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 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? 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 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 program start.
- 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.
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