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Retreats and Intensives

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We offer weekend-long retreats and intensives through all seasons.  The retreats and multi-day programs take place in  woodland settings in Monmouth County, NJ, Emmaus, PA and  Catskills, NY, among many acres of woodlands, nature trails and streams. Classes are led by experienced and certified mentors and teachers affiliated with Antinanco Earth Arts School. 
Children and adults learn essential nature skills, basic sustenance needs, survival, safety, herbalism, foraging, plant identification, rites of passage, navigation, orienteering, compass practice, bush-craft, woodworking. 
Our programs include play and team-building elements in the form of discussions, drumming, storytelling,  meditation circles and cooperative games such as scavenger hunts and plant identification games. Our discussions focus on sustainability, climate change, biodiversity, non-conflict communication, team building and rites of passage (transition from childhood into adulthood).    

Winter Wonderland Retreat- Columcille Megalith Park, Bangor, PA, Feb 29-March 1st

Columcille Megalith Park 

2155 Fox Gap Road

Bangor, PA 18013

Join us for a winter weekend of nature wonder. The weekend will be about adventure, relaxation, connection, and celebration of the winter season. We will connect deeply to ourselves and the Land, explore its secrets and history, learn how to forage in the winter, make beeswax candles, have morning practices and a dream council. We will also have some winter fun (if we are blessed with snow). Finally, we are preparing some games and surprises for you. Adults, children, elders are all invited.

We will be situated on the magical Columcille Megalith Park grounds, in Bangor, PA. Columcille Megalith park is a wooded park with 20 acres of serene trails, standing rocks and art installations. It is also Sacred Land. Principles of deep respect for the Land and all its beings apply. Leave no Trace. Pickup MOOP (matter out of place). Give to the Land. Leave with your own trash, all of it. Bring your toilet paper and biodegradable soap, towel, sheets, mats, sleeping bags. Full kitchen for food storage and dining is available.

 

Spring Nature and Building Retreat, Emmaus, PA - April 10-12th

Ruhe Farm

Emmaus, PA

(directions and coordinates will be provided with registration)

This 3-day Retreat will be about Nature Skills, Foraging, Environmental Science, Woodworking, Natural Building, Hiking, Earth-Based Practices.

We will learn to work with woodworking tools, build bird houses and learn about the local bird species. We will have primitive fire-making, food processing and environmental science workshops. We will also build a cob oven.

We will go on educational hike learning orienteering, tracking and awareness, and have a workshop on safety, gear and adjusting to climate changes. We will also have lots of fun, games, bedtime stories around the fire, discussion circles, meditation practices and team building exercises.

 

We will be situated on a secluded woodland property in Emmaus, PA. The accommodations are primitive and comfortable. We will be staying in an old farmhouse and artists’ residence heated by woodburning stove. Electricity, full kitchen and indoor toilet are available. We will cook our meals together. All ingredients will be provided and meal choices will include simple healthy wholesome protein-rich meals. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options are available.

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