Proposed 6-Day Itinerary & Detailed Learning Outcomes
Note that this itinerary speaks only to the content of the experiential blocks. Daily routines are outlined below, under “Daily Flow”, and the content of academic blocks is part of the syllabus.
The teaching-learning model will be centered on small- and large-group work as well as discussion, presentations, dialogue and reflection.
AM 1: Opening Circle
Purpose: Break the ice, set intentions, create an inclusive and non-judgmental culture.
Process: We come together and share one way in which our lives connect to the content of the course and what we hope to get out of the Koviashuvik experience.
AM into PM 1: Interactive tour of the facility and systems
Purpose: Inspiration and familiarization with the systems that students will engage with day to day.
Process: We go on an interactive tour. We gather ice from the ice house, dip water from the spring, grind flour in the classroom grain mills, pick salad from the greenhouse, harvest fir boughs from the woods for the floor of the sleeping lodge, get potatoes from the root cellar, and split firewood to restock the student dwellings and outdoor kitchen. We also tend the composting toilet, visit the solar shower, and pump water from the well.
PM 2: Finding personal sit spots
Purpose: Sit spots will be part of the daily routine, providing time for observation and integration.
Process: Using intuition to find a place that feels right for a sit spot, then spending thirty minutes there in quiet observation.
AM 1: Intro to homestead-scale agriculture: garden-bed preparation and planting cold season crops
AM 2: Sewing 101 with Ashriah Knapp: patches and pockets
PM 1: Intro to wild harvest and use of the mighty dandelion, Taraxacum officinale
PM 2: Academic Block
AM: Wild Foods for the Common Table: A full morning of identification and harvest culminating in a “wild lunch”
PM: Developing intuition and silence with Ray Reitze, Master Maine Guide and founder of New Beginnings
AM: Bowl carving with Kenneth Kortmier from The Maine Coast Craft School.
PM 1: Bowl carving continued
PM 2: Academic Block
AM: Herbs for immune health and first aid
PM 1: Knife sharpening lesson
PM 2: Academic block
AM: Rocket Stove Construction: Take this fire with you! Each student makes their own stove to take home
PM 1: Clean up/pack up
PM 2: Closing circle
The Daily Flow
The daily flow follows the “Natural Learning Cycle” as outlined in Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature (Young, Hass & McGown, 2010). Into the framework of the daily flow (outlined below) are woven two-to-three experiential blocks and one academic block each day. The academic block will vary between readings review, student co-presentations, group discussion, writing time, and small group work. The core themes of the program—Craft, Culture, Community, and Connection—are a consistent thread that runs throughout the experiential blocks, the academic blocks and the daily flow.
6:30 AM Chores: We rise with the light, circle for silent stretching, then depart for morning chores: spring water, well water, firewood, breakfast cooks, barn chores, and project of the day (anything from shelling acorns to tending seedlings)
7:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 Morning Sit Spots: 30 minutes of observation and listening, a time to connect with what’s happening outside our “human bubble”
9:00 Morning Journal: time to record observations from sit spots, weather observations, and thoughts regarding course content and readings (prompts provided in some cases to guide reflective process)
9:15 Morning Meeting: Sharing from journals, group check-in, poem of the day, logistics
9:45 Experiential Block
12:30 PM Lunch
1:30 to 2:00: Reflection and integration time. Draw, write, climb a tree, nap… guiding prompts provided on some days
2:00: PM 1: Experiential Block
3:00: PM 2: Academic Block (student presentations, guest speakers, reading reflections, guided discussions, etc.)
4:30 Free time/supper prep
Evening: Time and space provided for crafting, wandering, reading, socializing, star gazing, etc. (specifics to be determined)