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Personal Sustainability Adventure Curriculum

 

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In this education adventure, we explore Personal Health through hands-on learning activities that develop more mature, aware, young adults.  The Personal Sustainability Program helps students integrate inner wisdom, compassion, and contentment, so they can better sustain both their friendships and the environment.  It includes sessions on self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and self-esteem, as well as the creative arts, health and nutrition, life transitions, leadership and empowerment.

Students learn that what we do to the Earth, we do to ourselves. Just as each cell is part of our bodies, each one of us is part of the Earth. As we learn to steward this Earth, we must also steward our inner landscape.  The emotional distress we all feel in response to our global challenges affirms our interconnectedness, and we can use it as a guide for action in the world.

 

Personal Sustainability Adventure Curriculum
ARRIVAL DAYGroup A (up to 15 students)Group B (up to 15 students)
5:00 - 6:00pmArrive, unpack and orientArrive, unpack and orient
6:00 - 7:30pmDinnerDinner
7:30 - 9:30pmIce Breaking Exercises and Introduction to Personal SustainabilityIce Breaking Exercises and Introduction to Personal SustainabilityWhat we do to the Earth, we do to ourselves. Just as each cell is part of our bodies, each one of us is part of the Earth. As we learn to steward this Earth, we must also steward our inner landscape. The Personal Sustainability Program helps students integrate inner wisdom, compassion, and contentment, so they can better sustain both their friendships and the environment. The emotional distress we all feel in response to our global challenges affirms our interconnectedness, and we can use it as a guide for action in the world. The Personal Sustainability Program includes sessions on self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and self-esteem, as well as the creative arts, health and nutrition, life transitions, leadership and empowerment.
930pmRest and Quiet TimeRest and Quiet Time
Day 1 - PERSONAL SUSTAINABILITYGroup A (up to 15 students)Group B (up to 15 students)
7:30 - 8:15am GroupMagic in the Forest: Finding a "Sit spot" (E118)Magic in the Forest: Finding a "Sit spot" (E118)Magic in the Forest: Finding a "Sit spot" (E118): On the first morning, we guide youth on an exploration through our 88 acre nature sanctuary. Each student finds a spot in the forest that speaks to them, and marks it for future return visits. This will be their "Sit Spot", visited periodically for the duration of the camp, where they witness the magic, beauty, and intricacy of the natural world. 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 Native American inhabitants of the land.
8:30 - 9:00amBreakfastBreakfast
9:00 - 9:30amSERVICE: Community Outreach (S102)SERVICE: Community Outreach (S102)SERVICE: COMMUNITY OUTREACH - Community service is a critical element of any sustainable culture. The willingness to serve is both a formative process and a natural end-product of any healthy adult. It is the antidote to the extreme individualism of our mainstream culture. However, to have their full impact in our communities, acts of service must arise from the right place. If we act because we are told to, or because we feel guilty, we miss out on the natural process of giving and receiving we can see in Nature ~ one that comes from knowledge of our interdependence and collective abundance. On this 1st morning, we discuss and experiment with the concept of service and why it is an irreplaceable part of Social Sustainability.
9:40 - 11:00am SessionFrom "Me" to "We": a paradigm shift of the heart (P113)A Complete Human Journey: the stages of inner development (P116)From "Me" to "We": a paradigm shift of the heart (P113). The journey from the mind of separation to the heart of unity is a mysterious road. But a true inner knowing of your connection to others and the natural world is the ONLY real wealth in this world. And it's the only journey that lays the foundations for true global transformation. This class offers an introduction to the process of releasing our self-centered attitudes through mindfulness practices, introspective reflection, and guided interactive exercises. Students begin to understand the way their intentions and attention affect their thoughts, emotions, and physical health. They begin to see the deep seated beliefs that limit their boundless creativity, passion, and thirt for personal growth. We use the work of Joanna Macy, Gregory Bateson, Thict Nat Han, Nelson Mandela, and other bold leaders who pioneered the path before us.
11:10 - 12:30pm SessionSERVICE: Preparing the Daily Meal (S101)From "Me" to "We": a paradigm shift of the heart (P113)A Complete Human Journey: the stages of inner development (P116). Students learn about the stages of life development, from childhood to elderhood, and how rituals can honor each transition. Students will identify their own life-stage, what's next, and create a ceremony to honor people in other life-stages, such as their parents or teachers.
12:30 - 2:00pm Lunch & Free timeLunch 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 - 3:20pm SessionA Complete Human Journey: the stages of inner development (P116)Healthy Body = Healthy Planet (P110)Healthy Body = Healthy Planet (P110). The choices that affect our bodies also affect our planet. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle of nutritive foods, full sleep, and regular exercise is a profound act of personal sustainability. We'll explore the foundations of a healthy lifestyle and offer some tools for discerning what our bodies and minds need to thrive. Through interactive exercises, such as blind taste tests, students will learn why a healthy lifestyle matters.
3:30 - 4:50pm SessionActive Group Play (S150)SERVICE: Preparing the Daily Meal (S101)ACTIVE GROUP PLAY (S150). Regular aerobic exercise is one of the foundations of good health. Students will have a choice of a hike, sport, dance, slack-line, or martial art.
5:00 - 6:00pm GroupCreative ReflectionsCreative ReflectionsCreative Reflections: Guided 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 - 9:00pm GroupEarthSounds (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.
9:00 PMBack in dorm for the nightBack in dorm for the night
Day 2 - PERSONAL SUSTAINABILITYGroup A (up to 15 students)Group B (up to 15 students)
7:30 - 8:15am GroupMindfulness & Movement Practice (P115)Mindfulness & Movement Practice (P115)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.
8:30 - 9:00amBreakfastBreakfast
9:00 - 9:30amSERVICE: Community Outreach (S102)SERVICE: Community Outreach (S102)SERVICE: COMMUNITY OUTREACH (S102) - Once we acknowledge how abundantly we've received, we naturally feel inspired to give back and be of service. During this short period, students will assist individual Lost Valley community members with clean-up projects to connect, practice generosity, and have fun.
9:40 - 11:00am SessionImage and Identity (S113)The Power of Clarity, Intention, and Faith (P112)The Power of Clarity, Intention, and Faith (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.
11:10 - 12:30pm SessionThe Power of Clarity, Intention, and Faith (P112)SERVICE: Preparing the Daily Meal (S101)Image and Identity (S113): Each of us takes on roles and identities in our lives. In our younger years, we take many of them on unconsciously through our families, friends, and social environments. As we come closer to adulthood, we have the opportunity to both reconsider the roles and identities of our pasts and make conscious choices about the roles and identities we want for our future. However, this opportunity for greater self-awareness and empowerment takes place within the structures of our culture's social ecology. In this course, we examine the roles and identities that our culture defines for us and begin to see their potentials and limitations. As we see them clearly, we can choose. We can infuse them with our passion; we can remove our energy from them entirely, or we can invent new identities that honor the authenticity we feel within ourselves. Students will participate in interactive and reflective exercises, exploring common roles that arise in group settings, from school cliques, to families, tribes, cities and nations.
12:30 - 2:00pm Lunch & Free timeLunch 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 eat with interested students to answer questions about the challenges and joys of practicing personal sustainability. Then, there will be free time to kick soccer balls, hula-hoop, jump-rope and slack line.
2:00 - 3:20pm SessionHealthy Body = Healthy Planet (P110)Image and Identity (S113)SERVICE: PREPARING THE DAILY MEAL. 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.
3:30 - 4:50pm SessionSERVICE: Preparing the Daily Meal (S101)Active Group Play (S150)Active Group Play (S150): Regular aerobic exercise is one of the foundations of good health. Students will have a choice of a hike, sport, dance, slack-line, or martial art.
5:00 - 6:00pm GroupCreative ReflectionsCreative ReflectionsCreative Reflections: Guided creations in Nature Art that provides inspiration for integrating important topics from the day.
6:00 - 7:30pmDinner and free timeDinner and free time
7:30 - 9:00pmThe Artist's Way: Cultivating Creativity (P152)The Artist's Way: Cultivating Creativity (P152)The Artist's Way: Cultivating Creativity (P152). Everyone can be an artist. Acknowledging each student's innate, creative spark, we facilitate an unfettered evening of creative expression in both the performing and visual arts. Students will access their natural capacity for imagination, improvisation, and play while realizing the healing and insightful nature of creativity - an awareness that can serve them for a lifetime. Students will prepare unique creations in music, theatre, choreography, poetry, visual art, or mixed media for the final evening's Theatre and Talent Show.
9:00 PMBack 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 - 8:15am GroupMagic in the Forest: Knowing your "Sit spot" (E118)Magic in the Forest: Knowing your "Sit spot" (E118)Magic in the Forest: Knowing your "Sit spot" (E118): On the first morning, we guided youth on an exploration through our 88 acre nature sanctuary. This morning, we invite the students to return to this spot to deepen their experience of that specific natural place. Amazingly, they find countless happenings, busy populations of mysterious living things, going about their daily business. This become inspiration for Theatre, poems, or a Coming of Age ritual on this last powerful day.
8:30 - 9:00amBreakfastBreakfast
9:00 - 9:30am GroupSERVICE: Community Outreach (S102)SERVICE: Community Outreach (S102)SERVICE: COMMUNITY OUTREACH (S102) - Once we acknowledge how abundantly we've received, we naturally feel inspired to give back and be of service. During this short period, students will assist individual Lost Valley community members with clean-up projects to connect, practice generosity, and have fun.
9:40 - 11:00am SessionSERVICE: Preparing the Daily Meal (S101)The Birth of a Leader: Pathways to Positive Change (P111)The Birth of a Leader: Pathways to Positive Change (P111). What conditions create a leader, and what qualities distinguish them? What's the relationship between leading and collaborating? How can students follow their hearts and take the lead in their classrooms, schools, or communities? First, often, students must address the inner pain they hold around the state of the world today. Again, using Joanna Macy's Work That Reconnects, as well as a host of other interactive games and writing cues, students learn how to cultivate their leadership potential and become agents for positive change in the world.
11:10 - 12:30pm SessionAddictions and Attitudes: The Science of Habit (P114).SERVICE: Preparing the Daily Meal (S101)Addictions and Attitudes: The Science of Habit (P114). When does a habit become addictive? What is addictive behavior? Can addictions be positive? We'll examine the mechanisms behind addictive behaviors and ways to turn them around. We'll include the dangerous addictions, like drugs, alcohol, & tobacco; as well as more subtle ones like food, entertainment, gossip, and even other people. Using interactive personal and group exercises, we'll explore our personal relationships with addiction.
12:30 - 2:00pm Lunch & Free timeLunch 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 eat with interested students to answer questions about the challenges and joys of practicing personal sustainability. Then, there will be free time to kick soccer balls, hula-hoop, jump-rope and slack line.
2:00 - 3:20pm SessionThe Birth of a Leader: Pathways to Positive Change (P111)Addictions and Attitudes: The Science of Habit (P114).
3:30 - 4:50pm GroupDefining your Personal Mission - Part 1Defining your Personal Mission - Part 1Defining your Personal Mission - Part 1: What does it mean to have a "personal mission"? What does it mean to take your rightful place in the family of things? What will you become a leader in? What gifts will you offer? How will you speak this to your family and friends? In this potent introspective session, we'll explore what it really feels like to know and own your personal mission and vision.
5:00 - 6:00pm GroupDefining your Personal Mission - Part 2Defining your Personal Mission - Part 2Defining your Personal Mission - Part 2: This is the moment to map out your own transformation. What will you be letting go of? What will you be calling in? Write a letter to your future self. Chart your journey between these worlds.
6:00 - 7:30pmDinner and free timeDinner and free time
7:00 - 8:00pmClass Theatre preparations OR Coming of Age RitualClass Theatre preparations OR Coming of Age RitualCLASS 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 - 10:00pm GroupClass Theatre Talent Show OR Coming of Age Ritual (continued)Class Theatre Talent Show OR Coming of Age Ritual (continued)CLASS 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!
10:00 PMQuiet TimeQuiet Time
Day 4 - Heading HomeGroup A (up to 15 students)Group B (up to 15 students)
7:30 - 8:15am GroupMindfulness & Movement Practice (P115)Mindfulness & Movement Practice (P115)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.
8:30 - 9:00amBreakfastBreakfast
9:00- 10:00am GroupFinal Integration and SharingFinal Integration and SharingFinal Integration and Sharing: For the past three days, students have been on a journey through personal health and sustainability. They've practiced mindfulness every morning, eaten healthy organic meals, lived with their peers in community, been immersed in Nature, new ideas, and creative expression. This is a time to share with their friends AND their parents how its felt to live in this way, how the new ideas have changed their perceptions, and how they plan to bring it into their lives. We'll use some of the same team-building exercises from the first evening to show how students have changed during the program.
10:00 - 10:30amPack-upPack-up
10:45 AMSee you next time!See you next time!