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Holistic Sustainability Package

Our core comprehensive immersion experience in sustainability, for middle and high school students, accents the three primary aspects of sustainability: Personal, Social, and Ecological.  It is a big-picture educational approach, whose strength lies in its multiple interconnections between the class sessions relating to each aspect. Each individual lesson is woven together under the umbrella-theme of “What is Sustainability?”, creating a multi-level, multi-perspective exploration of one of the most important questions of our time. Students will discover how their inner lives, social patterns, and ecological skills work together to create a world of discord or a world of harmony.

It’s our “core” curriculum because it lays a broad foundation, either as a stand-alone or in combination with the others, helping youth forge their way into a capable, content, and caring adulthood. After taking our Holistic Sustainability Package, groups can return to deepen their learning in particular areas of focus that enhance their school’s standard curriculum. For example, students inspired by ecological sustainability can return to explore other courses in greater detail (e.g. native plant identification, wildcrafting medicines, ancestral skills, alternative energy technologies)

Come adventure with us into a unique, holistic approach to sustainability education!

 

ARRIVAL DAY
Group A (up to 15 students)
Group B (up to 15 students)
Holistic Sustainability Package
5:00 - 6:00pmArrive, settle into dormArrive, settle into dorm
6:00 - 7:30pmDinnerDinner
7:30 - 9:00pmTeam Building/Trust ExercisesTeam Building/Trust Exercises
9:00pmBack in dorm for the nightBack in dorm for the night
Day 1 - Social SustainabilityGroup A (up to 15 students)Group B (up to 15 students)
7:15 - 8:00amNature Exploration (E118)(optional)Nature Exploration (E118)(optional)NATURE EXPLORATION (E118): An exploration through our 88 acre nature sanctuary.  This early morning session is a perfect time to learn the songs of the dozens of local birds, to harvest local edible and medicinal plants, and hear about the ecological history and former First Nations inhabitants of the land.
8:00 - 9:00am Breakfast and Free Time Breakfast and Free Time
9:00 - 9:30am"What is Social Sustainability?" Discussion"What is Social Sustainability?" DiscussionSOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY: We will reflect upon three main spheres of Social Sustainability for students ~ your family, your school, and your larger community (city, nation, planet).  Each of us is a member of a family, a member of a school or workplace, and a citizen in a city and a nation.  In addition, in this era of instant communication across the globe, we are also each global citizens helping to create a global culture.
9:45 - 11:00amBuilding Your Team (S110)SERVICE - Preparing the Daily Meal (S101)TRUE FRIENDING (S111). True friendships are based on more than how you look, what you like, what you own, or saying the right things.  You are more than your facebook page.  True friendships have a foundation of unconditional acceptance, trust, and understanding - built through compassionate communication.  In this lesson, we offer practices and reflections that deepen connection to our peers and ourselves through interactive sharing exercises in small-group, safe environment. Students will practice staying calm, present, and aware of their inner worlds while they are communicating with their peers.
11:15 - 12:30pmTrue Friending (S111)Building Your Team (S110)
12:30 - 2:00pmLunch and Community Panel (S103)Lunch and Community Panel (S103)LUNCH: We hold hands in a circle before every delicious organic meal, expressing our joy and gratitude through songs and shared silence.  Volunteers from the Lost Valley community will meet with interested students to answer questions about the challenges and joys of practicing sustainability. Then, there will be free time to kick soccer balls, hula-hoop, jump-rope and slack line.
2:00 - 3:15pmYour Voice, Your Classroom, Your Community (S112)True Friending (S111)PREPARING THE DAILY MEAL (S101): Service helps us care for our neighbors, our planet, and ultimately ourselves. Students will connect, practice generosity, and have fun as they assist Lost Valley kitchen staff in preparing a meal for the entire community.
3:15 - 3:45pmSnackSnack
3:45 - 5:00pmSERVICE - Preparing the Daily Meal (S101)Your Voice, Your Classroom, Your Community (S112)Your Voice, Your Classroom, Your Community (S112): How do you make your voice heard? How do we make decisions together? What does decision making look like in your family? classroom? city and county? We'll explore techniques for making effective decisions, and learn to honor each other's perspectives, using student-generated issues. We'll try a practice called "Deep Democracy" where students act out an important debate from all sides of the table. Students may write a letter to their Congressperson, expressing some of their concerns.
5:00 - 6:00pmCreative ReflectionsCreative Reflections CREATIVE WRITING: Guided physical exercises and creative writing reflections that provides inspiration for integrating important topics from the day
6:00 - 7:30pmDinner and Free TimeDinner and Free Time
7:30 - 9:00pmEarthSounds (P150)EarthSounds (P150)EARTHSOUNDS (P150): A communal fire circle of ancient melodies and earth rhythms; a participatory celebration of voice and movement in our beautiful meadow.
9:00pmBack in dorm for the nightBack in dorm for the night
Day 2 - Ecological SustainabilityGroup A (up to 15 students)Group B (up to 15 students)
7:15 - 8:00amNature Exploration (E118)(optional)Nature Exploration (E118)(optional)NATURE EXPLORATION (E118): An exploration through our 88 acre nature sanctuary.  This early morning session is a perfect time to learn the songs of the dozens of local birds, to harvest local edible and medicinal plants, and hear about the ecological history and former First Nations inhabitants of the land.
8:00 - 9:00amBreakfastBreakfast
9:00 - 9:30am"What is Ecological Sustainabiltity?" Discussion"What is Ecological Sustainabiltity?" DiscussionECOLOGICAL SUSTAINABILITY: On Day 2, we will introduce the concept of Ecological Sustainability.  It’s no secret that our planet’s climate and ecosystems have become stressed by our collective actions as humans.  We each feel the stress because we too are part of these ecosystems.  While each of us has basic needs for food, shelter, energy, and entertainment, we can choose to meet those needs in environmentally responsible or irresponsible ways.  We make choices everyday that have an impact on our environment and the plant and animal communities we share this planet with.
9:45 - 11:00amSustainable Technologies (E112)Growing Your Own food (E110)GROWING YOUR OWN FOOD (E110): Identifying plants, taste-testing vegetables, caring for animals, and planting trees are all part of the fun, hands-on activity of sustainable agriculture.  After an overview, and a tour of the Permaculture gardens on-site, students will get their hands dirty caring for the plants they’ll be eating, while learning some techniques that they can bring back to school and to the backyard!
11:15 - 12:30pmSERVICE - Preparing the Daily Meal (S101)Sustainable Technologies (E112)SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES (E112): Modern technologies provide for our basic needs and conveniences, but many of them have big ecological impacts, even renewable ones like solar, hydro, wind, or biofuel.  Truly sustainable technologies are simple, small-scale applications that ordinary folks can make themselves. Students will delve into building a sustainable technology project together on-site.  These may include pedal-powered machines, solar collectors, composters, greywater re-use systems, efficient heating stoves, and more.
12:30 - 2:00pmLunch and Community Panel (S103)Lunch and Community Panel (S103)LUNCH: We hold hands in a circle before every delicious organic meal, expressing our joy and gratitude through songs and shared silence.  Volunteers from the Lost Valley community will meet with interested students to answer questions about the challenges and joys of practicing sustainability.  Then, there will be free time to kick soccer balls, hula-hoop, jump-rope and slack line.
2:00 - 3:15pmGrowing Your Own Food (E110)From Earth to Home (E111)FROM EARTH TO HOME (E111): Avoiding waste & toxicity, Natural Building techniques use renewable, recycled, and biodegradable materials (often from right outside your front door!) resulting in homes and structures with a healthy living environment and sustainable design.  Students will tour beautiful examples of Natural Building on-site and then get their hands (and feet!) dirty. Gathering rocks, digging mud, harvesting lumber, mixing clay-straw-sand, and sculpting forms are all part of the fun, hands-on activity, whether the goal is a bench, an oven, or even your own dwelling! Students and teachers will return home with the confidence to build a project at their own school.
3:15 - 3:45pmSnackSnack
3:45 - 5:00pmFrom Earth to Home (E111)SERVICE - Preparing the Daily Meal (S101)Service: PREPARING THE DAILY MEAL (S101). Service helps us care for our neighbors, our planet, and ultimately ourselves. Students will connect, practice generosity, and have fun as they assist Lost Valley kitchen staff in preparing a meal for the entire community.
5:00 - 6:00pmCreative ReflectionsCreative ReflectionsCREATIVE REFLECTIONS: Guided Nature Art activities and creative writing that provides inspiration for integrating important topics from the day
6:00 - 7:30pmDinner and free timeDinner and free time
7:30 - 9:00pmCreative Movement (P151)Creative Movement (P151)CREATIVE MOVEMENT (P151): Dance as if no one was watching!  This session invites students to discover their authentic expressions in movement while having a blast with their friends.  Inspired by Ecstatic Dance, Eurythmy, 5 Rythyms, and more, students are guided on a creative, celebratory journey through a unique soundtrack of popular music.
9:00pmBack in dorm for the nightBack in dorm for the night
Day 3 - Personal SustainabilityGroup A (up to 15 students)Group B (up to 15 students)
7:15 - 8:00amNature Exploration (E118)(optional)Nature Exploration (E118)(optional)NATURE EXPLORATION (E118): An exploration through our 88 acre nature sanctuary.  This early morning session is a perfect time to learn the songs of the dozens of local birds, to harvest local edible and medicinal plants, and hear about the ecological history and former First Nations inhabitants of the land.
8:00 - 9:00amBreakfastBreakfast
9:00- 9:30am"What is Personal Sustainability" Discussion"What is Personal Sustainability" DiscussionPERSONAL SUSTAINABILITY: On Day 3, we introduce the concept of Personal Sustainability.  What we do to the Earth, we do to ourselves.  Just as each cell is part and parcel of our bodies, each one of us is part and parcel of the Earth’s body.  We are each a strand in a web of connections that weave our planet together.  So if we are to steward this Earth, we have to also steward our inner landscape with care.
9:45 - 11:00amThe Power of Clarity (P112)Mindfulness & Movement Practice (P115)The Power of Clarity (P112). Clarity is a huge ingredient for success. Without clarity students could end up building someone else's dream, and risk postponing their own. We use an experiential, step-by-step process so students can find their authentic clarity, what feels right for each student, not what might meet with approval from family, friends, or culture. Students will come away with a clarity process they can use over and over again to apply to every phase of life.
11:15 - 12:30pmMindfulness & Movement Practice (P115)The Power of Clarity (P112)MINDFULNESS & MOVEMENT PRACTICE (P115). Mindfulness and Movement are simple, accessible, and secular practices that help bring us into the present moment.  In a world where advertisements, technology, and entertainment take our attention away, there are simple ways to bring it back home.   We need nothing but our own intention and attention to focus our minds, open our hearts, and restore our innate sense of well-being and interconnection.
12:30 - 2:00pmLunch and Community Panel (S103)Lunch and Community Panel (S103)LUNCH: We hold hands in a circle before every delicious organic meal, expressing our joy and gratitude through songs and shared silence.  Volunteers from the Lost Valley community will meet with interested students to answer questions about the challenges and joys of practicing sustainability.  Then, there will be free time to kick soccer balls, hula-hoop, jump-rope and slack line.
2:00 - 3:15pmChoose Your Own Adventure Choose Your Own Adventure CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE: On the morning of the third day, the class gathers and votes on what adventures they'd like to take for the afternoon.  To continue with the theme of Personal Sustainability, afternoon classes in Art, Music, and personal health will be always be available.  However, students can also vote to take more natural building, gardening, and sustainable technology courses.
3:15 - 3:45pmSnackSnack
3:45 - 5:00pmChoose Your Own Adventure Choose Your Own Adventure
5:00 - 6:00pmCreative ReflectionsCreative ReflectionsCREATIVE REFLECTIONS: Guided physical exercises and creative writing reflections that provides inspiration for integrating important topics from the day.  On this third day, students will be encouraged to reflect on a “personal sustainability plan” that will help guide them through the coming year.
6:00 - 7:00pmDinner and free timeDinner and free time
7:00 - 8:00pmClass Theatre PreparationsClass Theatre PreparationsCLASS THEATRE PREPARATIONS: We coach small groups in creating a skit to perform for the rest of the class.  Students learn the basics of theatre and storytelling and get tips on acting, improvisation, and expressing themselves clearly on stage.
8:00 -10:00pmClass Theatre, Talent Show, and DessertClass Theatre, Talent Show, and DessertCLASS THEATRE: Skit-groups costume up and playfully enact lessons from their most meaningful EarthQuest Learning Adventures. TALENT SHOW: The fun continues with dessert, healthy refreshments, and a showcase for creative expression!  Students are invited to share any and all talents they have, from juggling to a choreography to singing a song or sharing poem.  This is a celebration of the amazing unique talents and gifts that we all possess!
10:00pmBack in dorm for the nightBack in dorm for the night
Day 4 - Heading HomeGroup A (up to 15 students)Group B (up to 15 students)
8:00 - 8:45amBreakfastBreakfast
9:00 - 10:00amGroup Reflection on the experienceGroup Reflection on the experienceGROUP REFLECTIONS: Youth are led in a few of the same trust exercises as the opening evening to realize how much more trusting they’ve become of their classmates in a just a few days.  The group gathers to share the highlights of their learning experience, from insights into themselves to insights about each other to insights about the Earth.  Students can also share art or creative writing reflections they created during the week and share feedback for the teachers or the organization.
10:00 - 10:30amPack upPack up
10:45amSee you next time!See you next time!