Circle of Seasons
Our cooperative is stewarded by families and teachers with a commitment to bring sacredness, functionality, and integrity to our organization. We hold a shared vision to create and maintain a sacred space for learning in which each child is supported to cultivate a love for learning, collaborate with others, connect with his/her own inner guidance, and commune with the natural world.
Some ideas that inspire us:
-Developing a sense of one's intrinsic place in Nature will guide the body, mind, heart and soul to a wisdom that supports benefit for oneself, one's community and our Earth.
-Each individual is born with an inner guidance and many gifts that support the soul's purpose. The sacred role of the educator is to be truly present with each learner as they begin to responsibly follow this inner guidance and develop and offer their gifts to the world
-Cultivating an ensouled love of learning can facilitate a life-long, integrated and joyful educational journey
-We learn best through communion, sensing, feeling, and relating- by engaging all the bodily senses, mind, heart and soul when learning
-Integrated learning emerges naturally as we soulfully support each learner to recognize the intrinsic value of any learning experience.
Integrated, Ensouled Learning with Head, Heart, & Hands
9:30- morning block begins-opening circle/listening, songs, sharing, movement, eurhythmy, tai chi/qi gong exploration or meditation walk
10:15- snack and recess
10:30- academic foundations: thematic main lesson blocks that include language, math, art,history, cultural studies, science, and learner-chosen study and research
12:30- lunch and recess
1:30- outdoor and specialty classes, fiber arts/handwork, woodcarving, building/carpentry, farming and gardening, primitive skills, music, drama, foreign language, free play, team building activities, games, hiking, learner chosen activities
3:00- Closing circle/cleanup
3:30- Pick up/departure
Forest and Field Fridays
Sacred Economies - wildcrafting, handicrafts, and processing of farm products to be sold at tailgate markets, our holiday craft fair, festivals and events, and other local venues.
Sacred Arts: traditional arts and handicrafts, folk skills, self care and self reliance skills, ceremony and festival planning and preparation, storytelling
Sacred Earth: nature studies, navigation and exploration, forest and farm work and study, animal care and studies, botany and plant medicines, eco-contemplative practices, bird studies, hiking, camping
Upcoming Forest and Field Friday Dates:
October 24th(6-9year olds) and October 31st(10-14 year olds) 9:30-3:30
Theme- Harvest and Store
Harvest Apples from the land, and make apple pie over the fire
Make Persimmon Fruit Leather
Make our own paper with Leaf Inlays
Animal Forms and Tracking
November 14th(6-9 year olds) and November 21st (10-14 year olds)9:30-3:30
Theme- Ghost Supper
This ceremony known as Gibigajik is a Odawa Ceremony passed down to me by Uncle Paul an Odawa Elder, who shares his peacekeeping teachings around the U.S. It is similar to Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) which we will be celebrating in Spanish Class. For this Ceremony we will learn how to keep a Sacred Fire. Each student will have researched their own ancestors through talking with their parents, grandparents and maybe even grandparents about those who came before and are now ancestors. We will be feasting our ancestors, with their favorite foods and we will share the stories we have learned from talking to our families about our ancestors. What food did they love or cook? What music did they listen to? What were they like? What jokes did they tell? What did they like to wear….
December 5 (6-9 year olds) and December 12 (10-14 year olds) 9:30-3:30
Theme: Basket Weaving, Gift Making and Cacao Ceremony
We will be making gifts- Pine Needle Baskets (note* we cannot complete our baskets in one day, but they will learn the technique) The 6-9 Circle will be Making Medicinal Salve. Both learning circles will make hot chocolate from the Cacao Bean to the cup of frothing hot chocolate. We will learn to grind the cacao, and froth with the molinillo....All while singing ourselves through the process with Cacao songs!
Membership and Enrollment
Four day enrollment - Monday - Thursday - 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
monthly $333-$555 sliding scale
Forest and Field Friday Program- One Friday per month, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
$40-$60/month siding scale
$150 annual enrollment/materials fee per child, due with your application.
For more information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact our program coordinator, Septimbor Lim at 828.242.3937
Holiday Craft Fundraiser