Upcoming Programs for Adults

Bird Language Workshop with Ben Riseman

  • Saturday, May 6 (9:30 am – 2:00 pm)
  • Brattleboro, VT

This workshop is open to birders, naturalists and meditators of all experience levels who enjoy slowing down and quietly observing nature for long durations of time. The workshop is equal parts training and meditative exercise. It offers a balance between individually-focused activities and group-participation, to maximize learning and engagement.

Core Routines for Being Fully Alive & Nature Connected

  • Saturday, May 20 (9 am – 5pm) & Sunday, May 21 (9 am – 3 pm)

Just as drinking water, eating, and sleeping support our health and well-being, the Core Routines of Nature Connection foster day-to-day health and aliveness.  Spring is one of the best times to explore and strengthen these routines when it’s warm outside and life is bursting forth!  This workshop is part of the Essentials of Resilient Community series, led by Amy Hyatt.

The Art of Mentoring – Registration is now open!

  • August 28 – September 2, 2017
  • Ages 0 – 99
  • At Farm & Wilderness Camp, Plymouth, VT

The Art of Mentoring is designed to help us remember ancient ways of awareness and mentoring and learn to apply them to our modern communities. This all-ages, six-day experiential, nature-based training is facilitated by a veteran leadership team.  Over 70 staff members from around the US support the experience of the 120 registered participants.

“The Vermont Art of Mentoring is a powerful, life-altering experience, somehow wrapped into one short week.”
– AoM 2015 Participant

School-Year 2017-18  Programs for Youth

Foxwalk Forest School
Ages 5-7
September through early June (with an extended winter break). Tuesdays, 10 am – 2 pm. Putney, VT.

Guided by longtime VWS lead instructor Bob Etzweiler. Kids explore the natural world, learn ancient wilderness living skills, and build self-confidence, teamwork, and knowledge of self, nature, and community.

Interested?  Come to the Foxwalk Open House on Tuesday, May 23. An opportunity for prospective parents and children to visit the program.

Oyase Community School
Ages 7-15
October through May (includes a Spring Equinox overnight). Thursdays, 9:00 am – 3:15 pm, Dummerston, VT

Join us for our 17th year of exploring, playing, and learning how to be at home in the woods taking care of ourselves and all the creatures and plants we live with from autumn to winter to spring. 

Interested? Come to the Oyase Open House, Thursday, April 27.

Full Moon Girls

Ages 7-16
September through May. Saturdays monthly in Montague, MA

Join our girls in woodland adventures, learn practical crafts, and forge friendships through play. Do what you love and immerse in the teeming wonders of nature. Here we build friction fires, harvest wild edibles, and climb trees! Embrace your aliveness in this village of girls, guided by women mentors. Contact FullMoonGirlsInfo@gmail.com to learn about joining the program this year.

Youth Summer Camps  (Grab the last few slots now!)


Earthfriend Discovery Day Camp
Ages 7-12

Williamsville, VT

$215 – $290 (sliding scale, and there is a discount for attending both weeks)

  • Jul 31 — Aug 4
  • Aug 7 — Aug 11


Otter Day Camp
Ages 7-12

Otter Camp is one of our longest-running programs, and is a mainstay of the early summer in Brattleboro.

  • Week 1: Jun 19 – Jun 23  FULL, with waitlist.
  • Week 2: Jun 26 – Jun 30  FULL, with waitlist.
  • Week 3: Jul 3 – Jul 7 A few spots left!
  • Week 4: Jul 10 – Jul 14  FULL, with waitlist.


Shambhala Warrior and Nature Camp
Ages 9-15 (8 by permission)

A week of martial arts and nature awareness.

  • Jun 26 – Jun 30  FULL, with waitlist.


Wilderness Camp at the Hartsbrook School
Ages 11 (rising 7th graders) and up

Longtime VWS instructors Dhyana Miller and Felix Lufkin are bringing this exciting new camp program to the Hartsbrook School in Hadley, MA.

  • Week 1: Jun 26 – Jun 30
  • Week 2: Jul 3 – Jul 7
  • Week 3: Jul 10 – Jul 14
  • Week 4: Jul 17 – Jul 21
  • Week 5: Jul 24 – Jul 28

SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE FOR ALL VWS PROGRAMS.  Thank you to our many donors for their support of VWS’s Great Blue Heron Fund for scholarships.

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