A couple of spaces still in our last camp of the summer….
We are looking forward to our final week of Summer Camp which begins tomorrow!
You are registered this week: August 13th-17th and our theme this week is “What’s Happening in the Woods?” where we will be exploring ecosystem insights and permaculture design through activities, games, songs, and stories. Permaculture provides people with and creates restoration of relationship with the natural world.
One basis of relationship is ECOLOGY–informed observation of the living world; and the other is DESIGN—a positive, creative response to our own needs, and the logic of natural systems. Through our exploration of ‘what’s happening in the woods’, we’ll take time to consider how the forest provides for food, water, shelter and community.
AND, among other things, we’ll be climbing trees, jumping across creeks and spending the WHOLE day outdoors!
We meet each day from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, at our meeting place just across from Higher Grounds Trading and Coffee Shop @ the Village of Grand Traverse Commons.
This is our fourth year of a ZERO-Trash program at our Little Artshram workshop and camps, and each week we will explore the possibilities with our campers about reducing the use of package lunch waste…ZERO-Trash means: we will have no trash-can on-site. As in all things sustainable “zero-waste and zero-trash” is a process, not a destination. The goal is for all the waste we humans generate to be either reusable, recyclable or compostable. We are excited about the continued “experiment” of ZERO-Trash, as it is part of our Permaculture curriculum!
Please plan to arrive at our Little Arthshram Camp-site, near Higher Grounds, with the following:
Appropriate, mess–making, hot-weather or cool-weather clothing (It depends….)
Sun-screen and plenty of fresh-drinking water in re-used bottles or containers (ZERO-Trash means using your own bottled water, not store-bought)
Shoes or sandals that are comfortable to protect your feet while hiking on the Munson Trails.
A good sack lunch and an afternoon snack…..
Here’s the daily-do:
The daily schedule, Monday through Thursday, with a few variables:
8:45-9:00 Campers arrive, sign in, play a big game
9:25-9:55 Gather as a group, meet/greet, story at the Village/HG green space or woods classroom (behind HG)
11:00- 12:30 Get into groups, head into woods for curriculum/theme bits, and lunch
12:30-2:30 Finish lunch, wander and play learning as we go, and/or work on projects
2:30 Meet back up @ HG green space, and play big group game
2:50 Camp Story of day, Take home permaculture principal challenge and sign out.