Living Arts Discovery Days

Our Living Arts Discovery program is an exciting hands on learning experience through four domains: Gardening & Land Arts, Animal Arts, Forest Skills & Traditional Arts, and Eco-Contemplative Arts. This program offers students an opportunity to explore and enliven their relationships with the natural world through active, multi-sensory activities, co-operative games, exploratory learning, and more.  Activities may include caring for our angora rabbits, horseback riding or groundwork, making friction fires, archery, planting and harvesting food or herbs, wildcrafting, or simply marveling at the wonders of nature and experiencing themselves as part of a greater whole. 
This program is open to homeschoolers ages 7-16, as well as visiting schools, and is also an integral part of the learning cycle for our SOLA full time students. Topics are offered in 4 week cycles guided by a seasonal theme.  If you are interested in participating as a school group or class, contact us to arrange your visit.  

Students will explore and learn in all four domains:


Gardening & Land Arts: 
This domain includes the opportunity to be a part of building, planting, tending, and harvesting a garden. Children will also enjoy tasting and cooking food from our gardens. In the winter months we will make herbal teas and medicines, as well has use our hands to make a craft project from natural materials. This could include learning to process wool from our sheep, spinning it into thread and knitting a small project, basketry, or other traditional wildcrafting.

Animal Arts:
This domain gives children the opportunity to build relationships with and learn to care for the animals that live at SOLA: horses, sheep, rabbits, and chickens.  Human-to-animal connection almost always invites a sense of wonder, empathy, and connection with children and young adults.  Participants will learn to feed, groom, and take care of the animals.  They will learn to listen and observe animal behavior and communicate through body language, sound, and energy. There will also be some time for learning basic riding skills and groundwork with our horses.

Eco-contemplative Arts:
This domain gives participants an opportunity to experience nature with all of their senses, exploring and discovering hidden wonders in the natural world. Students will be invited into activities that enliven their awareness and deepen connection to the greater natural world. They will reflect on their experiences individually and collectively through journaling, poetry and art. This domain gives children an experience of belonging and cultivates a deep reverence for all life. 

Forest Skills & Traditional Arts:
This domain gives children an opportunity to feel at home in the wilderness, learning regenerative and sustainability skills that allows us to live in harmony with the Earth. Children will learn how to tracking and navigation skills, how to make fire and create a shelter, use or prepare wild edible plants as food and medicine, archery, and more. This domain empowers children to feel confident and connected to the wilderness.

Schedule and Fees:
9:15-9:45 Morning Circle
9:45-10:15 Animal care
10:15-12:15 Living Art domain groups
12:15-12:45 Lunch and story
12:45-1:15 Games and play
1:15-1:30 Closing Circle

Individual enrollment is offered in 4 week blocks, at $175 per block.  

Contact us to discuss rates for visiting schools or larger groups.