Little Wayfinders Forest to Ocean Immersion- YEAR ROUND FOREST SCHOOL
Begins Summer 2018
Time: Mon-Friday 9:00-1:00pm
3 days $350/4 days $450 /5 days $550
Our children are the future of our Islands and the health of our Islands.
We seek to……
-Promote social skills and positive self-confidence through group play and cooperative learning and teamwork
-Facilitate experiential activities that encourage growth, problem-solving skills, curiosity, wonder, and development of physical motor skills
-Provide a supportive, safe learning environment to encourage discovery, questioning and experimentation
-Nurture self-expression, creativity and reflection
-Celebrate diversity of all living things while teaching Gratitude
-Instill respect and appreciation for the natural world and indigenous wisdom by honoring the coast Salish first nations and all people that inhabited our precious islands we call home.
-Perpetuate connection to the natural world and specifically the spirit of the Canoe and the concept of “he wa’a he moku, he moku he wa’a” (A canoe is an Island, Our island is in the Ca- noe) This particular ʻōlelo noʻeau or Hawaiian proverb highlights the finite resources found on a voyaging canoe as well as on an island. Having kids imagine sailing thousands of miles with limited drinking water and essential supplies help facilitate student contemplation of our island resources and the necessity of being good environmental stewards. Likewise, they are prompt- ed to think of ways we need to work together as a community to best steer our canoe in a right direction.
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Year Round Program- He wa’a he moku, he moku he wa’a
“He wa’a he moku, he moku he wa’a”, this particular ʻōlelo noʻeau, or Hawaiian proverb highlights the finite resources found on a voyaging canoe as well as on an island. Having students imagine sailing thousands of miles with limited drinking water and essential supplies help facilitate student contemplation of our island resources and the necessity of being good environmental stewards. Likewise, we are prompted to think of ways we need to work together as a community to best steer our canoe in a right direction. We are challenged to envision our role in our everyday canoes, most specifically with our families (and extended), and how we are helping to ensure that our voyage together goes well and is successful.
A voyaging canoe is a maritime parallel to an Island village system. The success of our canoe depends on all roles and responsibilities of our Island village. Our crew consisting of fishermen, farmers, spiritual leaders, craftsmen, teachers, healers, Leadership, and all the people with all their unique skill sets. The canoe presents a modern platform for individuals to practice their cultural lifestyle in a synergetic way. Each individual is celebrated for what they can contribute to the whole.
For this program, We seek to honor the connection between canoe and land through the lens of sustainable food security, stewardship of our island natural resources, traditional knowledge systems, holistic health, exploration, outdoor and maritime skills training, rites of passage, gratitude, mindfulness, and peacemaking.
Limited Space: 10 Youth
Time: Summer 2018 (Session 1: July Session 2: August)
Mon-Wed-Fri 1:00p-5:00pm or TBD pending tidal flows
Tuition: $625 includes program hat & weekly lunches/snacks
*No transportation provided, sites may vary pending week but mostly meeting out of our Mitchell Bay canoe basecamp.
Tracking and Polynesian Wayfinding tradition share a same spirit. Tracking and Wayfinding are systems of awareness/skills that allow one to follow something (the track of an animal, a person, a memory, a concept, process of picking Islands out of vast Oceans, etc) with all of your senses as far as you can. It is a process of bonding your energy with the energy of something or someone that you are following.
PROJECT WAYFINDER PILOT-
In partnership with Standford Universities famous Hasso Platner dSchool, we are one of founding pilot partners to deliver the PROJECT WAYFINDER tool kit to engage Middle/High School students; integrating the dynamic experiential toolkit and practical application on our voyaging canoe, Kaigani.
Project Wayfinder is a collaboration between Stanford University and the Polynesian Voyaging Society.
If you are a school and/or school group looking to book a custom Project Wayfinder facilitated workshop and integrating our voyaging canoes into experience, please inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org for tuition cost.