We cultivate self-assuredness by teaching girls survival skills and the ability to make useful and beautiful crafts. Girls learn fire-by-friction, use and care of wild edibles, primitive archery and bow-making, basketry, natural dyeing, wildlife tracking, use of natural fibers, navigation, shelter-building and other related skills.
We find that as girls become physically capable, strong and agile, they feel powerful and become increasingly confident and vocal.
We’ve also found that creative physical pursuits such as circus appeal to girls, and provide the kind of collaborative environment that elicits healthy risk-taking. We foster girls’ physical and creative development by teaching acro-balancing, poi (traditional Maori juggling), slack-line walking and other fun physical pursuits. We also foster self-expression and creative development through singing and song-writing, nature-journaling and drawing, storytelling and other expressive arts.
A Typical Day at Artemis Moon
A typical day begins with welcoming games, followed by an opening circle. Girls, parents and staff say what they feel thankful for that day, and sing a song. Parents depart and girls and staff venture into the forest.
In the forest we play warm-up games and then settle into a focused activity. Girls work in small teams to accomplish a task, such as building a fire that is strong enough to burn brightly, untended, for five minutes. We then debrief the activity, helping girls articulate what they learned about themselves, their unique styles of facing challenges, and the natural world.
We then have lunch together, explore the woods, and play team-building games like creating a human obstacle course. In the afternoon, we do physical activities that teach intuition, agility and sensory awareness, such as having participants put on blindfolds and follow the sound of a beating-drum. As the girls face these safe but risky-feeling challenges, we tell them about the unique leadership qualities we see emerging in each of them, helping them notice and develop these capacities.
Meanwhile, elders work nearby on advanced art projects and wilderness skills, such as making bows, creating large weavings and making cooking pots. When the girls arrive back at the main camp, they see and are inspired by the work of these mature women who ask them evocative questions to fuel group discussion, like “Who is a woman that you admire, and why?” The girls make crafts as they talk, such as weaving nets for holding water-bottles, or making a natural remedy like an herbal balm.
We finish the day by holding a closing circle with families in the afternoon, during which girls will share stories about their day, and staff offer reflections about the growing group. At the end of the day, after the girls and parents leave, elders stay to support the program coordinator and staff as they debrief the day and learn more about ways they can grow further.
Artemis Moon Activities May Include:
– Archery/bow making
– Singing and music making
– Playing awesome games
– Making friction fire
– Harvesting and using wild foods
– Natural dyeing
– Wildlife tracking
– Juggling and poi spinning
– Processing and using natural fibers
– Stalking and the art of camouflage
– Making natural remedies
– Building shelters
– Slack-line walking
– Group and partner acrobatics
– Earth-based crafts
New to Wild Earth?
*New twelve to fourteen year olds will be asked to interview before being included in this program.
8 Saturdays, 2 Overnights
Starting in October, ending in May.
- Sat, October 7, 2017
- Sat, October 21, 2017*
*Optional Overnight for Oldest Girls (+$75)
- Sat-Sun, November 11-12, 2017
- Sat, December 16, 2017
- Sat, January 20, 2018
- Sat, February 10, 2018
- Sat, March 17, 2018
- Sat-Sun, April 28-29, 2018
- Sat, May 19, 2018
Hazardous Weather Make-Up Days:
- Sat, June 2, 2018
- Sun, June 3, 2018
Times: Saturdays: 10am-3:30pm Overnights: 10am-11am