Little Wayfinders Forest to Ocean Immersion- YEAR ROUND FOREST SCHOOL
Begins Fall 2018- Approx Mid August!
Location: Talking Horse Farm & Remote Sites TBA
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.
Little Wayfinders CORE VALUES:
Akahai– Kindness. Help others where you can, others help where possible
Lokahi– Unity. Unity is to a canoe family, what water is to a farmer. Take away a families unity, and the family becomes a lifeless desert.
Malama– Demonstrate concern, care, and understanding toward all members of our learning ‘ohana and our learning environment , our Earth Mother.
Makawalu– Always be open to new perspectives and new ways of learning.
Laulima– Accept kuleana (responsibilities), contribute to the Kaigani & Little Wayfinders ‘ohana
Aloha– Mutual regard and affection and exends warmth in caring with no obligation in return
He wa’a he moku, He moku he wa’a Voyaging Program (Year Round)
(San Juan Islands residents only)
“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: 15 Youth
Time: Pilot Program Sessions TBA (after-school program & seasonal voyaging camp)
Mon-Wed-Fri Times TBD with Tides, 2-4 hours per day
Tuition: TBD includes program hat & weekly lunches/snacks
*No transportation provided, sites may vary pending week but mostly meeting out of our Mitchell Bay canoe basecamp.
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 below:
MAHALO NUI LOA TO OUR SPONSORS, SUPPORTERS, PARTNERS, & INSPIRATIONS!