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ROSENDALE- Mystwood with Wild Earth

ROSENDALE- Mystwood with Wild Earth

Mystwood is a nature connection program for 6-9 year olds that uses elves, fairies, wizards and magic as storytelling and teaching tools.

Protected by the Mists of Amnesia yet accessible through a secret, ancient doorway, the land of Mystwood waits to be rediscovered.

Inhabited by fantastic, magical creatures, Mystwood is a place where elder trees sing beautiful songs to the wind, where trolls and wizards still guard the roots and rivers, where faeries & nymphs whisper secrets to those with ears patient enough to listen. Mystwood has been forgotten and can only be remembered through the exploration & caring of the youth.

Through play, mystery and wonder, Wild Earth instructors will guide young Seekers into the ever growing world of Mystwood. Instructors will create a safe, nurturing container in which children can follow their curiosities and explore, each at their own authentic pace.

The Mystwood program uses fantasy elements and experiences to facilitate curiosity in the following areas:

  • Awareness and sensory acuteness
  • Self-care & care of others
  • Quiet mind & patience
  • Cooperation
  • Empathy & embracing differences
  • Puzzle solving
  • Detecting patterns & tracking changes
  • Healthy assertiveness
  • Supportive leadership
  • Aidless Navigation
  • Tree & plant ID
  • Use & stewardship of wild plants
  • Friction fire
  • Fort and shelter building
  • Wildlife tracking
  • Natural container making
  • Nature research and journaling
  • Singing and songwriting
  • Acrobatics, balancing & juggling
  • Handwork & natural crafts
  • Drawing & painting
  • Storytelling & remembering

The guides of Mystwood strive to use our curriculum to inspire and develop connections with self, community, and place/nature within your children.

For:

Girls and Boys ages 6-9

Times:

10am – 3:30pm

Dates:

8 Saturdays, including one extended Saturday.

  • Sat, October 20, 2018
  • Sat, November 17, 2018
  • Sat, December 15, 2018
  • Sat, January 19, 2019
  • Sat, February 16, 2019
  • Sat, March 16, 2019
  • Sat, April 6, 2019
  • Sat, May 18, 2019 – Extended Day

Hazardous Weather Make Up Day:

  • Sat, June 8, 2019

Cost:

$715, sibling discount and payment plans available. Please inquire about financial aid.

Location:

Wild lands surrounding William’s Lake in Rosendale, NY.

Additional Questions?

Drop us an email or give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.
hello@wildearth.org

(845) 256-9830

Register now and reserve your space in Mystwood today. Space is limited.

https://wildearth.org/youth/mystwood

Wild Earth, Mystwood

Accord- Artemis Moon Girls with Wild Earth

Accord- Artemis Moon Girls with Wild Earth

At Artemis Moon, your 9-14 year old daughter will experience a variety of wilderness skills with an adventurous, loving group of girls and women mentors.

Artemis Moon provides a place for girls to develop nourishing, intergenerational friendships with young adult mentors and mature women.

Through wilderness skills girls develop empowered self-reliance. Using creative play our instructors gently draw out the unique gifts and passions of the girls in a fun and safe social container. With our support, each girl can reveal herself to the others and build trusting, loving, friendships, helping her develop the inner-resilience, bravery, and inspiration necessary to boldly author her own life.

At Artemis Moon we mix guided play-based learning with structured skill-building activities to help young girls develop into capable, empowered, young women, supported by their connections to nature, self, peers and women mentors.

Our activities include a wide variety of team-building games, which require girls to flex their decision-making muscles, voice their ideas, and cultivate a plethora of leadership capacities, including awareness and sensory acuteness, self-care and care of others, quiet mind and patience, cooperation, empathy and embracing differences, puzzle solving, detecting patterns and tracking changes, and healthy assertiveness.

Advanced Artemis for 8th Grade Artemis Moon Girls Alumni

Eighth graders are invited to return to Artemis for their crowning year of Artemis Moon Girls!

Returning for a final year of Artemis is a great way to continue developing your Wild Earth toolkit and an important step towards preparing for a wilderness-based rite of passage/solo experience.

Eighth graders will be given special challenges, responsibilities and opportunities to stretch themselves. If they so choose, they will help out with the youngest group in the program, where they will hone their skills as CITs. The role of each 8th grader will be customized according to her interests and goals.

Is your teen interested in becoming a CIT at Summer Camp? Joining as a participant will fulfill the volunteer time required to apply as summer camp CIT, since CIT practice time will be built in throughout the program.

New twelve to fourteen year olds will be asked to interview before being included in this program.

We cultivate self-assuredness by teaching girls survival skills and the ability to make useful and beautiful crafts. Girls learn fire-by-friction, use and care of wild edibles, primitive archery and bow-making, basketry, natural dyeing, wildlife tracking, use of natural fibers, navigation, shelter-building and other related skills.

We find that as girls become physically capable, strong and agile, they feel powerful and become increasingly confident and vocal.

We’ve also found that creative physical pursuits such as circus appeal to girls, and provide the kind of collaborative environment that elicits healthy risk-taking. We foster girls’ physical and creative development by teaching acro-balancing, poi (traditional Maori juggling), slack-line walking and other fun physical pursuits. We also foster self-expression and creative development through singing and song-writing, nature-journaling and drawing, storytelling and other expressive arts.

A Typical Day at Artemis Moon

A typical day begins with welcoming games, followed by an opening circle. We start the opening circle by sharing in gratitude and singing a song before we venture into the forest.

In the forest we play warm-up games and then settle into a focused activity. Girls work in small teams to accomplish a task, such as building a fire that is strong enough to burn brightly, untended, for five minutes. We then debrief the activity, helping girls articulate what they learned about themselves, their unique styles of facing challenges, and the natural world.

We then have lunch together, explore the woods, and play team-building games like creating a human obstacle course. In the afternoon, we do physical activities that teach intuition, agility and sensory awareness, such as having participants put on blindfolds and follow the sound of a beating-drum. As the girls face these safe but risky-feeling challenges, we tell them about the unique leadership qualities we see emerging in each of them, helping them notice and develop these capacities.

Meanwhile, elders work nearby on advanced art projects and wilderness skills, such as making bows, creating large weavings and making cooking pots. When the girls arrive back at the main camp, they see and are inspired by the work of these mature women who ask them evocative questions to fuel group discussion, like “Who is a woman that you admire, and why?” The girls make crafts as they talk, such as weaving nets for holding water-bottles, or making a natural remedy like an herbal balm.

We finish the day by holding a closing circle in the afternoon, during which girls will share stories about their day, and staff offer reflections about the growing group. At the end of the day, after the girls leave, elders stay to support the program coordinator and staff as they debrief the day and learn more about ways they can grow further.

1112Artemis Moon Activities May Include:
– Archery/bow making
– Singing and music making
– Playing awesome games
– Making friction fire
– Harvesting and using wild foods
– Natural dyeing
– Wildlife tracking
– Juggling and poi spinning
– Processing and using natural fibers
– Stalking and the art of camouflage
– Making natural remedies
– Building shelters
– Slack-line walking
– Group and partner acrobatics
– Earth-based crafts

For:

Girls ages 9 – 14*

New to Wild Earth?

*New twelve to fourteen year olds will be asked to interview before being included in this program.

Dates:

7 Saturdays, 2 Overnights
Starting in October, ending in May.

  • Sat, October 13, 2018
  • Sat, October 27, 2018*
    *Optional Overnight for Oldest Girls (+$75)
  • Sat-Sun, November 10-11, 2018
  • Sat, December 8, 2018
  • Sat, January 12, 2019
  • Sat, February 9, 2019
  • Sat, March 9, 2019
  • Sat-Sun, April 6-7, 2019
  • Sat, May 4, 2019

Hazardous Weather Make-Up Day:

  • Sat, June 1, 2019

Times:

Saturdays: 10:30am-4pm
Overnights: 10:30am-11:30am

Cost:

$870. Sibling discount and payment plans available. Please inquire about financial aid.

Location:

Granite Road in Accord, NY
130+ acres of incredible forest and wilderness in Accord, NY 12404

Additional Questions?

Drop us an email or give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.
hello@wildearth.org
(845) 256-9830

Register now and reserve your space in Artemis Moon Girls today. Space is limited.

https://wildearth.org/youth/artemis-moon-girls

Accord- Atlatl Boys: Awakening Our Human Blueprint with Wild Earth

Accord- Atlatl Boys: Awakening Our Human Blueprint with Wild Earth

This monthly program for 9–14 year old boys will challenge, excite and deepen connections to nature, self and community.

Atlatl is held by young men, fathers, teens and elders working together to create projects, challenges and adventures that awaken a part of our human blueprint.

Pronounced “at-lattle,” Atlatl Boys provides an energetic, social and creative time for the emerging adolescent boy. Each month the boys will be met with opportunities to strengthen their bodies, learn and develop skills and have new and fun experiences with young adult mentors, mature men and other boys their age.

Through wilderness skills and group challenges boys develop empowered self-reliance as well as the ability to serve as part of a team. Nature serves as a powerful teacher of bravery, interconnected relationship, inner-resilience, and inspiration. Tracking, stalking, friction fire, tool-making, bird language, shelter-building, story, song, and more are tools to create caring and awake young adults.

Advanced Atlatl for 8th Grade Atlatl Alumni

Eighth graders are invited to return to Atlatl for their crowning year of Atlatl!

Returning for a final year of Atlatl is a great way to continue developing your Wild Earth toolkit and an important step towards preparing for a wilderness-based rite of passage/solo experience.

Eighth graders will be given special challenges, responsibilities and opportunities to stretch themselves. If they so choose, they will help out with the youngest group in the program, where they will hone their skills as CITs. The role of each 8th grader will be customized according to his interests and goals.

Is your teen interested in becoming a CIT at Summer Camp? Joining as a participant will fulfill the volunteer time required to apply as summer camp CIT, since CIT practice time will be built in throughout the program.

New twelve to fourteen year olds will be asked to interview before being included in this program.

At Atlatl we mix guided play-based learning with structured skill-building activities to help boys develop into capable, empowered, young men, supported by their connections to nature, self, peers and mentors.

Boys are given opportunities to learn and develop skills, test themselves in exhilarating situations and have new and fun experiences with mentors and other boys their age.

Our activities include a wide variety of team-building games, which require boys to flex their decision-making muscles, voice their ideas, and cultivate a plethora of leadership capacities, including awareness and sensory acuteness, self-care and care of others, quiet mind and patience, cooperation, empathy and embracing differences, puzzle solving, detecting patterns and tracking changes, and healthy assertiveness.

Atlatl will meet one Saturday per month beginning in the fall with an overnight in the spring.

We will be sharpening our wilderness skills and deepening our connection to nature through guided activities such as:

  • Tracking
  • Fire building and fire-by-friction
  • Stalking and the art of camouflage
  • Wandering with awareness
  • Navigation
  • Storytelling
  • Discovering natural mysteries
  • Shelter building
  • Making natural cord and rope
  • Stone tool making
  • Practical camping and survival skills
  • Being outdoors through different seasons and weather
  • Games and play

What does Atlatl mean anyway?

The name Atlatl (aht-latl) comes from the Aztec language meaning extended arm. Though Cortez and his men called them estólica (spear-throwers) and feared them for their ability to puncture their chain mail and cotton armor.

The oldest version of the Atlatl tool was used over 30,000 years ago to hunt mammoths, and is still a used today by the people of New Guinea and the Australian Aborigines. Other modern day uses of the Atlatl include spear throwing for sport, with awards for both distance and accuracy. The farthest recorded throw was around 850 feet.

To us, the Atlatl represents a symbolic extension of our own arms into the natural world, into our communities, into our ancestry and history, and into the youth, allowing us to propel ourselves further than we could possibly hope to alone.

For:

Boys ages 9 – 14*

New to Wild Earth?

*New twelve to fourteen year olds will be asked to interview before being included in this program.

Dates:

7 Saturdays, 2 Overnights
Starting in October, ending in May.

  • Sat, October 13, 2018
  • Sat, October 27, 2018*
    *Optional Overnight for Oldest Boys (+$75)
  • Sat-Sun, November 10-11, 2018
  • Sat, December 8, 2018
  • Sat, January 12, 2019
  • Sat, February 9, 2019
  • Sat, March 9, 2019
  • Sat-Sun, April 6-7, 2019
  • Sat, May 4, 2019

Hazardous Weather Make-Up Day:

  • Sat, June 1, 2019

Times:

Saturdays: 10am-3:30pm
Overnights: 10am-11am

Cost:

$870. Sibling discount and payment plans available. Please inquire about financial aid.

Location:

Granite Road in Accord, NY
130+ acres of incredible forest and wilderness in Accord, NY 12404

Additional Questions?

Drop us an email or give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.
hello@wildearth.org
(845) 256-9830

 

Wild Earth, Atlatl Program