Winter/Spring Immersion for Families and/or Homeshool Groups Building caring relationships with nature and each other through a simple-life immersion experience: We meet in the classroom at 6:45 a.m. on a winter morning. The light is still coming on. The fire in the big cook-stove is already roaring. Kids grab biscuits and head out into the cold for their chosen chores. Some bustle wood through the door and throw it into the wood-box; others tote apples from the root-cellar which they then begin chopping to make applesauce. Across the field, another cluster of kids drags a load of hemlock boughs to the goats. And soon the water crew arrives--jugs covered in snow and full of cold spring water. At7:45 we circle up for breakfast. It is a good meal to be sure--acorn pancakes, home-made syrup, fresh applesauce, yogurt—but itis more than that. Breakfast is the culmination of multiple “mini experiences.” The 3-day Immersion Program has started well and students are so engaged that they do not even realize their learning has begun! Welcome to the Koviashuvik Simple Life Immersion. This three-day, residential program is one-of-a-kind. Through the practice of handwork, wild gathering and agrarian arts, and outdoor exploration students experience a wholesome and positive picture of human life on earth.They learn skills that empower them to have positive social and ecological impacts, and they form new relationships with nature and each other. The lifestyle of the Simple Life Immersion reaches kids on a deep level that changes lives.
The Curriculum: Each program incorporates at least one experience in the following four categories: Handwork, Indigenous Skills, Agrarian Arts, Botany. Handwork: - Carving with the drawknife and shave-horse. Projects include: spoons, spatulas, swords, butter-knives and more - Quill Necklaces - Carving bowls with coals from a fire - Birch-bark napkin holders sewn with root
Other Elements of the Koviashuvik Experience: Reflection and Documentation: The daily flow includes a morning quiet sit, mid-day journal entry, and evening sharing circle. Service Learning: Each group of students will add its mark to the Koviashuvik landscape through a service project. Songs: We sing a song before each meal and often during work. Songs are a way to celebrate what we have and to bring spirit into any activity. Daily Chores: Shelter, Water, Fire, Food: Providing for daily needs opens eyes and builds connections. At Koviashuvik, basic necessities come directly from the surrounding land. We bring these gifts into focus by involving kids in real, gratifying work during daily chores.
What Will It Cost? The cost is $65 per student per day. Prices are based on a minimum of 10 students participating. One adult per 10 students comes at no cost. Additional adults pay $25 a day.
If you are scheduling as a family, not as a school group, each participant pays $65 per day. If money is tight and you have a skill or service you would like to trade please inquire. We like to work within the gift economy when posible. If timing allows, a deposit is required to reserve a program: A 50% deposit is due 2 months before the program start and the balance due 2 weeks prior to the program start. More than 2 months prior to the program we request a 20% deposit, with the remainder of the deposit due 2 months prior to the program start, and the balance due 2 weeks prior to the program start.
Agrarian Arts: - Grinding grain into flour - Sourdough Bread Baking - Bean threshing and winnowing - Cooking with 100% local foods - Planting, tending, or harvesting crops - Food/ herb dehydration - Animal Husbandry (care of goats, meat rabbits, ducks)
Indigenous Skills: - Friction fire - String from natural fibers - Acorn processing and acorn bread making -Wild-gathering food, medicine, and materials
Where Will We Sleep? Students sleep in one of two dwellings. One group stays in the Cree Lodge, a beautiful traditional structure shaped like a tipi and covered in sod. The other group stays in a large canvas wall tent, as was used in the days of voyageurs and traders. The lodge has a fir bough floor, the tent has a wood floor, and both dwellings have woodstoves for cold nights. Mid-winter participants may also stay in the Koviasuvik Classroom or even make a "winter camp"!
Details: When Should We Come? This program is designed for fall through spring. If you have a specific time frame in mind please inquire and we will see if we can accommodate.
Where Will We Eat? Meals take place inside the Koviashuvik Classroom. In warm weather we may eat in our outdoor kitchen. At both locations we cook solely with wood; kids learn to tend the fire and try not to burn the biscuits!
What Will We Eat? Food is a focus for kids, and for Koviashuvik, as well! We believe that experiencing firsthand connection to food is a powerful tool for developing a healthy relationship with the earth. Students are involved in harvesting, processing, and preparation of many foods grown at Koviashuvik. All purchased ingredients are organic, and often local. We put a lot of time and thought into our menu, offering snacks and meals that expand students’ relationships with food while at the same time being tasty to the average child. What should we bring?Here is a packing list