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Cultivating Caring & Courageous Children

Healing From the Past, Knowing Your Place in the Present 

Brings A Mindful & Conscious Future.

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 Camps

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!!





 “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

Mindful Ecology & Local Ecology Camp

Summer Camps

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A Day at Camp

9:00-9:30 Arrival

9:30-10:00 Community Circle (Meditation, Mindfulness Practice)

10:00-10:15 Open Exploration and Snack

10:15-11:15 Project Time

11:15-11:30 Open Exploration

11:30-12:00 Reconnection Circle

12:00-12:45 Lunch

12:45-1:00 Reconnection Circle

1:00-2:00 Project Time

2:00-2:30 Open Exploration and Clean-Up Time

2:30-2:24 Reconnection Circle

2:45-3:00 Departure

Mindful Ecology & 

Local Ecology

Date: June 10-14

Ages: 6-12 yrs

Time: 9:00-3:00

Fee: $375.00

Full

Our day is spent exploring the connection between thoughts, beliefs and our local environment. This brings an understanding of the interconnection between humans and environment. Ecology is the study of the relationships between living organisms; it seeks to understand the vital connections between plants and animals and the world around them. Ecology also provides information about the benefits of ecosystems and how we can use Earth’s resources in ways that leave the environment healthy for future generations.

Mindful Body & 

Soil Ecology

Date: June 17-21

Ages: 6-12 yrs

Time: 9:00-3:00

Fee: $375.00

Full

Microbiome is a big word today, and one of most importance. The health of our microbiome is a reflection of the soil's health. The importance of the gut and the soil microbiomes as determinants of human and ecosystem health, respectively, is gaining rapid recognition in medical and ecological literature. This suggests that there is a wealth of highly transferable knowledge about the microbial ecology of human and non-human ecosystems. Kids will learn the importance of the soil microbiome and how it effects human health.


Mindful Emotion & Water Ecology

Date: June 24-28

Age: 6-12 yrs

Time: 9:00-3:00

Fee: $375.00


Emotions are part of being human and when we allow them to flow, just like water,  we build a healthy relationship with them. Just like water, our emotions are essential aspects of our earth, bodies, and lives. Kids will go deeper into understanding  this concept and connection while engaging in creative and fun activities. We will explore Dr. Emoto's theories, that water is able to respond to human emotion, thoughts, words and written messages. This gives understanding in how our words affect self, others, and the community.

Mindful Heart &

 Energy Ecology

Date: July 8-12

Age: 6-12 yrs

Time: 9:00-3:00

Fee: $375.00


The heart and its energy keeps us moving, breathing, and playing. During this dynamic week of camp, kids will explore the heart's energy field and the interconnection with their environment.  Did you know that the heart energy field reaches out about two feet or more from your heart space? Kids will explore the many living organisms and their energy fields as well, which opens a wonderful dialogue and deepening awareness.

Mindful Communication&

 Climate Ecology

Date: July 15-19

Age: 6-12 yrs

Time: 9:00-3:00

Fee: $375.00


Just like Mother Nature uses her voice clearly in our present moment--droughts, floods, and fires--

our future Culture Creatives can use their voices for a healthier relationship with Her, based on interdependence, stewardship, and respect. The importance of kids finding passion in Mother Earth and understanding the interconnection cannot be overstated. It is going to be what shifts our current moment in time.

Mindful Knowledge&

 Sustainable Ecology

Date: July 22-26

Age: 6-12 yrs

Time: 9:00-3:00

Fee: $375.00


Knowledge is at the tip of every kid's finger tips. It's important to filter through the wealth of information available, to focus on learning what is most relevant and useful in a world that works for everyone.  Many of the progressive companies are moving toward a more mindful and ecological working environment. We aim to support a new generation of

sustainability innovators, with nature-inspired solutions for a healthy planet. 


Mindful Vision &

 Regenerative Ecology

Date: July 29-Aug 3

Age: 6-12 yrs

Time: 9:00-3:00

Fee: $375.00


When we see that our future is intricately linked to the health of our planet, our communities, our families, and our selves, ordinary projects have the potential to transform into life purpose and passion. Through passion, the heart is filled to communicate its truth-- and this is the basis for success.

We will rekindle a connection to our resources to find real solutions that support a life of purpose, well-being, and community.

Mindfulness & Farming Camp

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Registration

Before & After Camp

Extended day is offered from 3-6pm Monday through Friday at $25/day. Fun, creative activities are scheduled each day including movie making, script writing, going to the History Museum and more!

Early drop-off is available each day beginning at 8:00 am, for $10.

Sibling discounts are available at checkout.

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 truly be here, body and mind together in the present moment. When we are able to come back to ourselves and our emotions, we can recognize habitual behavior, discover new options and make better choices. We can get in touch with other people, and with life--greatly benefiting our relationships. Compassion arises quite naturally, as does a sense of inner peace, joy and vitality.  It is our experience that 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 paying attention to things in the present moment through mindfulness. Mindfulness is defined by Jon Kabat-Zinn as “the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experiences moment by moment.” 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 attention is nonjudgmental and accepting, without thinking that the experience of the present moment is good or bad, right or wrong, important or trivial. It involves attending to the external environment as well as to internal bodily sensations, thoughts, and feelings. In practicing mindfulness, one becomes aware of these experiences, observes them carefully, accepts them, and lets go of them in order to attend to another present moment experience.