Waldorf Inspired Nature Immersion Day Camp
August 6-10, 2018
The Old Orchard (Private Residence / Land Trust), Bainbridge Island, Washington
Monday-Friday, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
In this weeklong day camp, kids will get a taste of summertime from a bygone era. Mornings will begin with circle and song before we get down to the real work of the child: Play!
We'll build forts and fires. We'll look for frogs, and we'll bushwhack trails. We'll forage for berries, and we'll make tea from the trees. We'll be silent to track creatures in underbrush, and we'll sing so loud we'll make ourselves dizzy. We'll find a special spot outside that belongs only to us, and we'll band together as a tribe to forge a village. We'll listen to stories around the campfire, and we'll create new ones of our own. We'll get muddy and grass stained and sweaty. The week will conclude in a “rite of competence”: a short forest walk in the presence of our our friends and our families, celebrated with a potluck.
Ages 6-9 welcome.
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Teacher Kelly McMenimin is director of Earthwise Education and leads Forest Friends, a forest kindergarten based in Marin County. Kelly is a permaculturist, ecologist and former director of the Bay Area based Vilda Foundation's Early Childhood Education Program. Kelly combines her Waldorf training with her love of the outdoors to create magic. Visit her at:
"The sun shines not on us but in us. . . every bird song, wind song, and tremendous storm song of the rocks in the heart of the mountains is our song, our very own, and sings our love."
― John Muir
Assistant teacher Jessica (Carew) Kraft is a trained California naturalist, journalist, artist, sustainable design instructor, and mama of two. She has a passion for earth based traditions and runs outdoor camps for kids both in San Francisco and Lark Camp in Mendocino. Visit her at: https://writingkraft.com
Assistant teacher Fallyn McLeod is a seasoned camp counselor from summers at Camp Grounded (California) and Camp Wonderful (Massachusetts). A plantswoman who hails from nearby Salt Spring Island, she is also a talented folk musician. She loves to eat raw nettles. Visit her at: https://www.whatupfolk.com
The Old Orchard, Bainbridge Island is a private residence on 8 acres. Much of the property is part of the Bainbridge Island Land Trust, dedicated to preserving land in perpetuity for the next generations. The Old Orchard features an historic 1885 farmhouse, two ponds, streams, wetland, deciduous forest, conifer forest, meadows, trails, fire circle, kitchen garden, yurt, and an orchard. In summertime, The Old Orchard is replete with native and cultivated berries and is graced by migratory swallows, a blue heron, several families of ducks, raccoons, coyotes, Western tree frogs, salamanders, both barn and barred owls, bald eagles, hawks, bats, and the occasional pheasant.
$300 per child with second child discount. Limited number of scholarships available.
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