Akahiao Nature Institute
Enrichment Programs for Earth and Humanity: Creating a Model For Our Future
Children today face major environmental challenges and an ever accelerating pace of life. When it is their time to face the consequences of the previous generations, we like to think they will stand for our planet and change our human story to one of compassion and stewardship of Mother Earth. Yet, research has shown that they are spending less time than ever outdoors, and are given barely any time to build that intimate relationship with nature.
At Akahiao, we have designed our programs to bring people away from the everyday hustle and bustle into a reflective space of action and of collective creativity. Our mission is to foster a loving relationship between humanity and Mother Earth.
Our programs focus on three basic foundations of a good relationship – time/attention, understanding and communication.
Time/Attention – Number one key to a strong relationship is spending time together. We spend most of our time outdoors in contact with nature - we sleep outside, play outside, eat outside, learn outside and drink tea outside.
Understanding – we can only love when we understand one another. Learning the relationship we have with nature is embedded in each course through our emphasis on food cycles and place based sciences. Participants will experience first hand growing food and harvesting the food, preparing the meals and eating together.
Communication – having a strong communication is a basic to building a strong relationship. We provide our participants with ways to listen as well as speak to nature through giving thanks.