Dear friends of Fianna Wilderness School,
We are up and running with a full schedule of 2021/22 programs.
Covid safety precautions will remain in place until further notice, but feel free to be in touch
if you have any questions!
We hope to see you soon. :-)
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 kids.
To view a complete list of our 2021/22 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.
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
Yearlong nature and farm programs for kids ages 4-7 and 8-12
Bi-weeky forest adventure programs for kids ages 4-6 and 7-12
Wild Frontiers - a monthly adventure program for kids ages 12-16.
Farm and forest summer camps for kids ages 4-6 and 7-12 in Cumberland and
Forest and beach summer camps for kids ages 4-7 and 8-12 on beautiful Gabriola Island.
A 3 day overnight wilderness camp for youth ages 10-15.
An adventure filled summer camp at the fantastic Willingdon Beach Park.
Ages 4-6 and 7-12