Cultivating Caring & Courageous Children

Healing From the Past, Knowing Your Place in the Present 

Brings A Mindful & Conscious Future.


After-school Program

The Urban Eco-Village After-school & Camp is now enrolling for the 2018-2019 Exploration Year!

August 15 - June 6

2:30-6:00 pm

Our mindful youth programming is grounded in the principles of nature. We educate from root to tip with a whole-being approach that encourages empathy, compassion, altruism, and interconnection—so the next generation is indeed regenerative!

Every organism depends on countless others and, in turn, relies upon the whole. Thus, the goal of education is not the acquisition of knowledge,

but the intertwining of it. An ecological approach creates communities capable of merging previously disconnected concepts into new circumstances (in other words, creative problem solving). Our nature classroom offers a safe, stimulating, and

socially-conscious environment for culture creatives!

With a hands-on, student-centered education approach, we bring engineering, science, math, creative writing, and art to life in new and dynamic ways! Students also develop public speaking skills, leadership abilities, personal awareness, self-care, non-violent communication, and healthy boundaries.


Monday - Yoga, Movement & Mindfulness

Tuesday - Art Within

Wednesday - Science through Cooking and Nutrition

Thursday - Science through Regenerative Farming

Friday - Environmental Theater

Students will have the opportunity to write, produce, and perform an original play based on their learning from the 12-week model,

incorporating the subject material from all subject areas.

We also offer have homework help.

Monthly Fee

5 days $620

4 days $528

3 days $420

2 days $304

1 day $160

Pick up from school extra $3.00 per day.

Please call 408-891-3751 to register, or for more information!

Fall & Winter Camp

Our nature-based camps offer children the benefit of structure, stimulation, and socialization--without the harsh drawbacks of unhealthy buildings, processed food, and social models designed for the industrial age. Our students gain a sense of themselves as individuals with a conscious awareness of the whole, and a sense of how that wholeness impacts our collective well-being. We focus on the basics: creativity, music, movement, mindfulness, healthy self-care, gardening, compassionate communication, community building, and earth stewardship.

In addition to fresh air, sunshine, and space to run and play, being out in nature supports the development of healthy immune and nervous systems, endocrine function, and cognitive function. When we connect to nature, we connect to ourselves.  For example, we don't just have a snack. We go and harvest organic fruits and vegetables from the food forest we forage on a daily basis. Then we wash them, prepare them, and serve them family-style on a large deck. We build an understanding of the entire life-cycle of the food, and how it works with our bodies to nourish and sustain us. When we finish, we clean up after ourselves and compost any food remainders.

Our mission is to support the natural magic of childhood, so children grow up thriving. A vibrant, sustainable society starts one child at a time!!

October Fun Week

San Jose Unified Schools are closed, but the Mindful Ways Village School is open! Join us for a unique one-week camp experience with a focus on cooking, creative games, gardening, and yoga! Our outdoor classroom offers a safe and stimulating learning environment.

Dates: October 1-5, 2018

Price $255.00

Time: 9 am -3 pm

Extended hours available: 7:30 drop off is $30 for the week; late pick up is $35.00 for the week.

Holiday Winter Camp

San Jose Unified Schools are closed, but the Mindful Ways Village School is open! Join us for a unique nature-based camp experience with a focus on cooking, creative games, gardening, and yoga!

Dates: December 31-January 4, 2019

Price $255.00

Time: 9 am -3 pm

Extended hours available: 7:30 drop off is $30 for the week; late pick up is $35.00 for the week.

For more information please call 408-891-3751

 “Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence” reveal how education that engages in some of the most pressing ecological issues of the day advances academic achievement, fosters resilience, and helps school communities play a vital role in protecting the natural world.

-David Goleman

What is Mindfulness?

    The practice of mindfulness has been proven to make a very valuable and efficient contribution to the problems so many of us face in our schools. Mindfulness means to be truly there, body and mind together in the present moment. When we are able to come back to ourselves, to our emotions, and to those around us we can recognize our habitual behavior, discover new options and make better choices. We can truly get in touch with ourselves, other people and with life, thus greatly benefitting our relationships. Compassion arises quite naturally, as does a sense of inner peace, joy and vitality.  It is our experience that especially children and young people appreciate this opportunity to increase their personal freedom and to choose an ethical direction for their lives.

    We can teach children to begin to pay attention to those things in the present moment that they never noticed before through a process called mindfulness. Mindfulness is de- fined as “the awareness that emerges through paying atten- tion on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmen- tally to the unfolding of experiences moment by moment” Kabat-Zinn. The first part of this definition expresses the idea that mindfulness is an active process; it involves active attention which leads to awareness. The second part of the definition highlights that it regards the present, rather than the past or future. The third part emphasizes that the atten- tion is nonjudgmental and accepting, without thinking that the experience of the present moment is good or bad, right or wrong, important or not. It involves attending to the ex- ternal environment such as sights, sounds, and smells, as well as to internal bodily sensations, thoughts, and feelings. In practicing mindfulness, one becomes aware of the current internal and external experiences, observes them carefully, accepts them, and allows them to be let go of in order to at- tend to another present moment experience

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