Do you love taking care of animals, helping others and digging in the dirt? Do you love exploring and playing in the natural world? Kroka’s farm program may be just the program for you! Farm Magic is filled with extraordinary adventures both on the farm and in the forest! Together we will uncover the mystery of how, from tiny seeds, we grow amazing things to eat. The magic of the living earth will present itself in front of our eyes as we sow seeds, water, weed, and harvest the gifts from our organic gardens. We will visit the animals, collect eggs, observe the bees at work, make yogurt and cheese, and work with Brita, our horse. Afternoons will be filled with swimming, paddling, rock climbing, games and searching for hidden treasures in the forest. There will be time for crafting, singing, telling stories and, of course, making new friends!
There is no adventure sport more secretive and alluring than caving. Hidden deep in the infamous Berkshire Hills are miles of underground passages with hidden entrances off the beaten track. Many of these caves were just discovered within the past 10 years! We begin the week at Kroka Village exploring abandoned mines and practicing vertical rope skills. From here we head west and establish a wilderness camp at the base of Mount Greylock. With map and compass and our traveling gear we will set out each day to explore the region's known caves and search for those that have not yet been found. We will swim in pristine waterfalls, descend into abandoned quarries, and visit natural marble bridges. We will cook delicious meals over the fire, share stories, and learn a wilderness craft. The journey ends with a 3-day expedition to a mountain peak, an exciting day of multi-pitch climbing, and a day-trip through one of the longest and most notorious caves in the Northeast.
WARNING: Caving requires a love of tight, dark, wet, muddy spaces as well as a thirst for adventure and discovery of secret places. Students should be physically fit to carry an overnight backpack up and back down the mountain with a smile!
Come join the Bike Girls as we journey boldly into the wild places! We will form lasting friendships as we learn the art of mountain biking, with the Green Mountains of Vermont as our home. We will live, play, laugh, and learn the beauty of riding our bicycles, all the while experiencing the magic of living in nature, crafting with our own two hands, and sleeping under the stars. As a pack of wild and adventurous girls, we will practice biking skills, navigate the forest roads and single-tracks, and learn to fix our own bikes, taking home with us new skills as bike mechanics. In the evenings we gather around the fire to share stories and to set our intentions for tomorrow’s adventure. We will come away from this expedition empowered as females, ready to use our new riding muscles to face the challenges and experience the beauty of the world! No previous mountain biking experience is necessary and bikes are available for rent!
A sequel to Intro to White Water I, this program can also be a point of entry for those with previous white water paddling experience as well as students seeking to start at a higher level of challenge.
Become part of the infamous Kroka white water paddling crew! Upon arrival you will jump right in with your first kayaking lesson on Kroka’s pond. Traveling to our wilderness home on the Deerfield River in Berkshires, we will camp in a magical forest by the side of a clear mountain stream. Each day we will hike down to the river to practice rafting, kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, and white water swimming. Working in small groups allows us to focus on the individual needs and learning styles of each student, making sure everyone experiences success. Students will learn skills enabling them to have a blast in Class II white water. In addition to paddling students develop appreciation for the vital role of water in the web of life and develop sound judgement and common sense inherent to adventure sports. The week will culminate with a run down the famous class III Zoar Gap! This program will prepare students for the next white water challenge: Paddlers Journey Up North.
In order to sustain human civilization on Earth we need to redefine our relationship to the Living Planet from consumptive to regenerative while transforming human relationships from those of survival of the fittest to those of cooperation and brother/sisterhood. Kroka has been experimenting with regenerative practices and cooperative living for the past 26 years are we are now ready to share our successes and challenges with our students through a formal two-week long Sustainability Adventure program. We will begin by settling into life at Kroka village with reduced ecological footprint. While drawing water from a shallow well, cooking farm-grown food on a fire with the wood we have harvested and composting our manure we will examine water, nutrient and carbon cycles. Each day will have a formal class focusing on Earth systems and regenerative practices, followed by a practical skills workshop ranging from building a healthy compost pile to cooking with seasonal ingredients harvested on our farm. We will take care of our bodies through healthy outdoor living and exercise which will range from swimming and yoga to hiking and climbing. We will develop intentional community through practice of seeing the needs of others. During the second week of the program we will travel by bike visiting many sustainability projects in our local area and camping in nature.