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Forest Dwellers Youth Program – Spring Term

February 8, 2018 - June 22, 2018

The Forest Dwellers Program provides youth ages 8-14 with an exciting, safe and meaningful way to explore and engage in the natural world.

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Learn how the animals live every day in the wild, finding all their food, medicine, shelter, and water.  Learn the old skills that have allowed kids all over the world to thrive in nature.  We will play games, go on wild adventures, make crafts, and cultivate a deeper sense of our place in the natural world.  Through activities, challenges, and song, youth will discover greater self-confidence, learn cooperation and teamwork, and gain a sense of environmental care taking.

Each week will be a new adventure on the land: playing games, hearing nature-based stories, building fire, carving primitive tools, weaving baskets, foraging for food and medicine, journaling nature mysteries, learning bird language, expanding our senses, exploring the pond, tracking wild animals and more!

What makes Thriving Roots Youth Programs different?

Thriving Roots Wilderness School uses the 8-Shields Mentoring Model – an educational approach that is based on natural cycles and ancient mentoring practices that:

  • Encourage creative thinking rather than providing answers,
  • Help students develop problem-solving skills and self-sufficiency,
  • Take learning to a deeper, embodied & contextual level.

We prioritize small group learning and one-on-one mentoring to really get to know your child and bring forth their natural passion and curiosity for learning while ultimately drawing out their own unique gifts. Driven by inquiry and connection, we will create a group experience that time and time again has demonstrated increased confidence and self-expression, compassion and understanding and a deep love for self and the natural world.

Our instructors bring a variety of skills, personal experience and compassion. They have all been trained in 8-Shields mentoring, Wilderness First Aid and CPR. Read more about them on our Staff Page.

Whether you’re new to Thriving Roots or have done our classes before, we will be learning all sorts of exciting skills together and having lots of fun!

Read more about our Youth Program Mentoring Philosophy and Curriculum.

Join weekly or bi-weekly by signing up for one or both Clans!

Continuing this Spring we have the RAVEN Clan and the RACCOON Clan. The only difference between the two clans is the instructors (and the dates). We strongly encourage students to register with the instructors they’ve already been mentoring with.

  • New to Thriving Roots? Then register for either clan!
  • What to really get the most of your nature connection journey? Then join us weekly by registering for both Clans!
Can students in public school attend?

Yes! For years we’ve had students opt to take two days off of school per month to spend the day learning and adventuring with us in the woods. It almost always ends up as a win-win-win for the student, parents and teacher. Many parents have claimed that it helps their child be even more successful at school. Much research exists to support these findings. See this article from the Child Mind Institute to learn more about how spending time in nature is beneficial for your child’s education.

 

Program Details:

 

RAVEN CLAN – with Dragonfly and Frog 
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Ages: 8-14

Dates: Alternating Thursdays 9:30am – 3:30pm.  Feb 15, Mar 1 & 15 , (No class over spring break.) Apr 12 & 26, May 10 & 24,  June 7, 21 – 22. The last day of class is an epic overnight camp-out with dinner and snacks included.

Cost: $595  Payment is made available with a “3 installment option” that you can choose upon registering. Joining both clans? Save $100 total upon registering.

Registration is limited to 20 students and will be closed when it’s full.

Instructors: Dragonfly (Alaina Hallett), Frog (Gordon Mallonee)

Location: 5990 Old West Saanich Rd. Victoria BC

No one turned away due to lack of funds.  Apply for Program Scholarship here.

 

RACCOON CLAN – with Serena & Justin
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Ages: 8-14

Dates: Alternating Thursdays 9:30am – 3:30pm.  Feb. 8 & 22, Mar 8, (No class over spring break.) Apr 5 & 19, May 3, 17 & 31, June 14-15. The last day of class is an epic overnight camp-out with dinner and snacks included.

Cost: $595  Payment is made available with a “3 installment option” that you can choose upon registering. Joining both clans? Save $100 total upon registering.

Registration is limited to 16 students and will be closed when it’s full.

Instructors: Serena Turner and Justin Muirhead

Location: 5990 Old West Saanich Rd. Victoria BC

No one turned away due to lack of funds.  Apply for Program Scholarship here.

 

Both RAVEN & RACCOON Clans:
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Take your nature connection journey 10 steps deeper by coming every week! Students in the weekly program will have the opportunity to learn more skills, make more projects and ultimately find more peace and connection. The more often we enter the “Forest Dweller mindset”, the deeper that mindset will permeate our everyday life.

 

 

Details

Start:
February 8, 2018
End:
June 22, 2018
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