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Moon Tribe for Girls

Fall 2016 to Summer 2017

$1,000; half and quarterly payment plans available
Nature and Community-Based Rites-of-Passage Program for Adolescent Girls.

We are enrolling a new group of Moon Tribe girls this fall!

Moon Tribe is a long-term coming-of-age program for girls, beginning at ages 11 to 13 and continuing over two and a half years. Now in its 11th year, Moon Tribe has been a rich, fun, and life-changing experience for many girls and women.

Moon Tribe is designed to support girls as they move through early adolescence, learning about themselves and the world and discerning their identities as young women. The program weaves community and consciousness around potent issues for growing girls and nurtures each girl's innate strength in herself and in her relationships with the earth, her peers, women mentors, and the circle of mothers. Fathers and families are woven into the experience as well. 

“When I started Moon Tribe, I felt like I was a different person everywhere I went—at home, at school, and with friends. I always liked the person I was at Moon Tribe best, and now I feel like that’s who I am all the time!”
—Moon Tribe graduate

"I can’t promote this program enough, truly. It is a big commitment, but it will serve them well for the rest of their lives. Our daughter was enriched by Moon Tribe in countless ways. Her courageous and self-motivated decision to go live in China for six months, her incredible emotional maturity in facing our family challenges, and her deep and abiding love of nature, all have roots that were deeply established in her three years of experiences in Moon Tribe."
—Moon Tribe parent

Payment Plan: Upon registration, you may pay full tuition of $1,000; half tuition of $500, followed by a second $500 payement; or one-third tuition of $250, followed by three additional payments of $250 each.

Want more details about Moon Tribe? E-mail us.

Download schedules for New Moons (first year) and Crescent Moons (second year) below.

Sacred Fire For Boys

Fall 2016 to Summer 2017

$900; half and one-third payment plans available
Sacred Fire: Boys' Rites-of-Passage Program
Flying Deer: Naturalist Training, Deep Connection to Nature, Self, and Others

Sacred Fire is a three-year wilderness rites-of-passage program for boys who wish to undertake a conscious journey into adolescence with the heartfelt support of family and community. The essence of this process is to create a world of deeper connection with Nature, Self, Community and Spirit.

The Sacred Fire community includes three groups of participants (Crayfish, Buckskins, and Dogwoods), program graduates (Fireboys), instructors, parents, "uncles" (mentors), and elders. First-year participants are Crayfish, second-years are Buckskins, and third-years are Dogwoods. This year, all three groups will attend all program dates.

The year includes a weekend campout in the fall, Adventure Days one Saturday a month from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm throughout the school year (with the exception of January and February), family potlucks, a Mothers' Ritual, and a five-day Initiation Weekend in June. 

How can you tell if your son is ready for a rite-of-passage program? Generally speaking, 13- and 14-year olds are ready for this kind of experience. Here are some specific signs to look for:

  • His body is starting to grow fast, his voice is dropping...
  • His relationships are changing, he is feeling the awkwardness of social scenes...
  • There is tension developing in his relationships (especially at home)...
  • You are hearing him say things that make you say, "Did he just say that?!"
  • He is hungry for more freedom, feeling confined...
  • His is beginning to look for real challenges...
  • He is interested in participating in a coming-of-age rite of passage...
  • His family supports him to do so!

Payment Plan: Upon registration, you may pay full tuition of $900; half tuition of $450, followed by a second $450 payement; or one-third tuition of $300, followed by two payments of $300 each.

Download the information packet below to learn more about the origins of rites-of-passage programs, read event descriptions, and see the full schedule for the 2016-2017 year.

Cottonwood Camp

For ages 6 to 12.

Cottonwood 1: June 19–23 
Cottonwood 2: June 26–30 
Cottonwood 3: July 3–7 
Cottonwood 4: July 24–28 
Cottonwood in Berkshire County: July 31–August 4 (This camp is currently full; e-mail us to be added to the waitling list.)
Cottonwood 5: August 21–25 

Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–3:00 pm

$325 ($365 for Berkshire County week); 10% off when you register for multiple weeks
Cottonwood Camp I for ages 6 to 12.

Cottonwood Camp Discount: You receive a 10% discount when you register two or more children for Cottonwood Camp at the same time, or when you register one child for two or more weeks of Cottonwood Camp at the same time. The discount will be automatically applied when you check out.

This week lies at the heart and soul of Flying Deer. It's an exciting day camp for children who love to spend time outdoors with friends, learning about the forest and all its valuable teachings: mysterious animal tracks, delicious edible plants, curious insects, shelter, primitive fire-making, and other wilderness skills, not to mention fun songs, games, and stories!

We begin and end our day all together with morning and afternoon circles in the Flying Deer tipi, and spend our days adventuring in age-based groups. Each day will feature a different aspect of nature and wilderness skills. The various interests of each group, along with discoveries and inspiration during the week, will influence the areas of focus and emerging themes from week to week. 

For kids aged 10 to 12, our oldest age-based group offers a step up in connection to self, community, and the earth. They'll work on more advanced naturalist and survival skills while taking a step toward leadership and role modeling. 

Cottonwood Camp in Berkshire County takes place at North Plain Farm (formerly Project Native) on Route 41 in Housatonic, Massachusetts. 

Download the Welcome Letter with schedule, directions, and supplies list—make sure to choose the right week! 

Woolly Bears Forest Kindergarten at Flying Deer Nature Center

Wednesdays from 9:00 am–1:00 pm

Spring 2017 semester:

March 8, 15, 22 & 29
April 5, 12 & 26 (no class the week of April 16–22)
May 3, 10 & 17


Flying Deer Homeschool Program in New Lebanon, NY: Wooly Bears

For boys and girls ages 4 to 6. 

Spring 2017 semester runs weekly for 10 weeks, with a break the week of April 16–22.

The deadline to apply for financial assistance is February 1 for returning students and February 15 for new students: Apply online or download an application.

Learn more about what our Woolly Bears days are like on our Forest Kindergarten blog!

Women in the Woods Days

Come for one or both days!

Wednesday, April 19, 9:00 am—2:00 pm in New Marlborough, MA

Thursday, May 18, 9:00 am—2:00 pm in New Marlborough, MA

$60.00 for one day
Flying Deer: Wilderness Subsistence Program

Celebrate the gifts of the seasons and increase your knowledge of the land. These sessions will include making plant and tree medicine, wild crafted baskets, and delicacies with wild edible plants. Experience how the earth provides for you and feel the exhilaration and rejuvenation of meeting natural challenges with the support and fun of a community of wild women. 

Michelle Apland and Tes Reed, with decades of experience leading girls and women in nature, create and guide each session.

Women in the Woods was my idea of a perfect day. Michelle and Tes held our circle so skillfully, from beginning to end. Half an hour into the morning, I had already learned so much about the plants and trees I live with. And the day just got better—more plant friends, delicious wild food, inspiring fire making, peaceful sit spot, magical cord making, and sharing stories that made our circle of strangers into a circle of sisters. I went home feeling happy, connected, and alive.

—Jane Bernstein

Katydid Camp

For ages 4 and 5.

Katydid 1: June 19–23
Katydid 2: August 21–25

Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–1:00 pm

Katydid Camp for the littlest nature lovers.
Flying Deer Homeschool Program in New Lebanon, NY: Wooly Bears

All the fun of Cottonwood Camp in a nurturing, rhythmic week. Children take part in a story-filled adventure exploring the abundant joy and wonder of the outdoors! We'll focus on creating comfort, fostering knowledge, and building self-reliance in nature. 

My daughter changed, grew, and became so much stronger through her week with you. She became so much more capable and able to take care of herself and be herself. She is brave! It was a miraculous change. I can see how much you have helped her on her path.
—Parent of a Katydid participant

Download the Welcome Letter with schedule, directions, and supplies list—make sure to choose the right week!

Woolly Bears Forest Kindergarten at Bartholomew's Cobble, Sheffield, Mass.

Fridays from 9:00 am–1:00 pm

Spring 2017 semester:

March 10, 17, 24 & 31
April 7, 14 & 28 (no class the week of April 16–22)
May 5, 12 & 19

Flying Deer Homeschool Program in Sheffield, MA for Ages 4 to 6.

For boys and girls ages 4 to 6. 

Spring 2017 semester runs weekly for 10 weeks, with a break the week of April 16–22.

The deadline to apply for financial assistance is February 1 for returning students and February 15 for new students: Apply online or download an application.

This program takes place at Bartholomew's Cobble, which takes its name from the twin rocky knolls created by geological upheavals when the Taconic and Berkshire ranges were formed. This National Historical Landmark supports 800 species of plants in forest, open fields, and freshwater marshes. 

Learn more about what our Woolly Bears days are like on our Forest Kindergarten blog!

FOREST Program at Flying Deer Nature Center

Wednesdays from 9:00 am–3:00 pm

Spring 2017 semester:

March 8, 15, 22 & 29
April 5, 12 & 26 (no class the week of April 16–22)
May 3, 10 & 17

Half-time dates: March 8 & 22; April 5 & 26; May 10 & 17

$500; $300 for half-timers
Cottonwood Camp I for ages 6 to 12.

FOREST (Friends Outdoors Relishing Earth Skills Together): For boys and girls ages 7 to 13.

Spring 2017 semester runs weekly for 10 weeks, with a break the week of April 16–21.

Deadline to apply for financial assistance is February 1 for returning students and February 15 for new students: Apply online or download an application.

Read about our daily Homeschool Program activities on our In the Woods blog!

Wilderness Subsistence Project

August 16–20, 2017

For adults (ages 18 and up).

$450. Financial assistance available.
Flying Deer: Wilderness Subsistence Program
Canoe Camp.

An Overnight Survival Adventure in Feeding Yourself Within Community

Rewild yourself with the gifts of the earth, supported by the power of community.

Learn how to harvest abundance from your local natural landscape. In this life-changing four-day immersion, you’ll identify common wild edible plants growing in your bioregion. We’ll harvest with respect, process with e ciency, cook with zest, and eat with pleasure! As we form a village-style community of families and individuals of diverse ages and backgrounds, we will work and play by day, and sing, dance, and laugh at night, spawning a culture of deep nature connection. This experience is about more than yielding the gifts hidden within our local natural landscape—it is about discovering the gifts of our shared humanity.

More details ...

Preparation: Learn the food systems that govern survival in nature. Gather edible plants, practice hunting and trapping, and process and store wild foods.

Survival Challenge: Subsist solely off wild foods, utilize primitive cooking techniques, and thrive in a collaborative village atmosphere within a fireside circle of laughter and community.

Celebration: We’ll return to a sumptuous feast, reflect on the lessons nature has taught us, and share our vision for living more sustainably at this pivotal time on the planet.

Your relationship with the natural world will be forever changed. Read more about the program below ...

When, if ever, have you spent the entire day eating only what you gathered from the land around you? What would it be like to do this for four days and nights, within the tight-knit basket of resilient, motivated, fun-loving community?

Wilderness Subsistence Project is a four-day wilderness survival immersion that guides adults to live with the land, not just on the land. This is not a full-survival program in which you spend four days alone in the wilderness without knife, sleeping bag or water bottle. This is a semi-survival program that focuses on two themes specifically: Food and Community.


In this program, you will learn how to provide yourself, family, and community with nutritious, abundant wild plant and animal foods. You’ll have the opportunity to learn how to identify common wild edible plants that grow in your bioregion, and how to process, store and cook them. You’ll have the opportunity to practice hunting and trapping techniques that can be used to procure wild protein. As a village you will spend four days in preparation for your survival experience.

In your preparations, you will…

  • Scout the landscape to create a map of available “food larders” (dense, abundant sources of calories such as colonies of cattail, stinging nettle and blackberry)
  • Learn powerful sensory and observation skills to awaken a deep awareness of your natural surroundings
  • Assemble various survival crafts (such as digging sticks and drying racks) to help process the wild foods we will gather
  • Harvest, process, and store wild edible plant foods for later consumption (such as dried raspberries and amaranth flour)
  • Dry and store meat for later consumption.

Once your village is prepared, you will enter a survival experience. During this time, you’ll be subsisting on these pre-harvested foods, plus any extra calories you harvest during the survival experience. This will be a challenging but rewarding process! Time in nature will flow like a river as you gather ripe berries amidst birdsong at dawn, slice fresh burdock roots by the blazing fire, and nourish yourself with rich stews, contagious laughter, and stories from the day as night softly falls.

During the survival experience, you will…

  • Spend much of each day using skills of foraging, hunting or trapping (based on your interest) to procure food for the village
  • Assist the village in processing and cooking harvested foods
  • Have the opportunity to spend leisure time practicing other survival skills (such as crafting baskets, constructing a shelter or assembling a natural water filter)
  • Nourish and empower your relationship with the land through practicing sensory and observation skills.


Wilderness Subsistence Project offers participants an opportunity to experience group wilderness survival. Anyone who has experienced group wilderness survival understands the value and importance of teamwork in this situation. Wilderness Subsistence Project unfolds the simple concept of “teamwork” into a dynamic, resilient model that can allow a group of strangers to organize into an effective, highly organized, yet organic and flexible team that can not only “get it done,” but also flourish as a small community. During this program, you can plan on taking a role that is unique and needed both in your survival quest and by your community. You will also deepen your awareness of nature and discover that you are an integral part of the natural community around you.

The Future

The post-petroleum future draws nearer. When it arrives, what will you eat? Where will it come from? In short, what regenerative food systems may one day replace supermarkets and Amazon deliveries? In addition to small-scale local farming, what role might the ancient subsistence methods of hunting, trapping, and foraging play in nourishing our communities? What concepts, models, and visions for resilient communities and regenerative food systems await discovery?

After your wilderness survival experience, you may feel more open, connected, and alive. These are all symptoms of nature connection. From this experience of nature connection, you will have an opportunity to reflect on your experiences and dream new dreams for our future. What bright things can you envision for the future of our children and their children?

On our final day, we will gather together for a potluck with the larger community—the family, friends, and colleagues we’ve invited—to share the stories of our adventures and the visions in our hearts. Food provided will be largely contributed by local farmers, and will include a small offering of wild foods from our program.

Responsible Challenge

This survival program does not encourage pushing physical limits to the point of collapse. While that kind of experience holds many valuable teachings, this program approaches wilderness survival as a means to deepen our connection with the earth, learn valuable (and fun!) skills in finding and obtaining food from the natural landscape, explore effective and resilient community action models, envision a hopeful future for our planet, and facilitate inspired relationships within the local community.

In a full survival situation, one’s needs for shelter, fire, water, and food each and all require attention. In this semi-survival program, our attention is on food. This means that during the survival experience we will allow most of our survival needs for shelter, water, and fire to be met with a few simple modern supplies, such as sleeping bags, water bottles, and skillets. This will allow us to push the edges of our knowledge, skill, and experience as we attempt to subsist solely on “wild” calories. During the survival experience, you will have an option to supplement meals with helpful staples such as salt and oil. Program activities do not include the hunting or trapping of protected wildlife, but meat will be included in the menu during the survival experience.

Cobblers Program at Bartholomew's Cobble, Sheffield, Mass.

Fridays from 9:00 am–3:00 pm

Spring 2017 semester:

March 10, 17, 24 & 31
April 7, 14 & 28 (no class the week of April 16–22)
May 5, 12 & 19

Half-time dates: March 10 & 24; April 7 & 28; May 12 & 19

$550; $325 for half-timers
Flying Deer Homeschool Program in Sheffield, MA for Ages 7 to 13

For boys and girls ages 7 to 13.

Spring 2017 semester runs weekly for 10 weeks, with a break the week of April 16–21.

Deadline to apply for financial assistance is February 1 for returning students and February 15 for new students: Apply online or download an application.

This program takes place at Bartholomew's Cobble, which takes its name from the twin rocky knolls created by geological upheavals when the Taconic and Berkshire ranges were formed. This National Historical Landmark supports 800 species of plants in forest, open fields, and freshwater marshes. 

Read about our daily Homeschool Program activities on our In the Woods blog!

Spring Vacation Camp

Monday and Tuesday, April 17–18

9:00 am–3:00 pm each day

at Mountain Road School, 4565 County Route 9, New Lebanon, NY


For ages 7 to 12.

Come enjoy the springtime landscape of the beautiful Mountain Road School forest, bordering the rippling Kinderhook Creek. We will catch frogs and dip our feet in the cool waters, as well as break out our custom driftwood raft and float it on the rain-filled vernal pools! It's a great time of year to be outside, as we wave good-bye to the snow and sleet and welcome the long, warm days of spring, complete with birdsong and fresh new plant life! 

Tracking Club for ages 18+

Sundays, 9:00 am to noon

  • December 18
  • January 29
  • February 12
  • March 12
  • April 2
  • May 7
By donation
Flying Deer: Tracking Club

Flying Deer's monthly Wildlife Tracking Club is a great opportunity for adults to further their nature education and knowledge of the local wildlife, and spend time in the fields and forest. Whether you're approaching the art of tracking for the first time, or have been tracking for years, the Tracking Club offers something for you!

Explore local habitats and find animal tracks and sign-clues that reveal a wealth of information. While interpreting what we find in the field, we open a window into the lives of the local wildlife. Expect to find yourself well off the beaten path, traveling down hidden deer trails and peeking into the rocky refuges of porcupines! Learn how to stay on the trail and how to identify animals, track patterns, scat, scent markings, bones, nests, and more. 

We’ll visit locations throughout the region as we learn to:

  • Identify animals by their tracks
  • Recognize scat and other animal signs
  • Recognize animal gaits and patterns
  • Uncover mysteries!

This program is supported by donations. E-mall Josh or call 413-329-1017 for more information.

Flying Deer's 2nd Annual Polar Plunge

Sunday, February 5, 2017

12:00–2:00 pm

Canaan, New York


Thank you to all our brave Plungers and the wonderful donors who supported them! 

The water was cold, but the hearts were warm! This fun and inspiring community event raised nearly $14,000 to support our Financial Assistance Fund! 

Missed the 2017 Plunge? Come join us next year!! And it's never too late to donate and put "Polar Plunge" in the "Dedicated to" section!


Red-Tail Hawk Overnight Adventure

For ages 10 to 14.

July 10–14 (five days, four nights)

Red-Tail Hawk Overnight Adventure for ages 10 to 14.
Canoe Camp.

Soar into a weeklong immersion of Flying Deer culture, camping for five days and four nights as we take adventure, fun, and friendship to the next level! Campers make the forest their home as we ...

  • Practice leatherworking and make bone tools
  • Learn bowdrill and other fire-making methods
  • Concoct delicious meals using steam pits and other primitive cooking techniques
  • Stalk the nighttime forest in scouting games
  • Play "Leopards and Wolves"—Capture the Flag with a Flying Deer twist
  • Take Jedi Training ... and much more!

This camp is appropriate for nature-loving children who are emotionally prepared for an exciting week away from home. 

Download the Welcome Letter with schedule, directions, and supplies list. 

Camp Sherwood

This camp is full; please e-mail us to be added to the waiting list.

For ages 13 to 16.

July 17–21 (five days, four nights)

Camp Sherwood for ages 13 to 16.

Enter the shadowy world of the scout, where we merge mind and body with the forest and learn to see without being seen. After undergoing a fun, challenging test to join Robin Hood’s merry forest ruffians, we’ll embark on a weeklong series of unforgettable adventures to dangerous lands as we set traps, seek gold, solve riddles, and save our friends.

Download the Welcome Letter with schedule, directions, and supplies list. 

Enchanted Forest

For ages 6 to 9.

July 17–21

Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–3:00 pm


A living story that unfolds among the natural wonders of the woods! We will use pine cones, moss, sticks, stones, and other foraged materials to create a tiny village for the forest’s magical beings to call their home. But what will happen when a mysterious force brings our little village to life, causing the forest to fill with faeries, wizards, ogres, elves, dragons, and other enchanted creatures? Join us for our adventures in the Enchanted Forest, and find out!

Download the Welcome Letter with schedule, directions, and supplies list. 

Adirondack Canoe Expedition

For ages 14 to 18.

August 7–12 (six days, five nights)


Paddle your way through the wilderness, making and breaking camp each day to the sound of loons, sleeping under the stars, and immersing yourself in the tranquility of the waters. Learn the skills necessary to make life comfortable miles away from civilization. This is a journey in the wild with an emphasis on practical skills and having a great time! Fishing included as an optional food-gathering activity!

Download the Welcome Letter with schedule, directions, and supplies list. 

Wolf Camp

For ages 11 to 13.

August 7–11

One day of day camp (9:00 am–3:00 pm) followed by a four-day, three-night backpacking trip. 

Flying Deer Wolf Camp

A small group of campers led by experienced instructors begin with one day of day camp, building our community and developing the knowledge and skills necessary for the journey ahead. On Tuesday morning, we trek into the mountains, where we climb summits, eat and laugh around campfires, and enjoy the freedom that backpacking provides.

Download the Welcome Letter with schedule, directions, and supplies list. 

Awakening Wild: Nature Immersion for Adults

Join instructors Kevin Bose and Devin Franklin for a free evening talk on Bird Language and the Fall 2017–Spring 2018 Awakening Wild program!

Tuesday, April 25, at 7:00 pm at The Beer Diviner, 461 Broadway, Troy, NY.

A nine-month program meeting one weekend per month, September through May.

Next dates:
April 21–23 (5:00 pm Friday to 4:00 pm Sunday)
May 20–21 (10:00 am Saturday ot 4:00 pm Sunday)

For NYC residents, we provide a free shuttle to and from the Wassaic Metro-North station.

$2,250 (payment plan and financial assistance available)
Flying Deer: Naturalist Training, Deep Connection to Nature, Self, and Others
Flying Deer: Wilderness Subsistence Program
Flying Deer Wolf Camp

Connection. Challenge. Transformation.

“The wilderness holds all truth and knowledge.”

Reclaim Your Connection…
Come to know the goldfinches as they chatter in the evergreens, and learn to recognize their reactions to the hunting hawk. Learn to know the tracks and sign of the creatures that have passed by, and where to find the edible and healing plants in the forest. Discover ways to make a difference on the planet in small but powerful ways. Bask in community as you share your own gifts, stories, and creativity, within an intentional design of deepening connection.

Experience the Wild…
As the urbanized world expands and the natural world shrinks, there is an emerging longing to experience the wilderness around us and the wild within. Awakening Wild offers an ongoing experience of fun, exciting nature immersion to awaken our senses, bolster our sense of comfort and confidence in the woods, and strengthen our connection with the natural world. You'll be guided on a life-changing journey composed of four distinct yet intertwined educational pathways: nature connection, permaculture design, community building and wilderness skills.

Nature Connection
Deepening our connection with nature is the foundation for all we experience and learn in this program. The Core Routines of Nature Connection will help us deeply sink our roots of awareness into our natural surroundings and foster a sense of natural belonging as we:

  • Exercise fun, dynamic ways to expand the senses
  • Develop fluency in the language of nature through listening for Bird Language
  • Hone keen observation and interpretation skills through wildlife tracking
  • Cultivate a sense of belonging through regular visits to one place in nature—your “sit spot.”

Wilderness Survival Skills
For countless millennia we humans have walked the earth with confidence, allowing our beloved land to provide us with all our needs of food, water, tools, shelter, medicine, fire and more. Awakening Wild develops competency in:

  • Making fire, including fire by friction
  • Constructing primitive shelter
  • Identifying, harvesting, and preparing wild edible and medicinal plants
  • Making brain-tanned buckskin
  • Crafting bark pack baskets.

Community Building
Like other social species in nature, human beings possess the power to work together toward a common goal. Unlike other species, however, this cooperative power is latent until activated by a safe, nurturing village atmosphere. Discover the spirit of cooperation and a feeling of belonging as together we:

  • Give voice to authentic gratitude
  • Approach projects, tasks and challenges with effort and laughter
  • Share songs and storytelling around the fire
  • Explore a nature-inspired, roles-based system of collaboration.

Permaculture Design
Permaculture is a creative design system that helps provide human needs while maintaining or increasing the health of the ecosystem. We will explore a set of intertwining permaculture principles as we:

  • Observe (up close!) the interacting forces of decomposition, wind, sun, soil, water flow, topography, and human and animal activities
  • Design and a create a wild edible foods garden.

How we’ll spend our days…
Our days are spent exploring the hundreds of acres of forests, fields, and streams, and our nights are spent in our woodstove-heated yurt. Our focus during a particular day or weekend will relate to what is happening on the landscape at that time, such as harvesting and processing acorns in the fall or tracking mammals in the winter. Each day will include stories, active routines, and reflection. In the evening, we’ll cook and eat together while telling our stories of the day, then gather around the fire for socializing, music, and celebration. Sunday mornings, we will practice our bird language routine—sitting together on the land to listen and observe, then regrouping to map what we’ve learned. Sunday afternoon might be dedicated to permaculture and ecology lessons on the land, which will eventually lead to the practice of design.  Then we’ll circle up once more to check in and close the weekend.

What you’ll take back into the world…
Along with extensive wilderness and leadership skills that you can use in multiple settings, you will leave this program with a deeper awareness of all living things and of the world around you. Having gained an experiential understanding of the functioning connections on the land, you will be able to work more effectively toward healing our planet and ecosystem. You will also find yourself with a greatly enhanced ability to build and nurture community, wherever you are and whoever you are with. This program offers you the support and reflection you need to connect with your own gifts and take the next steps to enact your vision.

Payment Plan: An initial payment of $750 is made upon registration, followed by one of three options:

  • Three payments of $500 each, with a $10 fee added to each payment (due November 15, January 15, and March 15)
  • Two payments of $750 each, with a $10 fee added per payment (due November 15 and February 15)
  • A second payment of $1,500, with a single $10 fee (due November 15).

Need financial assistance? Apply now.

Contact us for information about registration. For questions about the program curriculum, contact instructor Kevin Bose at or 413-347-0283.

Montessori School of the Berkshires After-School Program

This program is full. E-mail us to be added to a waiting list for next semester.

8 Tuesdays, 3:00–5:00 pm

March 21 & 28
April 4, 11 & 25
May 2, 9, 16

Red-Tail Hawk Overnight Adventure for ages 10 to 14.
Kevin Bose, Instructor

For Grades 1–6.

A fun and collaborative multi-age program led by Flying Deer instructor Kevin Bose (at right). Kevin has an endless supply of excitement and curiosity for bird language, wild plants, tracks, critters, stories, and any other natural mystery. A former mentor at Forest Floor Wilderness Programs in Asheville, North Carolina, Kevin is a graduate of the yearlong Regenerative Design and Nature Awareness Program, focusing on nature mentoring, culture repair, and permaculture design, where he was mentored by Jon Young, Penny Livingston, and James Stark. Kevin also holds a master's degree in Culture, Ecology, and Sustainable Community. He explores the forest with his two boys as often as possible!