Shambhala Warrior and Nature Camp

Registration currently closed. 2018 registration will re-open in the spring!








Join us for a week of Martial Arts & Nature Awareness training & play outside!

Ages: 9-15 year olds (8 years old by permission)
Dates: June 26-30, 2017
Time: 9am – 3pm
Location: Manitou Land – 300 Sunset Lake Rd, Williamsville, VT (within 20 minutes of downtown Brattleboro)
Cost: $215-$290 sliding scale.  (Actual Cost $270)

Early Registration Discount: $25 if registered by May 15th.

Amy Hyatt, Donny Kanovsky and Ashley Bies are offering a week of aikido training (a traditional Japanese Martial art, translates as “way of harmony”) and nature awareness in the woods designed for youth ages 9-15 years old. Aikido, like most martial arts, began in nature and was guided by observing animals, birds, rocks, wind, rivers, trees and becoming attuned with the energies of life. We will also work on our scout skills – our ability to move through the woods quietly and to sneak up on each other, maybe even a coyote! As Shambhala Warriors, we will train for compassion and insight into Life – and have fun, joy, and wonder as we explore nature and the martial arts.

Amy has been training in aikido since 1998, holds the rank of shodan (1st level black belt) and has been sanctioned by her Sensei to teach aikido. She has been teaching nature awareness & survival skills since 2002.  Amy will be joined by other staff and volunteers to create an awesome week of summer camp!!

Camp activities include: SWN2012Tree

  • Aikido Training
  • Art of Invisibility
  • Moving Silently
  • Imitating & Learning from the Animals and Nature
  • Scout Games and Challenges
  • Stories from the martial arts and nature
  • Using Staffs & Bokkens
  • Learning to Fall Safely
  • Hazard Awareness

The Shambhala Warriors are ones who train in and use the “weapons” of compassion and insight to go into the halls of power and dismantle the weapons of destruction. The Kingdom of Shambhala comes from a Tibetan prophecy over 1200 years old. This interpretation is derived from Joanna Macy who spent time with a group of Tibetan monks in the 1970s and early 1980s.

The roots of aikido and the nature awareness skills that will be shared in this new camp are very much rooted in developing compassion and insight in caring for Life. The founder of Aikido, O-Sensei Morehei Ueshiba, was known to say “If you have injured your opponent, you have injured yourself.”

Registration Information

To secure a spot send a $50 nonrefundable deposit payable to “Vermont Wilderness School” (Check, Money Order) and a 1-page Shambhala Reservation Form to Vermont Wilderness School, PO Box 2585, Brattleboro, VT 05303.  Deposit can also be paid by PayPal.

Deposit is non-refundable if you should need to cancel.  Rest of payment refundable until May 31, 2017.  Cancellation May 31st-June 15, you will receive 1/2 tuition refund (assuming you have paid in full already).  Cancellation June 16th or after, you receive a half tuition credit (assuming you have paid in full already) towards other VWS programs to be used within 13 months.

Shambala_W&N_Camp_Reservation_Forms_2017 – please complete & mail ASAP to get on the Wait List!

Shambhala_W&N_Camp_Registration_Forms_2017 including medical & release forms.  (We’d like this by June 1st, or upon registration if you sign up after June 1st).