BLACK LIVES MATTER
INDIGO NATURE ARTS SUPPORTS BLACK LIVES MATTER. OUR HEARTS, MINDS, EARS, EYES, AND ARMS ARE WIDE OPEN. WE WILL, AND WE DO, WELCOME YOU TO SPEAK, TEACH OR CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE TO LEARN ABOUT RACISM, TO GAIN A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING. THE AWAKENING IS HERE.
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Monetary refunds for the June weeks that have been canceled due to Covid 19, (June 15-19 and June 22-26,) will be distributed on June 5th. If you have canceled other weeks due to personal reasons relating to Covid19, you must complete a Covid 19 cancellation form. You will receive a refund (if you paid) minus a $45 administrative fee. Refunds for weeks canceled other than June 15-19 and June 22-26, will go out by June 10th. Refund checks must be cashed within 90 days. If refund checks are not cashed within 90 days, credit towards future programs will be granted.
Clementine Hunter, 1886-1988
Summer Camp 2020 Updates
Dear Camp Families:
I'm sending virtual hugs to all. I do hope you and your extended families have been well and are adjusting (more or less) to the many challenges and changes in your daily lives.
Walking with marbles in our shoes may be a good analogy as to how we are all learning to walk again in our new world. As we remove the marbles, one-by-one, we become more comfortable.
Making the decision to offer camp, I believe children will benefit greatly to get outside of their homes, gently enter the social world, and learn to walk with a few marbles in their shoes. The discomfort of changing behaviors will become easier as we practice.
We will be focusing on personal story sharing. It will be a therapeutic environment, along with a time to experience how to be with one another, without being too close to one another. I have never asked a question to the children, without taking the time to allow them to share their answers. Hand washing will be a BIG part of camp. Things will be slowed down, but we will do our best to offer a time and space for kids to breathe air, and get away from screens for awhile.
Indigo Nature Arts has canceled the weeks of June 15-19 and June 22-26.
If you have registered for either or both weeks, I need you to complete the following form.
Our first week of camp will begin June 29th
Many small changes will be made for safety and ease of our summer days together. You will receive information as a registered camper by email. Please know that we are closely monitoring the latest reports on Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the CDC and the governor. If there are any changes or updates, you will receive an email asap.
Safety has always been top of the list at Indigo Nature Arts Camp and now, with a "new way" of living, we plan to adhere to a loving, safe and educational environment. The education will be on how we can be the best at keeping one another safe, while having fun and sharing our time together.
I plan to adhere to a "family model" inspiring children with the knowing we are all helping one-by-one, to work together.
Flexibility, Accountability, Cooperation, and Ease
Weekly Camp sizes will have no more than 12-16 children per week. Rest assured, camp will be at a manageable size, and I feel this is important to providing a smaller circle that allows for more guidance and attention for the children.
We will also remain outdoors for most of the day. There will be many new details to come in the next few weeks.
Until then, enjoy the lovely spring weather and as always be safe and sound. I'm looking forward to seeing all of you!
heart + spirit
Did you know heart + spirit is free to use?
YES! This program is designed for kids, and without them it has no use! It is a gift activity program for you and your children. Choose any day you like to begin with. It's up to you. The important thing is to enjoy the process and have fun! Begin here!
heart + spirit provides children at home, fun and engaging activity courses to stay busy, inspired, balanced and connected! And the good news is, the entire family can take part in the activities if they like!
Indigo Nature Art's founder Kim Soles developed heart and spirit to meet children in an authentic, imaginative and heart-loving manner. Due to the recent closing of schools, she has made heart + spirit courses available for children to participate at home. The course offers hands-on, thought provoking and media free activities, designed to reach the mind and heart of the child as they navigate this unusual time in history.
Let Us Begin
Student Work from heart + spirit at home!
Peace Came Over is a story I wrote and illustrated. It's now available as an Ebook ($5.99), and is also available in hard/soft cover. I've read and shared Peace Came Over with hundreds of kids over the years.
The story is about what it might be like if Peace came to visit and what it might feel like if Peace came to stay. It leads us to where Peace lives in each of us. The Italian, German, French and Spanish translation of the poem Peace Came Over can be found following the English illustrated version in the back of the book. (Click the book to take you to the link for purchase from Blurb.com).
Indigo Nature Art's meets it's 9th year at the start of a new decade!
This summer we provide our yearly Sassafras Camp for kids 6-12-years-old, along with two delicious weeks of Culinary Kids, the welcomed return of the Magical World of Faeries and Gnomes, and our Music Jam Camp with Raji Malik! Our last 2 weeks will be held at The Tree House, in the Andorra Natural Area. Camp is held outdoors, all day.
Indigo Nature Arts provides programming that takes place amongst some of Philadelphia's enchanting and exceptional natural landscapes. Children unplug from the technological and competitive world, and engage within natural environments.
Indigo Nature Arts encourages the freedom to discover through play and creativity. In turn, children naturally develop valuable skills at their own pace.
Art and photography classes, yearly summer camps, and winter programming offer opportunities for children to "be" in nature, and truly experience the transformation of the seasons.
Children are supported to visually and physically express themselves. Thoughtful guidance and love, nurtures growth and healthy development.
Documenting the rich experiences the children have over the years tells the story of Indigo Nature Arts. Please take a moment and browse the gallery by clicking the image above.
Listening to children tell their stories helps them to feel at ease. Children are eager to share their experiences, even the imaginary ones! Developing patience to listen to one another leads to tolerance. It helps children to discover more about their peers and friendships develop.
When the mind, body and spirit are fully engaged in physical activity and hands-on exploration, the magic of invention happens. Wonder and surprise helps the child to blossom.
"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." - Frank Lloyd Wright
Indigo Summer Camp is in its 9th year serving families with children between the ages of 5-12 years-old.
Camp is held primarily outdoors in a forest setting, and offers
remarkable and diverse landscapes for exploration. Professional, loving, intuitive teachers and counselors offer respectful care and knowledge.
Indigo Nature Arts camp runs on the belief that summertime is for play-time and down-time. We create a community environment where the children enjoy simple, yet memorable adventures, such as scouting for frogs, toads and snails, investigating insects in the meadow, exploring and playing at the creek, and hiking the trails in the Andorra Natural Area.
Child-led play, minute-morning-mediation, mini-healing herbs lessons, handwork, imaginative nature-based art projects, painting, drawing, and natural science, weave together practical programming.