Active Hope Homestead Immersion
Challenging and unique, the Homestead Immersion stretches youth to do real work in community, explore their potential as agents of positive change in an ecosystem, and develop awareness of and gratitude for the gifts of the earth.
Life on the Homestead
Students stock the coolers with ice harvested last winter, chop wood and cook on fire, bathe in the solar-heated rain-fed shower, milk goats and make yogurt, plant seeds, harvest vegetables, carry water and tend the composting systems. Each student depends on their classmates to keep all the parts of life in motion. It takes a village to make acorn pancakes!
Handwork integrates the intelligences of hand, head, and heart. Students carve bowls and spoons, twist rope, weave baskets, and sew with leather. They become makers, not consumers, of their world.
Handwork and Creativity
Reflection and Listening
The earth is alive and speaking to us. Through quiet sit-spots, journal time and in daily work, we listen and connect. Throughout the program we make space for practices that support silence, observation, reflection and growth.
Our learning experiences emphasize building cultures that (re)postion humans as community members in a living world. We utilize language, community forums, discussion, and reflection to facilitate a web of new relationships grounded in appreciation, gratitude and acceptanace. We believe that this is the deeper work of place-based living, to build cultures that are healthy and "response-able" to the world from which they spring.
Building Regenerative Cultures
Student participation outcomes
Endless curiosity The energy of possibility An embodied sense of Earth as home A capacity to listen to human and more-than-human voices. Hard skills: the capacity to transform ideology into living practice Belonging