Teachers Live Passions at Camp Begin | Kids Yoga, Mindfulness, Play & Creative Arts in Nature | Madison WI
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What makes Camp Begin special? Our Teachers.
2017 is our inaugural year at Camp Begin, Madison's newest mindful youth camp. We are thrilled to be able to provide this holistic educational opportunity in Madison from qualified instructors. Our camp teachers are certified in schools or clinical settings, and some are master music teachers from colleges and universities around the area. What does that mean for you? It means that the people who are going to be spending a full week or more with your kids are 1) experts in their field and 2) just as excited about what they'll be teaching as you are.
Where does the passion and excitement come from? Need.
As a teacher myself, I understand why 50% of us quit after the first five years in the profession. It is a highly stressful job that requires incredible patience, foresight and compassion. I teach Physical Education, a "speciality" in schools, and I myself cannot imagine being a classroom teacher. Seeing what classroom teachers endure on a daily basis is alarming. Some experience large amounts of discrimination, get yelled at, hit, scratched, spit on, or have objects thrown at them. All of them are required to make quick decisions that have the capability of affecting a child on a large scale, have benchmarks to meet, meetings to attend during their "planning" and/or lunch time, are required to abide by far too many rules to meet a child's needs and above all don't receive enough support for what they do. Teachers are totally stressed out and often struggle taking care of themselves because such a big focus in their life is keeping their students from falling a part... not to mention having the energy to attend to their own families needs if they are moms (these are the true superhero's of society).
Reading Mindful.org's article on "When Teachers Get Mindfulness Training, Student's Win," puts this all into perspective. We need more professional workshops on mindfulness to de-stress and understand why the breath is such an integral part of our body's wellness. When teachers get a taste of this, we crave it, and because we are educators at our core, we pass it on to our students.
That is where I think the beauty lives in Camp Begin. The people on board to provide this education for your kids don't just believe in it, we live and breathe it every day because research shows WE NEED IT. The fun part for us is that we don't have adequate time to teach mindfulness, yoga, art and play all day at school. There are guidelines and standards to adhere to. Teaching at Camp Begin will be play for our instructor team, and let us all live out our passion. Hooray!
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Are you interested in registering your child or children for Camp Begin? Please visit www.campbegin.com for additional information. Currently we are at 1/2 capacity for camper enrollment. Prices will be increasing April 1 so please take advantage of our March Madness special to save! Register by March 31 to benefit from our lowest price of the year. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Leash in hand, gate closed, feet forward, heart ready.
Inhale, belly ribs chest. Exhale out. Inhale, belly ribs chest. Exhale out.
One last time.
Inhale, belly ribs chest. Ahhhhh.
The breath, prana, life force surrounds tranquil spaces of green.
It transcends time, supporting moments of turbulence and wraps around chests of anxiety.
Gratitude fills lungs longing for more.
These moments of natural beauty pass too quickly so I stop. I stop. I pause. I stop again.
Curiosity creeps into every new vision. Every new Sound. The Smells. The Feelings. Ears perk, head cocks. I'm not alone. Hawks & cranes are back. Solo today they send messages of independence. "Stand strong on your own two feet."
I come to an overlook, ready with person made platforms. Supine, I look up ready to day dream. When did I last cloud search?
Breathing deeply again, gracious of the stillness, I feel a friend lay beside me looking out at the world.
Beauty in everything. Rows of questions stagger before me, passing slowly like a memory wheel.
Layers upon layers move over one another building bridges of light for attentive gazers.
La Luna to the left, migrating geese to the right. the universe & the earth seamlessly flying together.
Reluctantly I bring my knees to my chest & rock up. A few sun salutations later it's time to move on.
Saeku & I find fallen oaks to walk across, thick strong trunks sturdy for climbing.
As exposed root systems collide, I notice synapses of wisdom once passing through loquacious fungi hanging like a broken spider web.
Habitats for organisms we can't see. Messengers spanning centuries, I bow in respect. I lay my hands to feel their support.
Broken oaks with roots & vines enveloping from the midline. Barkless some stand barely living, sprouting new tiny buds.
This place is where I thrive. Where I feel needed. Where everything serves a purpose. Describing something so superb feels like I'm discounting its authentic voice. Yet most walk fast. Some barely notice an 1/8 of what I did here. So I stop again. I listen to Cooper & Crane. I stand strong on my own two feet. Facing forward. Leash in hand, heart heavy & ready. I turn around often to see where I came from. Smile & turn back again.
Breathing in, belly ribs chest, breathing out sighing heavy. Slow down. Being here. Right now.
An hour later walking through Walmart, a kind worker asks, "are you really as happy as you look?"
"Yes, I just went for a nice hike."
"Huh?" He smiles back puzzled & pleased. "Well, you smile from within. That's a great quality."
"Thank you." For making my day I should have said.
Nature speaks to our soul and invigorates a sense of warmth & compassion that creates a stammering sense of kindness. It carries through. I have yet to experience a day outside that I don't feel a sense of gratitude. Whether it's for the sun, moon, stars, wind, snow, sights, sounds, smells or people playing a game. This earth is here. We are here. For me, there needn't be much more than that. In my most authentic voice, this is why I hike & heal. As much as I can. Every single day. When I don't, I am not me. I am a spiritual being living a physical existence. I am the universe & earth seamlessly flying together as one. I hike to become whole.
Hi, Moira here. When I'm not playing with my dogs, listening to music, enjoying nature or being with my friends/family, I'm probably writing. Read these blogs for wellness opportunities we offer at Hike & Heal, ones I know that are awesome or just some tidbits about living a healthier life.