Shambhala Warrior and Nature Camp
Join us for a week of Martial Arts & Nature Awareness training & play outside!
Ages: 9-15 year olds (8 years old by permission)
Dates: June 25-29, 2018
Time: 9am – 3pm
Location: Manitou Land – 300 Sunset Lake Rd, Williamsville, VT (within 20 minutes of downtown Brattleboro)
Cost: $230-$330 sliding scale. (Actual Cost $290)
Early Registration Discount: $25 if registered by May 1st.
Amy Hyatt with Ashley Bies and other assistants are offering a week of aikido training (a traditional Japanese Martial art, translates as “way of harmony”) and nature awareness in the woods designed for youth ages 9-15 years old. Aikido, like most martial arts, began in nature and was guided by observing animals, birds, rocks, wind, rivers, trees and becoming attuned with the energies of life. We will also work on our scout skills – our ability to move through the woods quietly and to sneak up on each other, maybe even a coyote! As Shambhala Warriors, we will train for compassion and insight into Life – and have fun, joy, and wonder as we explore nature and the martial arts.
Amy has been training in aikido since 1998, holds the rank of shodan (1st level black belt) and has been sanctioned by her Sensei to teach aikido. She has been teaching nature awareness & survival skills since 2002. Amy will be joined by Ashley Bies, other staff and volunteers, to create an awesome week of summer camp!!
Camp activities include:
- Aikido Training
- Art of Invisibility
- Moving Silently
- Imitating & Learning from the Animals and Nature
- Scout Games and Challenges
- Stories from the martial arts and nature
- Using Staffs & Bokkens
- Learning to Fall Safely
- Hazard Awareness
- Earning Bandana Levels! (Many martial arts have belt ranks to acknowledge increasing skill levels. At Shambhala Camp, we have Bandana Levels recognizing skills being developed by the campers).
The Shambhala Warriors are ones who train in and use the “weapons” of compassion and insight to go into the halls of power and dismantle the weapons of destruction. The Kingdom of Shambhala comes from a Tibetan prophecy over 1200 years old. This interpretation is derived from Joanna Macy who spent time with a group of Tibetan monks in the 1970s and early 1980s.
The roots of aikido and the nature awareness skills that will be shared in this new camp are very much rooted in developing compassion and insight in caring for Life. The founder of Aikido, O-Sensei Morehei Ueshiba, was known to say “If you have injured your opponent, you have injured yourself.”
To secure a spot send a $50 nonrefundable deposit payable to “Vermont Wilderness School” (Check, Money Order) and a 1-page Shambhala Reservation Form to Vermont Wilderness School, PO Box 2585, Brattleboro, VT 05303.
OR you can fill out the online application and pay via PayPal – see the sidebar to do this.