Vermont Wilderness School builds long-term mentoring relationships rooted in community, nature connection, and earth living skills. We are a non-profit 501(c)3, based in Brattleboro, VT and founded in 2000. Explore our work and contact us to learn more.
FOR ALL AGES:
VWS’s 17th annual experiential training for ages 3 – 99. Art of Mentoring offers tools to deepen and enrich your relationships with yourself, nature, family, and community. Guided by a team of experienced facilitators from throughout the Northeast, participants come together to experience, learn from and co-create a joyful, engaged learning community. You will walk away with tools and embodied practices of regenerative community design, mentoring techniques, deep nature connection, and an amplified passion for learning. Registration deadline is August 31. Learn more and register here.
You’ve heard it takes a village to raise a child…but how do you raise the village? Essentials of Resilient Community is a series of weekend workshops for adults delving into different aspects of raising a village, beginning with you. Art of Mentoring is highly recommended for this series. Take all 7 Weekends or an individual workshop. Financial aid and housing/travel stipends available. See descriptions of each of the weekends in the program here.
We’ve set the dates for our very popular long weekend on the trail of one of the most elusive carnivores of the Northeast. The Canada Lynx is built for deep snows, long winters, and big wilderness – all found in the vast lands of Northern Maine. Learn more.
Ages 6-15. Join us for another 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. Meets Thursdays, October through May, and includes a Spring Equinox Overnight. Dummerston, VT. Learn more.
Ages 5-7. Foxwalk supports children to explore the natural world together, learn ancient wilderness living skills, and build self-confidence, teamwork, and knowledge of self, nature, and community. Students are guided by longtime VWS lead instructor and program director Bob Etzweiler, along with other experienced Vermont Wilderness School staff. Meets Tuesdays, September through May, with a break in the Winter. Putney, VT. Learn more.
- Open Visit Days: Sept 18 & 26 – Call to sign up; a spot is open for you.
- Fridays weekly in Conway, MA. Oct -May. Girls 9-15.
- Saturdays monthly in Montague, MA. Sept – Jun. , 9:30-2:30. Girls 7-15.
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SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE FOR ALL VWS PROGRAMS!