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Forest Dwellers Youth Program – Bi-Weekly

September 14 @ 9:30 am - December 7 @ 3:30 pm

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.

New this Fall we are offering two scheduling options for FD students: Forest Dwellers Weekly or Forest Dwellers Biweekly. Spring registration will open in December.

Program Details:

Ages: 8-14

Dates: Every other Thursday 9:30am – 3:30pm. Sept 14 & 28, Oct 12 & 26, Nov 9 & 23, Dec 7.

Cost: $395 (Early Bird by Aug 1: $375) Payment is made available with a “3 monthly installment option” that you can choose upon registering.

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

Location: 5990 Old West Saanich Rd. Victoria BC

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











September 14 @ 9:30 am
December 7 @ 3:30 pm
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