channel your inner child
adult summer camp
disconnect to reconnect
Are you yearning to escape if only for a few days?
Are you questioning your life path and pace?
Are you craving some time to connect to the earth?
Are you yearning to disconnect from fast-paced society in order to reconnect yourself to the earth's bounty and lessons?
Are you savoring an opportunity to craft?
Want to learn new art techniques?
Are you hungry for foraging, discovering,
Who says kids get to have all the fun in the summer?
Creativity Summer Camp is a great opportunity to spend some time for yourself nurturing the human spirit; connecting to the earth, yourself and others; and enjoying a glamping, long summer weekend as a disconnection from hectic regular life to a magical memory-filled nature escape.
Kickstart the weekend with a good night's rest and then a guided Forest Walk to engage all senses. Engage in fun art and design camp type of activities, but also enjoy the camp-life flow of 'ish' time.
JUNE 8 - 11 (last quarter moon)
JUNE 22 - 25 (waxing crescent moon)
AUGUST 10 - 13 (Perseids Meteor Shower)
Check out the general itinerary and other information in the FAQ.
forest therapy guided walk
What is Forest Therapy?
This guided nature immersion walk is inspired by "Forest Bathing" or "shinrin-yoku" developed in Japan in the 80s when the government recognized an increase in health problems brought about by the intensity and demands of the massive shift into an urban work environment. They conducted much research and through focus groups found significant benefits when spending time in forests and natural surroundings. They discovered that trees emit Phytonocides which benefit humans by increasing NK cells. It makes sense to realize that humans are not intended to live in so much constructed environments with artificial lighting and that being in nature is extremely beneficial.
What does this mean? What does this look like? How does this work? Your host Val is a certified guide and the Forest is the therapist. Each experience is unique to the individual. This is a slow walk without internet or phone distractions where you will be given invitations that emphasizes sensory interaction with the surroundings.
In your regular life, when would you have time to gaze at plants or insects, make a slow wander with no destination in mind, and stop in adoration of colors or more?
The walk is gentle and takes approximately 2.5 - 3.5 hrs. This will be your introduction to the land and the camp experience. P.S. Located in the rural rolling foothills of Appalachia in a part of Tennessee called the Western Highland Rim, the camp is about 20 minute drive to the small town of Hohenwald - German for "High Forest".
NATURE & ART
Create art and traditional craft using natural objects that you forage on the land.
NATURE & SENSES
Camp starts with a guided Forest Walk experience to engage all of your senses.
NATURE & FOOD
Discover more about edible flowers, foraged items, gardening, and eating healthy.
Learn about what you may already have around you that is edible. Learn about improving your health with organic, non-gmo, and non-processed food.
Fall in love with chickens and learn how you can shift from Mass-Ag production chain to local sourcing including your own backyard.
UPCYCLING & IMPACT
Learn about composting and the general waste impact on the land. Use upcycled materials in projects. Discover ways to reduce your personal environmental footprint.
This workshop features a traditional photographic process of using the sun to expose chemically treated paper to make a print from natural objects that block out the sun causing white spaces when 'developed' by placing the paper in water to stop the exposure.
This workshop requires the sun, but for unexpected inclement weather, we can still create these inside with longer exposure time.
Experiment with composition and objects you find outside.
Artist-in-residence Brent Rowley is a painter primarily using watercolor as his medium which began as a convenient type of material to take along on travels. Brent will cover the basics of using the medium and also techniques for drawing or abstract. Using the natural surroundings, you'll be able to choose a subject from the flora and fauna. Materials included in the program fee.
Fun with words in this interactive workshop where we will embrace randomness and creative thinking. Join writer-in-residence around the campfire for word play with improv techniques. Take the words and continue to write over the weekend either poetry or paragraphs. Check back in with C.T. for feedback. Transform your writing into one-of-a-kind art with typography and hand-lettering experiments coinciding with the book-binding component of the weekend.
Gather all of your weekend creations and combine them into a hand-made book using a simple Japanese five-stitch binding. This workshop will start at the beginning of the summer camp with a typography Haiku exercise that you can play with all weekend. Either write your own or use provided examples. Haiku are typically nature inspired and seasonal. Use this book object as a future journal or as a keepsake of your creative adventure.
nature + lemon lodge
A highlight of camp is spending time with the donkey crew - Pepper Patrol.
Your camp memories will be forged in a home away from home environment.
The refreshing water of the Buffalo, the sounds of birds and sights of fireflies are just a few of what you'll find.
Don't let the word CAMP fool you
as you'll find comfort in our uniquely designed dwellings either the Lemon Lodge or the Raspberry Residency House