Homestead Immersion
For Grade School or Homeschool Groups

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Welcome to the Local Living Immersion!

On this multi-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.

"....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

Curriculum

Each program incorporates at least one experience in the following categories:

handwork, local living skills, agrarian arts, sustainable systems. 

See a sample 3-day immersion for high school students here.

Handwork: 
- Carving with the drawknife and shave-horse

- Spoons, spatulas, swords, butter knives

- Leather work

- Carving bowls with coals from a fire

- Birch-bark napkin holders sewn with root

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Ancestral Skills: 
- Friction fire
- String from natural fibers
- Acorn processing and acorn bread making
- Wild-gathering food, medicine, and materials

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Agrarian Arts: 

- Grinding grain into flour
- Sourdough bread baking
- Bean threshing and winnowing
- Cooking with 100% local foods
- Planting, tending, or harvesting crops
- Food and herb dehydration

Making sauerkraut or kimchi
- Animal husbandry (care of goats and ducks)

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​Sustainable Systems:

- Rocket stoves 

- Solar hot water 

- Composting toilets

- Solar food dehydration

- Year round ice storage

- Root cellar storage

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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 School, basic necessities come directly from the surrounding land.  We bring these gifts into focus by involving kids in real, gratifying work during daily chores. 

Cost: $125 per student per day and $100 per adult per day.   MLLS is committed to equitable access to immersive programing.   Please inquire about collaborative need-based cost setting. 

Prices are based on a minimum of 10 students participating. Maximum 24 students.

 A 50% deposit is due upon reservation, and the remaining balance is due 2 weeks prior to the program start.