aloha aina immersion program
1-week immersion programs designed to foster a meaningful relationship between our youth and nature through permaculture, culinary arts, place based science, life-skill lessons and giving thanks.
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 provide our participants with ample time to be outdoors and be 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 how we relate to 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 – from the seed to your seat.
Communication – having a strong communication is a basic block to building a strong relationship. We provide our participants with ways to listen to the natural world as well as speak to nature through giving thanks.
Aloha Aina Immersion Program is designed to engage our body, mind and spirit. We believe that all human beings possess a balance of all three, and only by being able to navigate all three components of the self are we able to realize our full potential. Each day will begin with a spiritual uplift by sending words of gratitude to all the elements in the natural world. Participants will then have a short workout before heading out into the garden for a lesson in permaculture. During the heat of the day, our trained staff will lead lessons in life skills, such as self awareness, listening skills, values workshop and futures workshop.
In addition to our daily routines, Aloha Aina offers a uniquely designed place based science course. The goal of the science course is to take science back out into the wild where it came from. Participants are guided through an observation-based inquiry process to learn about how nature works. Using simple technologies coupled with physical observation, we will take the science out into the field.