Winter/Spring Immersion for
Families and/or Homeshool Groups
Building caring relationships with nature and each
other through a simple-life immersion experience:
We meet in the classroom at 6:45 a.m. on a winter morning.
The light is still coming on. The fire in the big cook-stove is
already roaring. Kids grab biscuits and head out into the cold
for their chosen chores. Some bustle wood through the door and
throw it into the wood-box; others tote apples from the root-
cellar which they then begin chopping to make applesauce.
Across the field, another cluster of kids drags a load of hemlock
boughs to the goats. And soon the water crew arrives--jugs
covered in snow and full of cold spring water. At 7:45 we circle
up for breakfast. It is a good meal to be sure--acorn pancakes,
home-made syrup, fresh applesauce, yogurt-but it is more than
that. Breakfast is the culmination of multiple “mini
experiences.” The 3-day Immersion Program has started well
and students are so engaged that they do not even realize their
learning has begun!
Welcome to the Koviashuvik Simple Life Immersion. This three-
day, residential program is one-of-a-kind. Through the practice of
handwork, wild gathering and agrarian arts, and outdoor exploration
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 Arts, Botany.
- Carving with the drawknife and shave-
horse. Projects include: spoons, spatulas,
swords, butter-knives and more
- Quill Necklaces
- Carving bowls with coals from a fire
- Birch-bark napkin holders sewn with root
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.
What Will It Cost? The cost is $65 per student per day. Prices are based on
a minimum of 10 students participating. One adult per 10 students comes at
no cost. Additional adults pay $25 a day.
If you are scheduling as a family, not as a school group, each participant
pays $65 per day. If money is tight and you have a skill or service you
would like to trade please inquire. We like to work within the gift
economy when posible.
If timing allows, a deposit is required to reserve a program: A 50% deposit
is due 2 months before the program start and the balance due 2 weeks
prior to the program start. More than 2 months prior to the program we
request a 20% deposit, with the remainder of the deposit due 2 months
prior to the program start, and the balance due 2 weeks prior to the
- 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,
- Friction fire
- String from natural fibers
- Acorn processing and acorn bread
-Wild-gathering food, medicine, and
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.
Mid-winter participants may also
stay in the Koviasuvik Classroom
or even make a "winter camp"!
When Should We Come? This program is designed for fall through spring. If
you have a specific time frame in mind please inquire and we will see if we
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
for kids, and for Koviashuvik, as well!
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