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 fun games, singing songs, hearing nature-based stories, expanding our senses, making nature crafts, exploring the pond, and learning about the plants and animals around us.
Thriving Roots Wilderness School uses the 8-Shields Mentoring Model – an educational approach that is based on natural cycles and ancient mentoring practices that:
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.
“My daughter’s confidence has really grown in the past few years in this program. It has really helped her socially, in part because of the multi-age environment. Her knowledge of the outdoors becomes deeper each year, and her ability to express it and teach others is so amazing! This program let’s her be her wild self, without school teachers or parents. I really value the style of mentoring and the guidance it gives while still maintaining each individual’s needs and ideas.” – Thriving Roots parent
Read more about our Youth Program Mentoring Philosophy and Curriculum.
Dates: Alternating Wednesdays 10am-2:30pm. Feb 21, Mar 7, (No class over Spring Break), Apr 4 & 18, May 2, 16 & 30, June 13
Cost: $405. Payment is made available with a “3 installment option” that you can choose upon registering. No one turned away due to lack of funds. Apply for Program Scholarship here.
Instructors: Serena Turner and Thriving Roots Apprentices
Location: 5990 Old West Saanich Rd. Victoria BC
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.