Village Forest School
Summer Camp 2022

Welcome to the VFS Summer Camp! Our summer camp will be a natural continuation of all the principles with which we founded our beautiful little school.

The children will be immersed in organic vineyards and fields in the tiny hilltop village of Montaldo, with our two Yurts and 25 acres of undisturbed nature for them to explore!

Just like the school, the camp will be outdoor and nature based. It will be bi-lingual, with staff and volunteers who are both mother tongue Italian and English. Our Waldorf education backbone will allow children freedom to explore everything in an imaginative and artistic way. The camp will be free of all toxins of any kind; screen and EMR free, and completely organic in every way.

The in-house chefs will prepare the children’s lunch and snacks with the same ethos that we follow during the school year. All organic/free range and local meat. All vegetables from local organic farms, and as much as we can source right here on our own farm. The food at the VFS is a low inflammation and nourishing diet for our pupils as it will be for Summer camp participants, helping them to flourish and promoting strong immune systems.

The Summer VFS Camp team will consist not only of our full-time teaching staff (we invite you to learn more about them here), but with volunteer students from both abroad and Italy in order to have a rich cultural mix of language and backgrounds. There will be an approximately 4/5 children per counselor ratio.

The camp activities will all be led in both English and Italian.

The program will be as follows, see below for details:

*Prices will be weekly, and all-inclusive for the food and all activities, but will not include accommodation or camp Tee Shirts.

Space is limited, so please fill out this admissions form if you are interested and we will email you with our pricing.

If you are traveling and need accommodation, please click here for a list of local agriturismos.

Our Camp Specialists

Brittany

Food & Farm and Camp Chef

I’m a Canadian nurse, clinical nutritionist of over 10 years, and kombucha queen that is absolutely devoted to nourishing my family and friends with pastured nose-to-tail meats, quality fats, seasonal garden delights, and all sorts of bubbly ferments.

Having been raised on microwaveable pizza pockets, my world changed forever when I stumbled upon holistic nutrition and the concept of food as medicine at age 16. A few years later, I was introduced to the work of Weston A. Price, and became captivated with traditional food and nose-to-tail nourishment.

When I’m not brewing bone broth, you can find me tinkering in my veggie garden, playing with my camera, or chasing after my two vibrant little girls.

Laurence

Food & Farm and Camp Chef

Hi, my name is Laurence and I’m a fermentation addict. Sourdough. Kombucha. Sauerkraut. You name it, I can’t get enough of it. Part mad-scientist, part veggie gardener, part kitchen technician, but 100% foodie.

My interest piqued as a kid racing home after school to watch old cooking shows. Before long, I was trying my hand at béchamel and bolognese. That obsession propelled me to work in local restaurants, start a catering business and eventually back to school for holistic nutrition where I met my muse and now wife, Brittany.

The last day before graduation we had to write a letter to ourselves to open in 10 years. The one goal we shared was to “go to Italy to cook amazing food and learn from the locals.” That was spring 2011. Here we are.

Katy

Arts & Crafts in Nature

For 10 years I attended a Steiner school in the UK which evolved my already deep appreciation of mixed media art and the natural world. I taught an art class twice a week for 6 months with 22 students between the ages of 7 and 11. I believe everyone grows to develop their own form of creativity, so I was excited to facilitate the freedom for each child to have a unique approach to any task I set. This time rendered some truly beautiful results. Since then, I have graduated from Falmouth university with a1st class degree in interior design and have been working full time in the industry since.

I am excited to get back to my roots and be a part of this beautiful school and community.

Corinne

Drama, Theatre & Puppets

Corinne is a performance storyteller, voiceover artist, and workshop facilitator. She combines her research in comparative cultures, mythology and folklore with an interdisciplinary performance practice to create solo and ensemble work for contemporary audiences. Her extensive repertoire includes stories from a wide range of world mythologies and oral traditions.

Corinne is passionate about human connection, mental and physical health and creating spaces where the underrepresented have a voice. The stories she tells are deliberately and carefully worked and researched in order to feel relevant, fresh and inclusive to contemporary audiences.

She’s trained in storytelling performance with The International School of Storytelling, The Federation for European Storytellers and Berlin University, as well as with leading performance storytellers. Her work includes partnerships, productions, and commissioned projects with professional theatre companies, charities and organisations.

Kenneth

Survival & Forest skills

Kenneth is the enthusiasm infuser of all things nature behind the Ninjas in Nature program, which he is Director and Co-founder. At an early age he was immersed in nature in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, by way of canoeing, backpacking, birding, native plant studies, fishing, and hunting. As a young adult he ventured to Alaska to become a federal wilderness ranger in the arctic following herds of caribou and tracking grizzly bears. He thawed out later as an endangered species biologist in Hawaii before moving to California where he worked as an environmental education specialist and nature program director. He has a M.S. in Wildlife Management.

His greatest skills and passions lie at the intersection of the pathways of nature connection, martial arts, and youth mentoring. He combined forces with Sensei Mark Roemke, who has earned a 15th degree black belt in ninjutsu, to create the Ninjas in Nature program.

Summercamp Program

FOOD & FARM

Farm, garden and cooking
July 4th – 8th

  • On site Horse lessons
  • Feeding and learning about farm animals
  • Pick, prepare, cook, eat
  • Foraging hikes
  • Preserving
  • Art inspired by the garden seasons
  • Big farm family lunch Weeks end to share week's activities

DRAMA, THEATRE & PUPPETS

Drama week with renowned English Professional Story Teller.
July 11th – 15th

  • Beginning to end play production (older age group)
  • Puppet theatre production (younger age group)
  • Drama games
  • Costume making
  • Mask making
  • Storytelling
  • Singing
  • Big farm family lunch Weeks end to share week's activities

ARTS & CRAFTS IN NATURE

Arts and crafts week with renowned and published American Nature Art Specialist.
July 18th – 22nd

  • Natural craft hikes
  • Found object sculpture
  • Group art projects
  • Clay mining, processing and modelling
  • Papermaking
  • Puppeteering
  • Mandala making
  • Painting
  • Big farm family lunch Weeks end to share week's activities

SURVIVAL & FOREST SKILLS

Survival with Experienced international Survival camp specialist.
July 25th – 29th

FULLY BOOKED

  • Shelter building
  • Orienteering
  • Hikes
  • Foraging
  • woodworking/carving
  • Outdoor kitchen
  • Storytelling
  • Big farm family lunch Weeks end to share week's activities

Each week will include a morning gathering where we will start with singing and a few co-operative games. Then the groups will split for morning workshops.

  • 9am- Welcome, singing and games
  • 9.30-11am Workshops (age group 1)
  • 11am- Snack
  • 11.30- 12.30- Workshops (age group 1)
  • 12.30-2pm lunch and play
  • 2pm-3pm Afternoon workshops (age group 2)
  • 3-3.30pm Snack
  • 3.30-4pm Afternoon workshops (age group 2)

The Nuts and Bolts…

  • Accepting ages 4 – 13
  • Price €450/week all inclusive
  • 10% Discount for additional family members
  • Deposit Required
  • *(Prices for VFS Association members vary, please inquire)
  • Spaces limited; to enroll please click here

Where We Are?

Cascina Iuli, Via Centrale 27
15020 Montaldo di Cerrina

Contact us

info@villageforestschool.com
Mon-Fri 8:30-15:30
+39 014 294 6657

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