Guiding children to calm their minds, connect with each other, and grow from challenges.
When: August 12-16, 2019
Monday-Friday afternoons, 1:00-4:30pm
Where: County Farm Park in Ann Arbor, MI
(On Platt Rd off Washtenaw Ave)
ABOUT THIS CAMP:
This is an educational and therapeutic mindfulness program that teaches lifelong skills to kids while having fun outside. The curriculum is ideal for tweens and young adolescents, who crave challenge, connection, and adventure in their lives. It combines the best of adventure & experiential education – which builds leadership, cooperation, confidence, and a sense of belonging – with mindfulness practices to foster inner strength, focus, and compassion. Mindfulness allows us to cultivate a calm and centered mind in order to fully engage with each other and with our environment. Together, we build resilience, connection, and joy from the inside out.
Space is limited to 8 participants per session, allowing for enough participants to make the activities fun, while still providing an individualized experience for each camper.
Each afternoon is structured into two 90-minute segments, with a 30-minute break for free play on the playground in between. We learn a different mindfulness skill during each segment; with each new skill, we practice it together, and then reinforce it with corresponding adventure and experiential-based activities. (Note: None of these activities require a helmet or harness; they are fun and engaging but safe.) The mindfulness skills we explore include mindful breathing, mindful listening, mindful walking, the body scan, mindfulness of thoughts, mindful eating, mindfulness of emotions, managing difficulties, finding your anchor, and creating your safe place, as well as heartfulness practices such as generosity, compassion, and gratitude. This program is run and taught by Anique Pegeron, M.A., R.Y.T. Click here to learn more about the teacher.
Mindfulness can be defined as the practice of paying attention to the present moment non-judgmentally and with openness and curiosity… or keeping your mind and your body in the same place at the same time! In today’s fast-paced world, this is a challenge; research shows that our busy minds increasingly spend more time worrying about the past or the future than experiencing life as it passes. Unfortunately, this is linked to anxiety, depression, trouble focusing, burn-out, sleep problems, reduced immunity, and more. Mindfulness is our buffer against these unhealthy outcomes; it shows us how to slow down and truly experience each moment, while noticing and appreciating the beauty in our surroundings. In those who practice it regularly, it fosters resilience, patience, focus, compassion, better sleep, better relationships, and overall well-being. (Note: these results are not just based on subjective experience, but on years of scientific research in neuroscience, psychology, and medicine.)
There has been a strong movement in recent years to teach mindfulness to children and youth. Kids face increasing academic and social pressures to perform – from striving for perfect test scores to trying to look “cool” on social media 24/7. It’s no wonder that researchers are finding increasing levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and ADHD among children. Current research findings on mindfulness with children show that with continued practice of mindfulness techniques, kids exhibit: increased sense of calm, decreased stress and anxiety, better emotional regulation, better focus and concentration, increased impulse control, increased self-awareness, increased compassion toward others, and even higher test scores. In other words, it is a tool with myriad benefits that children can use as they navigate through today’s world.