Wild by Nature Village Taster and Training Weekend
For those wanting to experience how the Wild By Nature Village Camp might be, come Saturday 9.30am-3.30pm. Children will go off on their own adventures with nature guides and adults will be able to learn some bush skills and have some down time before we gather as a group (‘village’) to share food, stories and fun.
There is also an option to come for the full weekend til Sunday lunchtime.
This weekend will also include a training element where nature guide and mentors will receive training in bush skills and nature connection mentoring philosophy and approaches. If you are interested in Mentoring, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wild by Nature Village Camp
January 17-21 Wednesday to Sunday
For teenagers wanting to gain confidence with bush skills.
For younger ones wanting explore and have fun in nature.
For parents and adults who want to learn a bit too, and to relax and connect with like-minded people.
This camp allows for child lead activities, under the supervision of nature mentors in small groups for a few hours a day, plenty of unstructured time and then tribe time in the evenings with shared meals and storytelling. There are also short bush skills sessions for adults and opportunities for relaxing, swimming in the creek and family time.
The Importance of Wild Time
Providing an opportunity for children to connect to the natural world is vitally important for their own health, well being and learning.
By fostering appreciation for nature, ecosystems and community interdependence at an early age, these children should grow into adults who understand and respect the natural environment.
Making time away from the house and it’s inside distractions, screens and everyday routines, and coming into nature – with an opportunity to breathe the air rich with life, to get a bit messy, to explore and adventure, try new ways of engaging by sight, touch, smell, sound and taste.
We aim to teach new skills which create a deeper level of understanding of the world around us. We have never run a kids course to a fixed timetable because so also often we come across an opportunity to ‘let the kids go’ to be free to explore and play; these things they often do best, naturally.
Hunter & Coastal Lifestyle Magazine journalist Penny Evans came and spent the day with us in January, and has now published a great article on raising children with an appreciation for nature, and encouraging active involvement in the wild, as well as describing some of the things we do in our wildcraft courses to foster this in people’s lives!
Details: Evans, P. 2015 “Into the Wild.” Hunter&Coastal Lifestyle Magazine. 72: February-March, pp 73-76