Earth Path Education was founded in 2009 to offer Deep Nature Connection to kids.
At Earthpath Education we provide the experience of being at home in nature and within oneself. We empower young people and adults to know that the path to earth connection lies within us. Through learning primitive skills, nature awareness, and ancestral wisdom we remember our place in an interconnected web; we remember who we are as a community (commune with our unity).
We help grow a culture of listening to the earth as our wisest mentor.
Our intent is to awaken Deep Nature Connection, using the tools of regenerative design, nature awareness, 8 Shields Culture Mentoring and the Ecology of Leadership,these are Cultural Repair methods developed by Jon and Nicole Young, Penny Livingston, James Stark, and many more. These methods are based on the teaching of the Haudenosaunee Nations also known as he Iroquois Confederacy as well as other Indigenous teachings from around the world. Earth Path Education also incorporates Permaculture Design into our Nature Connection Programs. We believe that is essential to strengthen our relationships to nature, and we also want to offer tools that empower us to protect and regenerate that which we feel connected to and love.
Through focusing on nature awareness we encourage our students to experience what is happening around them, awakening curiosity and inspiration.
When students are empowered to root in processes like making fire, singing, foraging wild foods, giving gratitude, making rope, and learning bird songs, they begin to feel capable of relaxing and deepening in the wilds. We believe that learning skills of how to source our human lives from the abundant life around us grows respect: respect for the plants that heal our wounds, the sticks that give us warmth, and the creek that cools us. We develop a deepening gratitude to the elements that offer us life.
We combat isolation and depression by advocating tribe and team, a non competitive environment where working together to build each other up is valued.
In the wilds of the Appalachian Mountains, Coastal California, and Kentucky Forests, home to Roots Day Camp, Men’s Rites of Passage and Growing Goddess Camp, true beauty blossoms. The inspiration that sprouts in these summer months travels with campers back into their families, schools, and neighborhoods. It grows bigger than we can ever know as wild edibles are spotted and eaten in backyards, songs are taught, and there in the heart of the student the spark of desire to connect with the wild within and around us burns strong.
We provide a space where anything is possible. Our teachers are changed forever, too, by the transformations they see each summer as the kids and young adults discover that there is more going on in the woods than we could ever know, and that this curiosity will continue to call us home.
We offer advanced instruction from top notch Ecologists, Naturalists, Primitive Skills Enthusiasts, and Earth Loving Teachers. We invite special Guest Teachers and Inspirational Elders to join us every summer. Please check out our instructor bios. All of our instructors will share with your children and teens the wisdom they have been so committed to incorporating into their lives and the world. The great thing is we will learn as much if not more from them!
Most importantly Earth Path Education offers a foundation that will serve as fertile soil throughout our students lives. This is a foundation in earth, an earth path.
It is our belief that by committing to walking an earth path, a path of balance, connection and beauty, there will be great healing on this planet.
.Our camps are unique because we are committed to small groups. This offers the benefit of more instructors to students, and more agility in the woods, allowing us more exposure to wildlife. A more intimate group encourages close friendships and teamwork.
We practice food justice, by sourcing nearly all of our food within a 10 mile radius. It is organic and grown either here on site, or by people we know. We are foodies and your kids will benefit.
We focus on celebration of life, we are here to sing, play in the creek, weave baskets, make primitive body paint, share our gratitude, tell stories, pick berries, learn new skills and have fun!