Winter breakfast in the classroom!
".....children chopped veggies, ground corn and washed dishes. Sweet songs of gratitude before meals, songs while walking, grinding, and wood-working, songs of Kinship and connection to each other and this earth” ~ Reflections of a parent on the 3 day immersion.
Welcome to the Local Living Immersion!
On this three-day residential learning adventure students combine experiences in handwork, wild gathering, agrarian arts, and outdoor exploration into a positive picture of human life on earth. Providing for themselves, being a part of a community that depends on them, giving thanks for gifts from nature; the lifestyle of the Local Living Immersion reaches kids on a deep level that changes lives.
Each program incorporates at least one experience in the following 4 categories: handwork, indigenous skills, agrarian arts, sustainable systems.
- Carving with the drawknife and shave-horse
- Spoons, spatulas, swords, butter knives.
- Leather work
- Quill necklaces
- Carving bowls with coals from a fire
- Birch-bark napkin holders sewn with root
- Friction fire
- String from natural fibers
- Acorn processing and acorn bread making
-Wild-gathering food, medicine, and materials
- Grinding grain into flour
- Sourdough Bread Baking
- Bean threshing and winnowing
- Cooking with 100% local foods
- Planting, tending, or harvesting crops
- Food/ herb dehydration
- Making Sauerkraut or Kimchi
- Animal Husbandry (care of goats and ducks)
- Rocket stoves
- Solar hot water
- Composting toilets
- Solar food dehydration
- Year round ice storage
- Root cellar storage
Other Elements of the Immersion Experience:
Reflection and Documentation: The daily flow includes a morning quiet sit, mid-day journal entry, and evening sharing circle.
Service Learning: Each group of students will add its mark to Maine Local Living School's landscape through a service project.
Songs: We sing a song before each meal and often during work. Songs are a way to celebrate what we have and to bring spirit into any activity.
Daily Chores: Shelter, Water, Fire, Food: Providing for daily needs opens eyes and builds connections. At Maine Local Living, basic necessities come directly from the surrounding land. We bring these gifts into focus by involving kids in real, gratifying work during daily chores.
Details & Logistics
When should we come?
This program is designed
for fall, winter and spring.
Exact dates flexible.
Let us know when works best for your group.
Where will we sleep?
Students sleep in one of two dwellings. One group stays in the Cree Lodge, a beautiful traditional structure shaped like a tipi and covered in sod. The other group stays in a large canvas wall tent, as was used in the days of voyageurs and traders. The lodge has a fir bough floor, the tent has a wood floor, and both dwellings have woodstoves for cold nights. Mid-winter participants may also stay in the classroom, or even make a “winter camp”!
Where will we eat?
Meals take place inside Maine Local Living's classroom. In warm weather, we may eat in our outdoor kitchen. At both locations, we cook solely with wood; kids learn to tend the fire and try not the burn the biscuits!
What will we eat?
Food is a focus for kids, and for Maine Local Living School, as well! We believe that experiencing firsthand connection to food is a powerful tool for developing a healthy relationship with the earth. Students are involved in harvesting, processing, and preparation of many foods grown on our campus. All purchased ingredients are organic, and often local. We put a lot of time and thought into our menu, offering snacks and meals that expand students’ relationships with food, while at the same time being tasty to the average child.
What will it cost?
The cost is $100 per student per day. Prices are based on a minimum of 10 students participating. One adult per 10 students attends at no cost. Additional adults pay $50 per day.
A deposit is required to reserve a program: a 50% deposit is due 2 months before the program start, and the remaining balance is due 2 weeks prior to the program start.