginiaThis co-ed program will run seasonally (fall and spring) for boys and girls ages 8-15. Children will revel in the season, playing games and learning skills associated with them. In the fall, we’ll build shelters, harvest nuts and berries, make fires and more. In the spring we’ll eat wild harvested salads, watch buds burst into leaves and flowers, and explore. Students will also have a chance to learn to use knives safely to craft and carve.

    This is a primitive site, which means there is no running water, shelters or bathrooms. Our instructors are experienced in running programs on sites like this. We will come with jugs of water, tarps for rainy days, and tutorials for the kids on how to have a pleasant and successful “nature bathroom” experience.

    There has been a lot of interest in this program, so please don’t delay registration.

    Details & Registration – Forest Dwellers Charlottesville

    • Boys and Girls Ages 8 – 15
    • Fall 2017 dates: Sundays  Sept 17, Oct 15, Nov 12, Dec 17.
    • Class is 9:30am – 3:30pm, except the parent potluck day, which is 11am – 5pm followed by a family dinner potluck.
    • Charlottesville.
    • Price: $245  
    Register Now

    FAMILY PROGRAMS

    Jul
    28
    Fri
    2017
    Family Archery: Making a wooden long bow or quiver and arrows
    Jul 28 – Jul 30 all-day
    Family Archery: Making a wooden long bow or quiver and arrows @ Ages 8+ with accompanying adult
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    This Weekend Camp is designed for families.  Have you dreamed of making and shooting your own handmade bow and arrow, let alone making one with your child? What a gift to be able to do this together and to cultivate this shared skill as a family.  This is for real and this is your chance to do it!

    This is a camp that has been requested over the years.  There is a limited amount of space in this program.  All materials needed to complete the project are provided and each participant will go home with their own hand made bow and one arrow, or a quiver with several arrows.   In this program, the camper and parent/adult a will make a wooden long bow from a piece of wood, carving it down, shaping it, and tillering the bow so it works optimally.  Each participant will make their own string for the bow.   Or they can choose to make a quiver to store arrows in out of leather.  They will learn how to make arrows, fletching, shaping, etc.   They will leave with a few arrows to put in their quiver.

    This is a great opportunity for families to make their very own archery kit, that if cared for can last a lifetime.   To take a project from raw materials to completion teaches competence and builds confidence.   This is an awesome opportunity, and not one that could be found anywhere else.  The teacher of this program has helped hundreds in this process, and is a very supportive teacher.  We are lucky to have him on board.  Peter will also go over the instinctive shooting method so that students leave knowing how to shoot their new bow.

    Building and shooting longbows has been practiced for thousands of years all over world.  Bows have been used in many ways including: survival (both food gathering and protection), sport and meditation, and spiritual practice (Zen meditation). This class is a continuation of these ancient practices.

    During this class, you will learn the skills to build a long bow, how to choose the wood, the tools needed and their use, how to finish the wood, and make strings. You will be taught the “instinctive” shooting method (this is the same method used by people who relied on the bow in their daily lives).

     

    Details & Registration – Family Archery Camp

    • Ages 8+ with accompanying adult
    • July 28 – 30, 2017 FULL
    • The workshop begins on Friday at 6pm (please come having eaten dinner) and ends on Sunday at 3pm.
    • Sugar Hollow Camp (Click here for directions)
    • $380 (for 1 child and 1 adult), each additional person is $220
    • Basic tent camping is included, with options to sleep in our tent cabins or to bring your own tent.  Participants will bring and cook their own food and are welcome to use our primitive camp kitchen with supplies.
    Register Now

    LEADERSHIP TRAINING PROGRAMS

    Dec
    30
    Fri
    2016
    Camp Counselor’s In Training
    Dec 30 2016 @ 7:26 am – Dec 31 2017 @ 8:26 am

    The Living Earth CIT, leadership training program is an awesome opportunity for veteran campers, who love the LES programs. 

    campers_gourd_blanketThis intensive leadership training will give them the skills to not only be a great camp counselor and leader, it will teach them life skills for other professional pursuits.   They will learn the ins and outs of what it takes to be a nature based mentor and leader.

    There is a bond that grows amongst the CIT’s and staff that is powerful and family like. We cultivate a heartfelt village-like model of learning and experience.  In this supportive environment, they feel safe to push their edges and reach for their greater potential.  We are here to support that journey.

    At Living Earth we focus on deep nature connection, mentoring, and earth skills.  We are unique in that respect.   We have a commitment to high quality programs that help individuals rise up to be leaders with a strong connection to place, the community and themselves.

    The CIT’s are an important part to the health of our village ecology.  They will work together as a unit, under the mentorship of veteran staff, and be given various tasks that are essential to the camp culture as well as their own passions.

    teacher_teen_boy_dry_meatCIT, leadership training areas:

    • Experienced LES staff will teach them the deeper layers of mentoring.
    • They will learn to profile the group, and learn from each other what they observe
    • They will have time to deepen their own naturalist/primitive skills
    • CIT’s will be given group challenges that will help them come together and learn how to solve natural mysteries. This builds their deep curiosity and ability to ask questions.
    • They will help with essential camp tasks Chop wood/carry water
    • They will be given an opportunity to lead a camp activity for the kids, either solo or with a partner.  They will prepare, practice and then lead.   We will support them every step of the way. And then we will debrief their experience, and grow from it.
    • They will learn how to set goals for themselves and manage their time to achieve them.

    teacher_arrowsWe will train them using a lot of the activities and experiences we use to train our best staff.  We will look at what makes a healthy camp culture where the kids feel safe to be themselves, and what supports people to come alive.  We will share the LES code of conduct that our staff live by.   We will talk about the benefits of how we carry ourselves in the world, and the ripple effect that has wherever we are.

    There is a lot that goes into this program, skills that will last a lifetime.  Deep down we know that teens want to contribute and be truly helpful.   We create a meaningful heartfelt experience to support this innate desire.  Though we hold a high bar for them, and we also love to have ripping fun.  This is a real place where they can test life, learn more about themselves and figure out who they are.

    The LES CIT program is also valuable in that this experience carries professional recognition.  It can be used for resume’s, job applications, etc… We have written countless letters of recommendations for colleges, jobs, and more.

    All this aside, this program is not for everyone. We hold a high bar at LES.  Previous CIT’s have appreciated us for expecting more from them than they thought was possible. They want to be powerful leaders that are resilient and competent.

    daycamp_kids_fire_woodPre-requisites:

    The applicant must have attended two years of Earth Roots camp. They must be at least 14 years of age at the time of application.  They must have a genuine interest in working with younger campers, and be up for the demands of the program.

    To Apply:

    The Application is to be filled out by the prospective CIT (not the parents). Please email us for an application. Priority will be given to those prospective CIT’s that are able to commit to 2+ weeks.

    Camp leadership trainingCost:

    1 week commitment: $375

    2 week commitment: $350 per week

    3+ week commitment: $300 per week

    Time Expectations:

    They will need to arrive before the campers do, and leave after the campers do. Drop off is 8:45am on the first day of camp, and pick up is 3pm on the last day of camp. We want them involved in the weeks planning, so they can see more of the inner workings of what goes on to make our camps successful.   We know CIT’s will get more out of participating multiple times, we are highly suggesting that they commit to a 3 week run.  We know this does not work for every ones schedule, so we encourage you to apply any way.  We will give priority to those that can commit to multiple weeks.

    Stay in tune with yourself. Keep checking in that you’re keeping up on sleep, personal time, etc. A happy staffer=happy campers. Find a good balance between responsibility and fun. Stay on top of your job. Keep it safe. But at the same time it’s summer camp! Do the games, get into the activities, bond with your group, and don’t think you’re too cool for school.
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    You have no idea how much you can learn and mature in one week when you have the right support network and an excellent task ahead of you, and on top of that it will also be some of the most fun of your life. I have made lasting friends through this CIT program, both adults and peers, and will always keep these connections. As a camper you can make friends but as a CIT you can really develop relationships. On top of that the best way to learn is through teaching, and even if you feel you might not be ready to start this part of your journey, becoming a CIT will teach you more than you could know.
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    PRIVATE GROUP PROGRAMS

    Feb
    17
    Wed
    2016
    Waldorf 8th Grade Expeditions Virginia
    Feb 17 2016 – Dec 30 2017 all-day

    One-of-a-kind, Meaningful Adventures for your 8th Grade Graduation Trip.

    Check out the great synergy that we blend with Waldorf philosophy into our dynamic, heart-centered, wilderness expeditions.

    We can help you with your 8th grade graduation trips.   We run quality programs that are filled with fun, adventure and also honor the individual.   You will find that our pricing is a better value than most outfits, and the quality is high.   There are a variety of programs we can offer- expedition style or base camp.

    Available Offerings include:

    • Backpacking
    • River canoe trip
    • Beach time
    • Base camp nature connection
    • Wilderness Survival skills
    • Solo’s
    • Rites of Passage
    • AND much more!

    We have found these offerings to be super popular with Waldorf kids, as a lot of our summer camp students are from Waldorf.  They can be interwoven throughout to create an inspiring experience.  Whittling is always popular, as are fire-based activities.  We are about having fun, and making nature comfortable and inspiring. Our goal is to meet the kids where they are, and run with it. Each day involves what we call  “the core routines”- which are activities that when repeated lead to deep nature connection.

    We like to empower kids to be pro-active and to work together as a team.  We find that getting the kids directly involved with their own camp set up and cook teams, lets the kids have a real sense of ownership and independence, and team unity in the program. On expeditions we sleep in tents, at our base we have cabins and tent platforms.  Our food is mostly organic, and we strive to get food from good sources and local where possible.   Our policy is not to serve what we wouldn’t want to eat at home.  That being said, it is kid friendly.   We can meet almost any dietary restrictions and food allergy needs.

    We are not your run of the mill outfitter, we offer something different based on quality, integrity and connection. Our 8th grade expeditions serve as a launching pad for students to excel forward into their lives. Come experience the magic!

    To Learn More, call or email us for details and pricing. 

    “The Living Earth School offers a rich, meaningful program for the rising eighth grade student.  The activities are challenging yet accessible for all levels of nature expertise.  At the end of the eighth grade year, a class benefits from a team building adventure but also a time to have fun together and celebrate the closing chapter of their lives.  LES understands this goal and puts together a program that allows for play, as well as more serious talks that assist the students in thinking about upcoming challenges they may face.  The leaders are wise and inspiring and create a sense of comfort for the teens.  The students appreciate being spoken to as young adults and also recognized as still being kids who need guidance.  All plans for lodging and food were well organized and of high quality.  LES has a serious attitude regarding the outcome of the trip as far as the students’ experience and work to meet a high standard each day of the trip.  For the class teacher, the trip allows an opportunity for the teacher to participate but not necessarily lead, to stand aside and observe students and also play along with them.  It is a great time for teacher to meet students on a similar level before the teacher sends them off into a new stage of life.  I highly recommend LES as program guides for Waldorf eighth grade trips.” 
    - Karen (8th grade Charlottesville, Va Waldorf Teacher)

    RITES OF PASSAGE

    Note: Moon Tribe for Girls will be offered in 2017. (See Adult page for Moon Tribe for Women offered in 2016).

    May
    26
    Fri
    2017
    Moon Tribe for Girls
    May 26 – May 29 all-day

    Creating A Meaningful Experience That Girls Need

    Grounded in Nature
    Empowered Within
    Bright Lights Shining into the World

    Moon Tribe for Girls is the beginning of a journey, an initiation experience to transition into young womanhood. Moon Tribe is for girls ages 11-14 years old, or any girl who is ready to embrace a vision of her womanhood. “What does it mean to be a woman?” girls will ask themselves during their Rite of Passage. “Who am I now, and who am I becoming?”

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    In our modern culture today, aspects of the feminine are often shrouded in shame, brushed under the rug, or twisted from true dignity. At this critical stage in their lives, girls need to be immersed in a community in which femininity is honored and explored. They need to be honored and acknowledged. They need to experience the freedom of being fully themselves with a community of women and girls who are open about all aspects of being a woman. They need an initiation, a passageway into young adulthood that is deeper than prom or getting a driver’s license. We seek to bring these meaningful ways back to our children.

    Being in nature for four days is crucial to this process. Everything in nature–every tree, every rock, every deer, every flower, every sunrise–is always fully embodying itself and its gifts from the Creator. Immersed in the natural world and in a community of supportive women, these girls will lay a foundation for their womanhood built on authenticity, trust and support. We will create a safe nurturing space for each girl to explore the depths of what it means to be a woman in today’s world and to create the space for her authentic self to emerge.

    Rite of Passage experiences are initiations that mark a developmental transition. Elements in Rites of Passage include:

    • Immersion in the natural world
    • Time in solitude and time in community
    • Symbolic representations
    • Expression and reflection
    • Elements of challenge
    • Being sent off and welcomed back by engaged community

    Adult female mentors of all ages will be there to guide your girls. We’ll sing, play games, frolic in the creek, make art, have sharing circles, and eat delicious food.

    This weekend will serve as a way for girls to not only be acknowledged by their peers, and (community), but also serves as a stepping stone for self acceptance and knowing their place/stage in the journey of life. It will help create empowered young woman who are solid in who they are.

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    Our Intentions:

    • To create a supportive and trusting community that honors each girl’s unique self at this powerful time of change and uncertainty, which will allow her to stand stronger in who she is in the future.
    • To invite girls to go deeper, to reflect and vision on who she is becoming.
    • To share wisdom and stories and help the girls discover the beauty, mystery and joy of the feminine, of their cycle, of the mystery that is womanhood.
    • To allow mothers and daughters to truly see each other, to open the dialogue between them so they can stand hand in hand and on common ground as they embark on this journey together.

     

     

     

    Details & Registration – The Moon Tribe

    • Girls Ages 11 – 14, or any girl beginning her moontime/menstruation (Kate and Erin will be in contact to help you discern if your girl is ready)

    • Memorial Day Weekend, 2017.
    • Friday at 6 pm – and through Monday 3pm. There is a celebratory potluck and final ceremony with the mothers from noon to 3pm on Monday.
    • Donation based- please contact us for more details
    • Mothers, by signing your girl up, you are also committing to being intimately involved. You will be coming to an information meeting before the event, assisting your girls to find an anchor and supporters, helping her reflect on why she is coming, and acknowledging and working through any resistance she has (which is normal!). You’ll be donating food or volunteering to cook either on-site or preparing food beforehand. Feel free to contact us for more details on the time and effort we ask of you and your girl. Rite of Passage requires full, joyful commitment of both mother and daughter, and it is worth it! 

      Rites of Passage are a sacred birthright, so though the program costs about $200 per girl, we gratefully accept any amount above or below that. We realize that some are able to give more and some will give less. Our staff (a team of about eight committed women) generously donate their time that weekend, but there are still costs: food, insurance, facility rental, supplies, administration. Search your heart and discern what generous donation you can make to ensure that we can continue to offer these programs to girls and women for years to come.

    Register Now