Over the years, the kids got muddy, observing insects, and interacting with farm animals. Knowing the plants of the forest as they foraged for food. Children learning to gather wood for a tipi fire, make herbal teas and remedies, and building snow caves. They witnessed bees pollinating flowers and dipped beeswax candles. They continue to knead bread dough and make yogurt cheese from fresh cow milk. Because the skills they are learning are practical and healthy, we consider our hands-on gatherings Permaculture kids education. A holistic design approach that mimics natural ecosystems and encourages beneficial relationships.
At the (Un)Schoolhouse we’ve done our fullest to offer kids a natural foundation, while embracing nature’s birth and death cycles. And Yet…as we witness our children crossing the threshold into Adolescence, they are ever-reaching to the modern world for identity and connectedness. We invite support for a healthy coming of age process in the expanding spheres of wider societal membership, peer group and emergent sexuality. Intrigued? Come help pioneer the work at the Maiden Star* Coming of Age program for Girls, and a Boys Rite of Passage program evolving here in Nelson.