Upcoming Programs for Adults
- 2018 dates: August 27 – September 1
Deep in all of our roots, there are stories of ancestors living in healthy, regenerative communities—villages where people of all ages were in deep relationship with the land, each other, and themselves. The Art of Mentoring is designed to help us remember these old ways of awareness and mentoring and learn to apply them to our modern communities.
Register early – it fills up!
- Mondays, 8:30 – 9:30 am, starting June 11, in Brattleboro
It’s summer—Time to quit exercising indoors! Build your mobility, strength, and range of motion. Learn to move like the animal you are!
Instructor George Leoniak is one of the country’s foremost animal trackers. His teaching draws on his studies of animal movements and his many years of training his own body in natural movement. Join us as we move around the lawns and forest trails trying out different movements such as crawling, climbing, scampering, vaulting over logs, balance walking on fallen logs, learning different animal movement gaits, and more. All levels of experience and fitness are welcome.
- June 22nd – 24th
What is the role of humans in nature? Are we inherently destructive, or can we be a positive ecological force?
Join Art of Mentoring leader and permaculture designer Connor Stedman for a weekend exploring deep nature connection through ecological reciprocity and stewardship. We will engage in land care practices that go well beyond “Leave No Trace” and take up an active role in creating conditions for the full diversity of life to thrive.
The Essentials of Resilient Community program, offered by Vermont Wilderness School and Amy Hyatt, takes you deeper into the practices and teachings of the Art of Mentoring, supporting you to grow as a mentor, leader, cultural creative, and designer of regenerative, resilient community – whether on a family, neighborhood, or regional scale.
Summer Programs for Youth
*New this year* Foxwalk Day Camp (Ages 5 – 7)
- July 23 – 27
Our popular Foxwalk Forest School for children aged 5 – 7 is now open for a week in the summer!
*New this year* The Wild Within: Scout and Hunting Day Camp for teens (Ages 13– 18)
- July 30 – August 3rd
A mix of serious lessons about hunting/ethical wildlife stewardship AND light-hearted wilderness games and adventures that help teens learn relationship-building skills, independence, an ethic of stewardship, and to have fun.
Otter Day Camp (Ages 7 – 12)
- Week 1: June 18 – 22
- Week 2: June 25 – 29
- Week 3: July 2 – 6
- Week 4: July 9 – 13
We will spend an adventure-filled week in the woods and brooks of Ft. Dummer State Park, looking for frogs, catching crayfish, playing games, cooking on a rocky beach, and discovering the tracks, sounds and signs of the dozens of different animal species that call the Ft. Dummer woods home!
Earthfriend Discovery Day Camp (Ages 7 – 12)
- Week 1: July 30 – August 3
- Week 2: August 6 – 10
A week of nurturing the loving and magical connection the young naturally feel with their environment and all forms of life on this planet.
Shambhala Warrior and Nature Camp (Ages 9 – 15, 8 by permission)
- Jun 25 — 29
A week of martial arts and nature awareness. As Shambhala Warriors, we will train for compassion and insight into Life– and have fun, joy, and wonder!
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.