July 2019 – Faerie Camp & BIG DREAMS Camp

Faerie Love, Faerie Fun Camp

For girls ages 5 1/2 to 9
10-3, July 8 through  July 12th

Now doesn’t this look like fun!

Loving the Earth, Loving Ourselves. 

We live in a world created by love – a world of wild beauty. Join us for an enchanting mix of natural science, faerie lore, music, art & frolicking fun. This fun-filled week, which culminates in the Faerie Ball, engages participants’ innate sense of enchantment, creativity, and connection to the natural world, while gently awakening ecological awareness.

This popular summer program fills quickly. Register soon to reserve your spot!

To enroll contact Oona

Big Dreams Camp

Empowering Girls to Live from the Inside Out

A Day Camp for Girls Ages 10-14, July 15-19, 10am-4pm, $220

We all have secret dreams and deep passions– the things that bring us joy – the activities that enliven us and connect us with whom we truly are. Often structured learning programs are so busy preparing kids for the future, there is no space left for students to examine what is passionately intriguing and important to them now.

At Big Dream Camp, girls ages 10 to 14 will explore their own inner genius – their amazing selves – as they spend a week focusing on something they love. Fostered by a spirit of gratitude and present moment appreciation, the girls will be guided in taking concrete actions to develop their unique gifts in a safe space in the company of others.

The end result? Skill development, a sense of accomplishment, empowerment, self-esteem and team building, as participants recognize they are part of something bigger than themselves.

What does a day at Big Dream Camp look like?

We arrive with a dream, or an inkling of one, something we would like to explore, accomplish, or develop over the course of the week.

On Day 1, through art, music, journaling, circling, improv theater, and play we delve into these dreams, and create a game plan for the week. Over the next four days, there will be time to pursue our individual passions and time to explore each other’s interests. We will take breaks from our own personal activities to play games and make art and music. On the final day, we will have a grand unveiling and a celebration of what we have accomplished individually and collectively over the course of the week.

What kinds of dreams could be brought to Big Dream Camp?

  • A desire to find ways to mitigate climate change.
  • An eagerness to write a song, or a series of songs.
  • An aspiration to create a graphic novel, to protect pollinators, to paint, to choreograph, to write a play, to create a photo exhibit, make a movie, to strengthen improv theater skills and teach them to others.
  • A passion to develop amazingly delicious recipes and create your own cookbook, to make your own plant-based make-up line, to design jewellery or clothing, to help kids in faraway places who are suffering, to plan and begin planting a magical garden – perhaps by learning about companion planting, to write a poetry anthology, to conduct a research experiment on insects or birds over the course of the week, to develop and teach a simple kids’ yoga practice…..

The sky’s the limit!

At Big Dream Camp, girls prepare for the future by realizing their lives have meaning now. And of course we have a whole lot of fun!

Why Do Girls Love Faerie Camp?

Girls who have come back year after year say: “I love Faerie Camp because:”

“It’s really fun. You go to the Faerie Forest and learn about nature. And you get to be creative and make lots of stuff.” –  Melody

“We get to sing songs and at the end we have the Faerie Ball.”  – Nayoki

“It is natural and I believe in Faeries and it just happens that I love Faerie Camp so much!” -Jolene

Oona McOuat has been running her very popular ecological arts camps for girls for the past thirteen years. She is the music teacher at the Salt Spring Centre School, and has over 25 years experience as a Celtic harpist, storyteller, singer-songwriter, performer, ecologist, and educator working with children in many creative settings. Enchanted Ecology programs encourage girls to explore their curiosity and heart’s calling in a safe, nurturing space that allows them to be who they are. over the past 12 years, Faerie Camp has become a Salt Spring tradition.