Fianna Wilderness School is offering forest and farm programs for kids throughout the mid-island and on Gabriola Island. Our programs are for kids ages 4-6 and 7-12. We offer yearlong nature-based mentorship in the 8-Shields model, an approach to education that was developed by Jon Young at the Wilderness Awareness School. The 8-shields “Coyote Mentoring” approach formalizes the child-led, experiential schooling methods apparent in nature-based cultures. This approach cultivates our children’s curiosity and innate wisdom, guiding them into personal and collective learning experiences that reveal their gifts and support their development towards healthy maturity and wholeness.
Your kids will learn about responsible harvesting, medicinal and food plants, natural materials, wild crafting, navigation, tracking and stalking, bird language, ancestral heritage and local ecology. With strong core routines of gratitude, circle sharing, singing, storytelling, mindful “sit spots”, and mentoring of each other, they will experience and incorporate a nature-connected culture, grounded in relationships of respect and reciprocity.
We are committed to low student/staff ratios for quality mentoring of your kids. Our programs have a ratio of 1 staff for every 6/7 kids.
Forest program for kids ages 4-6 and 7-12 in the village of Cumberland
A weekly nature and survival skills program for teens. Ages 13-18
Weekly and monthly farm programs offered at three different farms in the lovely Comox Valley
Forest programs for kids ages 4-6 and 7-12 at the awesome Seal Bay Nature Reserve
Yearlong nature and farm programs for kids ages 4-7 and 8-12
Weekly skills programs for teens, and forest programs for kids ages 3-4, 5-7 and 8-12.
A nature immersion program deeply rooted in a culture of sisterhood, nature's rhythms, and the lunar calendar. Ages 8-12.
To view a complete list of our 2023/24 Programs, through our registration portal, click on the link below.
If you find that the program is full, please join our waitlist. If we get enough kids on the waitlist, we will attempt to add an instructor and open up another group. Please sign up to make this happen.