channel your inner child
adult summer camp
Unleash your inner creative monster....
Enjoy nature on our 17 acre camp farm stay...
Draw, collage, tie or dye, tell a story....
Forage, observe, smell, taste, make & play...
Enjoy small group social in-person interactions...
Disconnect to reconnect.....
'cause it's all about living a creative life....
when adulting gets rough
you deserve a break
+ starry skies
+ campfire memories
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 handmade skills?
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. Each month has a certain theme, but also includes two art and nature workshops - photography basics, writing, and painting/drawing.
JUNE - SOLD OUT
AUGUST 10 - 14 - theme: KNOTS
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.
This workshop features connectivity with the spiritual/emotional self and art-making. All skill levels including novice will enjoy this process of groundedness allowing the creative process to be a space to store feelings. We'll start with guided breath work, restorative meditation, automatic writing, and other gentle practices that help tune in the mind to the body. The second half of the three hours will be spent creating in reflection of the experience. A follow-up session the next day for feedback and finishing.
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.
This retreat experience includes cozy, yet rustic accommodations in our Lemon Lodge (an updated 1930s bungalow country house). Join a max of 7 participants in the co-ed accommodations with creative interior space plus all the perks like inside bathrooms. We'll cook our food in the kitchen, and spend quality time inside and outside.
Our 17 acres is split into two with 5 acres featuring the donkey land, bamboo grove, pond, garden, peafowl aviary, chicken zone, and art studios with possibility of artists or writers in residence on site. The 12 acres is a blend between untamed Tennessee wonderland and a careful effort to allow for natural wildflowers and habitat featuring about 400 feet of Buffalo river frontage. We'll start the camp experience with a gentle forest walk with your certified guide and host.
YOU ARE A HUMAN BEING, NOT A HUMAN DOING.
Is one of your biggest take-aways from the pandemic that we all have more value than working to the bone, burning the candle at both ends?
BOOK ONE OF THE CREATIVITY SUMMER CAMP RETREATS TODAY!
Don't forget to get your swag.
You can still book a similar program for your own group.
Inquire by sending a message to mail AT campwonderwander DOT org