Living Skills Camp is an opportunity to bring these two worlds together into one week of completely connected life.

July 23-27: Living Skills Camp: Co-ed Ages 14-17

 

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Can a facilitated program feel as natural as camping with friends? Can experienced instructors invite youth to camp with them in the wilderness and simply live life on the rhythms of nature? Can making new friends happen naturally as we discover shared passions and curiosities? Can learning come from doing, instead of telling?

With Living Skills Camp, the answer to all these is Yes.

Kai Thomson, Scotty Karas and Allie Showalter are three Spirit-centered friends who share a passion for connecting youth with nature, and also have shared many days and nights camping in the wilderness. Living Skills Camp is an opportunity to bring these two worlds together into one week of completely connected life.

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Learning and connecting will happen organically and seamlessly from the first moment to the last. As we hike into a favorite wilderness spot in the Black Balsam area of the Pisgah National Forest, we'll decode bird language and identify useful plants. When we arrive we'll immerse ourselves in selecting exemplary camp sites and pitching tarps effectively with simple, versatile knots. Throughout the week we'll harvest plants for food, medicine and crafts. We'll gather ideal firewood, build consummate fire structures and tend smokeless fires. We'll cook nourishing gourmet meals over well-tended fires and learn about the art and science of nutrition. We’ll play epic games and share stories and songs around the fire. As we each engage in our favorite practices of daily life in the wilderness, we'll all learn by doing, and doing well.

Learning to do things well will serve us in all aspects of our lives, and friendships built in nature can last a lifetime.