"Adventures at Koviashuvik:"
Building caring relationships with nature and each
other through a simple-life immersion experience:
Early morning: Two students gather eggs from the duck house
for breakfast while two others start the morning cook fire and then
head to the root cellar for potatoes. A small group departs for the
spring, passing another group at work using hand-powered mills to
shell acorns and grind cornmeal. In the wood yard, the remaining
students are learning to split firewood to keep the cooks supplied.
After morning chores are complete all students disperse into the
landscape for “morning quiet-sit,” then gather in the communal
kitchen to enjoy a breakfast in which they’ve all played a part.
The day begins!
Welcome to the Koviashuvik Simple Life Immersion for school
groups.This three-day, residential program is one-of-a-kind.
Through the practice of handwork, wild gathering and agrarian arts,
students experience a wholesome and positive picture of human life
on earth.They learn skills that empower them to have positive
social and ecological impacts, and they form new relationships with
nature and each other. The lifestyle of the Simple Life Immersion
reaches kids on a deep level that changes lives.
Each program incorporates at least one experience in the
following four categories: Handwork, Indigenous Skills, Agrarian
Carving with the drawknife and shave-horse. Projects
include: spoons, spatulas, swords, butter-knives and
Carving bowls with coals from a fire
Birch-bark napkin holders sewn with root
String from natural fibers
Acorn processing and acorn bread making
Wild-gathering food, medicine, and materials
Grinding grain into flour
Sourdough Bread Baking
Bean threshing and winnowing
Cooking with 100% local foods
Planting, tending, or harvesting crops
Food/ herb dehydration
Animal Husbandry (care of goats, meat rabbits, ducks)
Plant and tree observation and identification skills, the
Applied botany: put identification skills to use gathering
food and materials from the wild
Other Elements of the Koviashuvik Experience:
Reflection and Documentation: The daily flow includes a morning
quiet sit, mid-day journal entry, and evening sharing circle.
Service Learning: Each group of students will add its mark to the
Koviashuvik landscape through a service project.
Songs: We sing a song before each meal and often during work.
Songs are a way to celebrate what we have and to bring spirit
into any activity.
Daily Chores: Shelter, Water, Fire, Food: Providing for daily
needs opens eyes and builds connections. At Koviashuvik, basic
necessities come directly from the surrounding land. We bring
these gifts into focus by involving kids in real, gratifying work
during daily chores.
When Should We Come? This program is designed for fall time,
October through mid-November. If you have a different time
frame in mind please inquire and we will see if we can
Where Will We Sleep? Students sleep in one of two dwellings.
One group stays in the Cree Lodge, a beautiful traditional structure
shaped like a tipi and covered in sod. The other group stays in a
large canvas wall tent, as was used in the days of Voyageurs and
traders. The lodge has a fir bough floor, the tent has a wood
floor, and both dwellings have woodstoves for cold nights.
Where Will We Eat? Meals take place inside the Koviashuvik
Classroom. In warm weather we may eat in our outdoor kitchen.
At both locations we cook solely with wood; kids learn to tend the
fire and try not to burn the biscuits!
What Will We Eat? Food is a focus at Koviashuvik. We believe
that experiencing firsthand connection to food is a powerful tool
for developing a healthy relationship with the earth. Students are
involved in harvesting, processing, and preparation of many foods
grown at Koviashuvik. All purchased ingredients are organic, and
often local. We put a lot of time and thought into our menu,
offering snacks and meals that expand students’ relationships with
food while at the same time being tasty to the average child.
What Will It Cost? Prices are based on a minimum of 10 students
participating plus one adult included for every 10 students. The
cost per student is $65 a day. One adult per ten students comes
free of charge. Additional adults pay $25 a day. If needed, we
are happy to work with your school to develop a payment plan
that makes this program affordable.
A deposit is required to reserve a program:
A 50% deposit is due 4 months before the program start and the
balance due 2 weeks prior to the program start.
More than 4 months prior to the program we request a 20%
deposit, with the remainder of the deposit due 4 months prior to
the program start, and the balance due 2 weeks prior to the