Roots, Arts and Plants

Forest Camp

July 11th- July 16th, 2021  Emmaus, PA

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Program Description

This week-long sleepaway camp is designed for children age 10 - 16, offering a variety of skills and experiences by highly-qualified team of artists, artisans, educators, herbalists and wilderness guides. Each day will offer a different activity - from arts, mosaics, origami and woodworking to hiking, nature explorations, foraging, plant identification, primitive fire-making, Native American practices and awareness workshops. We will also have fun, swim in a natural pool, play team-building games, tend a garden, and share bedtime stories around a fire. 




Sun, July 11th, 6pm - CHECK IN. Orientation, dinner. introductions, set up, safety, team-building

Mon, July 12th - ARTS and CRAFTS. We will draw, paint, create origami, make mosaic projects, vision and have sharing circles 

Tue, July 13th - INDIGENOUS WAYS. Native American stories, medicine bag making, power animal games, primitive fire-making

Wed, July 14th - NATURE AND PLANTS. We will hike the South Mountain. Plant identification and foraging classes. Work in the community garden. Painting and hanging birdfeeders. 

Thur, July 15th - WOODWORKING. Children will learn woodworking and build toys and small furniture pieces that they will take home. At night - final celebration night. Pizza making in Earthen Oven

Fri, July 16th - CONCLUSION. Kids will share their reflections and presentations. Clean Up. Pick up at 7pm. 

Setting, Land, Food

We will be situated on a secluded woodland property in Emmaus, PA amidst acres of greenery and with access to the wild water spring and pond. The land is a private artist's residence and a home to many nature dwellers, plants, paintings and special objects.


The accommodations are rustic, primitive and comfortable. Sleeping arrangements will be indoors and in tents (children will rotate to experience both). Children will need to bring sleeping bags. Full packing lists will be provided upon registration.

Our meals will include simple options such as soup, sandwiches, salads, oatmeal, eggs, grilled chicken, fruit.  We will have hot chocolate and healthy snacks during our evening fire circles, and will make pizza in the Earthen Oven on Thursday night. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available if needed. All ingredients are organic, non-gmo and/or from local sources. We take pride in offering children the cleanest and most nutritious meal options.  


Our Teachers and Crew

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Our dedicated and distinguished Team of Teachers and Coordinators comes from different fields of expertise and domains of knowledge, a combination that will offer children an exciting, unique and diverse framework for transformative learning and experiences. Among our teachers are: 

  • Dr. Barnaby Ruhe, an artist, professor at New York University, and six-time world champion boomeranger.

  • Urszula Abolik, an art navigator and pedagogist with over 20 years of experience.

  • Mary Pierce, an artist, herbalist and educator with over 20 years of experience.

  • Delwin Fiddler (Hehakapa Mahto), a world renowned Native American performing artist and a third generation grandson of the Elk Head Red Hair who was the historical Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe.

  • Maria Ragonese, an educator, Native American advocate, certified life coach and crisis text counselor.

  • Olga Chechina, an educator with over 10 years of experience in developmental psychology, Emilio Reggio and Lori Pickert's project-based learning methodologies and woodworking. 

  • Joseph Resch, an organic gardener, naturalist, a student and teacher of indigenous agriculture and permaculture, and a certified wilderness guide.

Fees and Registration

Camp Fee: $700. Registration Is Now Open, Click Here.

The Group Size is limited to 25 children. The registration will be done on a first-come-first-serve basis. 

Scholarships and 10% Sibling Discount are available. Scholarships will last until exhausted. To access a scholarship form, Click Here. To request a sibling discount code, email: under Subject "Forest Camp."

Rules: Early bird discount of $50 is available until May 15th.  First payment of $250 is due by June 1st, 2021. The remaining balance is due by July 1st, 2021.  Payments are not refundable after July 1st, 2021.  
All participants will be required to submit medical forms, proof of medical insurance, and sign the rules of conduct. ​ 

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