Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a time when all the necessities of life were made by hand from the raw materials of the earth? During this exciting week of adventure and discovery we will settle into traditional dwellings made from poles and sod. We will learn the names of trees as we search for the perfect branches that will become our bows and arrows. Days will be filled with playing forest games, swimming, lighting fires, learning to cook wholesome feasts, and experiencing a day of rock climbing. Venturing deep into the forest we will set up a wilderness outpost and learn a variety of primitive crafts. Come celebrate the wonder of craft - producing useful things from the gifts of the forest - and return home with your own creations.
Join us on an adventure in fishing, crafting, and exploring the hidden secrets of the streams, lakes, and rivers that surround us. We begin the week at Kroka Village where we will carve our own fishing poles, learn to tie our flies, and rig our lines. In the afternoons we will try our luck from shore, testing our patience and our wit while exploring the magical forests that surround us. Then with barrels packed and lines reeled tight, we will head out on a three-day expedition by canoe down one of Vermont’s most famous flyfishing rivers. Each day we’ll paddle and float downstream, learning about currents, eddies, and fish habitat. In the heat of the day we’ll stop to swim and to test the many rope swings and jumping rocks along the river! We will camp in the forest and cook delicious delicious dinners over the fire. We eat what we catch: eager fisherfolk should be excited to catch, gut, clean, and cook their fish! If you’ve fallen hook line and sinker for the adventure of fishing, this expedition is not to be missed!
You cup it gently in your palm, the most powerful force on Earth, the source of life. This miniature sun spun to life with wood gathered from the forest has been enlivened from your gentle breath to become fire. During this adventure we will learn to make fire as was done in ancient ways with friction and flint and steel. As we travel the forest, we will learn to carry the fire with us, and to bring it to life in the wet and rain. Coals from the fire will burn the branches that become our spoons. As we deepen our relationship to this sacred element, we will learn to make, tend, use, celebrate, and care for it. We will come to know Fire as a sacred part of our lives. More than this, traveling through the wilderness will teach us to connect with the living Earth, be it gathering wild edibles or building an overnight shelter. We must all come prepared to carry an overnight backpack through the mountains, leaving modern conveniences behind, and proudly carry our inner flame of community.
Join us in reliving the time when canoeing was the fastest way to travel, a shelter of bark and leaves was a welcomed home, and berries were the snack of the day. On this expedition we learn to combine the gifts of the land with the modern tools of today. The sun, the land, and our map and compass will guide us on our trip. Once we reach our wilderness camp, we will enjoy sleeping comfortably under the stars. We will study the ancient art of fire by friction, coal-burn wooden spoons, and learn how to cook on an open-fire. When we are ready, we will begin our hike over the mountains and down to the river, opening up new opportunities for paddling, sewing moccasins, swimming, and the myriad of adventures that may cross our paths! As caretakers of the land, we work together, creating a true community. On this journey, we experience a way of life whose roots stretch back thousands of years, but whose skills and philosophy apply to all times.