For the week we are together, we are a temporary village. So while the different age based programmes will be off doing their own thing during the day, we will all camp together, eat together and all sit round a fire at the close of the day. If you’re thinking of coming as a family group it’s worth knowing that all adult courses will be full days of experiential learning. Its a wonderful aspect of the week watching your children thrive in their peer group, surrounded by a wider community. But it can also be hard to balance your needs for down time in between sessions, and you family time. If you are there as a parent or guardian to a ‘squirrel’ (a child aged 0-6) you have full responsibility for their children at all times including the daytimes when you are with other squirrel parents. Adults on the Nature Immersion programme have one optional overnight adventure away from camp too. Many people have attend AoM along with a family friend to help ease their parenting role during the week.
Art of Mentoring focusses very much on training adults within within a real multi-generational village context. So it is not like a usual children summer camp or family camp – in which everything orientates around the children. We have strived each year to balance the needs of all generations, but there is sometimes some stretch as well as plenty of rejoicing. Art of Mentoring is a place for those people who may usually be leading family camps or similar activities to come and get some fresh inspiration and training, and include their families in that!
This is worth considering if coming with a family group. This is because if you have Fox-age or Squirrel-age children, you will need to take care of them during meal times and night times. This also applies to Kestrel-age children. However, the Kestrels camp away from the main site for most of the course. For this reason, at least one parent or guardian may not be able to participate when evening workshop sessions are scheduled. Please see each programme description for more details.