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Run in the same format as our Horse Dreamer's summer camps, each week we will befriend and ride the horses in the morning, and in the afternoon take part in a craft, foraging or wildcrafting activity that connects us to the seasonality of what's going on around us in the natural world.
In this camp, we'll celebrate the abundance and joy of the harvest season by making apple chips and drinking rose hip tea. We'll talk about how horses and other animals prepare for winter, and see which horse is growing the best winter coat so far.
In this camp, we get to go for a mushroom hunt on horseback! We'll learn to make a spore print, and ignite our curiosity with the questions: what IS a mushroom, anyway? What are their roles in the natural world? How can they be helpful to humans? We'll learn about what makes mushrooms different from each other, and will look at gills, teeth, pores, veils, spores, and mycelium. Our goal is not to be able to ID every mushroom, but to kindle enthusiasm, curiosity and exploration, Safety around edible and poisonous species will be covered.
We will spend the morning befriending, grooming, riding and caring for the horses and other animals. In the afternoon we will explore the world of plant healers, and ask and attempt to answer the following questions: What is medicine? Before we had pills and drugs, how did we heal ourselves? How do we know if a plant is safe? How do we harvest in a respectful way? Is it possible to have a relationship with a plant the same way we do a person or an animal?
We will go on a plant walk to meet a few new plant friends, and make our own White Chocolate lip balm infused with the healing properties of chickweed, wild mint, plantain, and wild Pemberton roses!
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This camp is designed to be especially welcoming for beginner riders and those with little or no experience around horses. Opportunities will be made for more advanced riders to demonstrate their skills and take a leadership role.
Every Thursday, we'll invite 2 more campers to join us for our big adventure ride day! For the single days, we ask that campers joining us have ridden a horse before and have some experience around them on the ground.
This camp is designed for campers with some riding experience who are able to ride independently at a walk and comfortably at a trot. As well as riding, this camp will cover groundwork, where campers will have a chance to immerse themselves in learning the body language and energetic communication that is key to a true understanding of horses.
Afternoon schedule TBA. It will be a combination of a nature awareness game/activity and ground work with the horses. We'll cover the basics (leading and moving the horse's feet and body backwards and sideways), lunging (work on a long rope in a circle at walk, trot and canter) and body work (massage and TTouch).
Every Thursday, we'll invite 2 more campers to join us for our big adventure ride day! As for the rest of our Horse Listeners camps, we ask that those joining us be able to ride independently at a walk and comfortably at a trot.
In this camp we'll explore the questions: how can we get sweetness from the wild? Where does Maple or Birch Syrup come from, and how is it made? We'll learn about sap, and tap a tree to see if the sap is running. We'll sample different saps, and make maple taffy on snow- yum!
Inspired by ephemeral nature artists such as Day Schildkret and Andy Goldsworthy, we'll look for beauty in the wild messiness of spring by creating earth altars together: temporary, beautiful offerings to the land made out of natural materials. Then, we'll go into the classroom and mix and roll seed bombs filled with wildflower seeds, perfect for throwing into a corner of the world that needs some beauty, or planting in our gardens when we get home.
In this camp we'll join in the celebration of spring by making dandelion or elderflower flavoured gummy candies and a dandelion flower essence! Gathering the flowers we need helps us understand the diversity of pollinators, and take in some of the life force that is waking through the natural world. the life Each child will go home with a jar of their very own gummies, and a dropper bottle of dandelion flower essence to share with their family-- and perhaps the faeries, if they wish.