Village Forest School
Summer Camp 2023

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 30 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

Moses Maponya

Drama, Theatre & Music

My name is Moses Maponya aka Bushman, from South Africa. I am 36 years old. I work as a Field Guide in game reserve and I have been doing this now for over 9 years.

While I was still at high school in the villages of South Africa we were introduced to Marimba instruments, where we taught ourselves how to play the instruments and since then I loved music and started to learn more instruments too.

Later after High school, I was trained to become a music tutor by one of the professionals and worked for NGO (Bjatladi Youth Development). I then moved into Wildlife conservation. In 2015 I got the opportunity to work in Shen Zhen (Windows of the world Theme Park) based in China, I was an entertainer, did some dance, Marimba performance. I stayed in China for a year.

I love working with people from different cultures and races, just to share my knowledge. I love sharing my knowledge of the African bushes and the culture on my Safaris.

Brandon Miller

Drama, Theatre & Music

Brandon Miller is a singer-songwriter from Philadelphia, USA, Berlin, Germany and most recently Montaldo, Italy. He is known within the independent music scene for his eclectic and intense live performances, surreal yet nostalgic lyrics, fingerpicking guitar style, elegant piano playing and heart warming vocals. He has worked with many artists across the music and performing arts world including Jessica Einaudi, Federico Albanese, Kyle Crane (drummer for Daniel Lanois), August Diehl, Aaron Embry ( pianist/guitarist Elliott Smith's band), and many others.

Brandon has also worked in the independent theatre and performing arts scene in Berlin and across Europe. He was engaged as a composer, musician, writer and performer with the Internil performance group and was awarded the Doppelpass Prize which is a three year funding and the highest funding award possible for independent theatre in Germany.

Siobhán Madden

Arts & Crafts in Nature

Siobhán Madden is based in the Wicklow hills in Ireland. She is a visual artist, writer and film maker. Siobhán is also a Forest School Leader and works both freelance in schools, and with her own groups in Wicklow. She founded The Natural School of Art which works with Nature as co-faciltator to nurture our creative expressions and insights. Siobhán works with all age groups and finds the unique and creative unfoldment of children in particular, a real joy. Siobhán has a BA degree in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin. She is currently in the middle of a Masters in Arts and Engagment with a special purpose award in eco-arts practice, at Crawford College of Art and Design, in Cork.

Siobhán sees the interconnectedness of life and wishes to give space to nurture a positive relationship with the earth through the creative arts.

Hadas Shvat

Arts & Crafts in Nature

My name is Hadas, and I live in Israel. I started my journey in Waldorf education as a teacher assistant in a Walford kindergarten. I immediately felt, that I had found something I was looking for, for a long time: a warm, peaceful environment, surrounded by nature and harmony, a place where I could find rest.

Since then I had completed my BA in Waldorf education. I am playing, creating and learning through my fingers. I sew, knit, wave baskets, create with felt, and am keeping my hands busy. I study the simplicity parenting approach and help parents to create a loving environment for children to learn and explore. I raise my two young boys in that spirit and constantly keep learning.

Oscar Trenchard

Survival & Forest skills

From the age of three right up until I was eighteen I attended a Steiner inspired school in Gloucestershire, UK, where there was great value placed in learning and exploring out in nature. This fostered in me a great love for being outdoors and exploring which led me to undertake an outdoor activity instructor training course in Cornwall back in 2019. This was a challenging and inspiring experience which taught me a lot about teamwork, team leadership alongside lots of practical skills in activities such as navigation, climbing and overnight survival skills.

As it did for many people, the Covid19 pandemic changed the course of my career as most of the work in the outdoor adventure industry dried up which led me to begin training as a Humanistic Counsellor. Alongside my training, however, I have still kept my interest in the outdoors and I have worked on a few outdoor therapeutic retreats. These have included facilitating walks and overnight camping trips where I have worked alongside my father, who is a family therapist, and other practitioners to provide a therapeutic experience out in nature.

Eric Rubenstein

Survival & Forest skills

Hi I'm Eric! I am a Cornell University graduate who has long-term plans to become a speech pathologist for young children with autism. I've been working at a Waldorf school with children ages 3 to 11 for the past year, bringing them on nature walks, helping with their art journals, and organizing games for them as their extended day leader. I believe in engaging with children as equals, in a way that is gentle and encouraging, centering their own perspectives and interests without sacrificing their safety. I've been immersed in art and music from a young age and value community, mutual aid, and food justice. When I'm not working with kids, I like to hike, spend time on illustrations, write poetry, stock community fridges, listen to music, cook with friends, and sing. I'm excited to contribute to life on this beautiful campus.

Clare Jeffries

Food & Farm

I love working with children and helping them see the connection to food, the earth and their own body and health. I qualified in 2006 from the University of Westminster in London and have been helping people heal through nutritional medicine ever since. In recent years I made the decision to specialise in children’s health and wellbeing. Some years back now I also founded a company called Foodie Kids, running classes and workshops in schools, nurseries and the community. These aim to show children where their food comes from and encouraging them to have a natural curiosity in how nature can nourish us, all through hands on fun ways of exploring and cooking!

I have two sons, one 12 and my 13 year old who taught me a lot about managing fussy & difficult eaters! I now have both personal and professional experience in this area and use my knowledge in groups or one to one sessions, to help children overcome fears or resistance and gain confidence in trying new foods much to their parents relief! I’m looking forward to having fun with the children on the summer camp this year in such a beautiful setting!

Julie Hancox

Food & Farm

I love nature, food and flowers!

Since graduating as a Nutritional Therapist in 2016, I work with people to find their way back to health, guiding clients on food and lifestyle choices.

Since 2022, I have been leading local foraging walks in the UK, teaching safe foraging techniques to identify edible plants. I have a passion for creating healthy meals, preserves and teas from my modest vegetable garden and from locally foraged ingredients. I am excited to be returning to Italy, having worked in Monza teaching English in my 20’s.

I love sharing my passion with children, including my 8-year old son. I can’t wait to be one of the leaders on this adventure and help the children have fun with food at the Summer Camp!

Fun fact! We have 3 Silkie chickens called Snowball, Shadow and Helga!

Eliah Golden

Camp Chef

Hi there! I am Eliah Golden from Boulder, Colorado, and I am excited to be at the Village Forest School for summer camp with all of you and partaking in this amazing experience together! As a professional chef of over 20 years, my passion is rooted in nourishing the mind, body, and soul through thoughtfully curated cuisine. I focus on carefully sourcing ingredients with intention and enhance their true being and beauty through simple preparation and unique flavor combinations. I love knowing my farmers and honoring them and their land through a beautiful menu and dining experience. I thrive on tackling problems with eloquent solutions, whether I am executing high end plated dinners, or pop-up street festivals for 10,000 people. As a lover of herbalism and holistic health, my internationally inspired flavors rely heavily on the ample application of fresh and healing herbs, spices and nutrient dense ingredients. I am driven by the fundamental belief of “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” In my free time, I enjoy working in my garden, cuddling my chickens, tinkering on my various ferments and tinctures, playing the piano, travelling and being silly with my husband, Beau, and daughter, Analise.

Pom Granin

Food & Farm

Our activity stems from the desire to spread the culture of respect for horses, in an environment surrounded by nature and in a supportive, welcoming and non-competitive atmosphere.

One of our main intentions is to teach the children who come to visit us respect for animals and nature, and to share with other children, so as to create an environment that is educational and familiar for each of them.

Summercamp Program


Farm, garden and cooking
June 26th – 30th

  • 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 week with renowned English Professional Story Teller.
July 3rd – 7th

  • 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 and crafts week with renowned and published American Nature Art Specialist.
July 10th – 14th

  • 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 with Experienced international Survival camp specialist.
July 17th – 21st

  • 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 €500/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


Orsolina28 opens its doors to the very youngest babies with four meetings over four weeks discovering, at the hands of mom or dad, movement and nature.

Details and enrollment at Orsolina28

Baby Steps:

Games, small circuits, exercises and experiences to stimulate motor and sensory development. Forty-five minutes dedicated to the discovery of space, music and movement through dance as a means of expression and contact between baby and parent.

Snacks grow on trees:

The mid-morning snack as an opportunity to learn about nature and the gifts it offers us. Four fruits that are born and ripen as the season changes will be the theme of the meetings in the garden to discover together the importance of nature, listening to its rhythms and coming into harmony with them.

28 June 2023
10:00-10:45 Baby Steps

Musicality: discovering the different nuances of music. Approaching the world of rhythm and listening, with the help of some simple instruments.

11:00-11:45 Snacks grow on trees

Mulberries: what does the White Mulberry taste like? What about the red one? And the Pink one? How is this almost forgotten plant grown and what is its importance in country tradition.

5 July 2023
10:00-10:45 Baby Steps

Spacial awareness: outdoors or indoors? Let's explore the space around us and learn how to share it with others!

11:00-11:45 Snacks grow on trees

Cherries: There are different varieties of cherries - let's taste them together! Discovering pollinating insects that are very important for the production of our food.

12 July 2023
10:00-10:45 Baby Steps

Motor skills: Watch me swing! We increase coordination, mobility and body perception.

11:00-11:45 Snacks grow on trees

Small Fruits: Raspberries, currants and gooseberries - fruits as small as we are. How do these plants differ from the trees encountered in previous lessons?

19 July 2023
10:00-10:45 Baby Steps

Espressiveness: Smiles and somersaults to express yourself. Games and exercises to discover what our bodies can do.

11:00-11:45 Snacks grow on trees

Plums: What are Ramasins? We learn about different varieties of plums and why it is important to use local plants that grow in balance with their adversity.

Summer camp 2022

Where We Are?

Cascina Iuli, Via Centrale 27
15020 Montaldo di Cerrina

Contact us
Mon-Fri 8:30-15:30
+39 014 294 6657

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